Someone made a Youtube video of about playing and modding a ZX Spectrum game I wrote 37 years ago when I was 16. I've written a bit about this fun reminder of my programming roots.

I've written about using Lambda@Edge with CloudFront to configure redirect rules for domains as a cheap way to keep URLs cool and avoid breaking the internet.

I now have multiple Rails apps each running in an isolated nix-shell with different versions of Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL & MySQL...

> Without saying what year you started coding, Quote this tweet with something (an ide, a build/ deploy process) to signify how long you've been coding


Kent Beck: "Software design is an exercise in human relationships, but that we as technologists have many tools at our disposal to do a better job of maintaining our part of those relationships."

More fun with nix. I've written about modifying the existing GitHub Action workflow that builds my personal website to use cachix/install-nix-action and nix-shell.

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Hey folks,

The domain name is up for renewal soon, and looking at the overall expenses of running this instance, we could _really_ use a few more supporters on Patreon to help cover costs.

If you can spare a couple of bucks, it'd be really helpful!

Super special thanks to the current patrons: @sidekiq @shanecav @passthejoe @MikeG1 and super-supporter @honeybadger :honeybadger:

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I've been playing with the nix package manager, mainly with the intention of using it to setup isolated development environments. I've written up how I used nix-shell to define a Ruby environment for building & serving my personal website locally...

I've just realised my positively ancient blog RSS feed is still generated via FeedBurner.

What's the best approach for providing a feed these days...?

Thanks in part to inspiration from people on, I've done some work on indieweb-ifying my personal website.

Hi, everyone. I'm sorry I haven't got round to introducing myself sooner...

I'm a developer at a London-based worker cooperative, Go Free Range (

I'm the original author of Mocha (, a popular open-source mocking framework for Ruby.

Are there any other Ruby developers on here?


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