Episode 43 – Perch CMS | An interview with Clive Walker

This week Ben and I are joined by Front End (or is that Front-End) developer Clive Walker to talk about Perch CMS. We have a lot of positive things to say about it, it’s powerful and flexible, but easy to use. We also talk about Perch’s many free add-ons, including the recently added Perch Shop e-commerce platform.  Just so you know, we’re not being sponsored by Perch, we just really like it. It’s become my CMS of choice, and I reckon it’s well worth trying out. Clive also tells us about the Perchology newsletter, which contains all sorts of goodies for Perch developers, and the Horsham Co-Working project.

Clive’s Toolstar is Curated, an app for putting together a digest newsletter, which Clive uses to create the Perchology newsletter.

My Jukebox choice this time is a solid gold classic, Teardrop by Massive Attack. Clive’s pick is Big Calm, the whole album, by Morcheeba (we’ll pick a track for the playlist). Ben didn’t have a track this week, bad Ben! Clive and my tracks will be added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist.

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The music we use for various intro bits, stings and outro is ‘Vitreous Detachment’ by Origamibiro, used with kind permission.

– Mark

Perch Runway     Perchd.io     Clive’s Twitter

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Episode 42 – PC vs Mac | Apple comes down the mountain

Following Apple’s New MacBook announcement on Oct 27th 2016, we felt the need to discuss the matter of PC vs Mac again. Things have changed since last time (Relativepaths – 35-pc-versus-mac-versus-sandals). Then I was sure I was going to switch to Mac, but now I’m not so sure.

My Jukebox choice this time is ‘Rustling and Pure’ by Cass, a return to form from me after a few polarising picks. Ben’s choice is ‘Butterflies’ by Anchorsong. Both make their way onto the Relative Paths Playlist.

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Dave Goes Windows Finale     Benjamin Button MacBook Pro Review     Dave Goes Build

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Episode 41 – Working with Designers | “Do you Etch-a-Sketch?”


This week we spoke with designer and co-host of the Deeply Graphic Design Cast Mikelle Morrison about the sometimes tricky subject of designers and developers working together. Mikelle gives lots of insight into what developers and designers can do to cooperate successfully without too much drama.

We didn’t have an official Toolstar this week, but Mikelle and Ben talked about how much they liked Sketch (I’m a Windows user so I sat in the corner).

My track for the Relative Paths Playlist was ‘Eden Liquindi 2’ by the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon. I really like it, but Ben might need a bit of time to make friends with it perhaps.

Ben’s track for the  Relative Paths Alt Playlist was ‘Dirge’ by Death in Vegas. Classic Ben.

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Mikelle’s Instagram     Deeply Graphic Design Cast – Dealing With Developers Episode     Malc’s Interview (Working with Developers)     Invision App     The Dilbert Cartoon We Mentioned

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Episode 40 – Going Limited | “Daft Bunk”

This episode we’re pleased to welcome back Mark Wilkinson, first interviewed in Episode 29. We quiz Mark about his leap from ‘sole-trading freelancer’ to the founder of Limited company ‘Highrise Digital’. Mark W provides lots of useful information for anyone considering a similar move: financial matters, VAT, partnering up, and employees.

Mark W’s picked the Toolstar, and chose QuickCast, a simple to use screencasting app, providing easy recording, publishing and sharing.

For the Relative Paths Playlist, my submission is ‘Eating Hooks’ (instrumental) by Moderat. It comes from the instrumental version of their 2016 Album ‘III’.

Mark’s track is called ‘Try the Bass’ by Ronald Jenkees. It’s nuts. NUTS. Added to the Relative Paths Alt Playlist

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Highrise Digital     Mark on Twitter     Mark’s Blog    Rachel Andrew’s blogposts on vatmoss     Licecap     Nimbus Screen Capture and Video Recorder

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Episode 39 – HTTPS | “Deliver some dog justice”


This episode we tackle HTTPS. What it is, what’s changed over the years, and why you should be using it now. We also touch on HTTP/2 where relevant and talk about some ways to make the jump to HTTPS if you’ve not done so already. We reference info from a lot of sites, links are down below.

Mark’s Toolstar is Why No Padlock, a web service for easily and quickly identifying insecure site content that might prohibit a browser from displaying a ‘secure’ padlock symbol in the address bar.

