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A brief take on security in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, the first wall of security comes in the form of a special user account called root. Root has the ability to perform any operation on the system. To protect users or crackers from using root to harm the system, no user can actually login as root. Instead, users perform actions with root privileges […]
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Ditch the IDE, become a blade master with Vim.

I am a huge fan of text editors. While I have taken a few GUI editors for a spin, I always come back to Terminal Vim. In this post, I’m going to develop an argument as to why you should stop using IDEs and pick up an editor using Vim as my end example. If […]
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An Introduction to Swift Programming

Very few people who have delved into Apple’s programming domain develop an opinion that one could describe as neutral on the topic of Objective-C. Objective-C draws the ire of many, and the love of a small band. To understand the swift direction away from Objective-C that Apple now follows, one must first understand the nuances […]
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Kanban in daily life

What is Kanban? Read about it at Wikipedia. Basically, it’s a method of visual process management. Often, Post-it Notes are used to signify tasks and they are put on a board with columns to identify each task’s state: ready to do, in process, needs, review, completed, etc. Kanban has made its mark on SEP, showing up in […]
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Curiosity as a tool

SEP has asked us to write about the tools of our trade. I’m a software engineer at a decently-sized software engineering company, so it’s pretty clear that I have several tools in my programming toolbox. Things like Sublime Text for scripting, DiffMerge for file diffs, Stackoverflow for Q&A and community, and even music for getting in the zone. But there’s one tool I […]
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Where is the iOS app industry headed?

I’m worried about the iOS app industry. Not because I see signs of Apple dying, but because I know how technology fads go. That, and because I’ve worked on almost nothing but iOS apps the past few years. I don’t want my domain of “expertise” to fizzle out over the next few years. Technology fads […]
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Is biometric security really secure?

I’m posting this as a response to my colleague’s blog post. Laurie asked whether biometrics as a security mechanism is actually useful. I see biometric security as an excellent mechanism for protecting things that are less likely to be hacked or are less important. It works well for the cell phones of the everyday masses. Not […]
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Beware of users

Beware of users! Seriously, those jerks really know how to break things. They’ll use your software in ways you never thought possible. And then it’s your fault when it breaks! How dare they! As developers, we need to expect everything. This is where I start talking about usability and such. I could tell you about using personas to keep […]
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Personal Motivation Driven Development

I wanted to feel like I’ve done something cool. You know, something I might be known for. Even if by only a few people outside of my usual network. And I’m a software guy, so I thought I might try making a piece of software. And my most recent kick is mobile apps, so an […]
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