It is Time For App Security Questions To Die

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 by Barret security, security questions, failure

One of the worst, most annoying, and inept security practices to evolve in online applications over the years is the process of security questions and answers for logging in and/or password & account recovery. They’re annoying, vague and restricted and they absolute must die, die, die!

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Microsoft Flow - Integrating Instagram

Monday, Dec 10, 2018 by Barret Power Automate, flow, Twitter, Instagram

A growing number of people seem to be using Instagram as their primary social media platform. It works well and is quite simple, without a lot of the extra baggage that Facebook and other platforms add. So long as your primary content is image based, it’s great at what it does. In this post, I’m going to be covering a couple of excellent ways to get started with integrating Microsoft Flow with Instagram.

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Microsoft Flow - Retweet Posts on Approval

Monday, Dec 10, 2018 by Barret Power Automate, flow, Twitter, approval flows

Photo by Ian Turnell from Pexels There’s a lot you can do with Microsoft Flow and implementing the approval action. This will allow you to put in a process to control any Flow you want to. Most of the sample approval templates in Flow are focused around business processes. In this post, however, we’re going to cover the following scenario: I am at a developer conference and I want to watch Twitter for tweets about the conference that I might want to retweet.

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Microsoft Flow - ICYMI, the Easier Way

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 by Barret Power Automate, flow, ICYMI, Twitter

Last time I walked through a more complex way to implement a roll your own ‘In Case You Missed It’ Flow for retweeting Twitter posts linking to new blog articles. It wasn’t the way I would do it, but the point was more to show you a few things you can do in Microsoft Flow. This time I’m going to show you an easier way to retweet posts to Twitter about your blog.

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Microsoft Flow - ICYMI, the Hard Way

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 by Barret Power Automate, flow, ICYMI, Twitter

One of the promotion methods that many bloggers employ with Twitter is to re-tweet their previous blog post tweets with an “In Case You Missed It” (#ICYMI) tag a few hours or days later. In this blog post, and the next one, I’m going to show you a couple of ways you can implement this in Microsoft Flow. Setup We’ll start by creating a new Flow from the blank template. You can see my previous posts on how to do this.

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Microsoft Flow - Convert Links to Short URLs with

Monday, Nov 19, 2018 by Barret Power Automate, flow, Bitly

In my last post, I showed you how to create a Flow that would promote a new blog post on Twitter and LinkedIn. Given the character limits on Twitter, you may run into issues where your tweet has too many characters and your Flow will fail. The quickest way to address that is to convert the link to the blog post into a short URL using the connector. Adding Bit.

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Pivoting Your Career

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 by Barret life, career, transition

I recently found myself in the uncomfortable position of having to look for a new job. Thanks to the “alleged” poor life decisions of a certain former leadership person, the company I had poured most of the last four years into was closing its doors. We’d limped along best we could for a time after the “event”, but it was not to be. It was time to put it out of its misery.

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Using Microsoft Flow to Promote A New Ghost Blogging Platform Post

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 by Barret Power Automate, flow, blogging, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

UPDATE: I’ve since abandoned Ghost and gone back to WordPress, but the concepts here apply equally and the Flow will actually work without any modifications for WordPress blogs. Flow is Microsoft’s answer to IFTTT and Zapier and similar services. These services automate certain online tasks based on various triggers. In the case we’re examining today, we’re going to automate the following requirement: When a new blog post goes live on my site, which is powered by the Ghost blogging platform, I want to create posts about it on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Embrace Failure

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 by Barret life, failure

For all of us, there will times, many times, when our efforts end in failure. Sometimes, they will be small failures. And sometimes, they will be spectacular failures. Sometimes, you will be at fault. And sometimes, despite all your best efforts, someone else will be at fault. It doesn’t matter. It’s just another opportunity. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Recognize The first thing you need to do is recognize there is a failure.

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My Advice: Finding a Developer Job

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 by Barret life, job search, change

Note: This is all my opinion. It has no basis in scientific theory or groundbreaking research on job searches. It is based solely on my own personal experiences hunting for jobs over the years, as well as experiences related to me by other people in the tech community that I know personally. It’s a highly limited subset, being mainly restricted to the central Ohio area. You have been warned. It’s a great time to be in the tech industry in general.

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