Site Update:

2015 – New Theme, New Content and a mission to finally give this site the attention it deserves.. we’ll see how long that lasts this time round.

Well, the rebuild took a little longer that predicted, and in fact got scraped several times yet again, the net result my site looked inactive and broken for 3  5 year+

About Me

I am a Web and Interactive Developer living in Birmingham, UK. I graduated from The University of Birmingham with a B.Eng. in Computer Systems Engineering and have too many years of experience in web development.

I am the Lead Developer at Two Thirds Design which I co-founded with two colleges in July 2006, Two Thirds is a popular up and coming design agency specialising in cross media applications and design for education and the private sector.

Need some work done?

Contact me at Two Thirds Design.

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OSX, Tools

Quickly batch install Mac Apps with Bash

GetMacApps is a great little website that lets you build a custom bash script that lets you automate installing your favourite apps as easily as pasting a single line of code into the terminal window.

You can preview my chosen apps by following this link: My install manifest

or create your own at

If you want to view see the bash script the site generate you can view it here:

And in finally to use just paste the following line of text into your terminal:
N.B. the link below installs the apps I want and regularly used, you’re probably going to want to create your own..

curl -s | sh

Source :

Zenith Z-19 Terminal
Linux, OSX, Tools

Useful Bash Aliases for GIT

Switching from SVN to GIT can be awkward especially if your used to SVN shortcuts like
svn co for svn checkout and
svn up for svn update

the solution is these nifty terminal aliases.

git status, git add, git commit, and git checkout are such common commands that it is useful to have abbreviations for them.

alias gs='git status '
alias ga='git add '
alias gb='git branch '
alias gc='git commit'
alias gca='git commit -a'
alias gd='git diff'
alias go='git checkout '
alias gk='gitk --all&'
alias gx='gitx --all'
alias gp='git pull'
alias push='git push'
alias gr='git rebase '
alias gm='git merge '

alias got='git '
alias get='git '


Downloading WordPress minus the content directory.
tip, WordPress

Downloading WordPress minus the content directory.

The default version of WordPress comes with an entire content directory full stuff you probably don’t want or need like the default themes and the hellodolly.php plugin unless your setting you your site for the very first time, even then probably not.

There is however a well hidden version of WordPress that comes minus a content directory, it’s purpose is to optimise WordPress’ auto update function, if you click the update WordPress button in the dashboard and watch carefully you’ll see a url similar to this flash up on your screen:

simply substitute '3.8.1' with the version you require.

This is really handy if you’re managing your site with SVN or GIT or Composer and want to reduce the amount of clutter and extra files you download.

WordPress AutoUpdate fix for Version Controlled Sites

WordPress AutoUpdate fix for Version Controlled Sites

So.. since version 3.7 WordPress has had a neat auto-update function, unfortunately WordPress is also quite cautious so it check to see if the website is using any kind of Version Control and if so disables the auto update function.  BUT what if your using version control but not to actually manage what version of WordPress is installed.

Luckally this line of code will override the “under version control” test of the autoupdate


<span class="ace_identifier">add_filter</span>( <span class="ace_string">'automatic_updates_is_vcs_checkout'</span>, <span class="ace_string">'__return_false'</span> );


re-enabling the auto-update functionality.



Corporate sites, web portals, e-commerce solutions and promotional microsites.


Company and product branding, logos, taglines and other identity work

Motion Design

Flash animation, banner ads, 3D animation, video effects and video editing for all media

Interactive CDs & DVDs

Design and authoring of interactive media presentations.

Web Applications

Content management systems, calendars, media libraries and custom applications.

Print Design

Marketing material, print advertising, packaging and tradeshow collateral.