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Matthew Hughes

/ Joined 14 June, 2013

Matthew Hughes is a software developer and writer from Liverpool, England. He is seldom found without a cup of strong black coffee in his hand and absolutely adores his Macbook Pro and his camera. You can read his blog at http://www.matthewhughes.co.uk and follow him on twitter at @matthewhughes.

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4 Tips On How To Go Around The World With Your Travel Writing

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4 Tips On How To Go Around The World With Your Travel Writing

There are few careers that are more rewarding than writing. There are few pastimes that are more rewarding than travel. It’s rare that the two intersect. Only a lucky — nay exceptional — few have managed to build a career out of the two. But it’s not only about luck, as luck often meets the prepared mind. If you have a dream to be a travel writer, these tips can help you put some preparation into the process.

04-09-2013
4 Tips On How To Go Around The World With Your Travel Writing
4 Online Courses You Could Take Instead Of Going Back to School

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4 Online Courses You Could Take Instead Of Going Back to School

Going for a university education is an expensive proposition. There’s no doubting that. For most people, this is totally worth it. The advantages that having a degree to your name totally outweigh the crushing indebtedness that usually accompanies it. That’s not to say that there aren’t any compelling alternatives online. Here are four online courses that are giving traditional bricks and mortar institutions a run for their money.

19-08-2013
4 Online Courses You Could Take Instead Of Going Back to School
3 Ways You Can Preserve Your Online Presence While in Jail

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3 Ways You Can Preserve Your Online Presence While in Jail

Prisons are by no means fun places. The world in which you live narrows down to just a few small acres of barbed wire and concrete. You’re isolated from those you love. Phone calls are expensive, short and monitored by those in control. There’s also no internet. Horrible. This raises an interesting question. How do you keep your online presence afloat whilst you’re doing time?

15-08-2013
3 Ways You Can Preserve Your Online Presence While in Jail
Internet Censorship In The UK – Why It Won’t Work

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Internet Censorship In The UK – Why It Won’t Work

David Cameron’s Internet filtering plans have started a stir. The contours of his plans are still not clear, but opinions are being formed as the debate rages across the U.K. and the world. I’m completely opposed to Cameron’s Internet filtering proposals. Proposals that will not protect children from seeing sexually explicit material. Proposals that will seriously undermine the Internet’s ability to be a free forum for discourse and debate. Here, I argue my case.

12-08-2013
Internet Censorship In The UK – Why It Won’t Work
Opera 15 Is A Faster, Simpler Chrome, And Here Are 3 Great Reasons To Try It

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Opera 15 Is A Faster, Simpler Chrome, And Here Are 3 Great Reasons To Try It

It may seem ridiculous now, but when I was younger, I forked over a great wad of cash for Opera, a revolutionary web browser from Norway. I took it home, excited at finally being able to ditch the slow, clunky web browser that was bundled with my ISP. I remember thinking how amazing it was and how it would dominate the web browsing world. Years have passed. Firefox and Google Chrome have burst onto the scene and Opera’s luster has dulled somewhat. Opera is fighting back though, with a radical overhaul. But is it any good?

06-08-2013
Opera 15 Is A Faster, Simpler Chrome, And Here Are 3 Great Reasons To Try It
CoffeeScript Is JavaScript Without The Headaches

Wordpress & Web Development

CoffeeScript Is JavaScript Without The Headaches

I’ve never really liked writing JavaScript all that much. From the day I wrote my first line using it, I’ve always resented that whatever I write in it always ends up looking like a Jackson Pollock painting. Blegh. Despite its power and flexibility, JavaScript is by no means a pretty language. It takes verbosity to an extreme and has so many quirks and idiosyncrasies, even the most famous book about the JavaScript programming language nods to its inherent nastiness with its title ‘JavaScript: The Good Parts’. Fortunately, there is a better alternative: CoffeeScript.

30-07-2013
CoffeeScript Is JavaScript Without The Headaches
Airmail for Mac OS X Is Making Email Beautiful Again

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Airmail for Mac OS X Is Making Email Beautiful Again

When I first heard of Airmail, I must admit I questioned if I really needed a new way to check my email. Like many people, Mail.app satisfied all of my email requirements, and I struggled to conceptualise ways in which an email client could be significantly bettered. Airmail has conclusively proved me wrong. It has effectively dragged an old communication medium into the 21st century by combining beautiful and elegant UI design along with features that have traditionally not been found in email clients.

16-07-2013
Airmail for Mac OS X Is Making Email Beautiful Again
iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You’ve Never Used

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iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You’ve Never Used

Be it a school paper or a blog post, all of us at some point find ourselves in the position of having to dump a bunch of characters into a text file. While cell phone operating systems are tripping over themselves to embrace flat, minimalistic design, Microsoft Word looks like the control panel for a space shuttle. Thankfully, iA Writer for Mac and iOS bucks that trend, and is perhaps the most joyously simplistic text editor that you can find on the market today.

09-07-2013
iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You’ve Never Used
Banned: What Happens When Facebook Doesn’t Like You [Feature]

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Banned: What Happens When Facebook Doesn’t Like You [Feature]

When I interviewed Mark S. Zuckerberg, I thought that he was a charming, polite guy. When he talked, he did so with a typically Midwestern drawl. He has raised a large family and has a massively successful bankruptcy law practice in Indianapolis, and is widely regarded as an expert in his field. Searching YouTube with the query ‘Mark Zuckerberg Indiana’ brings up countless media interviews and appearances. He also has no connection to the Facebook founder, other than his name and his Jewish heritage. And yet, this got him banned from Facebook.

05-04-2013
Banned: What Happens When Facebook Doesn’t Like You [Feature]