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  • How We Build: Randles Responsive Website

  • Before Randles was bought out by the Stoneacre Motor Group I was tasked with the development of a new website.

    “We understand that the new rule is mobile first, Mobile first in everything. Mobile first in terms of applications. Most first in terms of the way people use things” … “It’s what people want”

    – CEO Eric Schmidt

    The goal was to focus on mobile first, not a split desktop/mobile site, but a responsive mobile website.

    A specification first started to come together in 2012, but was delayed due to other projects.

    “…many dealers still have ‘poor’ mobile web strategies which mean they are missing out on leads as smartphone users are put off from their sites”

    – Dermot Kelleher, Head of Research and Marketing at Motors.co.uk

    By 2013, the demand to “go mobile” was now apparent and the pressure to build a new website was mounting. There was no way we were going to have a separate mobile website either, this had to be responsive.

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  • An introduction to Fuel CMS

  • FuelCMS is described as, simply, a CodeIgniter Content Management System.

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  • We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

  • We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. —Einstein

  • File in use: The action can`t be completed because the file is open in another program

  • This is a problem that I come across from time to time.

    “File in use” “The action can’t be completed because the file is open in another program” “Close the file and try again.”

    I first witnessed the problem in Windows XP, where the error said: “Cannot delete Folder: It is being used by another person or program”. Read More »

  • Remote Desktop Connection Logon to Black Screen

  • This is a problem that has plagued me for a while now, and only two things seem to fix it.

    The issue is that when using a Windows 7 RDP client (mstsc) to connect into another Windows 7 system, you sometimes find you’re left with nothing but a black screen.

    From this black screen you can’t do anything. The cursor seems to respond, but you can’t seem to bring up anything useful, nothing works.

    So what’s the solution?

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