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Devs: Are you giving back, or only taking?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Barret community, StirTrek, giving, JavaScript and Friends

A couple of weeks ago I attended my favorite annual developers' conference: Stir Trek. The reasons I like Stir Trek are many. It’s a fantastically run conference. It’s entirely a volunteer, non-profit effort. Over its history I have only missed two Stir Trek events. This year, as the time for Stir Trek registration approached, I made a decision. I was going to attend, as usual. This time I intended to do something more.

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The Problem with StackOverflow/StackExchange

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by Barret community, StackOverflow, StackExchange, gate keeping, inclusivity, civility

The StackExchange sites are a collection of websites on various topics where people can ask questions and get answers from members of that community. People can also up-vote or down-vote both the questions and the answers, as well as add comments regarding either. People receive ranking points, called “reputation”, for asking questions and on how many up-votes/down-votes their questions and answers receive. It’s intended to drive an active (and interactive) community of people around each subject area.

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Visual Studio debugging - SSL Connection / Connection Reset with IISExpress - Stack Overflow

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 by Barret community, StackOverflow, StackExchange, gate keeping, inclusivity, civility

Sometimes it can be a huge pain in the rear to work with SSL on local IIS or IIS Express in Visual Studio. I was trying to debug an issue with my authentication flow and just could not get my auth server to run locally. I finally came across this StackOverflow answer and discovered that I was running into the issue where my port for IIS Express was something like 66234.

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The Unroll.me Controversy - Its Our Fault

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 by Barret ethics, community, uber, unroll.me

A tweet caught my attention yesterday afternoon that was related to the whole Unroll.me/Uber data collection situation. Users' data is being anonymized and then sold by Unroll.me, with one of the buyers in this situation being Uber. The co-founder of Unroll.me posted a message to Medium which basically put the responsibility for the controversy on the end users of Unroll.me. While her approach to communication leaves something to be desired, I for one feel that she is totally, completely right.

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