5 Options for Free Stock Images

Imagery is important to creating good content, but it can also be expensive. If you have the budget, please, by all means, go for the Getty Images or other sources. These images are usually extremely high quality and you’ll almost always find a photo that perfectly suits your needs.

Posted on: 21 August 2017 | 11:00 pm

Developer Events in Fall 2017

2017 has been very quiet for me on the speaking front, but, as it turns out, busier than ever on the event front. I am organizing a lot of events this Fall - online, in NYC and in Sofia, Bulgaria (with more in the works too). All of the events are either free or incredibly inexpensive. Here’s an overview:

Posted on: 15 August 2017 | 11:00 pm

What the Web Owes Flash

The tech world seemed caught by surprise by Adobe’s announcement that, as of 2020, they will no longer support Flash in any capacity. You’d be forgiven if you were mostly surprised that Flash was still alive.

Posted on: 25 July 2017 | 11:00 pm

Update Fails on ffi Install in Ruby

File this one as a niche issue, but in case someone else ends up losing a morning to this issue, I figured I’d post it.

Posted on: 20 April 2017 | 11:00 pm

Knowing Your Blind Spots

All of us have blind spots. Oftentimes, these blind spots are developed over the course of years of experience. Experience is a great benefit, but experience also brings biases. I don’t mean biases in the typically negative sense of the word, but rather we develop a series of solutions or ways of thinking about things. We develop these biases because these solutions have worked consistently in the past, but that can leave us unable to perceive the best way to handle things, especially when the fundamentals have shifted.

Posted on: 12 April 2017 | 11:00 pm

Best Songs of 2017 So Far

2017 is already more the 25% gone and if ever there was a year in need of some good music to help soothe your mind (or even channel your rage), it’s this year. So, here are my favorite songs of the year so far.

Posted on: 12 April 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Slow Decline of Email

Walt Mossberg has an interesting post about the way email is changing. From once dominating electronic communication, it is now becoming more like traditional mail, in that it’s most junk and marketing with the occassional official communications mixed in with a newsletter subscription or two. It’s not just generally unpleasant, but it’s also the easiest route for scammers.

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 11:00 pm

Thoughts on the Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results

StackOverflow released the results of its 2017 Developer Survey. The survey covers a ton of ground including where developers work, how they feel about their pay, which languages and frameworks they like or dislike and much more. I am not going to go into all of the results but wanted to share some thoughts that I had while reading the results.

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 11:00 pm

Working with Static Sites Officially Available from O’Reilly

I’m happy to announce that the book that I wrote with Raymond Camden, Working with Static Sites is 100% official. As of today, you can even order the print copy, if that’s what you prefer.

Posted on: 20 March 2017 | 11:00 pm

Troll Culture Goes Mainstream

The New York Times had an interesting article last week called “How the Trolls Stole Washington”. Beyond the political discussion, what fascinated me was this idea that trolling was a form of counterculture movement that goes beyond the individual troll.

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 11:00 pm