Self Isolation Day 4 and 5 – Homeschool

Virus PNG Designed By nickfz from Pngtree.com. I missed the individual blog post for day 4, as I was a little bit sleepy because of the events of isolation day 3. On day 4 however, I spent most of my blogging time writing this post on WP_Query style loops for Gutenberg for my Wholesome Code blog,…

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…

How to make Responsive Web Design (RWD) Background Images

I work with Dave Green on a daily basis at our WordPress focused web development agency Make Do. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a service that comes as standard with all of our products.

Code Clinic, Front End North, Remote Working – A Grand Day out in Sheffield

Remote working culture gives employees the freedom to work anywhere, and as this week WordPress Sheffield had their Code Clinic (which I was presenting at), my team and I took it upon ourselves to have a grand day out in Sheffield. Business Planning / Company Culture We started off the day with a spot of…

The Bike-Shed Effect

Bikeshedding: Placing too much importance on trivial things. Today I found a blog post from a former Local Government colleague of mine, all about “bikeshedding”, or the Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to give it its official name. Bikeshedding is a term to explain the phenomenon of focus being placed on a trivial part of an overall solution, while ignoring…

Embracing and Growing a Digital Community

Featured photo by Shaun Bellis. Barnsley is where it all began for me, both literally and metaphorically speaking (I was born there, and my business is based there). So you could say that I have a bit of an attachment to that particular town, and that probably explains why I (along with a bunch of other…

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…