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Signal v Noise moves to WordPress

Today Signal v Noise announced they have moved from Medium to WordPress and there main reasoning seems to be because of the change in how Medium is ran. I personally tried out Medium back when they originally switched and had high hopes, Medium said they were going to work for the writers but more and more you …

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


Anyone Can Draw

Although I love drawing I am not very good at it, but I don’t let that stop me. The act of creating something, even something terrible, brings me joy so I keep doing it. If you are like me, remembering that you can draw almost anything with a circle, a rectangle, and a triangle then it allows you to break down an …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday January 14, 2019


Shortcuts

Some people believe the only way to learn a skill is by the hard knocks of trial and error and spending hours stuck on frustrating problems that an expert just knows. Granted this way of learning works and I know this from experience. That is the path I took into being a developer. Now that I’m older my time is much …

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


An Easy Way To Save

It’s always hard to bring down your standard of living but you need to do that in order to save more money. If that doesn’t sound appealing the next time you get a raise take the extra money and put it all in your retirement account or an emergency fund that you can’t easily access. Your standard of living will …

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


Set your Terminal to Red for Production

Making mistakes in production is one thing that always scares me. This problem multiplies if you use a lot of terminal tabs but a quick and easy solution is to make production red so it’s immediately noticeable where you are logged into. For the image above I’m using Termius on iOS which supports this and allows …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 9, 2019


Triggered

A few times a month I’ll get emails that trigger me. The writer isn’t being totally rude, but just the way its worded screams of selfishness or little slights. Every time my instant reaction is anger and I want to fire back to let them know how bad of a person they are. We all know how well that would end. Instead …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 8, 2019


My iPad Setup

I published a post today over on Laravel News about how I’m using an iPad for web development . This is their first time I’ve written down all the tools I’m using and the setup. If you are interested in that kind of thing give it a read.

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 4, 2019


The Bear is Awake

Yesterday, Apple released it’s earnings report and their earnings will be lower than expected. I know it’s never a good idea to base the market on a single company but it seems like the bear is waking up from hibernation. This past year the market was down overall but to me it feels like 2019 might hurt even more. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday January 3, 2019


Farewell 2018

Daily Log Book When you are a kid each year feels like a century, when you are an adult each year feels like a month. The photo is of my daily log book and it’s a great time to start one. You can find this particular one on Amazon but any notebook will do.

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday December 31, 2018


Paperlike iPad Screen Protector Review

After spending some time on the iPad one annoying problem I had was the fingerprints on the screen. I tried everything to keep it clean but it was a loosing battle. Finally, I decided enough was enough and went searching for screen protectors and found one named PaperLike . It’s marketing page said it makes your …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday December 30, 2018


My 2018 – A Look Back

The last week of the year is when everyone seems to be writing and publishing their own year in review posts and it seems like a great opportunity for me to spend a few minutes looking back on my year. Biking I started out 2018 doing a mountain bike race in January called the Whole Enchilada, which is basically …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday December 28, 2018


My Strava Stats 2018

I always love the end of the year stats that companies send out based on your data. The video above is from Strava condensing all my workouts this year into a sub 2 minute video. Love it. If you are also into tracking workouts with Strava give me a follow and once I’m over my broken hand I’ll be logging my 2019 …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday December 28, 2018


Books I read in 2018

According to Goodreads, this year I read 9,544 pages across 28 books and that is down from the 38 books I read in 2017 . This year I wasn’t consistent in my reading. I would read everyday for a few months, then skip a month, then come back. I think a big reason for that was because I rode my bicycle more than ever …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday December 26, 2018


Royal Kludge RK61 Mechanical Keyboard Review

I’m not sure there is anything more satisfying than a loud clicky keyboard when writing. For me it a mechanical keyboard has a nostalgic feel and brings me back to the typewriter days. Earlier this year I got my first mechanical keyboard and it’s been great but I’m a little disappointed in the size. I thought …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday December 22, 2018


New Year Planning

I use Basecamp for all the communication related to Laravel News and inside it I have a private group chat with a few friends and for the most part it’s a low key way to stay up to date with each other and cheer for each other. Today the following question was asked: How do you guys plan to finish out the year so …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday December 18, 2018