It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on my past New Year’s Resolutions and establish some new ones for the coming year! Looking back at 2016 Last year I had four goals: Go offline more often. Blog more. Continue lowering my cholesterol. Run more races. So… how’d I do? If I’m being totally…
A few weeks ago I was asked to begin working on a new React application. A few of my team members had already scaffolded the app using create-react-app, and my job was to come in and add some advanced configurations relating to React Router and Express.
However it turned out to be a far more difficult task than I had anticipated.
A few weeks ago I lamented on Twitter some news about Chrome marking non-HTTPS websites as “not secure”.
As fate would have it, I recently stumbled across a way to enable SSL for free on my HostGator server using a service named CloudFare. Read more about how I set this up!
I probably use Google Hangouts 4-5 times a day — a fact that isn’t uncommon amongst software engineers, though working from home certainly increases my usage. Recently I noticed that one of my cameras (specifically the built-in camera on my OSX Thunderbolt display) was not being listed as an option in the Hangout settings. After…
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!
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.
By now just about anyone who follows the news and/or social media has heard that LinkedIn was hacked back in 2012 and that the stolen data was recently exposed online. More than 100 million (some reports top 160 million) accounts were part of the data breach.
Sadly this is just another sign of the times in 2016. And many, many smarter people than I have written ad nauseum on this subject.
Having said that, we should collectively be outraged at the way in which LinkedIn has handled this debacle. Their response is beyond unacceptable, and I’d like to explore a few thoughts on the subject.
I recently read an excellent post on leadership from the Harvard Business Review titled Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal. in which the author argues: A leader’s unique perspective is an important source of creativity and competitive advantage. … Gaining access to your own insight isn’t difficult; you simply need to commit…