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January 14, 2017
Issues with compiling partials with Koala

I started using Koala on a local version of this very website earlier this week and quickly ran into a compiling issue. Koala would only compile if I saved the ‘main’ SASS file. i.e – it was only watching one SASS file. After a few failed Goole searches I started getting a bit frustrated. I… View Article

December 19, 2016
How to fix MYSQL when it won't start with MAMP

Ever gone to boot up MAMP, apache starts fine but then MYSQL refuses to? I’ve run into this problem on many occasions and in most cases the following method works: 1. Shut down MAMP. 2. Open Terminal or iTerm and type ‘killall -9 mysqld‘ (Note you may need to type ‘sudo‘ at the beginning if… View Article

October 10, 2016
Stop iPhone automatically opening iTunes

When I’m freelancing on the move I often need/want my phone next to me while I’m working, and if it needs charging I will do so via a USB port on my mac. This has one annoying issue that comes with it though…Each time I plug in my iPhone, iTunes automatically tries to open. Luckily the… View Article

September 13, 2016
How I write my blog posts

Writing can be very difficult, and its different for everyone. Over the years of writing for several successful blogs, I have found a method that works for me and I thought it would be interesting to share with you. Sadly, I’m not as organised as I would like to be and that’s my biggest bug-bear… View Article

September 12, 2016
How to stay motivated

Motivation is a key thing when you are working on your own, and its also difficult to maintain at times. When work gets slow it can be really hard to push on and stay positive as well as focused. Finding what motivates you is really a personal journey but there are definitely methods that I… View Article

September 9, 2016
3 tips to improve your coding overnight

Coding is a precise art, and as passionate coders, we all want to get it right. We want everything to work smoothly for our clients so learning and improvement is of vast importance. From my experience as a a freelance web designer and coder, I have put together 3 tips to help you improve your… View Article

November 5, 2015
Run multiple Jekyll installs on your local machine

Jekyll is an amazingly cool static website generator. Recently I have been using it for clients and personal projects. Its fast to set up and easy to deploy. One of the things I also really like about it, is that it supports SASS out of the box and compiles for you as you save. Neat!… View Article

October 31, 2015
Create a shortcut (alias) in Terminal

If you frequently use Terminal you will be well aware of how annoying it is to have to constantly navigate to folders you regularly use. Luckily there is a simple way of creating permanent shortcuts where you set what you type in order to navigate to the folder you want. 1.Open Terminal. 2. Type ‘open… View Article

May 20, 2015
Teach and educate your readers

For many, building a successful blog feels like a dark art. I’ve blogged for more than 10 years, yet still there are times when making something a success feels like a complete mystery. I browse my favourite blogs and despite them churning out average content, they seem to attract thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve often asked… View Article

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