Git + MAMP + SiteGround

By John Hawkins | September 12, 2016

For too long now I have put off the chore of getting my local development environment set up in a way that would allow me to use Git to push my code directly to SiteGround. I had tried in the past but always ended up hitting a stumbling block somewhere along the way. There is…

Cutting the Cord

By John Hawkins | August 28, 2016

As of last Sunday, we are officially cord cutters! We are no longer paying for DirecTV. I wanted to write this post today to document how we're feeling after the first week without access to 1000 channels so I could compare a year from now. I also wanted to document the amount we're spending in place…

Single use apps

By John Hawkins | August 27, 2016

Last month at work, I took on a new project; AppPresser. If you haven't heard of it, AppPresser is a suite of plugins for WordPress that make it easy for site owners to turn their site into a native iOS or Android app. Making apps is something that I've wanted to do for several years, so…

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

By John Hawkins | August 1, 2016

Last summer I accepted a position with a startup that is best described as a hybrid book publishing platform. I loved what they were doing and saw some huge potential in it. Unfortunately, things didn't pan out the way everybody expected, and by the end of the year, I was out of a job. A…

We've got some news. You may want to sit down.

By John Hawkins | June 2, 2016

Over the past few weeks we have started telling some people but not others about some plans that we have. When some people know stuff and others don't, it starts to get tricky to talk to people about things because you're never 100% sure who knows what. So, it's time to let the cat out…

Tell me about your tools

By John Hawkins | May 22, 2016

A few months back I was at a conference called Pressnomics. It's an absolutely fantastic event not only for the solid presentations, but the hallway conversations had at this event are better than any I've at any other event ever. At the end of one of the days of presentations there was an after party.…

Making connections

By John Hawkins | May 19, 2016

I want to point back to a post from a couple days ago. In it I spoke about reconnecting with my biological father after roughly 35 years. Like most of my personal posts, I wrote it for myself as a way to help process some of the feelings I have been having about the situation. But…

Crossfit, Pain & Depression

By John Hawkins | May 18, 2016

For many of us tech folk, our hobbies usually revolve around our day to day work. For example, at my past several jobs, my work was building websites. Then, in my spare time, I'd build websites. Doesn't sound like much of a break, does it? About 2 years ago, I found CrossFit. It was exactly…

Hello, 35 years later

By John Hawkins | May 17, 2016

As I said before, it's been a pretty interesting year. And if I'm going to tell you all the interesting bits, I may as well start with the biggie. For this one, you may need to grab a cup of coffee and sit back. There's a fair bit of back story. So much so, I'm…