From Mac to Linux – First Impressions on a Major Workflow Shift

After 10 years with Apple I’ve finally taken a new direction and bought an Oryx Pro from System76 last week. While I’d love to say I’ve already fully-converted I would be lying. Between a weekend trip and a busy work week I haven’t been able to get nearly as far with it as I would have liked but I have used it enough to be able to determine how I think the project will work out for me. Here’s my initial thoughts on the transition and the machine in general. Continue Reading

Rethinking My Social Media Use

Most of you who know me know that I’ve struggled for a while now with how social media currently fits into my life and how I would prefer it to fit into my life. Ten years ago it was nothing for me to sign up for every service and post to them like there was no tomorrow. Heck, during my days at SIU doing so was actually part of my job as I managed all the social media for the Aviation departments. It was fun, I guess.

Today I’m not so sure if that was the right approach, or, for that matter, what the “right” approach even means. Over the last few months I’ve scrubbed or deleted most of my online accounts and worked to severely limit the time I’ve spent on the rest (often with even more limited success). I’ve done this not because I want to but, in many ways, because I feel like I have to for a number of reasons. Continue Reading

A Developer Looks at 40

Tomorrow I hit a big milestone in my life. I turn 40. Normally birthdays aren’t something I think too much of but this one hit me a little bit harder than I expected. My life today is, I must admit, vastly different from where I thought I would be at this point when I hit 20 or even when I hit 30. It’s even so much different from what I thought it would be even 5 years ago and, for the most part, that’s all a very good thing.
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So Long Primary Vagrant

For the last four and a half years I’ve poured an awful lot of time into my local development environment which has morphed to one of my most popular projects of all time on GitHub. Primary Vagrant was my first real devops project that helped me learn technologies from Puppet to Ruby and from Vagrant to server architecture to a level of detail I never thought I would need.

Today it is time for me to announce that I have shut down the project.

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