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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Docker, Salt, and Travis CI

Late last week I was investigating some Docker deployment components and how I could integrate them with Salt. Looking on the internet I found a lot of tutorials that talked about different components, but couldn't find anything that included an actual working project that showed how all the components fit …

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Configuring Powerline and Git

I decided to play around with Powerline some more after a talk by Corey Quinn at this year's SeaGL conference in Seattle. I quickly learned that setting this up is a real pain in the ass. This is primarily because the documentation is not very good, and the documentation for …

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Using T-Mobile For a Month Without Internet

I recently moved and the internet service providers in the new area are pretty bad. This means that I've been working with a local Fiber provider to try and get some better service. The current providers only offer 12 month contracts which I'm not interested in so I've been using …

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The Importance of High Quality Conference Goods

I think good merchandise, whether free or paid is critical to have at a conference. Every time you print a t-shirt or create a sticker you're making an advertising investment in hopes that someone will put that sticker on their laptop or wear the t-shirt and it will be recognized …

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Chrome OS, a Quick Review

It’s the holidays, and that means you might be considering a new laptop. You’ve probably heard about Chrome OS. Basically it’s Google’s web focused operating system, and it runs on cheap laptops. I owned the original chromebook but it was pretty underpowered so I didn’t …

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When is the Salt Book Going to Be Done?

Recently I've been asked a few times about the status of the Salt book that I am writing. People seem pretty eager to get their hands on it, but I've been quite slow to actually write the book. There are multiple reasons for this but primarily it boils down to …

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