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Alex King, Denver Web Developer

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Very Pleased with WebFaction + Hover

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:25:05 +0000

A little while back I buckled down and did some much needed restructuring of my domain registration and web hosting. I made the decision to let more than half of my domains expire, and moved all of the domains I was not letting lapse to Hover.1 I’m down to 17 domains from over 100. Of…

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…

Casual iPhone Earbuds (w/ Mic)

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:18:07 +0000

The ear buds that Apple provides with the iPhone have always fallen out of my ears. I embarked on a journey of discovery recently and tested out a set of Panasonics and a set of Samsungs. Both work well and are under $15. I’m littering them in strategic places around the house and in my…

Siri, Still Not a Competent Digital Assistant

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:25:04 +0000

So I tried Siri again today. I figured maybe it had improved since I tried it last a year or so ago. Me: What is a good place for lunch between here and {my destination}? Siri: This restaurant is near you: {restaurant info} (double-check, uh yep, that isn’t on the way – it’s actually in…

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:50:55 +0000

I watched this documentary a little while back and loved it. Check it out if you haven’t already caught it.

A Weekend with a Pebble

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:08:47 +0000

Curious about how a smart watch might fit into my life, I picked up a Pebble on eBay right before heading out to WordCamp PHX. It was surprisingly useful in a few different situations: When hanging out chatting with people, it was a lot easier to glance at my wrist to see if that buzz…

Castro – The podcast client that thinks like I do

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:59:47 +0000

I’ve been using Castro for the last month and I’m smitten. Finally, a podcast client that thinks about podcasts the way I do. Here is the simple list of things Castro does right: Omni-present audio controls. If I’m in the app, and a podcast is playing, I don’t need to change screens to get to…

CarbonFin Outliner for iOS

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:09:02 +0000

I decided I wanted an outliner I can use on my iPad to organize discussion topics for WordCamp Denver panel this weekend. I ended up finding CarbonFin which so far does everything I needed: hierarchy easy reorganization mark things “done” without removing/hiding them import and export sync with a web app (the web app is…

The Year Without Pants

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:55:30 +0000

Scott Berkun has captured some great ideas and observations in this first-person narrative that recounts his time at Automattic, the company behind I found Scott’s story to be interesting and self-aware; an introspective and honest account of how his team operated. I am fortunate to be friends (or at least friendly) with many of…


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…

The New Kingmakers

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:54:11 +0000

It’s rare that I get through a book quickly. I read lots of articles and technical documents, but when choosing between dedicating time to read something or build something, I nearly always choose to build something. The exception is when Steve publishes a book. I’ve been “in the trenches” for much of the time period…

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.…

On Paper

Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:36:47 +0000

Quite simply, Paper is the best app I’ve seen in a long time.1 It just turned my iPad from a device I leave at home for email, browsing and playing games to a business tool I want to have with me all the time. Over the last six months I’ve been using paper sketches more…