Goodbye, Google Voice

Google Voice logo I’ve been a Google Voice user since June 2009, when it was still invite-only and had the promise of doing to phones what Gmail did to email. When I finally got access I was excited, and even though I didn’t have a smartphone (which meant using Voice was cumbersome) I was happy with its performance. It was one of the driving factors behind my getting an Android phone, and at first things were awesome. Continue reading »

My First WordPress Plugin: Relogo

Today I released my first WordPress plugin, called Relogo. It’s a simple plugin that lets you easily add support for rel="logo" to your WordPress site, in accordance with the spec published at relogo.org. The rel="logo" specification is a cool and simple way to make sure people always have the most up-to-date version of your logo without having to make any changes to their code. So check out my plugin, and install it on your site! Continue reading »

I Bought a Print Book Today, But I Didn't Want To

No books I’m a relatively recent convert to reading books. I wasn’t much of a reader growing up, and it wasn’t until I got my first eBook reader that I found a love for books. For me, reading on a screen is much easier than reading on a printed page. Then there are the added benefits of automatic bookmarking/syncing, lack of physical objects to store, instant delivery, and highlighting and notes that, for those of us with atrocious handwriting, are actually legible. Continue reading »

Playing with Snapseed's New "HDR Scape" Tool

Boat on a Travelift Snapseed, a popular image manipulation tool for Android and iOS, has added a feature to turn any image into an HDR image. I did some tests, and here are my results. An HDR version of a photo I posted earlier in the year. Our house in Maine. Gisela and me at a photo shoot. Another one of Gisela at the photo shoot, this time with much heavier HDR filtering. Counter Protesters against the Westboro Baptist Church. Continue reading »

What I'm Reading

Street car on Market Street All is Fair in Love and Twitter The origins of Twitter are steeped in drama, betrayal and intrigue. Why the Government Never Gets Tech Right HealthCare.gov is just one of a number of major government tech projects that have failed. Here’s why, and how it can be fixed. Why didn’t the White House use WordPress? Five of the 14 states running their own exchanges use WordPress, with much greater success than HealthCare. Continue reading »

Government Shutdown: The Facts, With a Few Opinion Sprinkles on Top

Capitol is closed Well folks, it’s happened. Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, and as of this morning the government has shut down, all non-essential employees are at home, and essential and non-essential employees alike are without pay. If you’re a government employee deemed “essential” then the good news is you’ll receive back pay for the time you work during the shutdown once the government resumes operations. Continue reading »

What I'm Reading

Big Sur bridge Everything you need to know about how a government shutdown works With mere hours until the deadline for a government funding bill, here’s a crash course in what will happen if an agreement can’t be reached. The “Breaking Bad” School Breaking Bad, besides being phenomenal television, is also a great lesson in business. What’s In A College Degree? Maybe Not As Much As You Think Online courses are changing the landscape of higher education, and employers are starting to follow the trend. Continue reading »

What I'm Reading

Big ol' roadboat Will It Fly? An in-depth look at the history of, and problems plaguing, the Joint Strike Fighter. Freelancers: Work for free Ok, not all the time or you’d be broke, but Dann Petty explains why some of his most rewarding jobs were ones he did for free. The 20 Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said There’s a reason Amazon.com is so wildly successful. Why It’s Time to Ditch Your Office Continue reading »

Serendipitous / Unfortunate

Not 24 hours after I wrote my post about blogging, .Net Magazine announced they were closing down their site and migrating their top 500 articles to Creative Bloq. That’s a far cry from the close to 10,000 articles on their site, spanning a long history of the web and its evolution. These articles were a de facto historical archive of how the web has changed over the years, and techniques that have come and gone. Continue reading »

Why I'm Blogging More Now Than Ever Before

WordPress editor “Blogging is dead, [social network du jour] is where it’s at.” You’ve likely heard that phrase at least seven times once, whether you’re a blogger or not. It’s a popular refrain any time a new service comes along that gets hugely popular and becomes the place where everybody publishes all their stuff. Usually this mentality is driven not by an affinity for the service in question, but an impression of the issues around maintaining a blog - it’s too much work, nobody will read it, it has to have brilliant posts on a regular basis, it’s too narcissistic. Continue reading »
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