On Remote Working

I’ve worked from home, on and off, since I joined Universal Mind back in 2008. That job was fully remote. My following position was remote 2-3 days a week. My first year at Adobe was fully in the office, but the following two years were fully remote. Now, my role with Telerik/Progress for the past 3 years (almost!) has been fully remote. …

Own Your Home on the Web

Rachel Andrew had a short but very worthwhile post about how much the web has changed over recent years from people owning their own playground on the web (in large part via personal blogs) to people handing over their content to third parties like Medium and CodePen (to name a couple). …

Thoughts on the Shrinking PC Market

Gartner reported this week that the PC market hit it’s 5th straight year of decline. As Mikako Kitagawa notes: “The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth. There have been innovative form factors like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.” Basically, we’ve reached a...…

Front-End and Mobile Development Sites to Follow

I follow hundreds of sites - using RSS! Yes, RSS. Sure, I use Twitter, but Twitter is just a very inconvenient way to do ensure you find quality content. It’s like using a metal detector on the beach - maybe you’ll find something worthwhile, after you finish sifting through tons of trash. …

Working with Static Site Generators

I’ve talked a lot about static sites. I’ve written a lot about static sites. I’m obviously a huge fan of static sites. So is my good friend Raymond Camden. So, we decided (quite some time ago) to join forces and write a book about static sites. I’d already written a free report on static site generators for O’Reilly, so we proposed a full book. The book, creatively called “Working with Static Site Generators” is complete, though still awaiting final edits. However, you can already purchase and download it as an early release ebook. …

Resources for First Time Speakers

Speaking at a conferences or even a meetup for the first time can be both intimidating and difficult to achieve. Even if you have the courage to submit a talk to a conference, getting accepted can be tough and the first experience can be nerve-wracking. My first experience as a public speaker came at the cf.Objective conference in Minneapolis. I was speaking about a Flex framework called Cairngorm. Cairngorm was notoriously difficult - so, perhaps not the best topic for a first time speaker. Anyway, my timing was off - I spoke way too fast - and I screwed up...…