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Local Production Environment Choices for WordPress: DesktopServer

DesktopServer This product is essentially a WAMP / MAMP application that has been extended to include some additional WordPress oriented functionality. In its free version the customizations that stood out to me are its inclusion of Xdebug, support for Domain Name Mapping, auto-creation of Apache Virtual Hosts, and its auto-install of WP. I was surprised to […]

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Setting Up A Development Workstation on Windows

What Is This? I wrote this primarily for myself – sometimes I don’t remember everything I do when setting up a workstation for development purposes…it may be of interest to others. You’ll note that there are several areas missing from this arena – no build automation, task runners, etc. Maybe I’ll get around to adding

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Why the Healthcare.gov fiasco SHOULD teach us to Open Source Government Application Development.

We Spent How Much?! According to The Daily Beast the United States Government has spent $118 million to build Healthcare.gov and another $56 million in fixing it…and based on the fact that the site isn’t expected to be fully patched for some time yet I wouldn’t be surprised if the total cost in “fixing” exceeds

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Automatic Pill Dispenser

Update 3/13/13: It appears this solution is already well under way by several capable companies. You can read about eight companies in Jonah Comstock’s article over at MobiHealthNews. The last two, by e-Pill and Phillips are not particularly impressive or appealing to me, being based on older technology, but the rest appear quite interesting. Vitality

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Safari InformIT – For the IT Crowd.

One of my long-term favorite services that I’ve subscribed to as a paying member on-again, off-again is Safari Books Online. Safari offers access to a vast library of hundreds of IT related books for online reading. If you work in the IT realm, its well worth the subscription cost – especially if you can get

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