Secure Automated, Key Based SSH

SSH is great and secure… Unless you need to automate it. Then it sucks because your only options are to create a passwordless key, or login add your key to ssh-agent, stay logged in forever. Here’s a quick guide to having the best of both worlds. A Secure SSH Connection that...

Fascinating interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

In 2007, All Things Digital held a fascinating interview with both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. This interview runs for 90 minutes and it’s worth every minute. It’s clear that they have a reasonably good relationship and clearly know each other well. They have a genuine...

The Importance of Focus

Imagine if Apple, Disney, Microsoft, etc had chased every oppotunity that they came across. One thing is certain, you wouldn’t recognize their name today. Each of these companies was successful because of extreme focus around a central vision. As Bill Cosby said.. “I don...

Getting Started With Drupal

Drupal is a very powerful content management solution. It powered an earlier version of this website as well as zoopframework.com. Drupal is a relatively easy to use system, but there are a few key concepts that you really need to understand in getting started. I often find that...

Vim Plugins: snipMate

Why use it It’s super easy to use It has tons of snippets It’s pretty well compatible with TextMate snippets for easy portability Dynamic variables, for all the times you use the same string multiple times It’s really easy to define your own snippets It’s better than anyt...

Checking Vendor References

One task that should be part of every IT managers is performing reference checks on potential vendors. A vendor reference check goes beyond the sales pitch to reveal the true nature of a product or company. If you’re not performing reference checks you are susceptible of fallin...

A Better Follow Friday

Follow Friday is a common practice on Twitter where many people spend friday posting things like #FF @aplusk @guykawasaki … This practice is distracting at best and fails to accomplish the single purpose it intends. Follow friday began as way to share lesser known twitter use...

Engaging Employees

There is one trait that if possessed can virtually ensure success, the ability to nurture a culture of engaged workers. Engaged workers do work harder or longer, but that’s not the core benefit, rather an engaged employee will demonstrate commitment, dedication, initiative and...

Does Seth Godin Get It?

Earlier this week Seth Godin announced his first presence on twitter with the post Delivering blogs via Twitter.. You can receive instant daily updates of this blog by following @thisissethsblog. I create the tweets automatically using a service called twitterfeed. It’s free...

Installing Git on a Shared Host

Git is a fantastic tool and is very useful for deployment. If you can’t install git system wide or don’t want to mess with installing it on the entire system here is an easy way to install it for a single user. This also works well on Mac OS X where installing git is more cha...