The blogging streak

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Every once in a while I begin to wonder if I am crazy. Why bother blogging here every week day? Since this blog began in March of 2015, I have posted on it every weekday. In six-plus years, that has added up to 1,700 posts and 1.5 million total words. These posts have seen 3.5 … Continued

How I got (moderately) rich by investing in myself and my family

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Fair warning: this post is all about decisions I made and why I made them. If you don’t want to hear about that, skip it. I just agreed to purchase the home of my wife’s and my dreams in Portland, Maine. And pretty soon we will move there and own it, free and clear. This … Continued

Fastly crippled much of the Web, then issued the perfect apology

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Fastly runs a CDN — a content delivery network that makes delivery of Web pages faster globally. Due to a bug, major Fastly clients including Amazon, Reddit, Spotify, eBay, and Pinterest were unable to serve pages to customers for about an hour Tuesday. Fastly apologized — and its apology is a clinic in how to … Continued

Of course I’d be happy to help you. Please fill out this form.

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Thank you for contacting me. I’m always happy to hear from an old friend/colleague/friend of a colleague/colleague of a friend/perfect stranger. I would be pleased to do whatever I can to help you. I am a generous person, that’s just how I roll. To make this efficient, please fill out the following information. Name ____________Email … Continued

Paths not taken

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I lost an easy chance to make three quarters of a million dollars. I’ll never forget that. But I don’t regret it. Early in my career, I was working for a software startup company. I was the first employee the two founders hired. I was young and inexperienced, but I poured my heart into the … Continued

What? Me, biased?

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My post Friday on Donald Trump’s new site and sort-of social network struck some nerves. One commenter said “As a social commentator, you cover for tyranny.” That seemed a little nasty. Two things are true. First, I am anti-Trump. I did a whole series of posts about it before the election. I’m not trying to … Continued

The asshole rate

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What is the cost of being a pain in the ass? When I started my freelance business six years ago, I took whatever clients I could get. After a year or so, as my reputation grew, there was a steady stream of people asking for my help. I charged them three different rates. Some people … Continued

Freelance rules

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If you’re fast, I’m fast. If you’re slow, I’m slow. If you’re nice, I do extra work for free. If you’re a pain, I’m expensive. Your project is the most important thing I’m working on right now. Until I start working on something else, that is. If you’re trying to save the world, I’m delighted … Continued