NWDUG User group and Slack 21 Jun 2016

Around the 9th of September 2015 we set up Slack for NWDUG. Before the slack channel communication wasn’t brilliant, it felt to me like our community was just centred around one day a month event. We toyed with the idea of an IRC channel for a bit but the user on-boarding was too much and the lack of moderation tools and integrations was a real deal breaker for me. So we settled on Slack and then ran with it. I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a huge success! We’re active every week day with a total of...

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Split panes in PHPStorm reliably 12 Apr 2016

Here’s an easy way to get split panes in PHPStorm without tearing your hair out! If you want Project and Structure then: Make sure Project has docked and pinned mode ticked (using the cog). Make sure Structure has docked, pinned and split mode ticked. You then need to toggle them both a few times for it to work cmd+1 and cmd+7 should work.

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Triggers and Self Harm 30 Mar 2016

Recently my anxiety is triggering more and more frequently. Last night two men were arguing outside Sainsburys at Oxford Road, it triggered my anxiety, my heart began racing, eyes twitching and I became the monster I hate. Generally I tend to cope well with anxiety but when I get triggered I find it very difficult to function. I know the reasons for this, I know that it’s my situation and stress that makes things worse. I’m trying to cope with anxiety attacks but it’s difficult. My brain just regresses into being an soup of anger and sadness that spirals out...

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Remote working is great till it isn't, but I love it! 23 Mar 2016

Just over three months and I figure it’s time to check in. What can I say I love remote working it suites me very well. I’ve gone form a noisy office full of distractions to a focused purpose built development environment. That’s not to say their aren’t issues though. Remote working is great till it isn’t. It can be quite lonely, I’m trying to make sure I have a daily hangout with at least one person a day. Sometimes it’s about work sometimes it’s not. Cabin fever exists! It really does. I can spend around 4-5 days working in the...

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Moving the family to slack 06 Mar 2016

I’ve done the impossible. I’ve moved my family to Slack. After seeing a post making the rounds on twitter a few months ago about moving their family to Slack I decided that I’d try it. There were a number of different motivations for this: I no longer use Skype since it’s a useless piece of crap these days, this limits my ability to text chat with my Dad. James doesn’t use Skype much either. My mum doesn’t have any other chat system other than text. I don’t speak anywhere near as much as I should to James. Slack is rolling...

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