These are just little notes and thoughts thrown out into the World.

2021-08-31 12:54:48

I realized that I made a mistake in my second "Playing with Wails app builder" video. Building from source was broken as I was still relying on the JS/CSS artefacts from a local build, and the dependencies for them aren't going to play well with flatpack-builder's restrictions on build tools. So Part 3 was born!

Playing with Wails app builder: Part 3 - A better Flatpak manifest for Wails | Always Developing #57


2021-08-29 16:33:08

I've had fun in my last couple of Always Developing sessions.

In the first of them, Always Developing #55, I had a quick look at the Wails desktop app framework that uses Go for the backend, and web technologies for the frontend.

I of course used Svelte on the frontend 😄. After a quick look, I then started seeing if I could work out how to package the demo app as a Flatpak. This was in response to a discussion thread I'd seen on the Wails GitHub repo.

Playing with Wails app builder: Part 1 - Trying to package app as a Flatpak | Always Developing #55


GitHub discussion

I didn't get far with the Flatpak in session #55 as I ran out of time. But this morning I had a bit of time so had a go at finishing it off in Always Developing #56, and actually managed to do it. 🎉

Playing with Wails app builder: Part 2 - Finishing Flatpak of app | Always Developing #56

Wails looks very interesting, definitely going to play with it some more, and consider it for future endeavours.


2021-06-30 12:10:49

Kicked off a new round of Snippet Pixie development last night by making sure it still works as expected on elementary OS 6.0 beta 2.

Passed with flying colours! 🎉️

Testing Snippet Pixie with elementary OS 6.0 beta 2 | Always Developing #43


2021-06-12 22:11:37

Today we were de-cluttering and I found my wedding ring! 🎉️

I thought I'd lost it before moving back to the UK from NZ, when I'd lost a good chunk of weight, figuring it just fell off while out and about and was lost for good. I had been very conscious of how loose it was at the time. But it turns out I somehow left it in a small bag of ties, cufflinks etc. Maybe it fell off while I was filling the bag and didn't notice at the time.

So for approx 5 and a half years I've not been wearing a ring, feels great to be wearing it again.


2021-06-02 14:20:00

It's an incredibly exciting day at Delicious Brains, where I work, but I've got the day off today! 🎉🤦

A WordPress Announcement of Epic Proportions


2021-05-26 19:17:42

Yay, this entry's filename and front matter were auto populated by Snippet Pixie while working in the terminal! 🎉️


2021-05-24 22:18:50

I'm so rubbish at social stuff.

Last week I wrote an article about how my personal site is now a Gemini Capsule by default, and only just now remembered to post something on Twitter about it. 🤦️

Anyway, the post is at the following link.

Switched site to Gemini


2021-05-19 19:30:31

Really happy to see 1Password for Linux getting its official release today.

Welcoming Linux to the 1Password Family

I've been using the beta snap packaged versions for a long time now, great to be able to refresh to the stable version.

Updating 1Password snap from edge to stable [IMG]


2020-03-26 21:00:14

Ahhh, love that new server smell. 😀

New server with SpinupWP [IMG]


2020-03-18 21:49:34

There's a new version of WP Cron Pixie! 🎉

WP Cron Pixie

WP Cron Pixie 1.4.1 changelog:


2020-03-17 22:21:43

Hello make, my old friend.

screenshot of make running in terminal [IMG]


2020-03-05 09:37:21

Enjoyed attending #dttech last night, my first @DigitalTaunton event.


Liked the format of 2 main talks + 3 lightning talks after a break.

Great talks, and very well organised event, a lot of work must have gone into it, congrats to all! 👏


2019-12-18 11:43:16

FYI, if you try to circumvent paying for support for a client's product I work on by bombarding my personal email address, my contact page, or any other means that are not a proper support channel, I'm still not going to reply to your vague mess of a support request! 👿


2019-12-16 19:54:58

TIL: enabling boot.cleanTmpDir on NixOS can solve the most head-scratchy of head-scratchy things!


