Author: Christopher Mackay

What is design? (voicemail fail edition)

I was talking to a client on the phone earlier today who told me that the last time they called (and I hadn’t been able to answer), my provider played a recorded message to the effect that “the number they’d called was not in service” or that my number “does not exist in the system”… Read more »

It’s yours — own it

Anything you post on a 3rd-party platform — like Huffington Post, Medium, Facebook, wherever — should be published on your own platform, too.

Why?

Skeleton key security

Nearly 40 years ago, my family moved to a typical Maritime neighbourhood. Something that stands out in my memory (aside from the nightmarish floral-print wallpaper in my bedroom), was that my bedroom door and the bathroom door each had skeleton keys in their locks. I’d only seen skeleton keys in movies before. It wasn’t long… Read more »

Google Analytics has been removed

I’ve been considering doing this for a while. The controversy surrounding Apple’s decision to enable third-party ad blockers in iOS 9 made me think more about the underlying tracking that (to me) represents one of the most objectionable elements of online advertising. As a result, I have removed Google Analytics from this site.

Converting phone numbers to links using Grep in BBEdit

When I want to turn phone numbers in web copy into tappable links for smartphones — without relying on mobile browsers to do so — this regular expression saves me a lot of time. Simple search-and-replace fails because if the formatting varies even a little from number to number it becomes a time-consuming, manual process.