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 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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Episode 33 – Longshot Photo | A follow-up interview with Ken Long

This episode is a follow-up to Episode 16, where we talked to Ken about what he needed in a Photography website before Mark built him one. This episode is the post-mortem where Mark gets to find out what Ken thinks about the results!

Our Toolstar this week is Lenses for Hire, suggested by Ken.

Our jukebox picks are:
– Ken: ‘Amature Cartographer’ from the Monument Valley soundtrack.
– Ben: ‘Banstyle / Sappys Curry’ by Underworld.
– Mark: ‘Touch Tone’ by I am Robot and Proud.
Tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist.

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Episode 32 – WOW Plugins | An interview with Kimb Jones

In this episode we interview Kimb Jones, co-founder of the Make Do development agency  about his work, conference speaking and some ‘WOW’ WordPress plugins.

Some plugins we discuss:
Gravity Forms (www.gravityforms.com/)
Slim Jetpack (wordpress.org/plugins/slimjetpack/)
Disable Emojis(wordpress.org/plugins/disable-emojis/)
Disable Comments (wordpress.org/plugins/disable-comments/)
Duplicate and Merge Posts (wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-and-merge-posts/)
Menu Humility (wordpress.org/plugins/menu-humility/)
User Switching (wordpress.org/plugins/user-switching/)

Kimb supplies the ToolStar this episode:
‘Path Finder’ by Cocoatech, a premium replacement for the often aggravating Mac OS ‘Finder’.

Our jukebox pics are:
– ‘Druggers End Lane’ by Mistabishi.
– ‘Degrees of Light’ by Taylor Mcferrin.
Both tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist.

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Episode 31 – Dealing with mistakes | The whole kitten caboodle


Following some recent mistakes with recording and editing, Mark and I thought we’d talk about what happens when we make mistakes on client work, and how we deal with them.

My ToolStar this week is ‘Spectacle App’, a Mac OS application for snapping windows to pre-defined sizes with keyboard shortcuts.

We have another odd Jukebox this episode:
– ‘Interlude III’ byAlt-J (∆) is Mark’s suggestion and it’s only about 40 seconds long.
– ‘Superpositions’ by Nathan Fake is my suggestion, however I hadn’t chosen by the time of recording.
Both tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist.

– Hope you enjoy it! Ben

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Episode 30 – Designers should(n’t) code | An interview with Ben Brignell


In this episode we’re joined by Ben Brignell, a Designer, to talk about the crossover between ‘Design’ and ‘Code’. We discuss the ‘Designers Should Code’ ongoing debate, and talk about some practicalities of working with multi-disciplined individuals in the Web industry.

Guest Ben picked this week’s Toolstar:
Sketch, the design utility.

Jukebox recommendations this episode are:
– ‘Glass Jar’ by Gang Gang Dance, suggested by guest Ben.
– ‘Awake to You’ by Taylor Mcferrin from Mark.
– ‘Through Clouds’ by Gold Panda from Ben.
All three are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist, and while it exists, the Apple Music playlist too.

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Episode 29 – WordPress Plugin Development with Mark Wilkinson

On this week’s episode we’re interviewing Mark Wilkinson, a Web Developer from the UK specialising in WordPress development. Mark answers our questions on developing and maintaining Open Source plugins for distribution via the WordPress Plugins Directory as well as proving some advice and tips for beginners.

Guest Mark picked two ToolStars for us. First Gas Mask App, a simple utility for managing the hosts file on Macs. Second was Modern.ie VMs, a collection of VirtualMachine images for popular PC emulators to help developers test things in various combinations of Windows OSs and Internet Explorer versions.

Strangely, only co-host Mark has a Jukebox suggestion this time:
‘Aliquot’ by Poppy Ackroyd. There’s also an honourable mention for the artist ‘Moon Finger’ on Soundcloud.
‘Aliquot’ is added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist and while it exists, the Apple Music playlist too.

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