Cybersecurity for the Average Joe

Cybersecurity is one of those words that most people probably feel like they understand generally, but they wouldn’t feel comfortable discussing specifics around the topic.

The negative impact of poor cybersecurity affects billions of people every single day, and yet most people have resigned themselves to thinking that “cybersecurity” is either too hard to understand or that some technology (or the government) should be doing this for us.

But what if I told you that cybersecurity is actually your problem to solve? And that the solution was pretty easy?

Why I Resurrected my Email Newsletter

After more than four years, I recently decided to relaunch my semi-monthly email newsletter and to expand my social media presence.

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my freelance business was not continuing to send my email newsletter and expand my network — and I’d like to share some key lessons with you that I’ve learned. You may decide that creating a newsletter to communicate with your customers is right for your business too.

Thoughts on Chicago, Trump and the H1B

It’s been a few weeks since President Trump signed his executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim counties — and beyond the political/moral right-fighting involved specifically in that order, I also have been following closely the discussion that Trump plans to overhaul the H1B visa program. To start, I’m neither an expert in politics…

6 Things to Love about ThatConference

I literally just got back from the 5th annual ThatConference and I cannot wait for next year!

But first, let me back up and give some context. This year’s conference marks the 4th year I have been fortunate enough to attend — in fact, I only missed the 2014 conference because my youngest child was born right around the same time. I have been chosen as a speaker 3 of those 4 years (including this year), and one of the years I convinced my then-company Sencha to sponsor. I have written about how great ThatConference is before, and honestly I wish I had the bandwidth to be more involved.

In short, I can’t speak more highly of any event than ThatConference. My family and I look forward to the event every year, and I genuinely hope it’s a tradition that we can continue for many years to come!

Introducing JavaScript Courses and Mentoring

When I first started aKa Web Design as my freelance consulting business years ago, I was initially focused on building websites for local small businesses. Over time my focus shifted towards building web and mobile applications (primarily using JavaScript) — and I have found enormous success as a one-man-operation.

More recently I have found myself wondering if I should continue to diversify my service offerings. I love writing code (and will certainly continue to do so), but I also love the process of teaching my customers better ways to do things. Coupled with the vast number of presentations I’ve given on software development, it only seems natural that I start to specifically offer one-on-one instruction and general mentorship.