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2022

Installing WordPress with Helm

One of the many advantages of Helm is that it gives you a one-command installation method for many popular apps. It would take a while to create all the nece...

Getting Started with Helm

So far in this series, we’ve created some very simple Kubernetes applications. If you built something more complicated, with dozens of manifests, it would be...

Creating a Kubernetes Service Manifest

Last time, we created a simple manifest to launch a Kubernetes deployment. Although we found a Pod lurking in minikube dashboard, we couldn’t actually see an...

Creating a Simple Kubernetes Manifest

In my previous post, I showed you how to create a Kubernetes deployment imperatively at the command line. Although this is a quick method, it’s not a good ch...

Creating a Jekyll Site with Docker

Although it only takes a minute to create a Jekyll site, you could easily spend a large chunk of your life installing the environment. A query on the Write t...

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2021

How to Take Really Long Screenshots

Capturing long webpages is a pain. In this short demo, I’ll show you how you can save them easily with a paid Chrome extension called GoFullPage.

How to Use a Second Camera in Zoom

In this 90-second demo, I’ll show you a little-known setting in Zoom that allows you to use a second camera. This is great for sharing objects and techniques...

Quick and Easy Video Captions with Sonix

If you’re making videos, you need to start creating captions, too. They’re vital for accessibility and also some of your audience will watch videos with the ...

Easy Noise Reduction with Audacity

Once you get into audio and video recording, background noise will drive you absolutely mad. Although there are lots of solutions out there, most of them are...

How to Edit Audio with Descript

With Descript, editing audio is as easy as editing a Word document. You import your file, allow the app to transcribe it, then you can start tweaking the tra...

Insights from 2020

I started the year feeling tired. I was running an awful lot of workshops around the south east, many of them weekend events. Thanks to the vagaries of our r...

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2020

The Art of Deliberate Practice

One of my favourite cartoons shows a despondent chicken telling his violin teacher, “I don’t want to practice! I want to skip to the part where I’m awesome.”...

How to Turn Your Phone into a Webcam

One of the many challenges we’ve faced during lockdown is the difficulty of obtaining technical gubbins. At a time when many of us are reliant on video confe...

My Favourite Books of 2019

One of my many resolutions for 2019 was to read more books. Although some of the other resolutions were quietly abandoned, I’m pleased to report that I read ...

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2019

The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi

When we want to quit a destructive habit, it’s common to be hard on ourselves. We don’t just start with a gentle 20-minute canter around the block, it has to...

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