2019-11-24 16:47:32

Yay, after a couple of days painting the landing I'm finally at podcast zero! 🎉 (there may have been a good bit of podcast culling and skipping too)


2019-10-01 12:02:31

I just wrote about How I Use tmux For Local Development across on the Delicious Brains blog.

How I Use tmux For Local Development

If you use the command line at all, you should check it out!

How I Use tmux For Local Development header image [IMG]


2019-07-26 15:36:43

Me: Ooh, I have a great idea and it'll have a sweet domain too!

... goes to register domain ...

Me: Dammit, domain's already taken, and not being used!

... later updating some DNS settings and spots ... that sweet domain that I've had for years! ...

Me: 🤦‍♂️


2019-07-25 10:30:16

I love how the @phpstorm splash screen artwork changes for each major release. It's always very striking.


PhpStorm 2019.2 splash screen [IMG]


2019-07-23 08:21:38

TIL: The "rc" in things like .bashrc comes from "runcom", which is a syllabic abbreviation of "run commands".


Not something like "runtime configuration" like I've always thought.


2019-07-10 22:20:21

I very much like the look of the Plasma desktop with the full Breeze Dark look and feel.

Snippet Pixie on KDE Neon [IMG]


2019-07-10 22:10:01

Snippet Pixie is now available as a snap. 🎉

Snippet Pixie

sudo snap install snippetpixie --classic

I even tested it with LibreOffice Writer and gedit on KDE Neon, but remember folks, Snippet Pixie is a GTK app, so your mileage will vary greatly.

Snippet Pixie Snap in KDE Neon's app store [IMG]


2019-06-18 18:39:14

Roof top terrace for the win!

Sunset over rooftops of Berlin [IMG]


2019-06-18 18:13:44

Delicious Brains spent 4 hours walking Berlin on an alternate culture tour today, great way to see and learn about about a side Berlin often missed by tourists.

Delicious Brains

Walking through artistic area of Berlin [IMG]


2019-06-11 12:42:00

WP Offload Media 2.2 is out, with background offload, download, and download and remove tools, plus huge performance improvements in the admin area. 🎉

WP Offload Media 2.2 is out

WP Offload Media 2.2 release post banner [IMG]


2019-05-23 15:03:00

Just created 2k subsites on a @SpinupWP managed site, and thoroughly tested the queue feature of @wpoffloadses!



Now to create 300k+ posts/media for @wpoffloadmedia testing!


Screenshot of terminal showing WP-CLI output [IMG]


2019-05-18 16:17:37

While mowing the lawn this afternoon I rescued this little fella that flew straight into a cobweb.

Red and black moth on my finger [IMG]


2019-04-30 13:12:11

We often get asked whether WP Offload Media can work with this, that, or the other S3 API compatible storage provider, so I wrote about how I got MinIO working with WP Offload Media:



2019-04-08 12:29:39

This is what the snapcraft store's usage map looks like for an app when you're the only person that knows there's a beta snap available. 😜

beta snap

Snippet Pixie beta in Snap Store [IMG]


2019-04-05 08:37:19

Snippet Pixie 1.1.1 released! 🎉

Snippet Pixie



2019-04-04 08:08:33

Big thanks to everyone that has shown their appreciation for Snippet Pixie with donations via the @elementary AppCenter, or got in contact to say thanks, it means a lot to me and is very encouraging.

Snippet Pixie



2019-04-02 20:59:55

TIL: sudo apt install libreoffice-gtk3 and all of a sudden LibreOffice Writer is compatible with Snippet Pixie! 🎉️

Snippet Pixie


2019-01-30 13:05:48

A couple of years ago we had a support request regarding Chinese characters in offloaded files, I've used the example file name ever since for testing, including acceptance tests. I've only just now bothered to see what the file name translates too...

Screenshot of Google Translate showing Peppa Pig as result [IMG]


2019-01-16 21:54:06

Snippet Pixie 1.0 has been released!

Snippet Pixie

Now autostarts on login by default, and tabbing into the body entry field selects all text, making adding new items a little bit quicker.

