The Privacy Landscape Has Actually Changed

Over the past six months I’ve been working on something new. It’s a software project, and privacy is one of the key selling points. I’m planning on revealing more soon. We should have a beta launch in the middle of the year if all goes well. As I’ve been working on a marketing plan, I’ve been reflecting a lot on privacy and how the landscape has changed in just a few short years. When I did my blog updates in the fall – removing 3rd… Continue reading

2/7/20

Supporting Old Software

Basecamp has this really unique policy for their software called Until the End of the Internet. It reads, in part: The day you become a Basecamp customer you can trust that Basecamp will be around. In the event that the Basecamp product you’re using enters a legacy phase you’ll be free to keep using it as-is indefinitely, assuming you continue to abide by our terms of service and keep your subscription active. Co-Founder David Heinemeier Hansson wrote a post about this policy several years back,… Continue reading

12/23/19

Record Sales + 22″ Snow = (Some) Chaos

Typically, Cyber Monday falls a week earlier than this year, in late November instead of on December 2nd. Typically, the big snowstorms in upstate New York are in January, February, and early March. And typically, we’re never allowed to discount the very popular Rupes Polishers. This year was not typical. All three of those things happened, and it created a level of chaos that we haven’t seen in a while. First, the good: by Rupes allowing their popular-but-pricey polishers to be discounted on Black Friday… Continue reading

12/6/19

Improved Site Search

After completing my site improvements recently, there was one thing that I realized I still wanted to fix. If you searched the site – currently only available on the Archives page – you’d be brought to a Google site search. The reason for this is that in addition to the 816 WordPress posts that I’ve published, I have an additional 296 that were published via Blogger and were migrated from SportsLizard.com over to this site in 2007. It seemed as though the easiest way to… Continue reading

12/2/19

Why I Replaced My Chromebook with the New Entry-Level Surface Pro 7

A few months ago I read an article about how Chromebooks are only guaranteed to receive updates for five years from the release date (not the date of purchase), a fact that I don’t think I was previously aware of. Since Chromebooks are cloud machines that require those updates to be effective and secure, the device is more or less useless (although there are options). I looked up my Toshiba Chromebook 2 and sure enough the updates will cease in June of 2021. My first… Continue reading

11/26/19

Vacation Should Be a Vacation from Work Too

It seems as though most companies expect – either explicitly in their policies or implicitly through the culture – that employees check in while they’re on vacation. At least to check their email to “keep up with what’s going on”, but sometimes also hop on conference calls or do some actual work. And the ones that don’t tend to put the onus on the employee to take care of their work before they leave. The work then piles up while they’re gone, which means they… Continue reading

11/12/19

The End of SportsLizard

During my senior year of college, I became obsessed with starting my own business. After a few failed business plan contest entrants, I turned my focus to the web. Having done an internship that spanned a summer and a semester, I needed an extra semester of classes to graduate in December, and thus had an extra summer as a college student before my final semester. I decided to teach myself how to program, having taken all of one college class on the topic. During the… Continue reading

10/25/19

Site Updates – HTTPS, Matomo Analytics, & More

I finally got around to making a few site improvements that I’ve been planning for a while: HTTPS Only The biggest improvement is upgrading the blog to HTTPS. I wrote about this in detail in The Great Detailed Image HTTPS Migration so I won’t go into “why and how” too much here other than to say it’s a basic necessity on today’s web. A step zero for any new project for sure. It went super smooth – I used cPanel’s built-in AutoSSL feature and followed… Continue reading

10/22/19

The Cost of Cash

Cash is great. I think all stores should accept it. In fact, there’s been plenty of backlash when stores don’t accept it because it limits consumer choice and can be seen as a form of discrimination against those who don’t have a bank or credit card. But accepting cash isn’t free. For stores that accept cash-only, or those who pass the 3% charge on to the customer, I think they’re missing something critical: there is absolutely an associated cost with each transaction, and in some… Continue reading

9/27/19

Liquid Web Case Study – the Importance of Finding the Right Vendor

Earlier this year I was interviewed by Liquid Web, our hosting company, about our experiences with them for a case study that was released this week. We’ve been with Liquid Web since our big server disaster in 2008. We’ve stayed with them from that initial dedicated server, to another dedicated server, and most recently last year’s move to a server cluster. We also have used their cloud servers for LockerPulse and for our other miscellaneous sites like this blog. There are a ton of options… Continue reading

8/23/19