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On being a remote worker

Posted by Pawel Janiak 8 months ago

It's been 7 months since I've moved away from the Cape Town office and into the position of being a full-time remote worker. In the weeks leading up to the move, I wasn't sure how things would pan out, but I was optimistic that working remotely was feasible, especially in this line of work. Well, it's been 7 months and here are my thoughts about it so far.

Some teams are fully co-located, and some teams are fully distributed. I find myself in the more challenging position of being the sole soul...

Sending S/MIME encrypted emails with Action Mailer

Posted by Andrew White 8 months ago

Why send encrypted emails?

Most people are aware now that sending emails is somewhat akin to sending a postcard - pretty much everyone in the delivery chain is able to have a peek at your message. The only way to prevent this is to encrypt your message so that it appears as gobbledygook to anyone who tries to have a look. In addition to encrypting your email you'll also want to sign it as well to make sure that it hasn't been tampered with in transit.

The de-facto standard for encrypting and...

Unboxed Roundup: our links for w/c 19th January 2015

Posted by Murray Steele 8 months ago

Emotional design - Claire

I came across this article on design thinking in an organisation. It would be awesome if we could inject emotion into our internal products, if using them made us feel good, we would be moved to create even better digital solutions for our customers….

A Pricey Way to Learn How to GitHub - Tom S

A developer found out the hard way that you...

How to prioritise a blocked portfolio of digital products

Posted by Richard Stobart 9 months ago

If you’re managing a pipeline of digital products and struggling to get traction on any or all of them, this exercise can help you quickly sift and prioritise what to do next – and engage your stakeholders in this decision making at the same time.

Here’s how, in 10 simple steps:

Step 1.

Take a pile of index cards and write the name of each of your projects on a card - one for each project, or one for each piece of functionality that stands on its own. You should do this project breakdown...