Wednesday, 28 January, 2015 - 15:54

How to install Lyra the graphical visualization environment

Lyra is, in my words, a proof of concept for developing rich D3-powered information display with a browser GUI. Think of it as better than Excel and only 30% more complicated.

Monday, 7 April, 2014 - 14:11

UX success story: Doubling conversion rates, sales

Increasing e-commerce response rates for The English Tearoom
The English Tearoom in Stuttgart, Germany, is a top-notch independent store. Open since 2011, owners Lynn and Christian offer superb tea and tea-related goods, with service mindful of each customer's unique tastes. This focus on in-person service hasn't prevented the owners from using e-commerce to attract new customers and offer more services to existing ones.
Sunday, 8 December, 2013 - 12:05

A model for better content, better readers, better journalism

Newspapers
Six years ago my then roommate and I founded TheDigitel on the idea that the future of news was changing and that the service was in curating and linking content, and that curation was going to be bigger than the massive link mills then in existence.

We were right, but failed to realize that social radius service like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and the like would organically become almost zero cost curators.

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 - 11:44

Multiple IPs on an Ubuntu EC2 VPC? Yes, please!

Subtitled: Configuring a second ethernet adapter on an Ubuntu EC2 VPC instance

If you're wanting to have multiple valid SSL certificates for many domains (say, for Drupal a multisite running on Aegir) on a single EC2 instance you'll, of course, need multiple IP addresses. While Amazon's VPC offerings seem like an easy win there are a few twists to get the server to respond to that second internal IP.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013 - 14:41

Cutting down on Postfix spam relaying

Spam mail pile

Postfix, it's used with many a LAMP stack to send out messages from a site, unfortunately it's prone to relaying many spam messages out of the box.

The below code can be easily appended to Postfix's main.cf to drastically reduce the authorization hole.

On Ubuntu you'll find the file at /etc/postfix/main.cf