Installing PHP5.6 or greater on Mac OS X El Capitan

Updated 20th August 2016 You can still follow these guidelines below, however Jack Skinner has posted up an easier way to install PHP7 using homebrew here: https://developerjack.com/blog/2015/12/11/Installing-PHP7-with-homebrew/ Back to the original post If, like me, you are keen to work with the latest…

New Blog hosting

Woohoo! I've moved the blog over to free ghost hosting at OpenShift by RedHat. You can get free Ghost hosting too from OpenShift Thanks guys…

Book review: Rocket Surgery Made Easy (Steve Krug)

This is an easy-to-read book that presents itself as a hands-on guide to advancing the cause of usability — and user-testing in particular — within your organisation. It is a follow-up and a companion to “Don’t Make Me Think.” It is packed full of sage, practical advice and good commonsense tips…

Proof that Social Networking is inversely proportional to productivity!

I periodically check my score on Klout to see how well it ranks the general interest of the kinds of information I am posting and the amount of activity taking place on my twitter, facebook, App.net and LinkedIn. The thing is, a score on Klout is pretty transient; you…

Better vi with numeric keypad (Mac OS + iTerm)

I use iTerm as my preferred terminal of choice now, ever since I read this article by Remy Sharp about the optimal Terminal setup. I followed Remy’s advice almost to the letter, except I skipped the bit about battery life as I’m generally permanently plugged in. Oh and…

Fixing CodeIgniter paths with htaccess on Gandi.net

I use CodeIgniter a lot. Pretty much all the time. It’s an excellent platform for rapid and disciplined PHP development. I have recently started working with Gandi.net a very well-specified and reasonably-priced domain- and web-hosting service based in France. This on the recommendation of the Bristol-based UnderScore [_] network.…