I decided to move on last month from my role as I wasn’t getting on and developing my skill set quite as quickly as I’d hoped for. During my search, I came across a great opportunity via a recruiter, with Manchester City Council as a Delivery Analyst on their Microsoft Web Team. I applied and am happy to say, was successful in getting the job!
The role is still coding and i’m pleased to say, still PHP mostly, but it should also see me up-skill on to some other interesting technologies the council are using to develop, maintain and grow their systems. The local authority has a variety of systems, which assist their core services and some are accessible by both their employees to assist in their day-to-day roles and the general public to gain access to authority services. The council in-house build and maintain some of these systems and my job directly will involve some input to that process. Continue reading
I have recently completed a work related MySQL course with a view to completing another certification. Interestingly, whilst on the course the instructor, Freelance Web Developer Gary Rigg, mentioned aside from the usual and varied web and mobile application work he does on a Freelance basis, he has developed a number of games including Ninja vs Aliens, Pabland and my personal favourite (and I get the impression his), Bloodrunner – an Arcade Game for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, Linux and Mac. Surprisingly, it’s not had that many downloads (within 50 – 100), which when you view and play the game is very surprising. Continue reading
I got a tweet at the end of the week about Retaliate, an Android game and the maker wondered if I’d like to feature and review it here on my blog. I said I’d happily oblige and ultimately give an unbiased opinion, in addition to the fact I am not a gamer. This post in any case as a result will be short.
It’s a typical shoot-em-up and I kind of like that format and games that follow those simple kinds of idea as I remember them vividly from childhood. The game play overall is quite good, as is the graphics but the obvious downside is, there are ads. I know, blah!. You can alternatively, buy the game in the Play Store and be done with those pesky distractions. Why not help out the developer and spare some change!. Continue reading
I’ve just ordered the long awaited Google Chromecast from Currys online. It’s also available at Amazon and the Play Store, despite earlier reports in the week, mostly by Currys, saying they weren’t selling it yet and it wasn’t on their store system. It’s the same price regardless of which retailer you choose and, it’s very reasonably priced at just £30 (much as quoted and expected). Of course I expect stocks to run out quickly given the long anticipated wait and the hoards who’ll descend on their local retailers today.
Now that the Chromecast is supporting more services with it’s SDK being out in the wild, I’m expecting a raft more services (and hacks) to be added in the coming weeks, more so now the UK market is finally flooded. Companies that are pledging future support include, Beats Music and Rdio so there’s more goodness to come!. Continue reading
Having read so much about Bluetooth wireless speakers and really wanting one for quite some time and naturally, looking around beforehand to compare the offerings, I finally took the plunge and opted for the JBL Charge Bluetooth Wireless Speaker from Amazon. The reviews of the JBL looked pretty good, so I chose this particular model after browsing and reading countless positive reviews. This is pretty much a quick review of the speaker and overall how I think it fairs having had it a fortnight or so.
In a word, I like it. It’s simple enough. It’s also quite small and about the same size as the average can of lager. A 3 hour charge and you’re off!. Most speakers from JBL ship partly charged I was told anyway in the reviews as mine was, so nothing stops you using it out of the box as I did. Personally, to get going I used it with Google Music and I. Continue reading