Author: Justin Yost
Justin Yost is a full-time Software Engineer and a part time educator. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in computer science, Justin relishes programming and learning more about anything and everything. When not working, Justin occasionally gives talks at the local PHP Meetup. In his free time, Justin enjoys backpacking and reading science fiction books.

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The US Senate passed an online sales tax in a vote this afternoon after a heated final round of debate. A small group of anti-tax Republicans, as well as Democratic Senators from states without sales tax like Montana and Oregon,

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We’re pleased to announce two-step verification as an optional extra layer of protection for your Linode account. Once enabled, logging in will require a six-digit security token in addition to your username and password. Happy to see Linode taking this

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I needed a tool that either added white or black to a hex color. Launching Photoshop just to drag a color picker around wasn’t cutting it. I looked around for a web app that would do this but unfortunately most

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If you plan on releasing a library as open source, please make sure it has Clear dependency/installation instructions At least one brief documentation guide A change log and tags in the repo Some information about supported language/runtime/tool versions and project

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When providing a choice of display options, the computer should almost always respect the user’s stated preference and employ it as the default the next time around. I am amazed at how many sites and applications don’t do this and

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There is a real problem going to occur with regards to the App Store and desktop/mobile software in general if pure software businesses aren’t able to sustain themselves in the long term.

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Like brain-teasers and computer science algorthims, read on indeed.

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Notch (the guy who started Minecraft) has a really good piece on why patents are a bad idea.

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Really enjoying this idea, going to try it out I think this weekend, as I’m due for a Star Wars marathon.

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A fun journey through algorithms to find a solution to getting some awesome compression stats.

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