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Twitter Announces EOL for Mac App

For the full Twitter experience on Mac, visit Twitter on web. https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 16, 2018 Yesterday, Twitter announced it was going to abandon the official Twitter Mac App and as a user of Tweetdeck I don’t care that much. However, I noticed a few weeks …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday February 18, 2018


Have I been pwned?

Have I been pwned? is a service by Troy Hunt that keeps a list of all publicly leaked breaches and allows you to enter your email and see if you’ve been pwned. Then it’ll tell each breach your email has been involved in. This is great for then running an audit against your password to make sure you didn’t reuse …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday February 16, 2018


Ken Roczen’s Supercross 2018 Crash

Since watching this crash live last Saturday I’ve been thinking about what a dumb move it was on the part of Roczen. Of course, I don’t really fault him because I’ve been there and done that. When someone slights you, in this case, a block pass in the previous corner, your initial reaction is 100% anger and you …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday February 15, 2018


A UI/UX Fail

It’s not all cakes and pies. Last week was the Laracon Online event and the morning of the event we had to give all the ticket holders a link and a password to start their live stream on their device. When this went live it was set up like this: The problem arose in the UI of the streaming service and it …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday February 14, 2018


Inside North Korea’s Hacker Army

Sam Kim, writing for Bloomberg , shares a crazy look inside North Korea’s hacker army: North Korea’s hacking prowess is almost as feared globally as its nuclear arsenal. Last May the country was responsible for an internet scourge called WannaCry, which for a few days infected and encrypted computers around …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday February 13, 2018


Apple AirPods

I’ve been an Apple fan since I moved from Windows XP to the Mac and I’ve never looked back. Having stuff “just work” was the main reason and after all these years they’ve really not let me down. The newest product that I got last year is the AirPods and they are by far the best headphones I’ve ever owned. From the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday February 12, 2018


Get out of your comfort zone

How do you improve? How can you practice better? I think one of the best ways it to get out of your comfort zone. Try something you think is totally off the wall. For example, I know the traditional line of thought in programming is to practice TDD, maybe experiment with BDD, or DDD, or whatever acronym is hot. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday February 11, 2018


Patio11 on charging for your work

Patio11 on HN : You do not owe anyone an apology for choosing to sell something. You do not owe yourself an apology for choosing to sell something. You do not need to mention the economy or your personal economic circumstances. It will not successfully motivate anyone to pay you a thousand dollars. No lawyer in …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday February 10, 2018


Saying No

This year I feel like I’ve been busier than I have been in years. My email inbox and my to-do list keep growing, it’s apparent I’ve agreed to too many things and now it’s starting to weight on me. As I attempt to regroup and get some control back I’m reminded of the video above by Derek Sivers. I’ve watched this …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday February 9, 2018


Debit Cards and Auto Drafts

There have always been two things that worry me about our banking system, and that is debit cards, and checking auto drafts. Both are convenient, but both deduct directly from your account so any fraud or screw up can wipe out your money. Today I came across this article on KrebsOnSecurity that showed how easy it …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday February 7, 2018


Today’s Dramatic Stock Drop

It seems like the markets are finally starting to correct after the unprecedented rise we’ve all been experiencing. I honestly thought it would happen at the end of 2016 when Trump became our president. I wrongly assumed his Tweets would cause investors to lose confidence and I was wrong. Thankfully, I didn’t let …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday February 6, 2018


Live Events is Twitter at its Best

I’ve been on Twitter since January 2009, and live events are​ still the best use of the platform. Super Bowl LII (52) just ended, and it was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen. What made it great was scrolling my feed as the commercials where happening as well as the game action. That is what made me always …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday February 5, 2018


Take a Break to Solve the Problem

Today is beautiful in North Carolina. Clear blue sky, no clouds, but cold with the current temperature of 42F. Tomorrow’s forecast is rain, and although I had a few tasks to get done, I knew I better get a mountain bike ride in today. With these goals set I knew I had two options. The first was to knock out all my …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday February 3, 2018


How To Properly Respond To a Tweet

One of the big complaints about Twitter and social media, in general,​ is how impersonal it feels. You can share with the world a new job, a new baby, or some other huge milestone and all you get is friends spending a half second of their life clicking a little heart button. Maybe instead of sharing life moments, …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday February 2, 2018


Facebook Really Spams You to Come Back

Sarah Frier writing for Bloomberg : It’s been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the Facebook app from his phone, and the company has only gotten more aggressive in its emails to win him back. The social network started out by alerting him every few days about friends that had posted photos or made …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday February 1, 2018


Streaks

At the end of December, ​I always take a week or two off and use it as a time of regrouping, planning, and just relaxation before the new year starts. 2017 was no different and during that time I felt like I wanted to do something different to start the year. Some writing or creation that was totally for me​. I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday February 1, 2018


Watch The Total Lunar Eclipse Online

From the NASA announcement : If you live in the western part of North America, Alaska, and the Hawaiian islands, you might set your alarm early the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 31 for a lunar trifecta: a pre-dawn “super blue blood moon.” Beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 31, a live feed of the Moon will be …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 31, 2018


We are all idiots at something

We all have our interests, and it’s impossible to be knowledgeable in everything in the world. For example, I’ve never been good at basic auto mechanics. One time I tried to change my oil I ended up draining the transmission fluid and then adding five more quarts of oil. When it wouldn’t go into gear, I couldn’t …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 30, 2018