Jamie Balfour BSc

Welcome to my personal website!

Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Articles

The most difficult decision I've ever made

03 Oct 2017 / Life
Life can be tough. Life after a serious illness can be even tougher. Stress has always been a major factor that I have had to deal with, so when I went out looking for a job I needed it to be a stressless as possible. I found a job I enjoyed and hoped it would be stress free. This was the most difficult decision I've ever made, and I've finally made up my mind.

The biggest hog in ZPE

11 May 2017 / Technology
ZPE has been gradually getting faster and faster due to more optimisations at compiler time, however, this month I began to really delve into the deep end and found some new ways that ZPE can be optimised. In this post I will discuss exactly what I'm going to do in order to do this.

Why CSS really needs variables

17 Jan 2017 / The Web
CSS discourages repetition by nature, that much is obvious. One stylesheet does all the styling. But it's biggest problem is that it can often be quite a large file that needs to be downloaded with HTML. There are ways of shrinking it but none are quite as effective as using variables.
Why CSS really needs variables

Thoughts on my PhD

07 Dec 2016 / Life
I was accepted for my PhD in June of 2016 and at that point I was full of joy to be taking on something like this. You see, I'd always wanted to get a PhD and become Dr Balfour, only I didn't realise just how big a job it was. In this post I am going to explain why I've decided that this is not for me after all.

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 running slow - the fix

03 Dec 2016 / Technology
A while after I sold my perfectly running MacBook Pro 2011 13" to my brother in 2014 it began to run slow. In early 2016 he was so infuriated by the sluggish performance that he was going to be selling it as a spares. In this article I discuss the issue and the fix.

Web Design tips #1

12 Nov 2016 / The Web
This is my first article in which I am giving away some web design tricks and tips. This article is covering vertically aligning in the centre, leaving boundaries and styling radio buttons and checkboxes.

Firefox will keep losing market share

25 Oct 2016 / Technology
Firefox's future looks grim. Can it ever regain market share loss and become Faithful Firefox again?
Firefox will keep losing market share

Strolling through the JavaScript API libraries

23 Sep 2016 / The Web
Once upon a time, JavaScript was a small subsection of web design and web development. Now it represents a large portion of it. In this article, I'm going to step into the world of JavaScript and look at some of the new APIs and features.
Strolling through the JavaScript API libraries

Design tips: fixed menus and fragment identifiers

11 Sep 2016 / The Web
Fixed menus (ones that float) are very popular, but they do have issues. Specifically I'm talking about fragment identifiers, since they do not include the offset of the fixed menu. In this article, I'm going to show you a nifty little trick with CSS that fixes this.
Design tips: fixed menus and fragment identifiers

The day after...

07 May 2016 / Life
The day after my final day in university. Exciting but sad. I'm looking back at the wonderful time I've had at Heriot-Watt University!

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