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I am a technical communicator with a love of explaining technical concepts in documentation, blog posts, videos, books and more.

I currently work for Chronosphere and have a small technical writing agency.

I am a podcaster, video maker, writer of interactive fiction, and games. This website is a home for all my blog posts, podcasts, newsletters and creative projects.

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Hands on - Creating amazing documentation with Archbee.mp4

Archbee joins the plethora of tools promising to help you build cohesive, well integrated, and varied developer documentation. It includes markdown, API references, commenting, mermaid support, and much more. Too good to be true or just what you’re looking for? I take a look!

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The Solo Adventurer - I'm Bored, Let's Explore (Ruins)

A game about discovering the past with a sibling. And skeletons. Yes.

To open or not to open

To open or not to open

Hey Gregarious Mammals 👋

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Hands on - Private browsing with DuckDuckGo for macOS

I’ve used DuckDuckGo as a search engine for a while, but the company also has mobile browsers I’ve been experimenting with, and now announced a browser for macOS in beta that isn’t just another Chromium browser. I take a look and see why I might use it instead of Safari.

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Hands on - Switching from Heroku to Vercel

In this hands on I see what’s involved in switching a small hobby coding project from hosted with Heroku to Vercel.

Twedit

Twedit

In this issue I cover the far-reaching nuances of privacy, switching from Google, Twitter breaks itself, and D&D goes beyond! 🎲

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Hands on - Headless CMS in VSCode with Front Matter

Front Matter is a CMS that runs within Visual Studio Code. It gives you the power and control of a full-blown CMS while also providing you the flexibility and speed of the static site generator of your choice. Wow!? I take a look…

Hardening JavaScript with Kris Kowal

Hardening JavaScript with Kris Kowal

In this episode I speak with Kris Kowal, a software engineer at Agoric. We discuss the origins of securing code, the future of Javascript, and, Chinchillas.

Creative writing with JetBrains Grazie

I looked at using Grazie for technical copy, tried creative writing with GitHub Copilot, and people asked me to try the same with Grazie… So here we go, another live writing session with an AI assistant! What will we concoct together?

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The Solo Adventurer - Narrative Scripting with inky

As a long-term technical writer I find creating games with structured text works for my brain. How does Inky and its various plugins allow me to create games? How does it compare to other tools I’ve looked at such as Twine and Expeditios? I take a look!

Exodus

Exodus

Some serious subjects for this issue, from forced human migrations, to what engineers can do about sustainability. Sometimes that’s what’s needed.

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Hands on - Open Source video Editing with kdenlive

I’m currently looking at alternatives to Adobe Premiere and I thought why not try the open source kdenlive and see how it compares to a plethora of proprietary, expensive editors.

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Internet 3 point uh oh

In this episode I cover risks to the internet from various sources, technology for cyber defence, and more.

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The Solo Adventurer - Create D&D content with The Homebrewery

The Homebrewery is a tool for making authentic looking D&D content using Markdown, merging two of my favourite things… Too good to be true? Let’s see!