My Ramblings

This is a blog about design, front-end development, WordPress and other random musings by Liam Jay

Apple's iPod Classic

A forlorn farewell to the iPod Classic

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The original iPod music player debuted 13 years ago, in October 2001, and on September 9th 2014, Apple quietly discontinued the iPod classic after unveiling the new iPhone 6. I’m not an overly sentimental person, especially when it comes to technology – I’m normally of the opinion that the old needs to make way for… Continue Reading +

Sharing on Facebook without Javascript

Adding a share link to Facebook without using JavaScript

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Recently I had to add a Facebook sharing link into a webpage where Javascript was not available, and I wasn’t sure if it was possible. After some researching I discovered that it was indeed possible if all you need is the basic functionality, and really, why would you want to overcomplicate things? The following method… Continue Reading +

Gearbox Software Logo

Why I think Gearbox Software Flippin’ Rock!

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Towards the end of the last console generation, Borderlands 2 has easily been my most avidly played game, and I spent a fair amount of time on the first Borderlands game too. Both games were made by Gearbox Software. During my attempt at getting all of the in-game trophies, I was intrigued by one of… Continue Reading +

Sass cache Grunt error

Solving an issue involving Grunt and the Sass cache

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I’ve recently been trying out Grunt instead of the tried and trusted CodeKit as there’s a few things I really like about it, one of which is how customisable it is. I set Grunt us to watch my Sass/Scss files and compile whenever I saved them. Sadly, one issue I was struggling with was a… Continue Reading +

Code wrapping

Sublime Text 3 – wrapping selection in tag shortcut

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As a front-end web developer, something I seem to end up doing a lot of times is wrapping individual lines, or wrapping a section of code with HTML tags. For example, I might have received a text document from a client with copy for their website and I need to wrap the supplied content in… Continue Reading +

Captcha Example

Something you didn’t know about CAPTCHA

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You know those annoying boxes that make you enter a few words into a box before you can continue submitting a comment/downloading a file/some other action, they’re called CAPTCHA or Completely Automated Public Turing tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Their main purpose is to help in preventing spam, but there’s another bonus reason… Continue Reading +

Cake Slices

And so it ends!

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It feels a little aberrant to write this, but I won’t be posting cake recipes online every month next year! I’ll still be baking the occasional cake, but after 24 months and 26 cakes, my little side-project 12cakes.com is coming to an end. It started as a simple plan to help encourage me to make… Continue Reading +

Machinarium

My favourite games from this generation

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It’s a little strange but exciting to think that, after many years of waiting and speculation, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be cropping up in living rooms all over the world. It’s a tantalising prospect but before the current generation of games starts to fade into a distant memory, I thought I’d write… Continue Reading +