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Alex King, Denver Web Developer

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In Praise of BackupBuddy

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:05:14 +0000

I’m thrilled with my new hosting set-up for this site, however WebFaction doesn’t offer daily backups. I knew could spend the time to write a little script to export my database and pass it along to another storage location, but then I thought of BackupBuddy from iThemes. 5 minutes later I had BackupBuddy installed, with…

Sustainable Software and Customer Support

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:44:06 +0000

I’ve been having trouble with Dropbox on my laptop. No matter what I do (reboot, pause and resume, etc.), it keeps syncing away saying “20 files remaining”. The process continually eats CPU which destroys my battery life and constantly makes my machine hot. I finally dropped a note to Dropbox support to see if they…

Text Editors

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:21:15 +0000

Yesterday I watched a colleague’s Sublime Text 2 crash repeatedly as he tried to navigate the search results in a large project. BBEdit‘s search (and edit in the results window) feature is a part of my normal development process. I think it crashed on me once about 8 years ago.

An Open Letter to Email Client Developers

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:47:49 +0000

Dear Email Client Developers, If you allow your users to send an email with more than 10 email addresses visible in the TO or CC lines without throwing up a warning that says: Hey, this is a bad idea. People will likely be upset that you just sent their email address to all the people…

iPassword 4 Mac Won’t Fill in Chrome (or Chromium)

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:01:14 +0000

If this happens to you, it’s possible that Chrome (or Chromium) has updated itself in the background. Quit and re-launch the browser and 1Password 4 should start filling in usernames and passwords again like you’d expect. I originally tracked this down in the AgileBits forums, but can’t find it anymore. Leaving the tip here in…

Ghost and Accidental Messaging

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:23:59 +0000

I investigate pretty much every new publishing system that comes out. I’m eager to see what features they think are important, and see what might spark new ideas for my own site. I got my invite to try Ghost a short time ago. I put up a test post, and was a shocked by what…


Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:32:36 +0000

I’ve been using Quip for the last few days and really liking it. The ability to move between devices1 without friction has allowed me to work on some medium-form pieces at times/places I wouldn’t have without it. I’ve also used it to get feedback on various content drafts, which has worked nicely. So far it’s…

Full Webpage Screenshots

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:09:45 +0000

A few folks have asked how I took the full-page screenshots I put into this Flickr set. Very simple: Paparazzi on Mac (I donated) Barry on iOS Great examples of “do one thing, do it well” apps. Recommended.

Feed Reading: Feedly + Newsify

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:12:31 +0000

Before Google Reader shut down I had been using Reeder on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Since the shut down I’ve tried a few options, and so far the combination that feels best to be is Feedly on the desktop (via web) and Newsify on iPhone and iPad (it’s a universal app). I haven’t used…

Capsule 1.1

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:59:13 +0000

I’m very pleased to announce the release of Capsule v1.1 (and Capsule Server v1.1). In this release we added some pretty handy features along with addressing the usual array of 1.0-related issues. The download and an online demo are available on the Crowd Favorite website. Some of the highlights in the new version include: A…

Customer vs. Product Support

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:46:13 +0000

How to best provide support for the software you create is an interesting point of deliberation. I’ve gone through various stages and iterations, all different as circumstances have evolved, but all driven by the same question: How can I create the best experience for the user in a way that is sustainable? On a podcast…

GameTonight for Status Board

Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:50:11 +0000

GameTonight now creates a module for Panic’s excellent Status Board iPad app. The URL is simple, add ‘/statusboard’ to any metro URL or, while on your iPad, click the link at the bottom of each GameTonight page to install the current metro in Status Board. Example: Here’s what you get: It currently looks best…

Notes on FoldingText

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 17:48:43 +0000

UPDATE: There’s a nice customer support forum for FoldingText that I found after writing this post – lots of great info there. I’ve updated the content here accordingly. I’ve been trying out FoldingText for the last couple of weeks and have found it to be a good general purpose writing and note-taking tool for me.…

TweetDeck and Twitter Lists

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 02:45:36 +0000

My “following” list on Twitter is made up primarily of people who I know in real life (who aren’t too verbose on Twitter), with a few choice “entertainment” gems. I like it this way, it keeps the noise to a level where I can generally keep up with folks I care about. At WordCamp San…

GameTonight (for 16 Metros)

Tue, 01 May 2012 21:03:05 +0000

It’s baseball season again, and in downtown Denver that means traffic and bad cell phone connections. We can’t do much about the latter, but be sure to use GameTonight for warning about potential traffic concerns. GameTonight is a single-serving site that answers “is there a game tonight?” and tracks the major sports teams in 1516…