Creating an Invisible Application: Adding email as an interface for an application

This post is designed to serve as a brief technical overview of a recent feature added to ServiceSpark, a community service management platform I develop as a volunteer for the United Way of Albany County. ServiceSpark uses email to send email notifications to volunteers about new events and new comments on events that the volunteer is […]

I’d better not see that on Facebook.

I’d better not see that on Facebook. Here’s a quote you hear after every camera flash at every party you ever go to.  Or people milling about reminding people to not tag them in photos. And why is that, exactly?  So their Mom won’t see?  So that potential employers won’t see what an animal they are?  (employers […]

Why Is Bitcoin Valuable?

Bitcoin.  It’s everywhere in the news.  It was 2013’s best investment, and it’s taking the world by storm. So why is it a big deal?  And why does it have value?  Well, this is my attempt of explaining one of the fundamental facets of currency: a proof of work. Disclaimer: I am no economist.  There are other […]

Fix Mixed-Mode YouTube Embeds in WordPress

Are you attempting to embed YouTube videos in a secure (https) WordPress site?  Well, browsers should be blocking that content since the videos are not coming in over a secure channel. A consequence is that some YouTube videos won’t display, and an error won’t be displayed–which is annoying. Here is a brief snippet that can be added […]

#vinevortex: Consuming My Life 6 Seconds A Time

I just thought I should point out, publicly, that Vine is consuming my life.  Vine is the trendy new social network from Twitter that allows you to create and publish short, looping 6-second videos.  The creation controls are primitive, but the results have been extremely creative. Your available options for editing include touching the screen to […]

Brewing Iced Tea Properly

Picture: Starbucks Black Shaken Iced Tea.  More info at Starbucks’ Website. Subtle. Suave. Sophisticated. Our premium black tea gets a snappy little splash of citrus, and then is shaken – not stirred – with ice. We’d tell you more, but the details must remain classified. Still, you do have license to enjoy. — Tazo® Black Shaken Iced […]

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