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Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:30 -- John Locke

After using the latest Ubuntu Long Term Support release (14.04) on my laptop for the past few weeks, I upgraded my home workstation on Friday. And hit a few upgrade challenges I thought worth jotting down for posterity (and the next poor sucker who can't find an answer on Google).

Dev Corner
Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:46 -- John Locke

Everybody is writing about Heartbleed this week. The reason? It probably affects more people than any other vulnerability we've ever seen. If you ever log into any web site, anywhere, your password might be revealed -- and that is just the start. The biggest problem?

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:52 -- John Locke

Ha. Just got another message from a client who has been the victim of several comment spam campaigns:

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Tags: SEO, Spam
Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:58 -- John Locke

Why is it that there is no top-notch Drupal shop in Seattle? There are several small shops here, and several large companies with branches here, but no really top-shelf, world-renowned Drupal shop based in this great city.

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Thu, 03/13/2014 - 13:47 -- John Locke

Previously we learned why a custom web site is not a car. But it is a lot like a building.

"Make me a building. How much is it going to cost?"

Sustainable/Open Business
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:11 -- John Locke

"My budget is really tight, can you get the project started and show me what to do to finish it?" -- Yet another request from several different prospective customers.

Sustainable/Open Business
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 16:53 -- John Locke

"I just want a web site to do memberships, events, and e-commerce. How come you can't tell me how much it's going to cost? I just want to know the price, like when I buy a car."

Sustainable/Open Business
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 09:17 -- John Locke

I've long been a Bitcoin skeptic, not necessarily seeing the point of it. While I've kept passing tabs on its progress, I did not think it was viable, or worth much beyond pure speculative game play, a forum for making bets that today are up quite a lot.

Sustainable/Open Business
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 08:55 -- John Locke

Clients love fixed-price projects, because they have transferred the risk of the unknowns to the vendor. Even so, if the vendor cannot fully handle those risks, the entire project might fail.

Sustainable/Open Business
Fri, 01/10/2014 - 09:16 -- John Locke

Ask any contractor the most economical way to get a job done, and the answer will be "Time and materials." The reason? You are taking on all the project risk.

Sustainable/Open Business

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