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Testing, 1-2-3

July 17, 2013

It’s easy to say that I test everything before it leaves the shop. I’m the programmer, after all. But with complex platforms like WordPress, where drop-in components, widgets, and themes may all come from different vendors, it’s easy to lose track of who’s responsible for testing what. Read More …


I would do anything, but I won’t do that

June 25, 2013

After 15 years of developing websites for scores of clients, I’ve learned a little bit about a lot of things. Perhaps more importantly, I’ve learned a lot about what I don’t do — either because it’s outside my experience, too shady, or just not something that interests me. Read More …


To everyone within the sound of my voice

November 27, 2012

If you host a podcast, and you’d like a guest with a background in web design, development trends, or just freelancing in general, please let me know! I feel like I have a little bit of a story to tell with the year I’ve had, but not enough of one to start my own podcast.

Previously, I’ve hosted TUAW‘s weekly talkcast some years ago, and I like to think I can carry an entertaining conversation pretty well.

Hopefully your listeners will agree.


Giving thanks to be five

November 19, 2012

Five years ago this week, I left my agency job, and hung up my own shingle. I had been freelancing on the side for years, but this time, my income was all me. I had to show up and grow up. I made it this far, and this is a little of what I learned. Read More …


Using Basecamp to Share Sensitive Documents

September 18, 2012

Last week, I was looking for a way to securely transmit documents to customers — in this case, a W-9 tax document that contained my social security number.

I’ve always faxed these things — in my mind (rightly or wrongly), faxing them was somehow more secure than sending them by email. I wasn’t about to put my social security number in plain text in an email, so putting it in a tidy PDF wrapper seemed just as insecure. Read More …


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