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Jamie Lawrence

Jamie Lawrence

I help non-technical founders start their business, build their product, get their first customers, and grow their technical team. I'm a generalist software engineer and I've worked with many different languages over the past 15 years but my current tool of choice is Ruby on Rails. I'm also an enthusiastic photographer and a novice archer

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September 2, 2014 0

Don’t put me in one of those

Grave

When I die Don’t keep me in a box Don’t put me in the ground Or mark my resting place with a giant granite headstone Don’t cover me with gravel hemmed in by a little granite wall And whatever the fuck you do, Don’t arrange cheap tat on my grave I am not a garden […]

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August 28, 2014 0

How your business model affects your hosting choice

This business would look for cheaper hosting providers

I’ve mentioned this a few times in conversation recently so it probably deserves a blog post. Heroku is the go-to host for Rails applications but there are often complaints about how expensive it is. What these startups don’t realise, is that their chosen business model has limited their hosting choices. Heroku is free to play, […]

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August 25, 2014 0

The tools we use, are the tools we use

Markdown formatting

because writing and formatting Markdown is smooth and natural — shit HackerNews says Well, they’re partially right: Markdown is a pretty natural format for programmers to use. After all, our primary tool is the text editor, and we are familiar with tools to process that text into presentable formats. I got into writing Markdown after […]

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August 7, 2014 0

Fixing the Fixed Mindset?

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I’m reading Carol Dweck’s ‘Mindset’ and it’s been like a punch in the gut to me. I don’t have a fixed mindset, do I? Do I believe that intelligence and ability is fixed at birth? “No, of course not, the notion is ridiculous” …my conscious-self replies. And yet when I look deeper at my thoughts […]

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August 6, 2014 0

Discovering Hedgie — Building a Hedgehog Footprint Tunnel

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Last Friday I was out taking a photo of the sunset when I heard some shuffling around in the nettles separating our garden from the field. Sure enough, snuffling around in the undergrowth was the brown shape of a hedgehog. I couldn’t get a clear photo and he’d disappeared once I’d called my wife. But […]

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August 5, 2014 0

Ansible syntax highlighting for Sublime

Highhlighted as Ansible

If you’ve done any work in Ansible you’ll know that it uses YAML files for the bulk on the configuration. Whilst you can just make do with a standard YAML syntax highlighting, Ansible uses variables inside lines and Jinja template tags that it would be nice to visually highlight. First, you’ll need to install the […]

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August 5, 2014 0

Every business is a lifestyle business

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I don’t like the term ‘lifestyle business’ as it’s commonly used in a dismissive and derogatory sense. What does a ‘lifestyle business’ commonly mean when used this way? not “too big” (in every way) not “ambitious” probably bootstrapped not funded small team, typically just the founder relatively “small” revenue And what sort of “lifestyle” would […]

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July 8, 2014 0

The Best Smoothie

I defy you not to like this smoothie. It’s like drinking a dessert. I was just a little bit excited about it last night and it didn’t disappoint after my morning swim: If the pool was open now I'd head over and do 5k just to get that smoothie. Why isn't the pool open now? […]

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July 7, 2014 1

Surviving as a developer in your 30′s

Don't grow up, it's a trap

What a ridiculous title, right? I mean, yes, I’ll be 37 in August but I’m hardly over the hill. Am I? Am I?! I heard people on Twitter saying what an amazing achievement it would be for Roger Federer, at the age of 32, to still be able to win a Wimbledon final (he lost). […]

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June 29, 2014 0

Get Shit Done, Survivorship Bias and Being Wealthy

I’m reading Niall Harbison’s book ‘Get Sh*t Done’ and while I can’t give a full review (I’m only on Chapter 2), I needed to call out this argument which I’ve seen made too often: Twitter founder Evan Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Ralph Lauren, John Lennon, Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks are just a few […]

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