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3 Monitor Mac Setup

Too much screen?
Too much screen?

My Mac setup is relatively simple. I have a 2013 Mac Book Pro Retina which I plug into an Apple Thunderbolt display when working from the home “studio”. For many years I’ve had an ageing Dell monitor (it must be a decade old by now) sat in the corner of the room. I kept it mainly for use in shared offices — always preferring to keep the Thunderbolt at home. I’ve never quite been able to give it up.

Earlier this week I started to wonder whether I could use it as part of my home setup. Given that I use a boom arm for my podcasting mic I often can’t see the show notes that well on my main display (it’s a hard life I know). I was therefore toying with the idea of investing in a dual head adapter so I could hook up my trusty Dell and place the show outline on it to the right of my main screen. — Read full Article »

The Back to Front Show #028: Domains — Behind every great idea lies a great domain, or is it the other way round? This week on The Back to Front Show Kieran and I discuss the domains we keep renewing in the hope of one day using, the original ideas behind them and whether or not they will ever see the light of day. Special thanks to Deploy for supporting this weeks show - please support us by checking out their extremely easy to use deployment service.

Shopify Myth #02: It’s not “Responsive”

Is Shopify Responsive?
Is Shopify Responsive?

A regular question I get asked is whether or not Shopify is “Responsive”. To which I always answer “it is if you build your themes that way”. This often surprises people.

A common assumption is that platforms such as Shopify somehow restrict your access to the underlying HTML and CSS of the front-end and even if you do have access that there are certain elements, ID’s and classes that are required for everything to work. This isn’t the case with Shopify — how a theme looks and feels is entirely up to you. — Read full Article »

Grow Your Agency and Make Money with Shopify

I spend a lot of my time chatting to freelancers and agencies about the benefits of working with Shopify. Of course I am biased but if you would like to hear it from the horse’s mouth, in other words from someone who isn’t employed at Shopify this under two-minute video explains all the benefits of the Partner Program.

The Action Cook Book

Len Deighton's Action Cook Book was published in 1965
Len Deighton's Action Cook Book was published in 1965

Over the last few years I have become a fan of “cold war spy fiction”— in particular those written by Len Deighton. It all started on a trip to France four years ago when the holiday let had the first book in the Bernard Samson Game, Set & Match trilogy. Since then I’ve consumed the two follow-up trilogies as well as numerous one off stories.

My first encounter with Len Deighton was via the anti-Bond thriller “The Ipcress File” starring Michael Caine. Filmed in 1965 with a John Barry score and great “Swinging 60’s” London locations it, along with it’s sequel “Funeral in Berlin“, remains one of my favourite spy films.

Unusually for a mid 60’s film Harry Palmer is seen enjoying buying, cooking and talking about food rather a lot. On further reading it’s clear why — Len Deighton was a top food writer prior to turning his attention to Cold War espionage. — Read full Article »

StartUp — A new podcast about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Planet Money.

The Back to Front Show #027: Around the Web — It's a Thursday so that can only mean another episode of The Back to Front Show is out for your listening pleasure. Along with some fine web chat and productivity hacks this week we discuss whether Fonzie living about the garage of the Cunningham's house was in any way creepy. I also manage to inadvertently open up a competition to win one of the 2014 Shopify Partner team t-shirts designed by Mike Kus.

Type Safari with James Victore — James and his chauffeur driven US Army Jeep take us on a tour of Brooklyn and Queens looking at, talking about and trying to make sense of the type they find on the street (via Typecast newsletter)

The DeLorean Story — A BBC production from a few years ago which charts the rise and fall of the DeLoeran Motor Company and the infamous DMC 12