A lesson I learned years after the fact. Part 4 of…

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The older generations teach the younger generations, who in turn teach the young ones when they become old. That’s how humans have passed down knowledge and wisdom for around 300,000 years (give or take). Maybe we shouldn’t always do it that way.

When I was 16 or 17, my church started this youth leaders class on Wednesday nights. As I recall, the boys were separated from the girls so we could learn how to be men and leaders of men in the church. I have no idea what the girls talked about. …

Growing up surrounded by hatred disguised as love. Part 3 of…

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If you grew up in a religious household, how many times did you hear, “Love the sinner but hate the sin,” (or some variation) growing up?

“God hates sin.” That’s another one I heard, and it was spoken sometimes with anger and other times with a tone of regret or sadness. The emphasis was always on the hate, but it was often so subtle one would hardly notice. Hate whispered into the ear 100 times is more powerful than if it was screamed 1000 times from a pulpit.

When I was a teenager in the early 90s, religious folk liked…

The professors didn’t even know they were digging holes for themselves. Part 2 of…

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I grew up in a Christian household, became a Christian, and attended both a Church of Christ high school and university. I wasn’t a bible thumper by any definition — I always found religion weird and off-putting, even though it was my social group growing up and I got baptized at age 15 — but I ended up at a bible-thumping bible belt college in the deep South. That place began the process of my deconversion.

In Central Arkansas sits a somewhat small school named Harding University. When I attended in the late 1990s, I recall…

Freeing myself from the bonds of Christianity was the only decision I could make. Part 1 of…

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I grew up in religion, and then I grew out of it. A couple of weeks ago I got a rather unhinged letter from my father. It was a little all over the place in telling me I was a disappointment and that Democrats are evil, but there were a couple of points that focused on religion. Specifically, that I need to repent and come back to Christianity. As a whole, that letter deserved a firm response, but it was also clear it was time to open this particular can of worms.

In the letter, my father used some techniques…


Communicate with Software Engineers Even if You Can’t!

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Software engineers can be a tough bunch to communicate with. We can be nerdy, we can be cocky, we can have no social skills whatsoever…

I’m going to give you 4 solid tips that you, as a business-oriented individual or perhaps a creative entrepreneur, can use to effectively communicate what you need so you get the results that you want.

Imagine you need a developer to set up a web store for you, an artist, to sell prints of your work. You can’t just walk up to one and say, “I need a website to sell my art. …

AWS, Azure, Google Cloud… what do these mean for your business? Should you jump on the cloud train?

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Have you moved your technical operations to the cloud yet? Do you even know what the cloud is? Well, we’re going to dig into that a little. I’ll give you an overview of the cloud and give a few examples of how it can benefit you.

What is the cloud? It’s just someone else’s computer.

That’s kind of a simplistic answer, but that doesn’t make it any less true. When you use cloud computing, you’re paying to rent space and processing power from Amazon, Microsoft, or Google. Sure, there are other players in this space, but these are the leaders.

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Think you have to be a math whiz to become a software engineer? You don’t have to be, and I’m going to explain that right now.

First, some inspiration for those of you who are not good at math. I was never good at math. And when I was young, I wasn’t even good at arithmetic. My early education was a bit…disjointed, but that’s a topic for another day. I sucked at math, and the most advanced math I ever took was college algebra.

I barely squeaked by in that class by cramming before each test with my computer science…

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Don’t let one system or process failure take your business down. Today we’re going to discuss single points of failure and how you can avoid them.

When you have a server sitting in a dusty closet that’s five years out of warranty running all of your mission-critical applications, you have a single point of failure. This is a real example from a real job I had in the past. It was something I inherited from my predecessor(s). Once I learned the situation, I immediately started working to solve the problem.

This is a technical example, but single points of failure…

Tips for an Entrepreneur Hiring Technical Expertise

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Why are tech people so expensive and what can you do about it?

Simply put, technical people have expertise that is very useful to you and they can put systems into place that make you money. When things go wrong, they can fix it or build something new for you.

Software engineers, cloud architects, web developers, and other specialties cost a pretty penny, but you need their skillset. So you pay for it.

If you have legal problems or need a contract reviewed, you hire a lawyer. If you are sick, you go to the doctor. If your toilet explodes…

Forget about snowball or avalanche. There’s a better way.

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Most of you have heard of the two standard methods of paying off credit card debt — Snowball and Avalanche. I’m going to suggest that you do neither, because there is a better way.

First, a brief introduction to both. The snowball method was popularized by Dave Ramsey, and it’s basically like this. Order your credit cards from smallest balance to largest, and then set a dollar amount of extra (like $50 or $100) that you’re going to pay over the minimum payment. If your minimum is $45 and your extra…

Caleb Rogers

Technology professional in Hollywood, so naturally I also make terrible short films and adventure videos. https://www.youtube.com/CalebRogers

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