A meme going around PHP lately is that developers should stop building open source libraries that duplicate existing establish packages. I couldn’t be more against this line of thinking. A few points on why. Duplication Is How Technology Moves Forward no matter what tech you are talking about it always evolves by people building on… Read More

I was pretty down on Apple Watch yesterday. I was really expecting something far more revolutionary. It had no real surprises in terms of tech other than perhaps not having any connection capability of it’s own at all, making it a simple accessory for the iPhone rather than a freestanding device. The more I’ve kicked… Read More

Some of the books, blogs, podcasts and resources I’ve found useful while bootstrapping UserScape for the past 9 years. Books The Profitable Side Project by Rachel Andrew Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky The Best Software Writing I by Joel Spolsky Eric Sink on The Business of Software by Eric Sink Start Small Stay Small… Read More

http://www.facebook.com/dave.winer.12/posts/274417819432297 1. I love puzzles. 2. I love Rube Goldberg contraptions. 3. I love solving problems (I have an inner-Columbo). 4. People are the biggest piece of the puzzle (again Columbo). ….. This is also why I love it. It’s art.… Read More

I made a CMS out of Wufoo. It’s pretty cool actually. I wanted to put together a quick little site for Laravel consultants that would be my go to place to send people when they ask me where they can find Laravel consultants (genius!).  I wanted to spend as little time as possible on this. In reality we’re… Read More

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/health/low-carb-vs-low-fat-diet.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0 People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows. We’ve eaten Paleo/low carb for the past 4 years or so. I’ve probably been less… Read More

Over the past few months I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by twitter. It seemed my timeline was a never-ending stream of things I felt compelled to read. Some of it truly was important (Well as important as a tweet can be). Much of it though was just chatter. Blocking me from reading more important… Read More

I’ve been building customer support tools (HelpSpot Help Desk Software, Snappy Customer Support) for about a decade now. Over that time I’ve pretty much seen every random thing a help desk can do. There’s a few core principles though that I really believe all help desks should strive for. We build our products with these… Read More

Article: Why Bitcoin Matters by Marc Andreessen I was a big detractor of Bitcoin I have to admit. I’ve gone through more than a couple rounds of fighting in the UserScape chatroom on it. I thought it was all silly geek stuff and maybe it is, but the article linked above has really connected some dots for… Read More