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Main articles and short articles available on Simoncox.com. Whilst I make every effort to ensure that my writings are accurate please do not hesitate to pick me up on something you think is wrong or disagree with!

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Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting

Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting, without having that DNS propagation wait

Moving a site to new hosting can be fraught with issues. Here is one technique that I find useful when moving to a website to a new hosting server.

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by Simon Cox | 2016 Sep 18


Halle Marchandise en bois

Halle Marchandise en bois, French meter gauge goods shed

A plaster model kit of a classic French wooden goods shed.

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Oct 03


Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2, Body work for the SRB001 Freelance DEUTZ Style 0-4-0DM

Completion of the SRB001 Freelance DEUTZ Style 0-4-0DM chassis including the running gear and motor withthe body work following.

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Sep 26


Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit, SRB001 Freelance DEUTZ Style 0-4-0DM

Stuart Brewer is a fellow GDNGRS member and is one of the most acomplished model makers I know - this is his first kit and my attempts at building it.

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Sep 14


Whitesands Quay first outing

Whitesands Quay first outing, Work in progress gets out the house

Whitesands Quay first outing gets it out of the house and sets some deadlines for me to work to.

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Sep 14


Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots

Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots, Replacing the chimney pots

Some finishing touches including new chimney pots

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Jul 14


Whitesands Quay trackwork

Whitesands Quay trackwork, Handbuilt track and point controls

I have now built two versions of the trackwork. Both have issues.

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Jul 13


La Meuse - construction

La Meuse - construction, The Neil Sayer Models La Meuse 009 kit

Brass, nickel silver and whitemetal kit of the Belgian La Meuse 2-6-0 narrow gauge locomotive used on the French sugarbeet lines

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Jul 12


Whitesands Quay - row of cottages

Whitesands Quay - row of cottages, Using a Scalescenes card kit

First set of buildings for Whitesands Quay is the Row of Cottages

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by Simon Cox | 2014 Jul 11


Plots and scheming

Plots and scheming, A new small raised bed in the garden to provide fresh produce.

We have always wanted to grow our own vegetables - not to a 'good life' extent but we both grew up in families that were in 'make do and mend' post war mode. Everyone grew a bit of food. Our previous home didn't really have the space in the Japanese style garden for any veg though we managed to squeeze in a couple of tomato plants. 

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by Simon Cox | 2013 Nov 14


EU cookie consent law largely ignored

EU cookie consent law largely ignored, Most UK organisations have ignored the EU directive on cookies

The EU has give the UK until May 28th 2012 to comply with the cookie consent law - how many of the organisations pinpointed by the ICO have met the deadline?

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by Simon Cox | 2012 May 28


Swanage Belle

Swanage Belle, A trip on a steam pulled train from London to the coast.

I recently booked a trip on the Swanage Belle, a steam hauled special from London down to Swanage on the Dorset Coast. 

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by Simon Cox | 2011 Oct 16


EEUK11 report

EEUK11 report, The first ExpressionEngine conference in the UK

The UK's first ExpressionEngine conference has taken place in Manchester in August 2011. I provide a report on the event itself and the surrounding activities.

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by Simon Cox | 2011 Aug 27


Assets for ExpressionEngine

Assets for ExpressionEngine, Installing Pixel & Tonics new Assets add-on

Assets is a new file management add-on for ExpressionEngine and brings a new way of managing assets in your website. I installed it and built a simple image Gallery.

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by Simon Cox | 2011 Jul 03


Vintage tractors

Vintage tractors, at the Shakey Super Pull

On the 11th June we attended the Shakey Super Pull run by the Midlands Tractor Pulling Club at the Shakespeare Country Raceway.

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by Simon Cox | 2011 Jun 19


Responsive web design

Responsive web design, This site now uses responsive web design - go on, resize you browser!

