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So You Want to Learn Docker

So You Want to Learn Docker

Everyone’s Learning Docker Docker is the cool new technology. Last year, it had 264% YoY growth in Stack Overflow questions.1 And with good reason. Docker solves a lot of software…

Testing is Hard

Testing is Hard

One of my friends and colleagues writes for the Project Management for Developers blog. He recently wrote an article about the importance of testing. I want to respond to his…

Automated Jekyll Deployments

Automated Jekyll Deployments

My last post was about using Jekyll as a podcasting platform. Now, I want to talk about how I set up automatic deployments with Jekyll. I’m deploying to a Dreamhost…

Podcasting with Jekyll

Podcasting with Jekyll

I recently did some volunteer work to upgrade the website for a podcast. I chose to re-write the site from scratch, but needed to migrate all of the existing content….

Chromium OS on a 2007 MacBook

Chromium OS on a 2007 MacBook

Chromebooks are becoming more popular these days, and their simplicity is something that really appeals to me. I wanted a Chromebook, but not so much that I wanted to spend…

How to Learn Vim: Vim Refcard

How to Learn Vim: Vim Refcard

Vim Refcard on Github I’m a huge fan of reference cards like the one Emacs provides. In fact, I think that a good reference card is probably the best way…

Make a Useful Budget in Mint

Make a Useful Budget in Mint

Mint.com has always done a great job of showing me where I spent my money last week or last month, but until recently I was never able to figure out…

Boom Box Aux In Mod

Boom Box Aux In Mod

I had an old boom box laying around. It’s pretty useless these days (who still uses tapes or CDs?), so I decided to mod it with an aux in cable…

Loft Bed

Loft Bed

When I searched for loft bed plans online, I did not find any freely available plans that I liked. I decided to make my own plans for a wooden loft…

SkillsUSA 2008 Nationals

SkillsUSA 2008 Nationals

Nathan Witt and I won the bronze medal at SkillsUSA Nationals for 3D Animation in 2008. The challenge was to create an animation that modeled a given picture of a…