Author Archives: thall

Creating GitHub Issues (with image attachments!) From an Email

2 minute read.

I’m very meticulous about logging all of the feedback I receive from my customers. Whether it’s a bug report or a feature request, I want all of that information captured in a single place where I can plan and act on it. For me, that place is the Issues section in my app’s GitHub repo. […]

Fixing a Broken Service With a Tiny Bit of Automation

4 minute read.

This post is a nice, unintentional follow-up to yesterday’s one about backing up all of my family’s photos and home videos. Anyway… My kids go to a fantastic daycare. My wife and I couldn’t be happier. The teachers are wonderful, they love our children, and our kids adore them, too. But, the third-party service the […]

Backing Up Everything (Again)

10 minute read.

This will take a while. Bear with me. I’m obsessive about backing up my data. I don’t want to take the chance of ever losing anything important. But that doesn’t mean I’m a data hoarder. I like to think I’m pragmatic about it. And I don’t trust anyone else to do it for me. From […]

A Simple, Open-Source URL Shortener

5 minute read.

tl;dr One evening last week, I built pretty much the simplest URL shortening service possible. It’s simple, fast, opinionated, keeps track of click-thru stats, and does everything I need. It’s all self-contained in a single PHP script (and .htaccess file). No dependencies, no frameworks to install, etc. Just upload the file to your web server […]

Moving Projects Forward

2 minute read.

One of my favorite benefits of following a GTD workflow is that it eliminates a lot of the decision making for you. When it’s time to get work done, just fire up your task manager of choice, switch to your list of available next actions, and pick one. Having defined, physical next actions for each […]

So my kid just swallowed a marble. Guess I’ll be straining poo for the next two days.

February 10, 2018

First day at the new gig. Feels good to be out of the suburbs and walking around a proper city again.

February 5, 2018