Commuting Time Saved | Matt Mullenweg

Source: Commuting Time Saved | Matt Mullenweg

Why on earth would anyone chose to commute?

Our office recently considered how essential was our physical building? If our success somehow depended on it, would we be able to achieve the outcome without holding a permanent residence?

Ultimately (for the time) we’ve elected to remain in our space. Downtown in our city isn’t a bad place to be. (especially in the summer)

There are indeed physical jobs that require your presence to accomplish the duties. Assembling factory products, flying a plane (sort of), digging ditches etc…

If you’re a knowledge working chances are you live inside technological tools enabled for sharing and collaboration with distributed teams.

If you need to be in the same room with someone chances are it’s because you aren’t embracing the full functionality of tools and/or ground rules for team hygiene aren’t in place for the team to be successful.

With all the co-working solutions available it really doesn’t make sense to keep office space anymore. If you REALLY feel the need to jam in the flesh then there’s plenty of ways to accomplish that when needed. (chances are for a fraction of the cost and with a much lower carbon footprint)

I know this isn’t always a popular opinion viewpoint so it would be great to hear in the comments about your experience.

How many miles would be saving if you didn’t have to leave your house to go to an office everyday?

40 Free T-Shirt Mockups PSD Templates For Your Online Store in 2018

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Source: 40 Free T-Shirt Mockups PSD Templates For Your Online Store in 2018

Starting a drop ship business using shopify and a fulfilment partner like Oberlo has never been easier.

You just sign up for the accounts, link them and your basically done.

Except for the most crucial, which is of course, choosing and designing your myriad of products that you plan to sell.

To make this job much easier, Oberlo has put together this killer list of t-shirt mockup templates and utilities so you don’t have to be a fashion or digital graphic designer to sell a shirt.

The best part about this is the ability to play with your design and see it on a human form. This has proven invaluable in my design process and I couldn’t imagine doing the job without it.

These tools are a lot of fun and you can lose hours and days into exploring, but don’t forget that all that play can convert into great sales when you’ve made a product your customers will really love and use.

Have fun!

On Your Mark, Go to Market

While recently launching this blog and others I’ve been learning about launching and getting traffic starting from zero.

This can be a bit daunting but also I believe the most rewarding to connect with a community at grass roots level.

As I learn more about getting the word out I will post and share any good relevant references here for everyone’s benefit as well.

This isn’t just an aggregation, but a well curated greatest hits to help you not waste your time.


3 Secrets To Writing Blog Posts That Go Viral

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Free University

Whether you need to get up to speed in a hurry or just have a passion for acquiring knowledge then this list of links might be of interest.

As an emerging manager I had to soak up info at light speed or I would have drowned in the shallow end.

Learning to navigating people and relationships might be the toughest and most rewarding thing in life.

Here’s a fine list I’ve cobbled of some of the best. There’s already enough in this list to last a lifetime. You’ve been warned!


…or almost


DiY Harvard


The Personal MBA

Get your Head in the Cloud

The Cloud: (def’n) The symbol on the diagram indicating the portion of the server and network infrastructure that was far too complex and obfuscated for anyone to spend the time to accurately draw.


Where I keep my iphone selfies; the thing that streams my TV;  the place where I accidentally on purpose leaked my sextape.

In all serious it’s a concept that’s changed our understanding our IT and computing forever.

In some ways it’s just a billing exercise to see if we can bill for cheap commodity compute utilization the same as we do other utility billing for power, gas and water consumption.

The technology that’s arisen around this is what gives it real potency. Being able to tie enterprise and consumer applications into just-in-time burstable resources via API using code. Sounds advanced? It is! And it’s advancing by the second.

If you haven’t I encourage everyone to investigate public cloud providers as potential option for spinning up your next server. You’ll learn a ton I guarantee it.  Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Engine, Microsoft Azure and many others offer free-trial and heavy discounts for personal and educational use.

The real beauty of cloud is to be able to use code to build infrastructure using configuration tools like puppet and docker. The flat files and containers used to configure the environment can be version controlled, unit tested and stored in repository.  This is a vastly different concept than running around with a windows server dvd.

If an application misbehaves the entire environment can be instantly destroyed and rebuilt from runbooks. This shift in mindstep is know as  Pets Vs. Cattle


Making the decision to go to cloud isn’t difficult. Preparing your existing workloads for migration is entirely different kettle of fish. While there are many tools available for converting physical workloads into virtual, let’s just say your results may vary. Simple server environments are no problem, but if someone has been spending years perfecting the static monolith, it’s likely going to be a hell of a chore to migrate it, and you’ll almost certainly be rebuilding on the new virtual resources.

Sooner or later you’ll have to get there so might as well have at it hoss!

Helping Clients With Cloud Assessment


I’ll compile a list of every useful link that might help someone get up to speed in a hurry:

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur | How to Publish a Book

I recall thinking as a youngster, “Writing a book must be the toughest job anyone would ever need to accomplish”.  Sitting in front of a blank page trying to come up with some way to fill the 3-5 assigned pages on such- and-such topic.

I’ve since become a windbag and keeping ideas succinct so someone might actually READ the book remains the greatest challenge now.

