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How to setup billing threshold alerts on AWS?

        Filed under: Amazon Web Services(AWS)

A common concern for a lot of clients using AWS as their hosting solution provider, is the variable invoices they get each month. Most organization appropriate fixed budget for hosting and this may impact their planning adversely. Keeping an eye on the budget manually is both cumbersome and prone to human error. So is their … Continued


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Should a client pay for refactoring?

        Filed under: Agile development

And what does plumbing have to do with agile development? In my spare time, I started this bathroom renovation project. Long story short, we are at the stage of life where we are taking care of children and grandparents.  The sandwich generation, I think is what it’s called. Anyway, we are converting an office, powder … Continued



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Impaired spam: can you handle website design and accept credit cards

        Filed under: Cyber security, spam of the day

Spam phishing attempt of the day.  I get these at least once a week.  Always the same message … can you handle website design and do you take credit cards.  They claim to be hearing impaired so you only communicate by text.  Obviously, they don’t want to get on the phone with you and reveal … Continued

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Creating Bootstrap columns in Drupal panels with mixins

        Filed under: Drupal, Front-End Development, How to

In terms of Front-End Drupal gives you several ways to achieve your goals, you can use Views, Panels, Display Suite, Templates overrides, Custom modules, etc., so sometimes it’s a bit difficult to define the best (or the worst) way to do something. A couple of years ago, we created a theme for a Drupal 7 … Continued

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Why using size to estimate tasks is better for agile

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management

This past month my boss and I worked on a new contract for a current client. Even though our work with them is mostly Agile, and they genuinely understand it, our past contracts with them didn’t reflect that. Our past contracts were more rigid, and invoicing was getting harder and harder. For the past few … Continued

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How to modify a WordPress query the right way

        Filed under: WordPress

If you’re a developer, and have worked with WordPress, you should be familiar with something called “The Loop“. The Loop is the way WordPress handles the display of the content you create. Behind The Loop, there are the Wp_Query class, and the $wp_query object. That way WordPress decides what to output based on the page … Continued


SAM SPAMP: SAM.GOV isn’t texting us – or you

        Filed under: Government

A funny thing happened this week when I updated our company’s registration with www.sam.gov, the official federal government website for acquisition activities — our CEO received a text to seemingly complete the process. He forwarded the text to me to handle. To my surprise, the link took me to an official looking website that gave … Continued

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oh-my-zsh or how to improve your Terminal

        Filed under: Git

As developers, we spent most of our time on the Terminal, and some of us prefer to run everything from it instead of access cPanels or Administration screens to handle our sites (MySQL client to manage the MySQL server, WP-CLI for WP, Drush for Drupal, you name it!) The problem with those of us who like to … Continued

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Password Security: Too much could defeat the purpose

        Filed under: Cyber security

Identity theft, hacking, phishing, and malware are huge problems and they are only going to get worse. Once of the biggest issues we have nowadays is that we have hundreds of accounts on hundreds of platforms and many platforms have unique password security requirements. Some organizations require 8 digit passwords while others require 10, 12, … Continued



5 Free Website Accessibility Evaluation Analysis Tools

        Filed under: Accessibility (508), Accessible Design, Front-End Development, User Centered Design, Web Accessibility

With all these federal standards for website accessibility, including Section 508 and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), it’s difficult to make sure that your website complies with all the guidelines. Fortunately, there are many free web-based website accessibility evaluation analysis tools right at your disposal. I decided to test each of the tools … Continued

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How and when to use Slack, Email, Chat, Video, Phone, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Hangouts for work

        Filed under: Agile development, Project Management, Technology

There are a ton of communications tools out there.  The problem is that there is a ton of communications tools out there.  It’s a problem because people may monitor some communication channels while ignoring others.  Consequently, important messages could get missed or delayed. For us, it is important to use the right tool at the … Continued

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What is Growth Hacking?

        Filed under: Agile development

There are different ways of getting new business. One is through traditional advertising. Another is through word of mouth. A third way is word of mouse marketing. Word-of-mouse marketing relies more on clicks, searches, and hash tags. When it comes to growth hacking, developers apply science to marketing. Science is the study of behavior through … Continued

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