Hello and welcome to my online works. Beyond my full-time job as a professional engineer, I have created and participated in several podcasts most notably Pragmatic.

I’ve also created a few projects and I also write longer-form articles from time to time. In addition I’ve been playing with comic strips recently with Enginerd.

Thanks for stopping by.

A Fresher Look

24th January 2015

The last site redesign was about a year ago when I moved from WordPress to Statamic and was based on the Statamic Denali Theme which was the only one available at the time. Over the past year I’ve hacked and twisted that theme beyond all recognition and looking back, it had become bloated. Hence I’ve decided it’s time to revamp the site and strip out the cruft.

The new site layout no longer includes voting since, with many thanks to fans of Pragmatic I now have more than enough topic suggestions to keep the show going beyond 100 episodes. I’ll be gradually covering them off over the course of the next year or so.

Also the membership portion and newsletter are on hold for a little while due to a busy time at work and they were slowing the site down considerably the way I needed to implement them due to Statamic restrictions at the time. Now Statamic have finally added a bunch of new membership features I will eventually roll them back in as time permits provided they don’t hinder performance.

In its new, leaner and meaner layout, despite now being hosted on a VPS with 1/4 the memory using spinning platters and not SSDs and 1/3rd the HDD space, the site is running 2-3x faster overall.

Digital Ocean has been great but now I’m trying out CloudShards and so far it’s handled peak load of a new episode of the podcast going up and standard week of other site traffic: So far so good.

I’ll be tweaking little details over the coming weeks but as always if you have any feedback please let me know via the feedback form.


Pragmatic Episode 54: Stop Rubbing Your Reader Against My Butt

24th January 2015

The Apple Watch promises to make Apple Pay even easier and safer than traditional credit card transactions. We look at the history of Credit Card data transactions and consider the practicalities. Of course.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

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Pragmatic T-Shirts

21st January 2015

Like so many before me and with some prompting from fans of the show as of today the first ever Pragmatic T-Shirt is available for sale through TeeSpring.

There is a choice of mens and womens and for those unfamiliar with the way TeeSpring works, it’s a bit like a Kickstarter for shirts - if we don’t make the minimum sales goal: no-one gets charged and we all move on shirtless (though we hope you still have other shirts laying around the house).

That said I’ve set a low sales goal to avoid disappointment for those that really do want one. I didn’t pick the crummiest shirts available, I picked nicer ones in the middle-range that I’ve heard good things about.

The campaign will end on the 11th of February, 2015 so grab them while you can.