commando style design

The ‘Commando’ design manifesto

Here at Techdept, the design team follows our own Design Manifesto to improve our output on our design. Here I present you (A Commando version) a few things we do….


Archie on social media

A few weeks ago the Techdept team were joined by 15 year old work placement student, Archie. During his week with us he got stuck in designing and testing web…

oculus rift

You're just a lawnmower man, Jobe!

Virtual reality; to me that’s been one of those technologies that has never seemed to materialise, like hoverboards (only 2 years to go if Back to the Future 2 is…

what is the cloud

What the hell is ‘The Cloud’?

In the technology world ‘The Cloud’ is everywhere. Marketing slogans shout ‘to the cloud’, technology leaders speak of the cloud like it’s some mystical land where IT is easy and…

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Signed, sealed, delivered… repeat

Personal QA (Quality assurance) is important here at Techdept and is a vital part of our day to day workflow. Often people can refer to QA as something that happens…

the valve handbook

The Valve employee handbook

Whilst the projects at many companies are driven by client requests and have time scale & specification requirement obligations that have to be met, allocating a proportion of time for every employee…


AARRR! Employing “actionable metrics”

One of the problems of running a business is keeping track on whether you are doing well or not. It’s easy to be busy. But you risk being a busy…

we are nine

We are nine!

Crack open the bubbly…on 1st of June we turned 9…which is nearly 10! So we will be having a party (watch this space for photos) but only as a warm up…

pomodoro technique

Pomodoro Technique

Phones, email, instant messaging, text messages, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook… The next time I feel like I’m getting distracted, I will try out this Pomodoro Technique. There are plenty of…

history of the personal computer

My history with the Personal Computer

This was the first PC I ever got my hands on, it’s a BBC Micro. The primary school I attended had one of these to share between about 400 pupils….

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Why I will not be teaching my children to program

It seems that many people are suggesting we should all learn to program computers and that all children should be taught programming at school. I guess people see computers and subsequently programming…

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Avoiding the bottom half

That’s it. I’ve had enough. Today is the beginning of a better life. From today I will not be reading the comments on web pages. AT ALL. Who the hell…