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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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December 28, 2015 0

Appy New Year

I looked back over the past year to find the new apps that changed the way I work, those that lived up to their promise, and those which have earned their place on my laptop (or iPhone, or web browser). ZoomIt (mac) A great little app for inspecting the details of a site. Are those […]

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June 14, 2014 0

A Beautiful Anarchy = An Intentional Life

David duChemin is one of my favourite photographic authors — his many books have taught me how to think, and see, and plan, and visualise the photos I take. In fact, David’s books have had such a personality and presence that they’ve taught me as much as in-person workshops with the likes of David Noton. […]

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April 17, 2013 1

Geeking out about Water (Containers)


I’m a freak: a computer programmer that doesn’t drink coffee. I don’t drink tea either. Or hot chocolate (unless I’ve just been swimming with dolphins in the seas off New Zealand and hypothermia is a possible concern). I like ice cold drinks: Fruit juice, orange squash, Coke or 7UP, and mostly just water. One of […]

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January 26, 2013 0

Curing the SAD

About 2.5weeks ago I was ridiculously sleepy in the middle of the day, couldn’t think and was basically wiped out. It was like having the flu only without the fever or any actual sickness. I eventually realised that a lot of the symptoms pointed to Seasonal Affected Disorder. Yes folks, I haz the sad. After […]

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June 5, 2012 0

My Favourite iPad Apps for Producers


A criticism levelled at the iPad is that it’s just for browsing the web, watching movies and playing games. Since I have such a crap broadband connection, I don’t watch movies and downloading massive games is out the window too. After some experimentation, I’ve found a few really good apps for actually doing some productive […]

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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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March 23, 2009 1

BizCamp Limerick

I spent this Saturday at BizCamp Limerick — a thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and educational experience. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend every presentation but here’s some brief notes from those I did attend. Mary Carty gave a great introduction to email marketing: It’s free; Be personal; Start a conversation; Get permission, never buy a list; Make it […]

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March 11, 2009 0

FOWA Dublin

I took two days holidays last week to attend the FOWA Dublin conference and thought I’d contribute to the wealth of blog posts on this event: Ryan Carson gave a very practical, actionable talk about starting a small web business. A terrific start to the event and well worth listening too. If nothing else, it […]

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November 17, 2008 0

Man’s Search for Meaning

My review rating: 5 of 5 stars This is an inspirational book; not in that fluffy, chirpy plastic way of too many popular books but in the shear darkness of the author’s story and his attitude during it. Part of the appeal of this book lies in the historical account from a survivor of the […]

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