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Introducing DocsThursday: A Monthly Documentation "Party"

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I love open source documentation and if you’re reading this, maybe you do too. I have a personal mantra of “Inspire, Educate, Motivate” and documentation fits right into that. Documentation allows us to educate others to a near infinite scale.

You know, I partially owe my career to the free and accessible Linux server documentation that is available on the Linode Docs website. I’m a die-hard Ubuntu user but I can’t tell you the countless times the Arch Linux Wiki has helped me out of tight spots.

Docs are invaluable.

I want to motivate more people to contribute and learn from one another on how we can make better contributions and better doc websites. DocsThursday is a party, campaign, workshop, or whatever you want to call it to create and contribute to open source documentation on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

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Three Years In, I Have a New Role at CircleCI

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At the start of 2016 I signed on to be a Developer Evangelist at CircleCI. I left Linode and New Jersey behind to drive across the entire country. I settled into San Francisco and started my new job at this little startup with less than 50 people.

Three years later I’m back home in New York City, completed my U.S. Navy contract, had a baby girl (thank you for the time off CircleCI), and the company is now at 150+ people. A lot has changed with the platform as well.

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My 2019 Goals

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Near the end of December I wrote a friendly post on social media asking about what everyone’s 2019 goals were. I wanted to have a fun discussion and see what people were striving for and interested in for the new year. I got several likes on the post but no comments - not a single one.

I was a bit disappointed. Do my friends and family not have goals? Are they too personal to share? I’m not sure but I decided to lead by example instead of wondering. Here are my 2019 goals.

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My November 2018 Open-Source Contributions

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Continuing my new blog series, here’s my open-source contributions for this past month:

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My November 2018 Linux Snap Package Metrics

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I maintain a few Snap packages (installable Linux software packages) and I’ve been very interested in the metrics that Snapcraft (the Snap Store) provides. It’s a (minor) indicator of how large the snap user base is (or at least growth) as well as how useful a snap may or may not be. In October I started this Linux Snap Package Metrics series and I’ll be updating every month with the numbers until someone tells me otherwise 😄.

Here’s the metrics for snaps I maintain for the past month:

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I Made a Pocket Casts Desktop App for Linux

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I’m a long-time Pocket Casts user. Not only do I love the Android app (it’s one of the few I pay for), I use to love listening to Russell Ivanovic, the creator of Pocket Casts, talk about it on the Material podcast.

It’s everywhere - my Android phone, Android tablet, Google Cast, and even in my car with Android Auto. Well, almost everywhere. As most companies do, they neglected to make a desktop app for Linux (they recently made one for Windows).

I decided to whip something up.

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What Are Linux Snap Packages? Why Use Them?

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I’m been using Snap packages to install software on my laptop more and more. They’re extremely useful and more people should be using them though not everyone understands them yet. Here’s a quick post on what they are and why you’d want to use them.

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U.S. Military Slack Emojis

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Yesterday was the official Veteran’s Day Holiday in the United States and today is Veteran’s Day (Observed). I wanted to give a shout out to my fellow veteran colleagues at CircleCI in our Slack Team and realized there wasn’t any custom Slack emojis for the U.S. branches of military. So I created some.

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I Made a Hugo Chrome Extension

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I made a very simple Google Chrome Extension for people who build websites with the Hugo static site generator (SSG) and launched it on Product Hunt. This first release has two main features: The extension icon “lights up” whenever you’re browsing a Hugo-built website. You can search the Hugo documentation from Chrome’s Omnibox (address bar). Install You can view and install the Chrome extension via the Chrome Web Store. continue reading →

Upgrading the Ubuntu Server Kernel

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If you run an Ubuntu-based server (as most of the world does) you should know that keeping the server up-to-date is important for security and stability. Occasionally certain kernel updates will come through that won’t get installed. Instead, you’ll see this message:

The following packages have been kept back: linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic

Here’s how to install these updates safely.

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