Technology

How to Decide Where to Host Your Websites

When somebody asks me where I host my websites, I always think they are missing the most important question. The real question they should be asking is, “Why did you pick the host you use for hosting?” To answer their question, I host websites at one of two places: WP Engine or SiteGround. Why not…

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Git + MAMP + SiteGround

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…

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Producing a Podcast

It was almost 2 years ago when I put a request out on Twitter, I wanted to start a podcast, I just didn’t want to be in charge of producing it each week. To me, that seemed like the hard part. I just wanted to pop in, record the episode and let somebody else worry about…

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What took so long?

Even though I’ve been developing sites with PHP for more than a decade, for some reason I’ve always had it in my mind that JavaScript was something I simply couldn’t handle. So any time a project came in the door that had any sort of JS requirement, rather than trying to sort it out myself,…

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My first week using RescueTime

I spent a lot of time at my desk. I mean, a LOT of time. I’m really trying to cut down on the numbers of hours I spend at the desk and I’m going for the ‘Work smarter, not harder’ approach. So one of the things I thought I should do was track how much…

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Jumping on the Mac bandwagon

Well, I guess my decent in to total Apple Fanboy status is complete. A little over a week ago  I purchased a Macbook Air. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually feel like a fanboy. I have never once stood in line or even pre-ordered an Apple product. I think either one, if not both…

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Centralized mail/calendar with Google Apps

Warning: Sometimes I use my blog as a way to remember how I did something so that I can do it again in the future should the need arise. Since I’ve spent time trying to round all this up more than once now, I figure this was a perfect subject for just such a post.…

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2 Jing features I’d love to have

I have been a big fan of the screen cap software Jing for a while now. I first wrote about it back in 2007 and have been a pretty loyal user ever since. But recently I have been using the software even more than usual. I’ve been using it to make quick walk-through videos for…

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5 iPad RSS reader apps reviewed

I have been on the hunt for an iPad app for reading the 100+ RSS feeds I’m currently following. With so many feeds to deal with it’s important that I find one that meets a few critical features: It must pull in my feeds from my Google Reader account where I manage them all It…

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Goodbye Outlook, Hello Thunderbird

Can you believe it? A geek such as myself who, until today, was still using Microsoft Outlook! Oh, the horror! Oh, the shame! Well, shame no more. I’ve left Outlook and have started using Thunderbird! Huzzah! What took so long? First, some history. Several years back I was using Goldmine as an email client and…

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