Blog

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

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.

Consensus and VATMOSS

With time ticking away before the January 1st deadline for the change in place of supply for EU VAT there are worryingly few third parties coming forward with ways to help people implement the changes.

How the EU VAT rules make EU startups and digital businesses uncompetitive in a global market.

I believe that the EU VAT changes will make European businesses less competitive, both financially and in terms of the barriers to purchase we will need to throw up.

How small companies and freelancers can deal with the VATMOSS EU VAT changes

I woke up this morning and my inbox was full of VAT questions. I’m not an expert but here are the possible routes for people needing to deal with the VATMOSS situation.

Implementing the new EU VAT Rules

A post about how we are changing our systems to collect the proof of customer location required to comply with the new EU VAT rules.

No Exit Plan

How do we reconcile the things we enjoy doing with the things we need to do for growth to happen? How do we stop ourselves becoming the sort of business that we never wanted to run?

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