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Viral landing pages rarely go viral because no one knows or cares about you or How LaunchRock tricked you into making their site viral

Yep, it’s a sad truth, unless you’re a Kevin Rose or a Reid Hoffman (or insert some other person’s name that you think is really important and could successfully leverage a landing page) there’s a good chance you’re going to thow up an alleged “viral landing page” and will be […]

Doing Less, Better

I planned to write this post 7 hours from now, but as I sit up at 3:49am on the verge of my first vacation in 2 years and on the heels of a beta launch of the new scenekids.com, I figure there’s no better time to type. This particular blog […]

Version Control: It doesn’t matter what system you use

CVS vs SVN, SVN vs Git, Git vs Mercurial… who fucking cares. I’ve been through my share of version control systems (CVS, Visual Source Safe, SVN, Serena PVCS and Dimensions and as of late, git) and the one thing that stands out to me is that it doesn’t matter which […]

Restoring a Linode Backup

Still kicking myself over this one, last night I accidentally dropped a database instead of just the table I wanted to get rid of. Now at one point, I had nightly database backups on my server, but when I added the Linode backup plan for $4.95 a month, I stopped […]

Tux ‘n Droid: How I spent not even 2 months as a starving webcomic artist

It’s [was] like The Odd Couple, but not as funny. Incidentally, starting a webcomic seemed like a great idea at the time. I knew it was going to be hard to keep the content coming, so I cut some corners with the art (a la Dinosaur Comics) by having some […]

Switching to Linux, you’re doing it wrong (redux)

So after the public outcry that I’m a total asshole that just immediately starts yelling “RTFM you fucking n00b” based on my previous post, I decided to revisit each of my points and try to provide some helpful insight. Before revisiting the points I’d like to state that the only […]

WorkFlowy: Adventures in Text Parsing

First off, if you’re not familiar with WorkFlowy you may want to watch this video. WorkFlowy is quite simply a list maker and based on my own usage of planning out a program / script I decided to create a script to take an exported list and convert it into […]

Why you don’t make $80k+ and how you can get there

First off, you’re going to be offended by this, partially because it’s true and partially because I’m right. The reason you don’t make $80-100k (or whatever the magic number of deservingness [my word, you can’t have it] is as per Hacker News) is because you don’t deserve it, for one […]

TeuxDeux: Adventures in Screen Scraping

Been a busy week, still dedicated to blogging regularly though. Decided the best way to balance out my busy weeks is to post code that I had on github but decided to pull down as I wasn’t maintaining it, and no one else was following or forking it. If you […]

Quality over cost or how PennySMS sucks and I switched to Twilio

For nearly the last two years I’ve run a simple SMS reminder service known as ReminderWire. The site was initially built around the idea of using the built in carrier email addresses for cell phones to send the SMS messages. The major drawback to this was that I had to […]

Switching to Linux, you’re doing it wrong

As a long time Linux user, I’m constantly trying to get people to experience all the awesome. For the most part, people are reluctant, but I’m finding that I run into one or more of the following It seems pretty clunky So you’ve finally installed Linux, most likely Ubuntu as […]

The Zen of the Server Crash

I was talking to someone last week about how I attempt to keep cool when things fall apart. I call it “the Zen of the Server Crash” and as luck would have it, everything started to fall apart that afternoon. First to go was our Internet connection at CrowdSavings.com HQ. […]

Why you shouldn’t redirect HTTP errors back to / or how I learned to always include a favicon.ico file

I have this nasty habit of being completely dismissive of HTTP error handling by not handling 404 errors and setting the ErrorDocument in my .htaccess file to point to / (e.g. ErrorDocument 404 /). For the most part, this has never been an issue shy of needing to explain why […]

Ditched WordPress

To at least one person’s dismay, I have abandoned WordPress for not only my blog, but for any future endeavours. WordPress seems great if you can’t build a blog on your own and would rather interact with a series of plug-ins than get your hands dirty with some code. I’m […]

My Thoughts on Rails Rumble

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not a big fan of Rails, largely due to the fact that I dislike the community. So this year, I decided to follow the Rails Rumble on Twitter just because I found it all fairly intriguing and wanted to see the different stages […]

Setting up a secure MySQL server on Rackspace Cloud Servers

Recently I’ve been building out dedicated MySQL servers to combat some of the shortcomings we have encountered with hosting MySQL on Rackspace Cloud Sites (commentary on this will be saved for another post). During my research on what I could do to set up the server as securely as possible […]

Why I recently switched to WordPress

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not a huge fan of using canned web applications. I find them to be insecure (talking to you OSCommerce) often times a pain to upgrade and more often than that a nightmare to customize. Keep in mind that I do feel WordPress is […]

Gravity Boulevard Redesign

Been a few years since the original design was put in place, and I was starting to think the site was a bit too sterile / business-y (especially since I have retired from doing freelance [again]). New site attempts to be hip and modern by using a high res photograph […]

Moustache.ME

Sucks when you put a chunk of hours into something just to realize that someone else has already done it. Case in point, I finished up Moustache.ME after realizing that someone already runs Mustache.me on a similar concept. Well I’m sticking to my guns on “moustache” being the proper spelling, […]

ID Much? - An Alternative to “See ID”

Wow, quite the productive Saturday, even made time for two blog posts. So a while back I swapped out “See ID” on the back of my credit card for “ID Much?”. I’ve been so amazed at the response that I decided to put up a site about it, you can […]

Script to Install Adobe Air on Ubuntu 64-bit

So after giving Gwibber an honest try for a few months, I’ve decided it’s time to move back to DestroyTwitter for my tweeting needs. Unfortunately, earlier in the year when I completely denounced Adobe products (specifically Flash) I went ahead and completely removed Air from my system. But alas, I […]

What could you do in 10k?

I’m typically not the type to engage in any sort of popularity contest, especially those of which include either musical or technical ability, as it’s all so opinionated. That being said, I decided to enter something in the 10k An Event Apart as it was suggested to me by Justin […]

Stubby Bottom Icons v1

Been toying around with designing icons, specifically icons for social media websites. Got tired of trying to find a matching set of icons that included all the icons that I needed (paid or free). After redesigning the icons over at CrowdSavings.com, I went ahead and created the Stubby Bottom icons […]

Project Update

Thought I’d post to let everyone know what new projects I’ve launched in the last few months. Update Much?! A simple Twitter add-on site that I built for @thatgirljen to help her manage the Twitter accounts she maintains. The concept is simple, you log in via Twitter and the site […]

Using GRUB to boot a Linux ISO

Since my latest Ubuntu upgrade totally hosed my machine, I decided to do a clean install instead of resolving the issues. Since my CD/DVD drive still absolutely hates me and my latest choice of CD media, I’ve had to search for options to be able to boot a Linux Live […]