Blog

Posts in this section go back to 2000. Mostly web, and web business related.

Confidence and Overwhelm

Thinking about where confidence comes from, when there is so much we just don’t have time to learn.

Modern CSS Layout, power and responsibility

Some thoughts on modern CSS layout, and the potential for our new layout tools to cause as many problems as they solve.

CSS Grid Layout at CSS Day

My presentation on CSS Grid Layout from the lovely CSS Day conference is now live on Vimeo.

CSS Grid Layout: Solving the Gutter Problem

Thoughts on the updates to the Level 1 Grid Editor’s Draft that add column-gap and row-gap properties.

What does your audience need?

Some thoughts on how different conferences and their audiences are, and some ideas on how you can craft talks that meet the needs of those audiences.

Development environments, configuration management and deployment

Video, slides and resources from my presentations at Smashing Conference LA and Future Insights Live in Vegas

The impossibility of a "simple technical solution" to the VAT MOSS mess

While the campaign to exempt micro-business from VAT MOSS seems to be getting results, there is still a belief that magical code can fix this mess. I take a look at that.

Grid Layout automatic placement and packing modes

As I’m preparing for my presentations on CSS Grid Layout at Fluent and An Event Apart in the next few weeks, I built myself a few examples to test out the grid auto-placement features. I thought I’d share one of those here.

An oar, a cat, a bottle of wine and a chicken leg

When creating examples for books, articles and presentations I like to go find bits of text from public domain books rather than using Lorem Ipsum. This amuses me far more than it should.

VATMOSS - the first quarter

Spring has sprung, along with birds singing and a visit from the Easter Bunny those of us with the temerity to sell digital products to our European neighbours have the joy of our first VAT MOSS return.

CSS Grid Layout - creating complex grids

In this post I take a complex nested grid example and recreate it using the CSS Grid Layout Module.

A GTD Reset

On January 1st every year I like to do a “GTD Reset”. It’s a chance for me to make sure my GTD System is primed for another busy year, to assess how well the system is working for me, and drop some projects that didn’t get done last year.

A Year in Links

A year of links that I’ve included in emails to my list.

Review of the Year 2014

A review of my 2014, and some thoughts about goals for 2015.

VATMOSS and SaaS ecommerce, payment and delivery apps

We need urgently to have clarification of what a “marketplace” is and who is liable to pay the VAT due, in the eyes of the EU.

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