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Night Mountain Biking

His description of this was so perfect and I was nodding in agreement the whole time. I haven’t done a lot of night riding and I just did my first one of the season last week on trails that I know. It was a ton of fun, but not sure I’d be comfortable taking a beginner. Although, they would have some great stories from …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 12, 2019


Due diligence

Someone I follow on social media shared a quote this morning and I disagreed with it. Instead of quickly replying with my smart remark, I researched the quote, found the book it came from. Then, as luck would have it, I had a free Kindle credit so I bought the book and read the entire chapter to get the complete …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday November 8, 2019


Local Mayor wins re-election

I honestly don’t follow politics too closely, and I don’t know much about political science at all, but I found my local mayor race this year eye-opening. The race came down to two men, the incumbent and the challenger. The challenger had signs on every street corner, he sent me 3 or 4 mailings, his name was …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday November 6, 2019


Press Releases

Justin Tadlock writing for WP Tavern  about the importance of Press Releases: On occasion, I get a message that says something along the lines of, “Hey, you’re giving the big businesses too much coverage. How about throwing the smaller folks a bone?” That is a fair question. However, what is often the problem is …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday November 4, 2019


NaNoWriMo

It’s November which means it’s time for NaNoWriMo again. Every year I say I’m going to blog something everyday for the month of November since I’ll never write a novel. Considering today is November 2nd and I didn’t publish anything here yesterday I’ve already failed, but I’m not going to let it deter me. I’m still …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday November 3, 2019


AirPods Pro

I bought the original AirPods on a recommendation from someone I trust, and it’s one of the best purchases I made. Those little things are amazing and I’ve gotten so much use out of them. When I first heard that they are coming out with a “pro” version I ordered a set and they arrived this week. The first thing I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday November 3, 2019


Identity

Identity is your distinguishing character or personality. If you want to be known as a cat person, talk about cats. Want to be known as someone to avoid, only talk about the negatives. Want to be known as a jerk, be a jerk. Want to inspire, encourage others. Your identity is how others see you, but through your …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 29, 2019


Mistakes

Every Sunday I send out a newsletter and right now it’s at about 35,000 subscribers. It just so happens I made an embarrassing mistake in today’s issue: When someone first brought it to my attention I tweeted about it thinking it was a funny mistake, and since then I’ve had hundreds of emails about it. Now I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday October 27, 2019


Chopsticks Required

To keep your keyboard clean and free from grim use chopsticks when you are eating chips and other snacks. Products shown in the picture: Keyboard: Keychron K2 ( 10% off ) Chopsticks: Goldage Fiberglass  $6.99 for 5 pairs.  

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 25, 2019


The Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 23, 2019


Framework Defaults

Sebastian Schlein on why you should stick to the default Laravel architecture : Projects which are built by teams of developers and that take months to build, need to be easily maintainable. They should be easy to understand and follow as much default conventions as possible. Why? Teams change. How do you …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday October 21, 2019


Local Elections

Early voting is in full swing in my area and I had the ability to go over my lunch break yesterday and cast mine. This year was short and sweet with only the mayor and three city council races. I know we all focus on the presidential elections but these local ones probably affect you directly more than national …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 18, 2019


Angry Email

I send a lot of emails through my various web properties. I’d say at least 200 to 300 thousand emails each month. With this many emails, the likelihood of me offending someone is pretty high, and when someone gets triggered , they sure let me know. I’ve found that if they are from a different culture, they may not …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 17, 2019


Command + Q

As part of my normal routine, I check Twitter throughout the day and I like to see what my friends are sharing.  For the most part, it’s pretty mundane, lots of programmery topics, people sharing personal things, the usual. But some days I’m just in a weird mood and will see a few tweets that just trigger me. Before …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 16, 2019


Pros and Cons

My kids want a dog, it’s all they’ve been talking about for a few weeks now.  As a kid, they can’t understand what all is involved in having a pet.  I told them to make a pros and cons list on having a new pet, and the only con they came up with is a puppy will chew on things. Their perspective was so skewed to what …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 15, 2019


Meetup’s Hostile Pricing Changes

It’s been all over my Twitter feed today about Meetup announcing big changes to their pricing. The way they currently charge is the user group owner pays a monthly/yearly fee for using the Meetup service. For me, this was a reasonable way to do it, but today they announced some pretty big changes to this. Your new …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 15, 2019


Announcing Made In Production

I’ve always been a fan of developer swag. Everything from shirts, to hats, and everything else. Secretly I’ve had a dream to start a site to sell shirts with nerdy puns and geeky sayings, but the time never felt right. That was until a few months ago when Phil Sturgeon announced he’d like to sell Made in …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday October 13, 2019


Buggerino Logos – Hacktinkerfest

My second Hacktinkerfest logo design is now complete, and I just sent off the pull request to Buggerino , which is a native app for Android/IOS that allows you to interact with your Bugsnag account. Here are some of the designs I came up with: Outline and Colored Options Here is the larger version of the final …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 12, 2019


One hit wonder

I had a single tweet sort of go viral, well, not super viral, just 4,500 retweets and 10,800 likes. But I would still assume that would bring in a lot of new followers but according to Twitter analytics I gained a total of 19 new follows. Being a viral hit is overrated and brings superficial traction. The real …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 12, 2019


SILENCE

One of the best new settings that come with iOS 13 is the ability to silence calls from unknown numbers.  This can be found in settings -> phone just like the screenshot below: Granted this is not much use if you expect calls from numbers not in your contacts, or if you are worried about people trying to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 10, 2019