Tech communities need people who are welcoming

I see something in the tech community that bothers me; it happens far too often. A newcomer pops up with a question (a decent question - some obvious Googling has already happened) and some self-righteous numbskull responds with a really unhelpful, insulting answer. What is it that drives some people to ...

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Shady web crawlers and SSH attacks

I get a ton of traffic from what appears to be a web crawler; it originates at semalt.com.

From reading around the webs, it looks like a questionable company doing questionable work. I can find no positive write ups about them except their own. It has all the hallmarks ...

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Programming

I am a person who likes to program. Well, not specifically the act of programming, but the act of creating something that solves a problem.

In my youth, I wrote BASIC on a Commodore 64. I got so drawn in to that, I eventually got a book on assembly language ...

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Docker on Ubuntu

Docker is a tool that lets you develop and run applications in a consistent environment. It's different from a VM (or something like Vagrant) in that it doesn't include the full OS stack. When you think of a VM, you are thinking about a full guest OS running ...

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Domains

I own a lot of domains. I'm not a domain squatter on purpose; I've bought each domain with the intention of executing a good idea there. And then...didn't.

So, the plan goes:

  1. Buy domain
  2. ?
  3. Profit

Bad plan. So I'm trying to spin up a few ...

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Get Bootstrap

Bootstrap

If you like making mobile first, accessible websites - check out bootstrap. A twitter project that is really making webdev better, bootstrap lets you build a site that is clean and ready for all devices.

I don't work for them, I'm just a fan.

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Smith Ellis: Tech Translator

Episode One

The Cloud

The Cloud is a magical place. Hosting something in "The Cloud" means that instead of hosting your services and data in places you own and control, you put it in a datacenter that someone else owns and controls; and then throw a bunch of money at ...

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Too Many Interests

I'm pretty awesome, but not perfect. I know, it's weird to think about that...handsome, clever, bearded...I mean, what's the drawback to this guy?

One thing that frustrates me about me is that I have too many interests, and many of them are expensive and time ...

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Expression Engine

At my new job we use Expression Engine for our CMS; a for-profit PHP based piece of software from EllisLab.

I had never messed with it prior to this job. Prior to this, I've used Wordpress/Joomla and the proprietary platform we had at Digital Insight - Web Center.

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On Being Smith Ellis

Smith Ellis was born Benjamin Ellis, down in Florida. He grew up in Georgia; mostly Stockbridge GA.

Smith Ellis used to write, but has cooled his jets on that a bit.

Smith Ellis now enjoys programming, painting, resin toy making, electronics, robots, music making/listening and playing with his three ...

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