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The Local Paper

A staple at my grandparent’s house was the daily paper. I have great memories of grandma and grandpa sitting on the coach sharing the different sections and pointing out to each other what they found interesting. Back then the internet wasn’t really a thing, cell phones didn’t exist, and looking back it felt like a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 26, 2018


Just Ask

Today my friend Mohamed Said wrote on his blog about putting fear aside and reaching out to people , and he included the following video from Steve Jobs: As I watched this what really stuck out to me is how Steve asked. In his example, he called Bill Hewlett and asked for a very specific thing, frequency counters, …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 25, 2018


SEO is still king

I’m not huge on looking on stats but about once a month I try to go through some and see where traffic is coming from, what posts are popular and attempt to get a general feel on what’s resonating with people. While looking today I looked at referrers for the past 90 days and was blown away how much was still from …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 24, 2018


Early voting

It’s election season again, time to do our civic duty and vote for politicians that will work for us and carry our voice. It sure doesn’t feel that way anymore, hyperbole aside I always dread voting because of the long lines and it taking forever. The past two elections I’ve started early voting and it’s been so …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday October 22, 2018


Host your own content

On a typical day when I see a link to an article with Medium in the URL, I tend to skip it and think the reason for this is subconsciously I don’t like how hostile Medium has been. A great example is this morning. I was checking my Twitter stream and seen someone I respect share a link to a Medium article. I read …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday October 22, 2018


Time-Lapse of Creating the Laravel Newsletter

As I sat down to start to start working on this week issue of the​ Laravel newsletter I had the thought, this could be cool as a time-lapse, so I set up my phone on a little tripod, hit record, and went to work. After I finished I imported into iMovie added some free music I found online and pushed it to YouTube. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 20, 2018


1Password for 2FA

The common security precaution is to never reuse the same password and the only sane way you can do that is by utilizing a password manager. There are few different companies making these and even Apple has one integrated, and I recommend you use one of these. Especially with how prevalent hacks are nowadays. My …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday October 20, 2018


Book Review: A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey has been out for a few months now and it is one I was hesitant to start reading because I assumed it to be a completely different book than what it actually is. I wrongly assumed it was all about politics and I was thoroughly surprised when it wasn’t. James Comey is a man that I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 19, 2018


Process Cards with Stripe + Twilio

Stripe just announced support for Twilio Pay: Phone payments are especially common in industries like food, travel, healthcare, retail, and nonprofits, but payment details are often keyed in manually by a human agent. This flow can be riddled with errors and expose companies to security and compliance risks. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday October 18, 2018


My Everyday Carry

I have an affection for everyday carry items. I love looking at checking out blog posts, or Instagram posts that feature what others carry. Of course, I work from home and half the time I’m in my PJ’s so I don’t carry a lot, but when I do go out here is my current items. Here is a list of each of the items: …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 17, 2018


Custom Apple Watch Faces

One thing that has been sorely missing with the Apple Watch is the ability to create custom watch faces. I’ve long thought that at the minimum Apple should make all the existing one themeable through something as simple as CSS, but of course, I’m just someone sitting in the peanut gallery and I have no idea how they …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 16, 2018


Daily Analog Log Books

This year I started keeping an analog log book and it’s been fun to flip back through it, but I noticed that due to the size of the notebook I’m not including tons of information for each day. So it’s great for the highlights but misses a lot of the little things that might not be important at the time but that …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 12, 2018


Digital Theft

I’ve had my house broken into once, but I remember that feeling of walking in and seeing everything you own thrown everywhere. That feeling of being personally violated. I still get that same feeling when I experience digital theft. It seems like a few times a week I see more words stolen or graphics I created used …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday October 10, 2018


Farewell Google+

Yesterday, Google announced that during an audit they found evidence that some 3rd party apps may have been granted overly broad access to your data, but they can’t confirm this: We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API’s log data for only two weeks. That means we cannot confirm which …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 9, 2018


Blogging vs Twitter

I came across this great blog post by Chad Dickerson where he and a friend decided to be more mindful on what they use Twitter for so it doesn’t suck the life out of their blogging. Chris Shiflett and I were talking recently about blogging and how Twitter had sucked some of the life force of it out for both of …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 5, 2018


Master Todoist with 5 Minute Productivity

My friend, Chris Gmyr just launched a new Youtube series called 5 Minute Productivity and the first set of videos is all about Todoist . According to Chris , here is the inspiration behind the series: I’ve been interested in productivity over the last few years and trying to improve my own systems. There are …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday October 5, 2018