Your Quiver is Never Full

As a technologist your career will be filled with change.  New technology, new versions, new platforms, and new approaches are a constant in your chosen field.  Often times skills are referred to as tools in a toolbox.  For you these tools are more like arrows in a quiver.  Many times you can use them over and over but eventually you are going to need to replenish your supply or you will eventually become less effective or worse, irrelevant. […]

“Git” Outta Here!

My journey to a new Source Control Repository technology mastery is well under way.  Recently I’ve made the leap from Team Foundation Source Control to Git.  The move comes after much consideration on my part.  Why change?  Doesn’t Team Foundation Server do pretty much the same as Git?  Is it really worth the upheaval to change everything over to a Git repository?

Sigh….

I struggled with all of these questions.  Eventually I was won over by the undeniably huge acceptance of Git in both the open source and private development communities, the branching flexibility of Git, and the just downright speediness Git. […]

Resurrecting Technology Artifacts

This week at work I will be resurrecting two technological artifacts that were casualties of server transitions that didn’t quite cross the finish line.  My organization made the move to virtualize our compliment of physical servers over the last year.  While this brought much needed stabilization and operating system upgrades some of the applications these[…]

When your WiFi Router Suddenly has a New MAC Address… NOT GOOD!

Last weekend was a bit of an adventure.  On Saturday night as the family gathered in the den around the TV and their various screens I suddenly got an alert from AVG that my Wifi router had acquired a new MAC address. “Curious” I thought as I leaped from the couch and snatched all the[…]

Join the Cloud, Setup an Amazon Web Services Account Today!

How to Get Started If you want to get started with Amazon Web Services you are going to need an account.  Here are the steps to make that happen. Where is it? Amazon Web Services, AWS, is available online at http://aws.Amazon.com.  Point your favorite browser to that link and you’re ready to get started. What[…]

Go Play in the Cloud, Get Started with Amazon Web Services

Where to Begin I’ve recently begun the conversion of my infrastructure to Amazon Web Services, AWS.  My previous host, GoDaddy, has been great but I can no longer ignore the maturity, flexibility, and scalability AWS has to offer.  In the last few weeks I’ve migrated WordPress sites to AWS in minutes.  Most recently I moved[…]

Awesome Automation with Type Form and Zapier

This stuff is cool! I’ve been aware of Type Form for some time now.  I’ve used it to let people request an invitation to my live Slack team.  But until now the review and analysis of the data it collects has been manual.  That meant I had to remember to check the responses every day[…]

Trello Cookbook Recipe: Family Grocery List

A Vision of a Better Grocery List Just to show how versatile Trello can be I want to share one of the personal projects I built with it this week: a family Grocery List. We’re a family of five.  Grocery shopping for that many people is the urban equivalent of big game hunting.  Minimizing trips[…]