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2021-10-07 23:00
Mist envelops the soft hills, Smothering the quiet, monochrome hues. I watch life evaporating from the leaves, As they prepare to fall, and end this cycle. Dark, lifeless days are to come, A… Read More
2017-09-12 23:00
Introduction Vault is an excellent tool for managing secrets. It can be used by both machines and humans and has a modular design and strong security models. Some of the secrets it can stor… Read More
2017-09-10 00:00
No shorthand method The ioutil package offers some of the common operations needed when working with files but nothing for copying files. Go tries to keep things lightweight so as operation… Read More
Build Your Own Vim Statusline
2017-05-12 01:00
What is a statusline in Vim? The statusline in Vim is the bar along the bottom of the Vim window. By default it does not show when you open Vim until there is more than one window. The stat… Read More
2017-05-05 01:00
Changes in tmux 2.4 tmux continues to move on apace which is great news for the project. Since version 2 there have been several breaking changes to configuration options. This is fine if y… Read More
2017-04-26 00:00
Using templates in Vim The Vim philosophy encourages users to automate repeated actions and provides a rich toolkit with great documentation to achieve that. One example of this type of mic… Read More
2017-01-25 01:01
In a previous post I worked through getting a Kubernetes cluster up and running on a local machine using minikube. Within this cluster I have one deployment of a simple Hello World Go applic… Read More
Getting Started With Kubernetes
2017-01-25 01:00
Over the last few weeks I have been learning Kubernetes. Here is how I got set up and started learning. To experiment with Kubernetes I used minikube to run a local cluster. This has depend… Read More
2016-10-21 00:00
BBC Radio feeds To the annoyance of some the BBC removed support for Windows Media and have migrated to using the AAC codec and http streaming. The good news is that the AAC streams are hig… Read More
Thoughts On Yarn
2016-10-13 01:00
Yarn is a better npm client Yarn announced itself at a new package manager for JavaScript. Eventually the project may look at creating a registry but for now it is simply a better npm clien… Read More
2016-10-06 00:00
Corrupt ZSH history file If you use zsh for your shell very occasionally you may find the following message appearing indicating a corrupt history file. This is normally after a reboot. z… Read More
2016-08-21 00:00
What is the regex package in Go? The regex package is part of the Go standard library and implements regular expression search and pattern matching. The package implements the RE2 syntax an… Read More
JSON On The Command Line With Jq
2016-08-05 00:00
jq is a fantastic command-line JSON processor. It plays nice with UNIX pipes and offers extensive functionality for interrogating, manipulating and working with JSON file. How to pretty p… Read More
2016-07-01 00:00
Ideas are cheap There was a time when Internet ideas were extremely valuable. Entrepreneurs guarded them with close secrecy and wrapped NDAs around even whispering about them. Today ideas a… Read More
2016-06-24 00:00
A diverse team Like many businesses in London pebble {code} (a Digital Innovation consultancy) is made up of a diverse group of individuals. We have a number of EU Nationals working at pebb… Read More
2016-05-17 00:00
The deep sigh of a developer It is rare today that as a developer you are working in isolation. Often you are reliant on other components in a product ecosystem to complete your development… Read More
2016-05-17 00:00
Agile the great disruptor Now 15 years old it is indisputable that The Agile Manifesto has revolutionised software development. From the simple list of principles in the Manifesto a vibrant… Read More
The Future Of Jobs
2016-05-16 00:00
A recent World Economic Forum report asked chief human resources and strategy officers from leading global employers what the current shifts mean, specifically for employment, skills and rec… Read More
2016-05-16 00:00
Not the illegal hacking Still to this day I find people who miss our definition of hacking. We are not talking about hacking into networks to steal passwords or industrial secrets. The Oxf… Read More
The Power Of Design Thinking
2016-05-08 00:00
Many organisations are seeking to become more Innovative, Agile and Creative. A Design Thinking workshop is a practical way to get started with understanding how Innovation, Agility and Crea… Read More
2016-03-03 00:00
Back again The Investigatory Powers bill is back and as a UK based Internet company we are very interested in seeing how this progresses. In short it proposes the following: Internet serv… Read More
Tech Is Looking Like Banking In The 80s
2016-02-22 00:00
Women driven out The tech industry has a major problem. Despite many of computing’s pioneers being female women are leaving the industry or not joining it at all. There are many the… Read More
Frugal Innovation In Health
2016-02-19 00:00
On 18th February 2016 I attended the Global Health Forum session at Imperial College, London on Frugal Innovation. Here are my notes on a fascinating afternoon. Dr Yasser Bhatti What are F… Read More
2016-02-17 00:00
It doesn’t work In preparing for a production release I have been playing the role of QA tester. As a developer I have much more experience on the receiving end of QA and in my time I… Read More
2016-02-10 00:00
Standing in the future Let us suppose that somehow a not-for-profit organisation has been established to allow anyone that wanted to to sequence and share their DNA profile. I am not intere… Read More
2016-02-09 00:00
The Goal To deliver a continuously improving recruitment process that can scale and hire top talent. Beginning from a standing start Towards the middle of last summer our business had gro… Read More
Hack Day - WFH Bot
2015-06-09 11:31
What was problem you originally pitched? It is hard for pebble staff to know where people are working from on each day. Some staff are in the office for some of the day and others work remo… Read More
2015-02-09 12:37