Screenshot of Elementary AppCenter showing Snippet Pixie 1.0.0 [IMG]


2019-01-10 13:33:26

Thanks for the Hacktoberfest t-shirt, stickers and coaster @digitalocean, @github and @twilio!





Hacktoberfest 2018 t-shirt and stickers [IMG]


2019-01-09 19:34:21

🎉 My handy new app for expanding text snippets, Snippet Pixie, is now available in the @elementary AppCenter!

Snippet Pixie



Snippet Pixie screenshot [IMG]


2018-12-05 15:10:29

While you're re-skinning your web app with NES.css you should definitely be listening to Pretty Eight Machine by Inverse Phase, which is an excellent 8-bit tribute to probably my favourite album of all time, Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails.


Pretty Eight Machine

Inverse Phase

Pretty Hate Machine

Nine Inch Nails


2018-11-23 12:28:07

Just received a nice t-shirt and a couple of lovely "Sammy the Shark" stickers in the post, thanks @digitalocean!


DigitalOcean t-shirt and stickers [IMG]


2018-10-31 15:58:24

If anyone's still looking for an Initiative Q invite, I've still got some going spare.



2018-10-12 15:39:43

So now we know what @robwalling's next adventure is!


TinySeed. The First Startup Accelerator Designed for Bootstrappers.



2018-09-25 20:26:32

Big day for me today, after months of work, we at Delicious Brains released WP Offload Media 2.0, our plugin for offloading your WordPress Media Library to cloud storage.

WP Offload Media 2.0

It used to be called WP Offload S3 as it worked exclusively with Amazon S3, but now that we've added support for offloading your WordPress Media Library to DigitalOcean Spaces too, seemed like a great time to change the name!

Amazon S3

DigitalOcean Spaces

I made a lot of changes to the internals of WP Offload Media in preparation for this release, previously the plugin was scattered with S3 specific code, now it's much more adaptable to alternate storage providers. In fact it should be a lot easier to work in a different SDK than the AWS PHP SDK that we're currently using for both Amazon S3 and DigitalOcean Spaces, you know, should we decide to add something like Google Cloud Storage support via the Google Cloud Client Library for PHP.


Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Client Library for PHP


2018-08-26 10:41:00

Office invasion!

Chickens in office [IMG]


2018-08-25 10:49:25

Just found the Two-Bit History blog, and found myself saving pretty much every post to Instapaper.

Two-Bit History

Its Timeline page is a great idea.


Nice one @TwoBitHistory!



2018-08-22 07:56:02

As a family we have now also watched MiB3. My wife says that was her favourite as it fills in some of the back story, but Abi and I still think it's narrowly beaten by the original as our favourite.


2018-08-18 13:49:29

Every weekend we settle down to watch a family friendly movie that Abi hasn't seen yet. We watched Men in Black one and two back to back last night, so good, just great fun movies. Abi's favourite bit? The talking pug of course!


2018-08-16 15:15:51

The RustyElm microcast is now available via Apple Podcasts and any other podcast app that uses the iTunes Podcast directory!

RustyElm in Apple Podcasts


2018-08-16 09:12:00

Apple's Podcast Connect is working again, yay!

Screenshot of iTunes Connect with rustyelm podcast submitted [IMG]


2018-08-13 22:19:03

Umm ... oh dear, I ... umm ... just listened to my ... umm ... new microcast episode, and I umm ... did a lot of ... umm ... umms, sorry!

RustyElm 2018-08-13: Alright, Let's Do This!


2018-08-11 11:39:41

Listening to @cheesemaker on Micro Monday just now made me wonder when I first started blogging.


Micro Monday

Turns out it was February 2002, via the now defunct CityDesk desktop application. In that first blog post I make mention of having been building some now long lost CMS of my own, I don't even remember that!

My first CityDesk article in February 2002



2018-08-09 08:49:29

It's just occurred to me that one of the reasons I've been drawn to moving my site to Micro.blog is the shear simplicity of the writing experience and themes. It's all about the words, while pictures stand out as real content rather than necessary decoration.