Startup guy, developer and coffee addict

Why I've switched from Chrome to Safari

Safari 'About' dialog

Like most of the technology community, I've sworn by Google Chrome since its launch in 2008. I've taken it everywhere, even using it on my iOS devices, despite Apple's best efforts to cripple other browsers by denying them the Nitro JavaScript engine.

But in the last few weeks, I've realised that many of the reasons I loved Chrome are gone, so I've decided to switch to Safari - and I'm going to tell you why.

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So it's out with the old...

A new year means another new design for my website, so today I'm launching a totally awesome new design, drawn up by Konnaire Scannell and coded by me.

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Ballin' with my own Rap Genius API

RapGenius logo

I absolutely love Rap Genius - both the site itself, and the broader idea of being the Internet Talmud. It's full of epic content with crazy SEO and an awesome community. And their use of social media is bomb (1, 2). I'm even an editor there, such is my dedication to their idea.

One thing that's always been a shame is that this brilliant data source doesn't have a public API...

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Edgecall and the power of Twilio

Twilio has been a force for great for developers.

This weekend, I was at the Yahoo! Hack Europe hack weekend in London's Covent Garden, a true cornucopia of developer nerdiness complete with giant singing robots, chocolate fountains and unlimited Red Bull.

Twilio logo

There, myself and my colleague at GoCardless, Steve (@stevedomin) decided to base our project on Twilio, both having had experience with its API in the past and seeing it as a truly cool platform.

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A look at the 'Boston Bomber' indictment

Indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Being the legal nerd that I am, I've enjoyed reading through the indictment (1) of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the alleged perpetrators of two bombing attacks on 15th April at the Boston Marathon which tragically killed three and injured nearly 300 others.

There are a variety of interesting legal points to look at in this case, but I'm going to focus on just one: the argument for federal jurisdiction.

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