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Desk Hacks

My wife and I have, between us, four laptops, two phones, and a number of other USB accessories. It’s hard to keep them all charged, and traditional power strips located on the floor are inconvenient. There was definitely room for improvement. Here’s what I came up with! More…

Onboarding New Hires

Words every onboarder (and team member) should live by:

Treat every question as an opportunity for a conversation.

Cheers to for the delightful discussion that produced this bit of wisdom.

Certbot Renewal Script

Now on GitHub: certbot-renew, my super-simple bash script for renewing Let’s Encrypt certs.

Polymer Binding Cheat Sheet

You shouldn’t have to read so many words in Polymer’s docs to figure out how to get the binding you want. Time is precious. There’s code to review. Your hair is turning gray. Use my cheat sheet instead!


Let’s Encrypt

I proudly installed my first GoDaddy cert back in 2014. A regular cert is only valid for a single specific site, in my case, It is not valid for subdomains like this blog. For that you would need a wildcard cert, which covers all subdomains as well. Unfortunately GoDaddy was charging more than four times the price of a regular cert to get a wildcard, so that was out of the question. Another option, buying two different certs also seemed expensive and annoying.

And so for the last couple years this blog has done without HTTPS. I’ve been learning a lot about Let’s Encrypt though, and decided to give it a shot. Let’s Encrypt is a new, free, open certificate authority that takes a different approach to validation.