Colmjude. online.

A couple of years ago I immersed myself in the web community, I spent the days reading many blogs and the evenings going to loads of meetups around London.
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This post is a follow up to the 6 Mac OS X Terminal Tips post I wrote a while back, and is proof that my forays into the scary world of the command line have continued. In it I’m going to explain how you can customise your terminal (shell for unix and linux users) by creating your own aliases for regularly used commands, creating your own functions and even customising the display.
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I’ve left. Actually I’m in the process on leaving but I am leaving. It is definitely happening. BT and I are no more; for now at least. But, what is for certain is that this is the start of something new. I’ve altered course and I’m heading off in a new, exciting, unknown direction. Before all that though I’d like to reflect a little on how I got here.
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A few months ago there was a bit of a hoo-ha when Willard Foxton wrote a pretty ill judged article lambasting the clamour for kids to be taught how to code. Back then I started to write a post about why I think it would be useful for all people, not just kids, to be taught to code. I never moved past the notes stage but recently thought it worth revisiting and finally posting.
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As someone who has always been a little tentative when it comes to command line action I thought I’d share some of the commands I use regularly when I do foray into terminal-dom. Hopefully you’ll find them useful and they’ll help you become more productive from the command line.
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I recently updated iTunes and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. I think Apple have done a good job refreshing it and choosing which features are the most important for users in 2012. It was about time they added fixed the play next stuff. However I had one issue, where had airplay gone?!
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It’s the morning after the night before. London has woken up with a big slap on the back (and probably a hearty hangover too). The Paralympics were the “best ever”, the Olympics were awesome. London and the UK has done itself proud and I, for one, can say I feel very lucky to have experienced it all.
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This time of year is always good for reflection and forward thinking. I have been doing a lot of both recently, reviewing what I did and achieved in 2011 and looking forward and planning for 2012.

Originally I was going to write a review of 2011 just like I wrote a review of 2010 at a similar time last year, however, in the end I decided not to dwell on the past and to focus on looking forward instead. What follows is a non-comprehensive list of the things I want to do in 2012, from both a personal and a professional perspective.
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This is a quick post that explains a technique for achieving semi-transparent backgrounds across all the main browser players, including Internet Explorer down to IE6. Part of a design I was recently working called for this so I thought I’d share my findings.
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Today I learnt about another great HTML5 feature — Prefetching, which adds the capability for the browser to load pages before a user has requested them. Definitely one for the optimisation aficionados.

In this post I’m going to explain what it is; what issues it has; and how I chose to implement it.
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