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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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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