Now that I have managed to finish a project and do some work on others, I feel that the remote work experiment has been a success, albeit with some caveats. The most difficult two aspects of working remotely in a place like Central America are easily connection and distraction. Continue reading
I am currently engaged in a lifestyle experiment of sorts. Something I have always had an interest in doing, but never found the ‘right’ time.
Well, this isn’t exactly the right time either, but circumstances made it so and therefore the experiment began. I am riding my motorcycle through Central America, and plan to stay down here awhile and do some projects for some clients. Sounds simple, really. And simplicity is what made me think it was possible in the first place.
The reality has been that moving around and working just don’t go together. At least not at the pace we’ve been moving. Continue reading
I am a believer in, and am trying to be a follower of, the ‘Mobile First’ philosophy which has emerged in the last couple of years. I first heard mention of this concept by Dale Mugford of BraveNewCode who gave a talk at my local WP meetup group, and was immediately hooked. More recently I have been reading Luke Wroblewski’s ‘Mobile First‘ book, which outlines a very compelling argument for embracing this idea.
For those who don’t know, Mobile First is a design and development philosophy that proposes websites and applications should be built primarily for mobile platforms, before considering desktop platforms. The reasoning behind the philosophy is also straightforward: mobile platforms are overtaking desktops as the primary means that users interact with the internet. The statistics are not trivial; smart phone and tablet use is growing exponentially, and 2012 is set to be the year that their use as the most common web access device exceeds that of traditional desktops.
And yet the development industry lags.
Recently I applied for a new (cheaper) business account after over a decade with my current bank. Filling out the application reminded me of doing this very same thing many years ago, and not being able to find my ‘industry’ in the list they provided. Back then I just assumed it was because web development was pretty new. Imagine then my surprise when I found exactly the same problem on this latest application.