James Walker

James Walker

Web Developer


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Microsoft's next mission is all about digital transformation

Published on Friday July 28 2017 at 18:32 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 11:40 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 11:08 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 11:38 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 10:59 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 >

How fake news is changing social media and search online

Published on Sunday June 18 2017 at 10:38 in News Editorials

Fake news has been a stumbling point for internet companies since it came to the attention of the world last year. As the problem continues to spread, social networks and search providers are still devising ways of holding back and reversing the tide. In this report, I look at how fake news has proliferated and the methods social networks and search engines are using to combat the threat. Read >

Docs.com is shutting down

Published on Sunday June 11 2017 at 11:06 in General posts

Microsoft announced this week that its online document sharing service, Docs.com, is being closed down by the end of the year. All existing user files will be deleted. Microsoft is advising users to move to its LinkedIn SlideShare service instead. Read >

Qualcomm makes charging even faster with Quick Charge 4+

Published on Sunday June 4 2017 at 11:24 in News Editorials

Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 4+, the latest evolution of its widely used smartphone fast charging technology. The new version promises to be safer and slightly higher performing than its predecessor. It launched on its first device this week. Read >

The 2017 Surface Pro is here!

Published on Tuesday May 23 2017 at 20:39 in News Editorials

The 2017 Surface Pro has arrived... and it's just the Surface Pro! Microsoft has followed Apple in dropping numerals altogether, claiming the new convertible doesn't need them because it's the culmination of everything learnt from the past four generations. Read >

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