An open letter to Amazon about the closure of Lovefilm

A torn Lovefilm envelope. Image shamelessly stolen from http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-08-15-dvd-and-blu-ray-rental-service-lovefilm-by-post-to-be-closed-forever-on-halloween

Dear Amazon,

Please don't close Lovefilm down.

Yes, it many ways it was archaic, inefficient and probably not very profitable. Yes, it was literally written as LOVEFiLM and navigating the homepage without the mouse triggering those popups and making the screen jump to the wrong place was a frustrating affair, but please don't close it down.

I don't have another way of watching movies.

Monday 21st of August 2017

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You're not a frontend developer yet

I've got a rule, which is to never write a blog post angry. It's a good rule, but it's a bit ambiguous. What, exactly, does angry mean? How long after being angry counts as not being angry anymore? What if I'm only mildly annoyed, or just a bit frustrated? What if I'm angry, but can write in a way that makes me sound not angry? These are the kind of questions I wrestle with.

Anyway. I've been reading a lot of CVs recently, from people applying for a frontend developer job. I've been building websites for twenty years, and while I won't belittle someone for having less experience than me, you need to know certain things to be a frontend developer. Here's why.

Sunday 9th of July 2017

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How Windows 10 updates work

Windows 10

[Microsoft headquarters, some time ago. A group of monkeys are sat around a conference table.]

Chief monkey:
Okay, let's decide how updates will work in Windows 10.
Monkey 1:
Let's make them automatic and compulsory! All the time!
Chief monkey:
Great idea!

Tuesday 9th of May 2017

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