Is a Nest worth the money?

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One year ago I bought a Nest thermostat. Out of the need to justify the $250 cost to my wife, I analyzed one year with and one year without the Nest. Below are my findings. How to read this graphic: Compared July 2011 thru July 2012 to July 2012 thru JUly 2013 I extracted the…

Local, Dev, Staging, Production WordPress Workflow

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I just wanted to share real quickly (because I’m pretty stoked) that after months (really, years) of development I finally have what I consider a professional workflow for WordPress development. Below is a graphical representation of what takes place. But it breaks down to this (with Git, but can easily be accomplished with SVN as…

Vote & Verb Denton

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A dual announcement post… #1: Vote Denton A group of developers, designers, & Denton enthusiasts got together less than a month ago to discuss the problem of local voter turnout, lack of education, and lack of accessibility to that education. I’m a prime example. I’ve never voted in local elections and never paid much attention to…

Settling the WordPress Absolute vs Relative URL Debate

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WordPress is somewhat notorious for using absolute URLs in its linking to images and other posts within content. Many have argued for both sides. It’s quite simple for me: relative URLs are easier for development, absolute URLs are smarter for live websites. There’s a compromise to be had. WordPress should add these shortcodes to core:…

We all started somewhere, right?

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This is a humbling experience. I was inspired to compile these because of @justintadlock‘s tweet. I went back to oswd.org, the birthplace of my HTML debut. I built all my websites from 2002ish to 2006 in Flash (which sounds like a REALLY long time now). My introduction to HTML and CSS coincided with open source…