Lowering the bar.

Have you ever fallen into a well? Me either. It would have made a great excuse as to why I haven't written a single blog post in seven years. I'm lowering the bar for myself. Writing should be escapism, expression, writing should be sun drenched mornings after your only coffee…

Total Car Check and Open Data

When I first started Total Car Check [https://totalcarcheck.co.uk/], I knew that data would play a large part in the success of the organisation. There has been a big push over the past few years from this government to try and release as much data as possible in…

Developing a hybrid phone app with Monaca and Phonegap

Background What was the problem? We needed a phone app for our commercial application. Our web stack is built on ASP.net MVC and we use C# on the backend. Xamarin - Not right for us Naturally there has been alot of buzz around Xamarin, so I gave it a…

What is a startup anyway?

I've come to the conclusion that the word/phrase 'Start-up' is now totally without useful meaning. This has probably been true for a while, but I constantly see its use abused, conflated and inverted. Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Startup_company] defines it as: > Startup: a company, a partnership…

Tips for a .NET startup

Over the past two years I've been standing on the shoulders of giants (read: stealing code/ hiding my sources) in order to create and launch my start-up (oh how I hate calling it a start-up). So, if you use .Net and you'd like my opinion on some of the best…

No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank

I’ve always admired the quotes of Anne Frank [http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/anne_frank.html], for several reasons. Firstly, even through translation her brevity and clarity are hard to match in any form of literature I’ve ever read. The quote “I must uphold my ideals,…