05 Oct 2014

Open Letter to Internet Trolls

Hi. You probably don’t know who I am, but I know who you are. Well, not really, because taking the effort to know who you are gives you far more value than you deserve. But I know who who you are.

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28 Sep 2014

From Agency CTO to Bootstrapping a Startup

Back in March, I decided I needed a change. I left my job of almost 5 years at a boutique ad agency and spent a little time trying to figure out what was next for me. I ended up as a co-founder and CTO of a 3-person startup, and I

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12 Jun 2014

Why You Should Stop Stalling and Start Presenting

My last post generated a bit of buzz when it was posted to HackerNews recently, so I figured I’d take this opportunity to reiterate something I’ve been saying on Twitter for a while now. If you have never presented a conference before, make this the year you change that.

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09 May 2014

Please Stop Asking Me to Speak About Women in Technology

I was recently recommended as a pinch-hitter keynote speaker for a Linux conference by a friend who wasn’t going to be able to present due to a scheduling conflict. She put me in touch with the conference organizers, and they reached out to me with the exciting email subject “We want YOU to

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05 Apr 2014

Check User-Submitted URLs for Malware and Phishing in Your Application

If you write software for the web that allows users to submit or share URLs (comment systems, mail clients, forums, URL shorteners, etc), you may find yourself in a position where you need to filter out malicious links.

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15 Mar 2014

How I Quit Smoking with Personal Vaporizers

I’ve been a smoker for 20 years. My mom has smoked since she was 16, and her mother smoked since god knows when before she died of smoking-related health problems. My mother is currently headed down the same path, with a brain aneurism and massive circulatory problems in no small

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