How to Contribute to Open Source Without Being a Dick

If you contribute to an open source project, you have my gratitude. It’s often a thankless job, unless you’re working on very high profile projects, and even then. Most people don’t become rich and/or famous because of their work in open source, and you sometimes have to deal with obnoxious project maintainers who don’t appreciate…

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 wanted to share some of…

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.

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 keynote [conference name]!!”

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 part due to her smoking…

Your Favorite Posts From 2013

I recently posed this question on Twitter, and some of you took the time to reply, so I wanted to share some of your responses here.

The Secret Behind My USB Earrings – REVEALED!

I wear an 8GB USB flash drive on each ear as earrings. I have for years, and they always get a lot of attention – at tech conferences, sure, but I mean everywhere. In the elevator in my office building, on the train, at social events, you name it.

Fitbit One vs Fitbit Flex: Which is Better? (An Experiment)

I’ve been on a Fitbit kick for a few months now, and have spent quite a bit of time getting to know the Fitbit One, which I really love. After I lost my second one, however, I started to think that maybe I should get a Fitbit Flex instead, since they’re harder to lose, being…