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Insights

Thoughts, Tips, Observations and Learning from OneSheep

Ever increasing incidents of cyber attack means employees and small business must work harder and smarter to ensure the safest possible working environment. Some simple strategies employed robustly can minimise the impact of massive problems when the attacks come. Every few weeks we see stories about how valuable but private data has been hacked or stolen or simply broken in to. Even the smallest organisations need to think through and apply an ongoing cyber defense strategy. Central is your employees, who need to understand what a vital role they play in protecting the company. Equally important is that organisational leadership provides sufficient and effective support to all their workers, by having 5 fundamental security controls.

Slack has been our backbone of communication for a couple of years now. Since OneSheep is an entirely remote team, it’s been essential to have solid, easy and clear communication between us. If you’re remote worker, in a busy office team, or part of an...

Starting a brand new project is always a fun component of our work for me. The opportunities and possibilities that lay ahead, the clean slate, the ideating, and the chance to set up all the tools. For me this is also a perfect time to bring...

This winter we built a cross platform app for Langham Preaching using Xamarin Forms. Forms allowed us to be quite productive and we pushed out a long backlog of stories simultaneously on both Android and iOS platforms. This was possible partly because we could share more...

When making applications it’s not surprising to come across a scenario where you need something to happen as a background process. For example, in our last project we needed to be able to send reminders to users via email to give them a nudge to...

When we recently refactored the Toucan app it was difficult to choose the best architecture. The app uses several jQuery powered widgets to make the content more engaging and we used Vue.js to make our dashboard and reporting pages more manageable. This mixture of technologies...

Growing up through the church, I remember being given a Bible when I had learnt 50 bible verses - a now battered copy of the of the Rainbow Good News Bible. A few years later, I was given a metal-cased NLT as a baptism gift...

We were recently asked to automate some editing tasks for the Spotlight English editors who use LibreOffice Writer to prepare their episode copy. With LibreOffice's UNO (Universal Network Objects) component model, which has bindings to many programming languages, we were quite spoiled for choice. We could...

October saw the first ever SheepCon, where all five members of the OneSheep team were gathered together in one country for a time of vision, planning and fun - at the closest thing we have to a company HQ - Mark’s house in Stoke Row. Whilst...

Having worked with Laravel in our previous projects one of the things we have found ourselves implementing time and again is email verification (after a user has registered, we want to send them a link to click to make sure their email address is valid)....