Full stack web developer working at Gelder Group, interested in all the things, but especially HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, Linux, & macOS. You can follow me here. You can get in touch here.

Taking a break

I’m in the process of moving house, so I’ve decided to take a break from posting to this site. I’ll return once I’m settled in. [↗]

PaperSizes – A simple, free resource for finding the international standards for paper sizes.

I don’t do an awful lot of print work work, but even so, this is a handy reference, and it’s beautifully designed.

CSS-Tricks Screencast #153: Getting Started with CSS Grid [↗]

I’ve been playing around with some CSS Grid layouts today and this video helped provide a basic understanding of how it works. It really is an incredibly flexible option for creating layouts.

Firefox 52: inspecting grid layouts [↗]

I’m mostly using Chrome at the moment, but this feature alone is making me want to use Firefox again. Very nifty.

CSS Grid with Rachel Andrew and Jen Simmons – ShopTalk [↗]

Grid is getting a ton of support in modern browsers and so we’ve got a couple of grid experts in Jen Simmons and Rachel Andrew on to help us navigate the grid – what is it? When can we use it? How do flexbox and grid play together? What about Bootstrap?

A proper good episode of the ShowTalk Show that’s all about CSS Grid. Well worth a listen and it’s definitely inspired me to spend some more time experimenting with Grid layouts.

Obnoxious.css [↗]

Animations for the strong of heart, and weak of mind.

Eww! These animations really are obnoxious, but I guess they could serve a purpose.

Make some magic with CSS blend modes [↗]

A detailed guide to using CSS blend modes, it’s just a shame that support is still lacking in IE and Edge.

CSS Grid in Production [↗]

This site is a collection of websites that have implemented CSS Grid Layout in production.

Not a definitive list, but it’s good to see some real-world examples of CSS Grid on production sites.

Improve your Nginx SSL configuration [↗]

Handy tips for improving your NGINX SSL configuration. I implemented some of these tips and my site went from a grade B to grade A when I tested it with the Qualys SSL Server Test.

Moving from Fever to Miniflux

I’ve been using Fever as my self-hosted RSS reader ever since Google Reader was closed. It’s provided a solid experience, but when it was announced that Fever was to cease being supported, I decided that the next time I upgraded my server, I’d move to Miniflux.

Yesterday evening, I upgraded my server (well, I moved it from using Ubuntu 16.04 to Debian Stretch) and installed Miniflux. The installation was straightforward and it only took a few minutes to import my subscriptions from the OPML that I’d exported from Fever.

Initial impressions are really good, Miniflux’s user interface is super-simple and very easy to use. It’s also very quick! I don’t have any metrics to compare, but it definitely seems quicker at updating/refreshing my subscriptions than Fever. This is also evident when connecting via its Fever API using Reeder.

Anyhow, it’s early days, but I think Miniflux is going to be a very good replacement for Fever. If you’ve been looking for a self-hosted RSS reader, it might be worth taking a look.

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