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Microconf Europe 2015

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Microconf Europe 2015

It’s been 3 weeks since Microconf Europe and I’m finally getting time to reflect on the experience. I felt like a seasoned veteran now that it was my second Microconf; last year’s conference in Prague was hand-down the best conference...


Why Rollbar is the exceptional Exception Tracker

2015 07 02 at 23.00

I’ve used a few exception trackers over the years: first Airbrake (I won a lifetime account way back when); BugSnag for about a year; and Rollbar for the past few years.1

What does an Exception Tracker do?

We all make mistakes. Sometimes we forget...


It's all about the (creative) process

Its all about the creative process

How do you get from a design to actual code?

That was my big question last week and, if you’re primarily a developer, you might be wondering the same thing.

I hear a lot of web designers talking about working in Sketch or Photoshop, but I just couldn...


Implementing HexGrids in Ruby

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One of my favourite board games is Tantrix. I can be played as a puzzle like Solitaire or as a competitive game. We picked it up in New Zealand over 10 years ago (it was invented there) and we played it in the evenings as we travelled around. The rules...


Analysing a List of Names for Gender

2015 05 26 at 22.51

WebSummit decided that sending the names of 3000 attendees to people who still hadn’t availed of their wonderful offer would be a great idea. Personally, I found it offensive to receive the email — and my name wasn’t even on the list. I wonder how...


Delegation for Founders

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At last night’s “Built in Cork” event, an audience member asked the panel about growing a team and how they let go of doing all the jobs themselves (I’m paraphrasing).

There were some good answers on the night but here’s mine:

Read ‘The E-Myth Revisited...


Scared / Proud

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I’m about to do something really scary. Something that is scaring the crap out of me but which, in moments of logical clarity, I’m confident that I can do. This is what it’s like to have a fixed mindset.

I’m a few hours away from my first open water...


A Book Journey for Non-technical Founders

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There’s a gazillion business books out there, everything from tactile guides to strategic visions, from dry textbooks to inspiration biographies. A lot of good books didn’t make this list1 but I think it represents a good “journey” from the fear and...


Show, don’t tell

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Our 7yo started horse riding last summer and she really loved it but a fall, various sicknesses and bad weather meant she hadn’t been going regularly since December. Naturally, she’d built up some resistance to going back: horse riding is scary, tiring...


The key to my best swimming

My best swims come when i…

I was pacing around the house this morning drinking a Berocca, looking for paracetamol and procrastinating about going to the pool. My back was really sore; I was tired; and was feeling sick (I’ve got some long-term stomach problems). When I arrived...


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