That App You Love is Headed to DevConf.cz!

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Starting back in September I published a series of articles for the Red Hat Developer Blog under the series title “That App You Love”. I’m psyched to announce that “That App You Wrote”, my followup presentation, has been accepted as a talk at DevConf.cz this month!

 

A Sunbeam for Mia

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We lost Mia today. I’ve always read posts like this with some amount of indifference because in the back of my head I am thinking “this is just an animal” and “this is not a person”. And so I forgive you for feeling the same way. I understand that response. This stream of thoughts is really for me, and it is also for my wife and kids and anyone else who feels the loss of our “just a cat” as acutely as I am feeling it right now.

 

Advice From an Open-Source Hiring Manager

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In Decemeber of 2014 I transitioned from fifteen years of being a developer into being one of the people managers on a really amazing team here at Red Hat. All told, my first year in this role has been a tremendous learning experience for me. If you are interested in becoming a part of a team like this one, here is some advice for you based on the dozens of interviews I have conducted over my first 15 months.

 

Comments on backing up a Linux laptop.

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My primary workhorse right now is an HP Omen running Fedora 22. Thinking and talking about how to restore my work environment from a total failure, I came to the conclusion that there are three primary things that need to be preserved: Item 1: My entire user directory under /home, since that’s where all my stuff is. Solution: Crashplan is impressing me - slick commercial-quality UI, completely free for mounted “local” disk backups and peer-to-peer backups through their central broker.

 

My Family’s Experience With WOW Airline, Told in a Series of Tweets.

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[NOTE: WOW Airline did reach out and make this right for us. Calling customer support didn’t help, but calling them out on Twitter did. That is an unfortunate precedent, but welcome to our new social-media-driven society.] If I can prevent one family from having this experience with WOW Airlines, then it was worth being public about it. @wow_air My family had a really disappointing experience getting from CPH to BOS on your airline.

 

New Challenges, New Tools

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I almost feel like a traitor, which is a weird way to feel about consumer electronics. But my next laptop is not going to be a MacBook. Our current development work on OpenShift requires easy access to a docker service, and Boot2docker just doesn’t cut it. Apple provides an excellent ecosystem of interrelated apps; they find ways to make it easy to move content from one app to another that seem intuitive.

 

Work with me here, Verizon

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Yesterday, in rapid succession, I received three texts from Verizon Wireless. The first told me that I’d used 75% of my data for this billing cycle. The second told me I’d used 90%. The third told me I’d gone over. This was in the span of about a minute. In my 3 years on this plan, at this data allowance, this has never happened. Of the 2GB in my monthly plan, I’ve rarely used more than 1GB.

 

iCloud "Family Sharing": Great Feature Unless You Use iTunes Match

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Family Sharing provides users with a way to share purchases from their iCloud/iTunes account with up to five other people. Additionally, this feature enables you to create iCloud accounts for children, and to manage the purchases and content available to those accounts. iTunes has been around a lot longer than this feature, and so for years now, people have had to a different means to share app purchases across multiple users.

 

Where to Post? Finding Yourself Amongst Ello, Facebook, and the Glut of Social Media

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Ello is a social platform that has been the subject of some buzz recently. Either by design or by accident, Ello is squarely positioned as the anti-Facebook, which immediately places it in a similar space in people’s minds. That’s a great deal for Ello, because feature-wise they have a long way to go before the can really throw down: no mobile app, no OAuth, no API. Ello claims to be built on a Freemium model that will sustain the company without them resorting to selling user info; but only time will tell.

 

TL;DR: Stop Expecting Achievements to Make You Happy

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A moment of clarity from the folks at HuffPo… Here’s the best part: When you detach happiness from achievement, these five things that happen are the key ingredients to success. Disconnecting happiness from achievement is the best way to achieve anything….

OS X to Fedora 20: The User Experience, Part 2

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Just tuning in? Have a look at Part 1 to find out how I installed Fedora 20 on a MacBook Air and why I am so interested in trying to duplicate or even surpass the user experience that I previously enjoyed with OS X. The Cloud Cloud-based mail, calendaring and file synching have really levelled the playing field between the desktop OSes. It doesn’t matter if you are using OS X or Linux if you read your e-mail in a web browser.