Mark Baillie

I’m Mark. I’m mid thirties, which isn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. I’m married to Clare (since 2004), and a dad to Beth (since 2007), Charlotte (since 2014), and Daniel (since 2016). I’m a Capricorn. I like sunshine, but as a developer spend much of my time hiding away from it. I love Mountain Dew (especially Code Red), and occasionaly treat myself to some at I respect the Oxford Comma. I’d much rather be getting something done, than telling someone how well I can do it. I’m sometimes ashamed of my Last.FM profile (or of my poor musical tastes that it tells the world). I’m proud of my linked-in profile … and i’m not the sort of person to enjoy writing about myself.

I’m currently working at gt4 where I’m technical lead on a number of projects, including several large scale developments with a global construction equipment company, and a ground-breaking Lean Manufacturing system. Primarily we develop and support a number of clients Asp.Net C# and Bespoke Classic ASP sites and systems. I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and working in front-end with Javascript and CSS animation, a call back to my time spent developing in flash. I also like to work with other languages such as RubyPhp, and Python.

I love books and movies, usually best in that order. I like to get muddy playing airsoft. I play bass guitar very badly. I fill out my geek credentials with DnD and WH40K and by drinking lots of coffee. I’m most likely the guy on xbox live who doesn’t speak. I once came 8th in the Scottish Doom 2 Championships.

From Basic on the Sinclair Spectrum 48k through COMALPASCAL, and Qbasic, to ActionScript (2 & 3), Visual Basic 6ASPJavaScriptHTMLCSS and beyond …..XHTMLHTML5AJAXXMLXSLTjQueryVB and C# .Net, & Umbraco.


Take Back The Falls

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:38:11 +0000

You know I watch a lot of TV, some of it odd, and I love a well written series. Beth, Clare, and I have been watching Gravity Falls for the past two years, loving every episode. It’s a little like x-files for kids but with hints of adult humour and pop culture reference.   Today […]

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Pick your weapon

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:15:44 +0000

So, I had a Kart M14 socom for airsoft which I sold. I now have another :)   Anyway, the blasted thing won’t shoot in semi auto, so for the first time I opened it up to take a look. Most of this is based on the instructions I found for the G&G version here […]

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Making Magic

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:52:42 +0000

My friends and I play a lot of Magic the Gathering but our two biggest difficulties are We don’t always get out the house And its dammed expensive I’ve been looking into other ways to play, and despite having an official Magic Online client this only solves one of the issues (it’s just as dammed […]

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Bring and buy

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:17:06 +0000

Having a bit of a tech clear out, anyone want to make an offer for …. Apple iPhone 4s 16gb Good condition, factory reset, no scratches, and a good battery. Currently on o2 but happy to see about getting it unlocked for you. Phillips surround sound system Base unit, centre speaker, 4 surrounds, and a […]

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Bundle of joy

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:00:33 +0000

Congratulations it’s a (inset gender here) ! You now have your own little bundle of joy (possibly again). No one has told you that this also includes bundles of stress, anxiety, guilt, and frustration. It’s been nine months and baby is on the way, so the bags are packed and it’s off to hospital you […]

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Basecamp 3 vs active.collab

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:49:02 +0000

What to choose ....

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Unicode Unicorns

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:51:41 +0000

UTF8 seems to be the bee’s knees of text encoding, but when your source comes in all different flavours, how do we deal with this ? Recently a client asked me to check through 45gb of weblogs for a particular set of results, results which I would further have to parse to convert a database […]

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Signatures via Disclaimers

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:01:42 +0000

Recently a client has required a designed signature for their emails. Whilst in Outlook there’s no issue applying these and there was only a few accounts, the big bugbear was their iPad and iPhones. Pasting the signature into the iphone got haphazard results at best and the most people would recommend would be to “shake” […]

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Apple / ATI aint much different than Dell / Nvidia

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:19:13 +0000

Through work I used to have a Dell D800 (and something) laptop, pretty big and bulky but a solid machine. It had different kinds of docks, an easily switchable hard drive (the best way to swap between my and works “builds”), a high resolution display (even for now), and it’s shining jewel was the built […]

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Ractiv Inactive

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:12:44 +0000

I adore the idea of Kickstarter, to me it’s like a version of The X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent where people vote (with their cash) and you actually get something useful at the end. Normally if I see something exciting I’ll just throw a few dollars into the basic tier donation. Recently I’ve seen a Kickstarter […]

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