Responsive web design has been emerging as a way forward over the past two years. Simon Collison's personal website was one of the first to head off down this route and is a great demonstration of what can be achieved with an adaptive design - well worth a visit. Following on from that lead I have now implemented a Responsive Web Design on this, my personal website.

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by Simon Cox | 2011 May 31


Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration

Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration, I decided to enter a model making competition

In 2004 I went to the Expo Narrow Gauge (ExpoNG) model railway exhibition for the first time and that single visit inspired me to pick up an old hobby that I thought I would never go back to.

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by Simon Cox | 2011 Feb 25


WebFonts

WebFonts, Whats going on at the moment

With HTML5 finally emerging from the primordial soup I thought it was time to have a look at where we have got to with fonts on the web, what today's techniques are and what is new in the world of the digital hot metal.

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by Simon Cox | 2010 Jul 28


Star Wars day

Star Wars day, May the 4th be with you

Luuuuuke, Luuuuuke, wake up it's the 4th of May - Star Wars Day...

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by Simon Cox | 2010 May 03


Nibbler

Nibbler, Online testing tool that checks out how your website measures up

Online testing suites are a very useful way of checking your website to see if it's up to scratch. I take you through Nibbler from Silktide.

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by Simon Cox | 2010 Feb 09


The perfect angle to staple paper

The perfect angle to staple paper, I asked myself  what is the best angle to staple sheets of paper at?

On July 2nd 2004 I posted a small article about stapling sheets of paper together. We all have these small thoughts but don't usually say them out loud - this time I did.

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by Simon Cox | 2010 Feb 04


Medmenham walk

Medmenham walk, Sunday circular walk by the Thames

We completed a short country walk around Medmenham in Buckinghamshire including a stretch along the banks of the Thames river.

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by Simon Cox | 2010 Jan 31


New look for 2010

New look for 2010, New year heralds new design and some long overdue focus back on this website

I have finally taken the plunge and updated the site and have switched over to ExpressionEngine.

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by Simon Cox | 2010 Jan 26


White Sands Quay progress

White Sands Quay progress, The basboard structure is now mainly complete

Ongoing development of my third layout.

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by Simon Cox | 2009 Dec 09


Short articles

Caulking a website article

I wrote a little something for 12 devs -day 7

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Thoughts on IE browser upgrades

Quick post about IE browser upgrades.

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Password security

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England Argentina

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Uploading images outside of Perch CMS default resource directory

Moving images outside of Perch default folder - how I did it...

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Responsive Web Design break points

RWD Breakpoints are the topic of discussion at the moment - my thoughts.

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CSS first-child and IE

Did you know you can use first-child in IE 8 and below?

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Aperture tidy up

Quick post: I spent some of the weekend tidying up my photos in Aperture.

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EE custom log-in page

Just created my own customised ExpressionEngine login screen.

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EEUK11 tweets from

EEUK11 twitter feed

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EEcms tip - transfering site to a new server

Moved your EEcms website and getting issues with your database connection?

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Card handling fee?

Why on earth am I paying an additional card handling fee for my cinema ticket?

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EEcms tip - looping urls

#eecms rewritten URLs keep looping? That will be mod_security rules then that will.

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End July image roll

Some snaps I took over the last few days

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Content strategies of pages with no content

How much content is actually on link farm sites?

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ExpressionEngine Assets - changing images

Quick tip if you need to change images in assets

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When Google+ gets on ifthisthenthat

Updating all my social media interaction points from one place

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Big take away from Insites Tour Brighton

Big take away for me from the Insites Tour, Brighton - blog more.

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Ethan Marcotte’s Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte - excellent read.

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Actimel - excellent example of bad marketing practice

Actimel Winter Days Out competition - excellent example of bad marketing practice - @actimel

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8 Faces Magazine

Looking forward to my copy of 8 Faces magazine issue 2!

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Preventing deep linking

Why would anyone want to prevent incoming links? Lots of sites terms and conditions don't allow it!

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Hyphens, dashes, endashes and emdashes v underscores

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