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My First MTB Race

Yesterday I raced in my first MTB race. Well I guess first isn’t completely accurate because I did do a short 5-mile race about 20 years ago, but that was it and it’s been so long ago that experience has been pushed out of my mind. The one yesterday was called King of Goat Hill which as you can imagine was …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday April 21, 2018


Open Source Maintainers Owe You Nothing

Most maintainers start working on open source software because it’s fun and solves a problem they have. Many continue out of a sense of obligation instead of fun and over time this unpaid, increasingly non-fun work grinds them down. When they make a controversial decision and receive abuse for it, their friends and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday April 21, 2018


What Makes PHP Popular?

I saw this question pop up on a forum and I know every PHP developer has their own reasons, it made me think of why I initially picked PHP way back in the early 2000’s when v4.3 was king. It all started when my family hired a web developer to create a website for their motorcycle dealership. Everyone was moving to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday April 19, 2018


Where is the Book Publishing Disruption?

There are two primary ways of publishing these days. The first is to go through a book publishing company and the second is through self-publishing. Each has advantages and disadvantages. If you go the traditional route, typically how it works is they give you an agreed upon amount of money to write the book. Then …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday April 19, 2018


Hacking the CAN-SPAM Act for fun

The CAN-SPAM Act was enacted back in 2003 and one of the provisions is that you must include a physical address in your email newsletter: A legitimate physical address of the publisher and/or advertiser is present. PO Box addresses are acceptable in compliance with 16 C.F.R. 316.2(p) and if the email is sent by a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday April 17, 2018


Mowing the lawn

I grew up in rural North Carolina on a track of land that measured around five acres. Much of it was wooded with maybe around an acre and half of grass. I have fond memories of fighting my brother to get dibs on mowing it, and it was so exciting for about a month, then I absolutely hated it. From then on I let him cut …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday April 17, 2018


The War of Art

Every time I ready to ship something I get tons of apprehension and the feeling of a fraud and a failure. It’s brutal and it seems to happen every single launch. During this time I’m reminded of the book The War of Art   by Steven Pressfield and if you’ve ever experienced I’d recommend getting yourself a copy. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday April 15, 2018


What computer should I get?

If you work in tech then I’m sure you are familiar with the question of “what computer should I get” and outside of “will you fix my printer” it’s probably the one I get asked most often. What you might find odd is I am a software developer building web applications. I honestly don’t keep up with hardware at all and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday April 12, 2018


Old Racing Pictures

Growing up my family would travel somewhere in the southeast every weekend to race motocross. This went on from the early 1990’s to around 2002 when I eventually quit racing. I have so many great memories from that time of my life and met some amazing people along the way. Last week my dad was rummaging through some …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday April 11, 2018


AeroPress Recipes

AeroPress was invented back in 2005 and a few years ago it felt to me like it hit critical mass and everyone was using them.  I finally decided to get one for making quick cups of coffee but in my first few attempts, my results have been fairly lackluster. I talked to some friends, mainly Chris Gmyr , and he started …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday April 10, 2018


Basecamping With Friends

A few months ago I had a conversation with a few online friends about writing and after a few hours of the back and forth we decided to start a Slack group where we could all have a place to communicate, ask for feedback, and hang out. A few weeks later and I decided to switch all my Laravel News stuff over to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday April 10, 2018


Every Busy Two Lane Interstate in America

Both lanes packed with cars as far as you can see and there is always that one person on the inside lane going a hundred miles an hour trying jump in the tiny gap before they crash into the back of the slower car. Of course, I’m guilty myself and trying to change by remembering that taking risks like this only save …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday April 8, 2018


How to Keep Going – Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon giving a talk on 10 things to stay creative in our chaotic times: Every day is Groundhog Day Build a bliss station Forget the noun, do the verb Make gifts The ordinary + extra attention = the extraordinary Art is for life You are allowed to change your mind When in doubt, tidy up …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday April 7, 2018


An Afternoon of Painting

This week my kids are on spring break and I took the week off so we could all hang out as a family with no worries. Today was arts and crafts day and one of the few times I actually tried to paint something. When I finished making a few different pieces of art, my first thought was to take photos and share them. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday April 5, 2018


Open Source – Donations vs Selling

I know most people do not create open source projects to make money or to even get reimbursed for their time, but as a project gains success more than likely it will incur some expenses. It would be nice to have some sort of revenue attached to the project so you can cover those. I’ve seen two basic ways of …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday April 4, 2018


An RSS Revival?

Over the weekend Wired published a story saying it’s time for an RSS revival and it hit home for me because this year I’ve made a concerted effort to move back to RSS and away from social media. For my setup, I use Feedbin as the RSS reader and outside of just standard RSS features, it includes several other …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday April 2, 2018


The Arrival by Shaun Tan

I see book recommendations all over the internet and in the past, I would try to make a mental note or add the title to my task list to check out later. This never really panned out because I went back to check I would forget who recommended it and without that personal connection I’d decide against getting the book. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday March 31, 2018


FOMO with Social Media is Real

When it comes to tools like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: don’t let the fear of missing out dictate how you live your life. The most productive and fulfilled people I know often got where they are by doubling down on the activities that return them huge benefits, while happily ignoring everything else. Cal …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday March 30, 2018