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Why CSS really needs variables
17 Jan 2017 / The Web
CSS discourages repetition by nature, that much is obvious. One stylesheet does all the styling. But it's biggest problem is that it can often be quite a large file that needs to be downloaded with HTML. There are ways of shrinking it but none are quite as effective as using variables.
Why CSS really needs variables
Thoughts on my PhD
07 Dec 2016 / Life
I was accepted for my PhD in June of 2016 and at that point I was full of joy to be taking on something like this. You see, I'd always wanted to get a PhD and become Dr Balfour, only I didn't realise just how big a job it was. In this post I am going to explain why I've decided that this is not for me after all.
Apple MacBook Pro 2011 running slow - the fix
03 Dec 2016 / Technology
A while after I sold my perfectly running MacBook Pro 2011 13" to my brother in 2014 it began to run slow. In early 2016 he was so infuriated by the sluggish performance that he was going to be selling it as a spares. In this article I discuss the issue and the fix.
Web Design tips #1
12 Nov 2016 / The Web
This is my first article in which I am giving away some web design tricks and tips. This article is covering vertically aligning in the centre, leaving boundaries and styling radio buttons and checkboxes.
Will Firefox keep losing market share?
25 Oct 2016 / Technology
Firefox's future looks grim. Can it ever regain market share loss and become Faithful Firefox again?
Will Firefox keep losing market share?
Strolling through the JavaScript API libraries
23 Sep 2016 / The Web
Once upon a time, JavaScript was a small subsection of web design and web development. Now it represents a large portion of it. In this article, I'm going to step into the world of JavaScript and look at some of the new APIs and features.
Strolling through the JavaScript API libraries
Design tips: fixed menus and fragment identifiers
11 Sep 2016 / The Web
Fixed menus (ones that float) are very popular, but they do have issues. Specifically I'm talking about fragment identifiers, since they do not include the offset of the fixed menu. In this article, I'm going to show you a nifty little trick with CSS that fixes this.
Design tips: fixed menus and fragment identifiers
The day after...
07 May 2016 / Life
The day after my final day in university. Exciting but sad. I'm looking back at the wonderful time I've had at Heriot-Watt University!
The importance of using prepared statements
18 Apr 2016 / The Web
Prepared statements are something that every SQL developer should know about and yet, I asked several and not one of them knew what they are. This article intends to explore these fantastic tools and explain their benefits.
The importance of using prepared statements
Using mod_rewrite
04 Apr 2016 / The Web
Apache mod_rewrite is something I didn't know a lot about until recently, but what I have known about for a long time is how useful a tool it is for SEO. In this article I look in to how mod_rewrite can be used to improve SEO.