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7 Easy Ways to Protect Your Laptop During Travel

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:51:47 +0000

Anyone like myself who runs a home-based business knows that your computer is your workspace. It contains everything you use for work, and you alone oversee its management. Protecting your laptop is essential to protecting your income. At home, this isn’t a huge concern because you’re in a controlled environment, and you can minimize how […]

Top 5 Sites for Finding Software Engineers / Developers

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:05:10 +0000

Maybe you are aiming to build the next big social platform. Maybe you’re looking to build  something as ‘simple’ as a personal website or a feature for your local e-commerce site. Either way, your first step is going to be finding the right software engineer to turn your idea into a successful project. This isn’t […]

6 Amazing Web Development Communities Every Web Developer Should Know

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 22:30:33 +0000

Martha Graham once said, “We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.” She might not necessarily have had coding in mind at the time, but what she said certainly applies. Whether you’re still figuring out the difference […]

HTML: The Key Component to Starting SEO Right

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:06:10 +0000

The HTML (and the other web programming) you use to build your online platform is the key component when taking a focus on search engine optimization. A well-developed site provides the groundwork for SEO – it: Ensures the site loads in a timely fashion Has intuitive usability Is structured to maximize interlinking Informs search engines […]

How to Hire a Programmer

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:57:50 +0000

If you were going to give someone a [insert your technology stack] test, what would you have them do? This was the question someone asked me today in relation to hiring programmers. Given my experience (and the fact that I’m the technical lead), here was my advice… I rarely give anyone tests. I hate code […]

(Solved) Curl Not Responding

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:18:08 +0000

Today I was working with a big data company’s API, trying to pull some information using their documentation and a simple curl command via the command line. The problem was I could use the browser and see the results of what amounts to a GET request via the URL. The results came back fine. However, […]

5 Major New Trends in Web Hosting

Tue, 26 May 2015 21:17:46 +0000

Let’s have a moment of candor: It’s hard to get excited about web hosting. Even if you happen to have a website that needs to be hosted, web hosting is not what gets you pumped up when planning your big venture. Web hosting is more like the plumbing that runs underneath the house. Even in […]

Hacked! It Absolutely Can Happen to You

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:33:55 +0000

Why don’t you have a solid, third-party, commercial security solution running on your machine right now? Here are a few of the answers I most commonly hear: I’m fine with whatever shipped on my system. Those antivirus programs are more dangerous than going with nothing. I’m not a high-priority target. No one would want my […]

What is Technical Debt?

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:17:31 +0000

A few days ago our office bathroom locks were changed (the bathrooms have doors to the outside which are locked), so we were issued a new key by property management. One key. We are an office of 6+ people. This is where I introduce what “technical debt” is. Each day, to get into the bathroom, […]

The Importance and Prevalence of Databases in Modern Computing

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:18:04 +0000

You might not realize this but databases are pretty much at the root of everything in Information Technology. If you use any type of computer, you access and create databases on a daily basis. For example, the contact list on your smartphone is a database; so is your “Friends” list in Facebook, your wish list […]