James Walker

James Walker

Web Developer


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My new dev server

Published on Sunday September 10 2017 at 10:43 in General posts

Last week, I completed my new workspace, encompassing a reworked physical environment, new PC and my first dedicated dev server. In this post, I detail the latter and what it's being used for. Read >

My new PC

Published on Sunday September 3 2017 at 16:00 in General posts

This week, I rebuilt my workspace, encompassing a new desk environment, PC and gaming peripherals. This post details my 2018 build list. Read >

Being More Agile

Published on Friday August 25 2017 at 18:15 in General posts

This week I've been trying to be more agile in my software development planning. By focusing on the problem, rather than the features, I've so far succeeded in getting more meaningful work done. Read >

Shipping industry at risk of cyberattacks by hackers and pirates

Published on Sunday August 20 2017 at 16:16 in News Editorials

Hackers are increasingly targeting shipping firms to extract business information, attempt audacious frauds and steal goods from vessels. Members of the security industry warned shipping firms are often unaware of the dangers. Read >

Microsoft's next mission is all about digital transformation

Published on Friday July 28 2017 at 17:32 in News Editorials

"Digital transformation" is a hot topic both inside and outside of tech right now. All the major technology companies are getting involved but Microsoft is one of the firms most vocally touting the supposed benefits of digitally transforming existing industries. Read >

How to improve GitLab performance on a Raspberry Pi

Published on Sunday July 16 2017 at 10:40 in General posts

Running GitLab on a Raspberry Pi can be a painful experience at first. My first attempt at using the web interface after installation proved to be excruciating, with many pages taking close to a minute to load and requests frequently timing out. In this post, I'll share two simple changes that can make GitLab much more usable on a Pi. Read >

How to set up GitLab with an existing Apache web server

Published on Sunday July 9 2017 at 10:08 in Programming

GitLab is the most popular self-hosted Git server, offering everything you need to run your own web interface into your repositories. When you install GitLab, it includes a bundled Nginx web server that works out of the box. If you already have an Apache server configured on the machine, you'll need to customise GitLab to disable Nginx and route requests through an Apache reverse proxy instead. This tutorial details the changes you'll need to make. Read >

Crowdfunding the future – why peer-to-peer finance is no longer just about tech

Published on Sunday July 2 2017 at 10:38 in News Editorials

Crowdfunding sites are all the rage right now. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have given start-ups a new way to gain exposure and lift their brand off the ground. The approach is also revolutionising established industries though, from real estate to banking. In this article, I look at how crowdfunding is having a transformative effect on investment and how it will continue into the near-term. Read >

Labov's narrative theory

Published on Sunday June 25 2017 at 09:59 in A-Level English

Labov's narrative theory considers how the structure of most narratives follows a defined grammar. It's based on the study of real-world narratives after Labov noticed most discussions follow a set syntax. In this introductory article, I recount the major components of the theory and how it's applied to discourse. Read >

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