Working with Windows 10 30th December 2015

Since the release of Windows 10, I’ve been using it a lot - mainly for media and gaming. The Xbox app and integration is simply brilliant. Whenever working, however, I would switch back to OS X as I didn’t really see my workflow working well with Windows as it hadn’t in the past.

As I began to completely fall for Windows 10, preferring it to OS X mainly due to the amount of system resources El Capitan seemed to consume, I decided to investigate getting Windows to work for me. And now it does, better than Apple’s now bloated OS.

First port of call was to install the basics - my favourite text editor, Sublime Text 3, MAMP for Windows, Filezilla and my Adobe suite.

On my OS X install I find I cannot live without Terminal being a bit fancier so use iTerm2 and it’s pop over visor. I had no idea there would be something this cool for Windows. There is. I found ConEmu, and a little messing around with settings it behaves exactly the same way as iTerm, if not a bit better. Also OpenSSH to enable secure shell in the command prompt.

Right, well that was the software done. Now to see about installing all that other funky-ass stuff that makes it all happen.

I thought it would be very awkward to get Windows working in the same way OS X does, but it really wasn’t at all. Very simple setups of Git, NodeJS and Ruby. Everything just works right away so you can jump straight into projects.

Overall very impressed with Windows 10. It’s very refreshing, fun to use and can easily handle any designer or developer’s workflow. Not sure I’ll be booting into El Capitan for quite a while.

Moving to Jekyll 28th June 2015

I’ve used WordPress as my blog/portfolio CMS for quite a few years now and decided to mix it up a little bit. I researched several blogging platforms such as Ghost, Hugo and Middleman but came to the conclusion Jekyll is the one I would get into.

Jekyll transforms your plain text into static websites and blogs without the need for databases. This really appeals to me as WordPress has become rather bloated and I wanted to minimise the amount of unnecessary files and a database. I understand needing these for bigger sites, not for my portfolio though.

Setup was massively simple, on the Mac at least. I’ve not looked into Windows as yet.

$ gem install jekyll
$ jekyll new website-name
$ cd website-name
$ jekyll serve

Then browse to http://localhost:4000. That really is it. It even installs a starter template for you so you can get stuck right in. For someone familiar with HTML, SASS and templating, Jekyll really is a stroll in the park once you’ve spent about half an hour playing around with it. I wouldn’t recommend it for non-developers though as even writing a post requires some kind of coding. But if you’re looking to learn, then it’s definitely a hell yeah.

I’m currently transferring my WordPress site over to Jekyll and the process is really quick and enjoyable, although I won’t be using the default install method. I’ll post how I did it, when I’m done.

Rest in peace WordPress, for my personal website anyway.