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Alt text I am an experienced team leader with more than 25 years of experience in developing complex websites for federal agencies. I specialize in bridging the gap between the technical and the practical, effectively connecting developers, content producers, and end users to deliver maximum value to my clients.

I know that each team member brings unique strengths to their work, and I thrive in situations where I can leverage their unique capabilities to find solutions to technical challenges. In the end, a beautifully built, technically sound, product feels like everyone’s accomplishment.

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Search Without Being Tracked with Searx

The searx documentation has an excellent introduction: Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity. If you don’t trust anyone, you can set up your own […] But even if privacy isn’t a major concern, the search experience is so much better than Google and other ad-driven engines that it’s worth setting this up....

June 8, 2021 · 4 min · 773 words

Control Menu Bar Icons with Dozer

Like a giggling toddler filling a glass of milk, Mac OSX will blissfully stuff unlimited icons into the menu, with not a care in the world about usability or aesthetics (which is typical for OSX). Like so much basic functionality in OSX, third party tools must be written to fix these issue. While there are many (paid!?) utilities that fix this problem, the open source and free Dozer does it best....

February 25, 2021 · 1 min · 122 words

Running a Self-Hosted Bookmarking Service with Shaarli

I wanted to be able to synchronize browser bookmarks in a way that provided: A good user experience Privacy (self-hosted) Easy to configure using docker and docker-compose Low resource usage There are an absolute plethora of alternatives in this space, most notably Wallabag, but I found it to be slower and heavier than Shaarli. Other alternatives like Unmark, Shaark, and LinkAce attempt to do more than I need and therefore tend to be more resource intensive....

August 29, 2020 · 3 min · 496 words

Making the Most of Asus Merlin

I wanted to upgrade my home router. I think an Asus router with Merlin firmware delivers fantastic value and flexibility. Read on to see why.

August 11, 2020 · 4 min · 649 words

Bash Script for Creating Hugo Posts in Academic

If you find it annoying to have to manually create a specific directory structure every time you want to create a post in Hugo using the Academic theme, then you need this simple bash script to do the steps for you!

August 11, 2020 · 4 min · 680 words