Setting Up SSL for Ghost on DigitalOcean with Lets Encrypt

After reading entirely too many articles and a lot of trial & error, I've finally managed to get HTTPS working on my DigitalOcean-powered, served-by-Nginx, Ghost blog using LetsEncrypt's free SSL certificates. For years people have argued whether it's worth setting up SSL on websites that have no inherent need for...

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Turning Down the Noise

I still remember getting my first cell phone. The year was 1999 and my mom passed down her beater of a silver Sprint flip phone. For the time it was high tech, featuring an exterior notification screen, polyphonic ringtones, and a few games that would later look “totally lame” next...

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2015 - Year in Review

It seemed like 2015 went by fast, but I've blinked twice and it's already almost the end of January halfway through February (okay I've really been procrastinating on this post). For years I've read “years in review” by others in the tech community, but never did one of my own...

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Is Self Hosted Blogging Dead?

Or, the case against hosted blogging options. More and more I find myself reading articles on blog networks, and by networks I mean Medium. There was a promising short lived moment where smaller, topic-oriented blog networks like Svbtle (amongst others) started appearing, but even those seem to have gone by...

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12 Resolutions for 2016

I've always thought that if something in life is important enough you shouldn't need a yearly resolution to make that change. Unfortunately life isn't that simple, so after more than a decade of abstaining from resolutions I've decided to give it a go with an appropriate first item: Regularly re-evaluate...

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Gearing Up for the John Muir Trail

To those who know me personally it's no secret that I love a good adventure. Whether it's traveling in a foreign country or biking across my own, testing your limits by pushing yourself outside your normal comfort zone positively expands your character in a way that no other type of...

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Death by Inertial Scrolling

Every year there's a few design trends on the web that make their rounds. Some are recognized as good design patterns and persist while others gradually fade out. Thankfully most of these trends are tacky and cringeworthy at worst (web 2.0 rounded glossy buttons anybody?), but every so often...

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Tools for Designing in the Browser

This post is intended to be a regularly updated list of tools, articles, and other goodies that help make designing in the browser both easier and more efficient. If you're currently a designer-developer hopefully you might learn something new of use, while if you're new to the game hopefully this...

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