If you’re like me you might have a pile prose sitting around collecting (probably digital) dust. Well if you have a blog or are passionate to the point of being an open faucet then you might consider collating your masterpiece into a table of contents and put the suck up for sale.

As you’d imagine with everything, modern technology has taken much of the pain of getting your words out to the presses.

Here’s great insight from the book by one of my heros, Guy Kawasaki, who always reminds me to bring my humanity to work. Thanks!

Get paid!

Source: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur | How to Publish a Book

And also this:


Learn to code | Codecademy

Learn to code interactively, for free.

Source: Learn to code | Codecademy

learn to code

A few years ago Lifehacker had a “coding bootcamp” series that would frequently refer their audience to codeacademy and I always had it in the back of my mind that If I needed some coding skills, that would be the first place I turn. Well as luck turns even after 15 years of solid IT admin/engineer experience I’m finding my skills becoming obsolete and I absolutely do need to learn how to code in order to work with the modern DevOps toolkits like Puppet and Chef.

Over the Christmas holidays I started plunking my way through the html and css modules, then javascript, jquery and angular js. Before I knew it I had dome well over 500 exercises. I should mention that I’m no stranger to the command line and I’ve worked with some scripting in the past with vbs, powershell, batch and bash.

The cool thing about codeacademy is the learning interface. It splits the screen in two with one half showing you the instructions like a cookbook and the other half showing you the terminal or browser output. It’s very similar to working in a development environment where you can split your screen to see the interpreter and output at the same time. The flow is so smooth because the errors they’ve coded are way more intuitive that what you’d see in your interpreter. So you’re constantly learning from the error instead of trying to avoid them at all cost.

They also make learning fun by awarding you with badges for achievements like completing a module or logging in for a 3 day streak. It’s all very fun an encouraging and not intrusive at all. It’s actually quite addictive.

I can’t say enough good things. I now have around 80 examples of sites I’ve coded in my github here. I intend to use this as my portfolio to get a job. I encourage everyone to give it a try and you may find a new talent that was hidden away. Please let me know if you have any recommendations for languages or tools I should learn next. Have fun!



List of Google Now voice commands

Google Now can do tons of great stuff using nothing but voice commands. The list is more longer than you might think!

Source: List of Google Now voice commands


Google Now isn’t new but the feature is getting more rich all the time. That’s because it’s learning.

The learning computer has been the dream and destination since Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace worked together on their invention the Analytical Engine computational device which is the first ancestor to the modern computer. Even in the early infancy the two debated voraciously if the device they invented which only performed the computations they programmed, could one day learn on it’s own and be interacted as though it were not a machine.

Alan Turing knew of this philosophical debate and created a test known as the Turing test which consisted of three questions for being able to tell the difference between a response of a human being from that of a computer. Turing is an incredible man worth study and recently the topic of the movie “The Imitation Game” which chronicled his work on the Enigma machine which he designed to crack the cipher being used by the German’s in World War II. He was able to foresee the power of computers and knew how easily they could be programmed to deceive as much as find truths.

This fantasy which seems like it’s part of a science-fiction novel is incredibly real. Jarvis from Iron Man is here and it’s call Google Now. Apple came out with Siri a few years back and people had a lot of fun at parties showing off the tricks they’d learned to make Siri perform.

Google Now is backed by the Google search algorithms which makes it a little different. Unlike Apple who’s core business is hardware, Google’s core business is about knowing you. They are inventing artificial intelligence that does a better job of demonstrating empathy than an actual human being is capable of doing. Coupled with Moore’s law, the Google AI is expected to be smarter than the smartest man in just a few years. Meaning we indeed will no longer be able to tell the difference between a computer that needed us to program them, and one that does not.

So Google Now may seem like a novelty, and for now it’s function is limited to that which the programmers allow. Rest assured, while we’re “playing” and “trying” Google is learning and their destination is clear. They are making the technology we really need; the technology that doesn’t need us.

Can a computer really think on it’s own? Or are some problems only built for the human brain, no matter how much computational brute force you can throw at it?

Here’s a Tesla in Autopilot mode zipping in and out of NYC traffic – KnowTechie

Remember as kids when we used to dream of cars that drove themselves? Well, we all know it’s already happening with Google’s self driving car. But Tesla is going to blow your mind because they recently

Source: Here’s a Tesla in Autopilot mode zipping in and out of NYC traffic – KnowTechie

This is very exciting to me. I’ve been paying attention to Elon Musk for many years as someone who personifies the exponential thinking manifesto. The Tesla is a beautifully designed piece of engineering and I want, I want.

After seeing this video I now want a Tesla even more.

The most recent over-the-air update has added driver-less capabilities to the already extremely cutting edge vehicle. This puts the Tesla years ahead of any of the other makers in terms of innovation.

I think I may be waiting a while for the over-the-air driver-less update for my truck.

Solving the world’s transportation and supply chain challenges with alternative energy solutions may sound like geek talk. The sheer delight in this driver’s expression demonstrates you don’t have to be a scientist or engineer to understand the future is going to be a fun place.

The future is happening right… …now!