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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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March 15, 2012 0


I’ve recently started listening to quite a few podcasts, particularly at work or in the car using my fancy iPhone dock. Here’s my favourites: Ruby Freelancers: I’m not a freelancer (yet, maybe) but this podcast is full of really good information. How to find clients, manage with clients, contracts, expectations — all good info for […]

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February 21, 2012 10

Licensing Software (and lessons for Professional Photographers)

Many moons ago, I used to hang out on The Business of Software forum and one question kept coming up again and again: “How can I stop pirates stealing my software?”. Software has a long history of using licence codes, dongles, licensing servers, online registration, phoning-home activation, obfuscation and many other security techniques to ensure […]

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August 10, 2010 0

My New Leica

I’ve joined the exclusive Leica club! Some people lust for months, years or even decades over a Leica camera due to the huge expense involved in buying into that system. The idea of getting a Leica occurred to me in town on Saturday and today, Tuesday, it was finally in my hands. What’s more, it […]

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June 17, 2010 3

NEXtended – A blog for Sony NEX users

Just a quick note that I’ve started a new blog about Sony NEX cameras, called NEXtended. I’ll be concentrating on the various unique aspects of these cameras as well as the general aspects of photography. Hopefully, I’ll make it a regular publication and a lively community.

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February 12, 2010 5


I discovered Sugru just before Christmas and immediately jumped on the preorder queue hoping to nab a great present. As it turned out, lots of people did the same thing and they needed to ramp up production, so it was only recently that I finally received my pack. Sugru is awesomeness disguised as plasticine/playdoe/Mála/exercise putty. […]

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July 4, 2007 2

First published photo!

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind association runs a competition each year for doggy-related photos to include in their calendar. After much cajoling by my wife and mother (sometimes it’s a mixed blessing that they get on so well), I submitted three entries. Today I got a very polite letter informing me that one […]

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July 4, 2007 0

EXIF Date and Photo Titles in Smugmug

By default, my camera stores the comment “KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA” as the EXIF ImageDescription in each photograph I take. This isn’t much of a problem except that Smugmug thinks it’s a proper comment and displays it beneath each photo, which is pretty ugly: Until I’ve found a suitable workaround, the best option seems to […]

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June 11, 2007 2

Online Photo Galleries: Flickr vs Smugmug vs Picasaweb

My photo gallery has been neglected for over two years now and it’s time to do something about it: I’m going to kill it. I’ve decided to abandon hosting my own gallery and move to using an external site. I’m looking for something that will let me share albums of photos with friends and family, […]

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August 14, 2006 0

Crumpler “Stunner” Review

h2. Introduction The Crumpler “Stunner” is small photo bag capable of holding a DLSR and one or two lenses. !/notebook/images/36.jpg!

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August 4, 2006 1


h1. PhotoPlanet.py README Jamie Lawrence, 4th August, 2006 *This is a small script to “locate” your photos in “Google Earth”:http://earth.google.com/. It takes a GPS tracklog and a collection of photos, and generated a KML or KMZ file that allows Google Earth to pin thumbnails of your photos at the location where they were taken* !http://jamie.ideasasylum.com/notebook/images/35.jpg!

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