Turning a Broken Windows Laptop Into a Working Chromebook

My wife owned a broken old Acer Ultrabook running Windows 10 (originally running Windows 7). It was a lovely little thing when it was new with some great specs, but as the years went by it became unusable. So I took it upon myself to ‘fix it’. And by ‘fix it’ I mean turn it …

Hackathon – Hack the DMC – March 2018

Hackathons (or Hack Days) are a great way to engage with technical people in your community (not to mention one or two business folks and entrepreneurs), they are also a huge amount of fun! Over the 9th and 10th of March I attended the 24 hour hackathon Hack the DMC at Barnsley Digital Media Centre, with an …

Managing a Large Website Using Task Based Navigation

During my time in the NHS and Local Government I learned a lot about managing large and complex websites, and I figured I would share my knowledge with those of you that may be in the process of making sense of a big website, and who may be trying to make it more customer focused. Of course you …

A Hackathon in Barnsley

Featured photo by Shaun Bellis. On Saturday 6th July 2013 the company I founded Make Do, held their first ever hackathon at the Barnsley DMC to great acclaim, which incidentally was the first ever event of its kind to be hosted in Barnsley. The ‘Layershift‘ (our event sponsor) hack day brought to the borough a mixture of entrepreneurs, technology …