Andrew Hall

My name is Andrew Hall.
I am a web developer based in the UK.
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Reading List June/July

As I mentioned in my last book blog, I even was trying something new this month with reading a Fiction book. The Slynx This is the fiction book I mentioned earlier that is actually translated from Russian. Might not have been the best choice to read a translated book, when I struggle to read fiction as some of the references didn’t make sense. After some googling, it seems like I was not the only person with this issue. Putting this aside for one moment, I really liked it. I did struggle about 2/3 of the way through just because IRead More


iOS 8 Safari Dropdown issue update – Good news!

When iOS 8 came out, I blogged about a couple of issues that I had found with the way that dropdown (<select>) elements worked in the new version of Apples OS. Issue 1: iOS 8 Select/Dropdown Issue Issue 2:  Another iOS 8 Select/Dropdown Issue Now with with iOS 9 on the horizon, I’ve checked how these bugs behave in the 3 latest versions of iOS (8.1.3, 8.3 and 8.4) In 8.1.3, there is no fix to either of these bugs. The page still crashes as per issue 1 and the values of the drop down get overwritten as per Issue 2.Read More


History of me in Computing

I was interested in computers from a young age. I think I got my first computer around the age of 5 – an amiga 500+. The only exposure I had before that was an Atari 2600 console. I then attended various courses on computing even before the age of 10 and made games using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoot-%27Em-Up_Construction_Kit There were limited opportunities to use computers during my school life, mainly being Acorn computers after starting with BBC micros. I taught myself how the hardware worked and fitted together. I made my first website around 13 or 14 (just after we got the internet atRead More


Reading List – March/April/May

Over the last few months I’ve been a bit lax on the reading due to being busy at work. (You can read about that on our tech blog) However, I have still been plugging away at reading, just slowly, and have managed to complete 2 books A year of living biblically This is a story about about a man who tried to live his life as per the rules of the bible. I find these type of experimental stories very interesting and it certainly was insightful about the interpretation of certain rules. I am not particularly religious but this bookRead More


Reading List – February 2015

Just one book read this month and typing this makes me realise that its not good enough. Need to try and so better next month! 1) Our Virtual Shadow: Why We Are Obsessed With Documenting Our Lives Online I really enjoyed this book which talked about our online lives. Theres some overlap with the subjects which I talk about and focussing on whats really important in your life. The main theme of this book is that we spend so much time and effort on documenting the things we do, that we don’t actually enjoy the things that we do any more.Read More


Books I’ve Read – January 2015

As a commitment to try and read more, I am trying to be more public about the reading I do. Here is the list of the books I read January 2015 1) Six Stickers: A Journey to Complete an Old Sticker Album by Adam Carroll-Smith First of all, let me say that this book was brilliant. It reminded me a of a Dave Gorman adventure of travelling and fun. Adam basically tries to complete his Merlin Premier League 96 Football sticket album. I think this resonated with me so much as I too had this album. It brought back memories ofRead More


Saving articles to read later

These days with distraction after distraction and constant context switching, its harder to concentrate than ever before. One of the ways I avoid context switching is to save articles that I find I am interested in but can’t read right now, to read later. This may be due to being stuck into something or because I just don’t have time to read them at that point. The service I use for short articles is Instapaper and I find it has many benefits. One of the key features that I use, is the ability to save links from my phone whilstRead More


2015 Update on iOS 8 Safari Dropdown Issues

When iOS 8 came out, I blogged about a couple of issues that I had found with the way that dropdown (<select>) elements worked in the new version of Apples OS. Issue 1: iOS 8 Select/Dropdown Issue Issue 2:  Another iOS 8 Select/Dropdown Issue Now with 8.1.2 out, more than 3 months on from these issue being found, there is still no change to the functionality of these bugs. They still remain in the codebase, potentially causing problems (or definitely causing problems in my case) for millions of users. Only one of these bugs has even been acknoledged by AppleRead More


Talk @ Agile Southgate – “How to win friends and influence computers”

Today I spoke at Agile Southgate. My talk was titled – “How to win friends and influcence computers”. The purpose of the talk was to give non-developers the understanding of programming basics in a way that would be simple to understand. I tried to do that using the (overused) analogy of a computer program as a recipe but also using other examples – e.g. “Variables are just buckets”. I also tried to use audience participation in order to make the examples I described feel more real to the audience. Here are the slides – video to follow.


Outsourcing is for Everyone

When I am really busy and my todo list is getting too long, I actually get less and less done. Just managing all the work I have to do, means that I don’t spend any time actually doing things, just juggling it all. This is when I reach out for help. One of the ways I do this it to outsource – Now, just hang on, don’t change tabs, or think that outsourcing is not for you (I previously thought like this) – Outsourcing is for everyone. I outsource all different kinds of things. Quick Jobs When I have lotsRead More