My track for the Relative Paths Playlist is the Dave Morley remix of ‘Kinetic’ by Golden Girls. Apollo Records, 1993. It’s cheesy and long. Sorry…

Mark’s track is ‘Decisions’ by Taylor McFerrin feat. Emily King, from the 2014 collaborative album ‘Early Riser’. This one’s going on our Alt playlist.

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HTTPS Usage Statistics     What Is HTTPS?     HTTP vs HTTPS Speed Test     HTTPS’ Massive Speed Advantage     Chrome HTTP/2 and SPDY Indicator Plugin     Service Worker API     Depreciating Non-Secure HTTP     Getting Ready For HTTP2     Let’s Encrypt     Redirect HTTP To HTTPS     HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) In .htaccess     Redirect and HSTS In .htaccess     Risks of HSTS and Preloading     SEO Tips and Tricks for Using HTTPS on Your Website (Ignore the bit about protocol relative URLs though!!)

 

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Episode 38 – Mistakes x 2 | “It’s a bit like mousetrap”

We had a recording go bad a little while ago and ended up losing a potentially very good episode and wasting a guests time. So this week we talked about what happened and what to do when things go wrong. It’s all fixed now though! We also talk a bit more about PC vs Mac and my second thoughts about making the switch, and limited edition Muse CD’s.

Our Toolstar and sponsor this week is Loopback, cable free audio routing by Rogue Amoeba. Loopback gives you the power of a high-end studio mixing board, right inside your computer! We use it to manage recording guest interview episodes with VoIP.

My track for the Relative Paths Alt Playlist is Protection by Massive Attack, from their 1995 album Protection. It’s a classic.

Ben’s track is Bulk by Silo. Industrial electronic meatiness, also going on the Relative Paths Alt Playlist.

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– Mark

Dave Rupert Goes Windows

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Episode 37 – Personal Sites | “Disappointment will spur them on”

This episode we are supposed to be talking about personal websites… we don’t really. What we DO do (dodo! wahaha!) is go off-topic, then take a diversion from the off-topic which brings us neatly to an aside and the end of the show. Great. Please don’t leave us…

Toolstar:
I talk about WordPress specific hosting and plug Manchester based 34SP.
Mark likes his new Siteground hosting and extolls some of its virtues.

We have no Jukebox, we thought it was too long. I’m so sorry *tears*. But the Alternative Jukebox and original Jukebox are still worth a listen.

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Episode 36 – Details | “Billy the Whippet”

We’re back after another pretty long break with an episode about the little details that make life as a webby type bearable.

Toolstar:
Mark introduces us to ‘Input’, a font system for coders from Font Bureau.
There’s also an update on the status of Sublime Text.

Two new tracks for the Alternative Jukebox:
My pick is ‘Japanese Electronics’ by Commix, from the 2007 album ‘Call to Mind’.
Mark’s choice is ‘You’ from Gold Panda’s 2010 album ‘Lucky Shiner’.
The original Jukebox is also on Spotify

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Episode 35 – PC versus Mac | “versus Sandals”

Slightly controversially this episode, Mark and I tackle the perennial subject of Mac versus PC. Since editing the episode, I now realise I probably upset Linux users and BMW drivers… Sorry y’all.

For a Toolstar suggestion for Mark I plug MAMP Pro for Mac, with an honorable mention for WAMP for Window.

Mark’s pic for the new Alternative Jukebox is ‘Computer World’ by Kraftwerk’s 1981 album of the same name. I revel in being allowed Lyrics with Little Dragon’s ‘Ritual Union’ from their 2011 album, also called ‘Ritual Union’.
Both tracks are on The Alt Relative Paths Playlist.

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Dave Rupert – Dave Goes Windows    Ross Wintle – PC to Mac    Linux.com    Dell XPS 15 CNET Review     Microsoft Surface Book CNET Review

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Episode 34 – “Just chat really” | No real plan

After a long, accidental break due to illness and busy, we’re back… and we don’t have a theme or subject!

Alas there’s no ToolStar this episode, but we DO introduce a new playlist. For a while we’ve wanted to include certain tracks that maybe have lyrics, or aren’t necessarily good to work to, and now we have a place for them: The Alt Relative Paths Playlist.

– ‘Rusty Nails’ by Moderat is my first submission.
– ‘Aminals’ by Baths is Mark’s suggestion.

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