Stuck in the dark in minecraft

by Adam Loving on July 26, 2014

I’ve been playing minecraft to understand what my nephews like about it. The biggest problem is I keep getting stuck in the dark (in a pitch black hole). Either I dig straight down, or night comes, or I fall into a lake. The key to getting out was to go to the options menu and […]

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How to look like an open source dev superstar

by Adam Loving on July 18, 2014

As a developer, your Github profile is quickly becoming your new resume. Hiring companies look at your Github activity as a measure of your skill and experience.                 How did I become a contributor to the Ember.js website even though I’ve never used the framework, and without writing a […]

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Programming tips

July 18, 2014

I do a lot of technical blogging using Github gists. Github gists (and small public repos) are a great way to share code snippits. Here are a few I’ve made recently that you may find useful. CoffeeScript Source Maps for server side node apps Compiling CoffeeScript map files at require time Prototypal inheritance with Javascript Weird PHP […]

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Startup Developer Team Agreement

March 4, 2014

Five times now I’ve worked for a startup as it went through a growth phase (major round of funding). When it worked well, each new team member made the team stronger. When it didn’t work, the company was a revolving door. For development teams, it’s a tricky time. Early developers enjoy high individual productivity as […]

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Converting PNG to SVG (Vector) for Retina Displays

March 3, 2014

I’ve been working on a web site that is often viewed from iPads. iPads have a retina display (higher pixel density), which makes low-resolution images look grainy. Here’s an example, zoomed in to exaggerate the effect. The problem is the images are raster (bitmap or pixel) based, not vector (line art) based. Now that I […]

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How to embed an opt-in form in a Facebook post

March 2, 2014

Here’s a cool Facebook growth hack I just discovered. This trick allows you to embed a Flash SWF file with buttons and even a form inside it inside a Facebook post. From the little bit of research that I did, it looks like marketers have been doing this since early 2013. The ability to embed […]

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Growth Hacking Haiku Deck

January 31, 2014

I’ve been working with Haiku Deck (a Seattle Startup that makes free presentation software) for about 7 months. In that time, we’ve cooked up some pretty cool growth hacks to accelerate the growth of their user base. Luckily, the product is already loved by its users. It is naturally viral since people use it to […]

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Links this week

July 21, 2013

Interesting links I bookmarked this week. Git integration for Sublime Text Realtime collaboration for multiple development environments Make other services authenticate to an AP of  you! http://api.naveen.com/ The universal follow button Enough with the javascript already. Presentation on optimizing javascript downloads. Clever use of Git for document synchronization. This could apply to a wider range of […]

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How to evaluate startup ideas

June 9, 2013

It was obvious a month into TechStars that the business I had started would not be big enough. I will share the full story another time. While striving to find a better idea, my co-founder Lewis and I created a scorecard to help evaluate ideas. It’s easy when you’re in love with an idea to […]

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Working together with Git

June 1, 2013

Here are the basics of how a team of two or more people can collaborate on a project using Git. I wrote this to help a co-worker learn Git. Please comment here on the original Git Gist for git collaboration if you’ve got any suggestions. Create the change $ git checkout -b my-feature … modify code […]

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