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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Ben’s Twitter     Ben’s Site    Frisbee Fodder     A11Y Slack

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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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Episode 28 – Going Live | Build a website on an Etch-a-Sketch

This week, Mark declares that he’s ready to Go Live! We chat about finding work, last-minute concerns, and other nonsense.

My Toolstar this week is BrowserStack, a service that allows users to fire up other Browser/OS combinations from within their browser.

My Jukebox addition is ‘In Praise of Shadows’ by CFCF. Mark’s is ‘Aquarius’ by jukebox perennials Boards of Canada. Both tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist, and while it exists, the Apple Music playlist too.

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

If you listen regularly, please leave a review or comment wherever it is you like to listen to us. Sometimes we like to know people are listening, and what we can do to improve. We’d particularly love an iTunes review.

– Ben

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Episode 27 – Customer Education | Like people in music shops


This week Ben and I talk about customer education. What exactly do we mean by it, and how do we do it. Ben also tells a fascinating story about cables, listen out for that!

Out Toolstar this week is Lynda.com, which had many courses that end users and clients could find useful.

My read of the week is  How To Successfully Educate Your Clients On Web Development by Aurimas Adomavicius, It’s a bit long in the tooth but still relevant.

Ben’s Jukebox track for this week is ‘i’ by Aphex Twin. Mine is ‘Midnight Feast’ by Mr Scruff. Both tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist.

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

If you like the show, please leave a review or comment wherever you like to listen to us, it helps us to keep the podcast going. We’d particularly love an iTunes review.

– Mark

Brian Duffy – WP Applied     WP Beginner     Let me Google that for you

 

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Episode 26 – Customer Care | Hug their heart


After a fairly long break due to ‘busy’, we’re back with an episode about ‘Customer Care’. We talk about just how ‘friendly’ is appropriate when dealing with customers, and practically how we might draw a line.

Our ‘Toolstar’ is Slack, the answer to IRC in the twenty-tens. We love it and use it.

Mark’s read of the week is ‘A New Yorker walks into a San Francisco start up…’ by Jennifer Danie.

Our Jukebox track for this week are ‘Pinnacles’ by Four Tet, chosen by Ben. Mine is ‘We Float’ by Dustin O’halloran. Both tracks are added to the Relative Paths Spotify Playlist.

If you like out show, please leave a review or comment wherever you like to listen to us, it helps us to keep the podcast going. We’d particularly love an iTunes review.

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

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Unfinished Business Podcast     Innocent Drinks     Online disinhibition effect

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