Upgrading Development Skills

It’s funny what happens to your skills when you work for years on one main type of project, with one main toolset. You get really good, and super fast at doing that thing. However, your skills in the greater scope of your industry start to get out of date.

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Marketing Your Website: You Can Build It – But Will They Come?

Originally Written for VantageSmallBusiness.com in approximately 2010 You’ve heard it before: a website will increase sales, assist current and new clients, and improve your company’s image and competitiveness. You’ve got a website… so where are the visitors and why aren’t you reaping the rewards? The reason is that a website isn’t a magic bullet. Its […]

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PHP Password Security and Storage

Originally Written for PHPadvisory.com in approximately 2009 Introduction How secure IS secure enough? There’s no such thing. Period. Even the most secure systems created by the top experts can have a weak point. Despite the fact that passwords need to be treated seriously, many programmers have habits they are stuck with, or they fall into […]

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Windows to Ubuntu Linux #2: Installation Tips (Video Series)

I’ve posted the second video in my series on migrating from Windows to Ubuntu. This video covers a good guide to the installation process, as well as special things to consider and watch for as you install Ubuntu on your computer. The video is not a step by step installation guide since there are many […]

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Migrating From Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux #1 (Video Series)

As many people may be aware, Windows XP has reached it’s end of life for Microsoft support. This means that as of April 2014, Microsoft will no longer be publishing updates to fix bugs or security issues. In a few months, machines using Windows XP will be vulnerable to unpatched viruses and other security issues. […]

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Hosted Issue Tracking: FogBugz and BitBucket (JIRA)

About 4 years ago, I wrote a blog post about my search for an open source PHP bug tracking solution. I settled on FlySpray and I was only using it casually. I never fully committed to using it because it still didn’t seem like a final solution. Now, 4 years later a bit older, a […]

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Why Don’t Android Games Have Instructions?

My husband and I have a couple Android mobile devices and often enjoy casual gaming on them. We’ve noticed over many various downloads, that a big chunk of games and apps do not come with instructions, or even a link to an online manual. What happened to in game menus? What happened to tutorials or […]

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PHP Project Management Software – Feng Office

It has been an agonizing process over three frustrating years, but I think I have finally found The One. The Project Management software that meets my (apparently) strict criteria. Readers of the blog may have read this post about my search for Bug Tracking and Project Management software. While I’m still using FlySpray for bug […]

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Is Your Hotmail Contact List Being Spammed By You?

In the last 2 months, at least 3 of my friends who have Hotmail email addresses have sent me spam. This spam looks like it’s coming from my friend, and is sent to one of my email addresses that I only give to friends and guard carefully. Needless to say I’m upset that my friends’ […]

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