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5 Great Lessons from the Hack for Western Mass

This past Saturday & Sunday, I participated in the Hack for Western Massachusetts — the first Hackathon I’ve ever done. It was a fantastic …


Heartbleed Bug

A few people I know recently asked me about the “heartbleed” bug, and how it impacts them. Here’s an overview for non-technical folks.<p>What is …

Information Security

Favicons, or how to give an OCD graphic designer something to do

As part of republishing my personal page, I did some research into how to create an appropriate favicon. Clearly the browser standards on this topic …

Graphic Design

Starting from Scratch on DigitalOcean

Recently, I became utterly fed up with Dreamhost’s terrible shared hosting response times ( >2 seconds to first byte) and made the leap to a private …


Server config for YOURLS on nginx

I recently converted my DigitalOcean droplets to nginx instead of apache as their webserver, mainly because apache uses tons of RAM and my database …