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  1. Make It So

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

    4 minutes

    I’m a big fan of automating repetitive work with a Makefile, especially when multiple steps or dependency chains are involved. » Read

    #dev  #make  #work 

  2. Asking Too Much

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    1 minute

    One of the key tenets of information and computer security is the Princicple of Least Privilege; an appliction should only request – and be granted – the minimum permissions required for the role it is trying to fulfil. » Read

    #saas  #security 

  3. Maintenance

    Saturday, September 5, 2020

    2 minutes

    The software project lifecycle doesn’t usually end with delivery. If it’s not looked after properly, a project can often still cause you pain way beyond this stage. » Read

    #dev  #documentation  #security  #work 

  4. Recorded History

    Saturday, September 5, 2020

    3 minutes

    I was first introduced to version control systems twenty years ago, first with CVS and then SVN. These days, like most others, I’m using Git. Over the years, various models and strategies have emerged for VCS best practice. » Read


  5. Missing August

    Thursday, August 27, 2020

    2 minutes

    In ordinary times, Edinburgh usually welcomes the world to the International Festival this month. This year was clearly always going to be different. » Read

    #edinburgh  #personal 

  6. The Herring Road

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    3 minutes

    I got myself out of the city yesterday evening for a solo adventure, exploring part of a historical route across the Lammermuir Hills. » Read

    #cycling  #outdoors 

  7. A Right Set Up

    Saturday, July 4, 2020

    4 minutes

    There’s a popular IT anology of treating servers as cattle rather than pets. Logically, does it then follow that my laptop is a cow? » Read

  8. Out With the Old

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

    1 minute

    They say that you should never reinvent the wheel. But what if you could make the wheels better? » Read

    #bash  #dev