Custom commands for Slack & running jokes

At work we’ve switched over from Skype to Slack as our intra-office IM tool, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed. I used it before when I was part of a team running Dota 2 tournaments in university, but there were only 4 of us actually using it so I didn’t realise the full capabilities of it. We’ve set up a bunch of custom responses from the ever useful slackbot for a lot of frequently asked questions, but that’s fairly simple to do and isn’t that customisable. What I’ve been really interested in is creating custom commands, which are much more powerful....

Twitter Ads for Business

Ever since I added the Twitter account of the company I work for to my description on Twitter I’ve been bombarded with emails and information about running ads for my small business. I’m not sure why saying that I’m employed means that my account is no longer a personal one, but I have found the whole thing quite interesting. My first thoughts were along the lines of “wow, this is really annoying” and “why do I want to increase my Christmas sales?” but I’m actually considering spending a small amount of money and trying something out. I have a reasonable...

Day 1 of learning webdev

Today was a day of trying things out and getting everything set up. I built a very basic page to begin with, including some simple Javascript and a separate css file. I’ve also installed Google Analytics and Tag Manager and taught myself enough Javascript to put a button in the footer that fires a custom event through to Analytics when clicked on! All in all, a very successful start!

A new job and some new projects!

I’ve recently got a job in the web / tech industry and I figured that now was probably a good time to actually put in some effort and learn HTML, CSS and Javascript from the ground up. I’ve done work with them before, of course, but the majority of that was editing existing code to do what I wanted and not writing it myself. So, with that in mind I’ve set myself a new project: to move this site off WordPress and write it from scratch myself. An actual functioning blogging platform seems a little out of reach at this stage...

Finally, some actual content!

Well, it’s finally happened! After about a month of setting up servers, installing things and immediately breaking them, this site is finally live running a mail server alongside the rest of the LAMP stack! Well, when I say ‘this server’ I actually mean ‘this domain’ as I’ve cheated more than a little and currently am running the website and mail services on two separate VPS’s. I’d set up plently of WordPress installs on Ubuntu before but never owned a domain of my own, so this was the first time I’d had the oportunity to do anything to do with email,...