In The Second Machine Age Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee eloquently document many of the changes that increased Artificial Intelligence is bringing. They go on to make a series of polic… Read More
Data Liberation 101
2015-01-23 10:00
As part of pebble {code}’s upcoming Visualisation Hack Day we look at the life blood of Visualisations and how organisations can position themselves to take advantage of unlocking valu… Read More
Pumpi - A Raspberry Pi In A Pumpkin
2014-11-05 20:37
pebble {code}’s latest hack day theme was hardware. It happened to fall on Halloween. So the natural thing to do was to combine Halloween and hardware. So why not put a Raspberry Pi in… Read More
2014-09-19 08:47
The Scottish Independence Referendum has demonstrated the rise of peer-to-peer politics and will change New Labour style spin forever. New Labour and Spin When New Labour swept to power in… Read More
2014-05-30 10:14
We were warned Nearly seven years ago Jeremy Keith wrote an eloquent article on why passwords are an anti-pattern. His argument was predominantly around the need for OAuth and not entering… Read More
2014-03-25 11:53
Cross-platform if you want Node.js is cross-platform meaning it works on Windows, OSX and Linux. A large number of the Node.js community write Node.js on OSX and then deploy to Linux server… Read More
2014-03-14 14:26
Installation Go is simple to install. You can install it on a Mac with brew install go I’m on Arch Linux and go is available in the main repositories. Packages are available for mo… Read More
2014-03-07 15:18
Businesses are increasingly looking to technology to solve a requirement to innovate. Hack days are now the domain of corporations looking to generate ideas and creativity quickly. But for b… Read More
2014-02-19 08:38
Outside in Request Headers If you are writing web applications in an increasingly distributed world the chances are you will be using other web services outside your application. Often thes… Read More
2014-02-07 13:19
pebble {code} is a place awash with ideas. We look at traditional industries and see a wealth of opportunities for disruption from technology. We have written a short report on areas within… Read More
2014-01-24 15:39
RESTing in Request Response Until the arrival of techniques like Comet request response cycles were the norm for the web with pages performing a full reload each time you moved to a new URL… Read More
2014-01-21 16:04
Chrome version 25 rolled out speech recognition so you can now invite users to talk to your web applications. Basic usage var recognition = new webkitSpeechRecognition(); recognition.onres… Read More
2014-01-13 21:34
How much charge do we have? With the HTML5 Battery Status API you can gain access to battery information for the host machine of the browser you are using. The uses for this might be to red… Read More
2014-01-10 15:18
Pacman and AUR Arch’s package manager Pacman is great. It makes it really easy to update and manage packages that you have installed. Updating is as simple as sudo pacman -Syu Befo… Read More
2014-01-09 15:39
The mighty Maciej Malecki created a European npm mirror for all the Node.js developers this side of the Atlantic. It is much faster to install packages from and takes some load off the main… Read More
2014-01-08 16:42
Harness tiny UNIX tools Make is the original UNIX build tool. It existed a long time before gulp, or grunt. Loved by some, loathed by others it is at least worth being aware of how make wor… Read More
The HTML5 Geolocation API
2014-01-07 20:30
The HTML5 Geolocation API is now widely supported and can be used across a range of mobile and desktop browsers. It is even supported from IE9 up in Internet Explorer. It allows you to reque… Read More
Homemade Bread
2014-01-06 20:30
Make things with your hands I’m a programmer by trade and spend most of my day making virtual things. I design and create software that exists only on screens. Increasingly I’m… Read More
2014-01-03 07:50
Make me vibrate Mobile and tablet devices have become hugely prevalent in how users access the web. So much so that Walmart reported that on Black Friday over 50% of traffic was via mobile… Read More
2014-01-02 17:00
Write command line utilities with Node.js An underused feature of Node.js is the ability to write command-line scripts. This gives you the full power of Node.js as a network programming pla… Read More
2013-12-16 20:26
Hugs for everyone It is Christmas. A time to give out love to all humanity. Even the ones you don’t really like. Christmas Hugs is a simple idea that you can use your browser and a we… Read More
2013-12-12 08:18
A chance to play At their best hack days are a chance to connect with like-minded hackers (or makers if you favour the modern parlance) and play. By playing I mean experimentation, risk-tak… Read More
From OSX To Arch Linux
2013-12-09 12:55
Baby steps with OSX Back in January 2006 I left an agency after three years and started freelancing. I was mostly a front-end developer who knew how to make things work in IE. I purchased t… Read More
2013-12-04 10:50
npm is amazing Without doubt npm is the best package manger I have used. As an end user it is a delight to use and makes sharing code extremely simple. I have used a range of package manage… Read More
2013-11-29 12:53
Open Source Social Responsibility should be considered on a par with Corporate Social Responsibility. Businesses that use and rely on Open Source software need to play an active part in Open… Read More
2013-11-26 15:17
Most businesses are quite capable of self-organising and reducing or removing management layers. With increased autonomy for individuals and a community of employees that contribute innovati… Read More
Getting Started With Docker
2013-11-15 14:01
Docker is fantastic wrapper around Linux Containers with a brilliant collaboration workflow. If you do any kind of virtualisation you should seriously consider it. What is Docker? Docker… Read More
We Need To Talk About Privacy
2013-11-08 18:01
Society needs to debate how Intelligence Services operate and reform laws designed for another era. The Snowden leaks have been a hot topic of conversation in the pebble office. Our office… Read More

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