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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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January 15, 2013 0

Making Apartment & Delayed_Job play nicely

Background Delayed Job is a popular gem for running background tasks on Rails applications. Apartment is another useful gem for switching Postgresql schemas in response to particular subdomains (it means that visiting ibm.myapp.com will automatically switch to the ‘ibm’ schema and select * from user will only return IBM users). What’s the problem? Getting these two […]

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January 28, 2012 0

Renault Scenic, meet iPhone; iPhone meet Scenic

Sick of trying to find a CD to play in the car? Tired of listening to your spouses music on long drives? Wish you could listen to podcasts from your iPhone on the drive to work? And control the iPhone from the car’s steering wheel controls? Yeah, me too. I recently discovered that this wasn’t […]

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July 6, 2010 4

Broken Houses

This is my 2nd year of taking part in the Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo). This year I chose the topic “Broken Houses” — a look at the abandoned houses on the Co. Clare coast. You can download the low-def book PDF from the SoFoBoMo site, or view the flash version embedded below. View book […]

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March 11, 2009 3

“A Sign of the Times”

I’m going to swear now so turn away if you disapprove “A sign of the times” “In these difficult times” “The world we live in” “At least you still have a job” I fucking hate these stupid platitudes which are currently being banded around in boardrooms up and down the country (including ours, this morning, […]

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December 24, 2008 0

Dual Pricing

About 2 weeks ago I was thinking about the dual pricing issue in Ireland (whereby UK stores/brands markup their prices for the Irish market). There are many reasons given for this dual pricing (tax, wages, rent, transportation and most often, currency). It occurred to me that some of the major price differences can easily be […]

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November 1, 2008 0

BarCamp Cork

I had a good time at BarCamp Cork today, part of the recent movement of unconferences.  Basically, Foocamp was an invitation only conference so BarCamp was set up as the alternative scene, and these have been happening around the world since.  The sessions are all decided on the day with good ol’ fashioned post-it notes […]

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September 14, 2008 3

Retail Therapy

I’ve been quite depressed and restless lately. I’m not really sure what the problem is although there are plenty of good candidates. Anyway, for over a week I’ve had an overwhelming desire to plonk down a wad of cash on some extravagant piece of electronics: an XBox360, 20″ monitor, headphones for the gym, Apple ipod […]

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September 8, 2008 0

Stuck in the OpenID wilderness

I’ve been stuck in a rut with ShutterScouts recently. I started out creating a basic template, moved onto the domain model and coded the basic user authentication system. So far, so good, so easy(ish). But then I really wanted to support OpenID — I’d done it for one of my other sites so I figured […]

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July 31, 2008 0

boards.ie opens up archive data

boards.ie is opening up their archive of 10 years of discussions as part of an SFI-funded competition. boards.ie has an enormous breadth of discussion and whilst much of it is inane, it’s also a great resource for Irish-specific subjects or even just local product reviews. So what might I do if days were longer, work […]

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