A year later, spending $15 a month on music still rules

Last year around this time I decided that I would start buying music regularly from Bandcamp.com instead of using subscription services. I had bought music sporadically previously but realized it was time to start supporting the artists I care about more regularly. Subscription services don't benefit many of the …

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Launching Bulk Eats

Late last year I shut down the first full scale project I had built. It was an excellent learning experience (as documented here). I didn't make any money on that project, but the cost of learning was pretty low. A few weeks ago I finished the initial content and made …

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Scheduled Lambda SQS Message Function With Cloudwatch

Recently I wanted to created a scheduled Lambda event that would send a message to an SQS queue. I ended up using Cloudwatch to trigger a Python based Lambda event that would make a call to the appropriate queue.

This process was pretty easy to set up and required configuration …

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Vegetarian Meats Just Aren't Cutting it Yet

Over the past few years I've been trying to eat more and more vegetarian meals both to reduce how much meat I eat and reduce costs. Bulking and cutting for physical fitness is an expensive endeavor, so any time I can I want to explore these potential options. I've been …

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Fixing a Squealing Processor

A few weeks ago my Windows 7 machine wouldn't post. I spent a good number of hours troubleshooting the problem but ended up having to RMA my mobo. Upon return I hooked everything back up, and while it would post as soon as Windows started up the processor was making …

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A Recruiter's First Impression is Their Only Impression

Like everyone else in the IT world I deal with a lot of recruiters, and I'm constantly surprised by how abrasive and tactless many of them are. They act as though they are dealing with their available positions as a commodity, but they don't want to give out any details …

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A Failed Project's Postmortem

Ten months ago I launched remote-first (you can read more about that process here) which was the first paid product I've launched since I started working in IT. In this post I'm going to talk about why I believe it failed, the costs involved in such a failure, and how …

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Starting and Finishing a Project

On February first I deployed https://remote-first.com, the first project I've ever released that has a paid component. I feel as though a retrospective to review and document the process and creation of the app will be beneficial for myself, and may benefit others.

To begin the idea at …

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