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I’m Harrison. Among other things, I’m a Technologist, a Creative, and a Dad. You can read more about my background in the About section. My interesting professional and personal projects are all described in the Projects section. Everything else here is a collection of my own ideas, and combining my ideas with $2 will get you a coffee at most fast food places!

Advice From an Open-Source Hiring Manager

In Decemeber of 2014 I transitioned from fifteen years of being a developer into being one of the people managers on a really amazing team here at Red Hat. All told, my first year in this role has been a tremendous learning experience for me. If you are interested in becoming a part of a team like this one, here is some advice for you based on the dozens of interviews I have conducted over my first 15 months.
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Comments on Backing Up a Linux Laptop

My primary workhorse right now is an HP Omen running Fedora 22. Thinking and talking about how to restore my work environment from a total failure, I came to the conclusion that there are three primary things that need to be preserved: Item 1: My entire user directory under /home, since that’s where all my stuff is. Solution: Crashplan is impressing me – slick commercial-quality UI, completely free for mounted “local” disk backups and peer-to-peer backups through their central broker.
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New Challenges, New Tools

I almost feel like a traitor, which is a weird way to feel about consumer electronics. But my next laptop is not going to be a MacBook. Our current development work on OpenShift requires easy access to a docker service, and Boot2docker just doesn’t cut it. Apple provides an excellent ecosystem of interrelated apps; they find ways to make it easy to move content from one app to another that seem intuitive.
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iCloud “Family Sharing”: Great Feature Unless You Use iTunes Match

Family Sharing provides users with a way to share purchases from their iCloud/iTunes account with up to five other people. Additionally, this feature enables you to create iCloud accounts for children, and to manage the purchases and content available to those accounts. iTunes has been around a lot longer than this feature, and so for years now, people have had to a different means to share app purchases across multiple users.
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Where to Post? Finding Yourself Amongst Ello, Facebook, and the Glut of Social Media

Ello is a social platform that has been the subject of some buzz recently. Either by design or by accident, Ello is squarely positioned as the anti-Facebook, which immediately places it in a similar space in people’s minds. That’s a great deal for Ello, because feature-wise they have a long way to go before the can really throw down: no mobile app, no OAuth, no API. Ello claims to be built on a Freemium model that will sustain the company without them resorting to selling user info; but only time will tell.
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