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Getting Started with Chef

Chef is super cool. The point of this post is to walk you through the basics of getting started solving a problem with Chef.

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Help Mary Help Families In Need

My roommate, Mary, has "adopted" two families in need this Christmas. Last year she adopted three families, and your donations and generosity made it happen. She could use YOUR help in making the holidays amazing for these families.

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So You Want To Start A Tech Podcast…

I’ve been talking lately to a few folks, specifically Jason Hand, about “how to do a podcast”. For those of you who don’t …

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DevOps – A Crash Course

It seems that about once a week, I get a message like this one:

“So, I need to learn about this DevOps thing…where do I start?” …

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My friend Mary needs YOUR help to brighten the holidays for three Chicago families

My roommate, Mary, has “adopted” not one, not two, but THREE families in need this Christmas. Last year she adopted a family of six, and …

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Happy birthday, Sophia Margaret!

One year ago today, this little girl showed up:

She is the best little Fifi-bunny ever. Today she is one year old and we love her so very much.

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Matt’s Top 10 Reasons Internet Friends Are Better Than Real Friends

Everyone knows that having friend on the internet is awesome. Here are 10 reasons why.

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Traces of Identity – Guest Post

My name is Ashley and I blog at Writing To Reach You. When I asked for opportunities to guest blog, Matt offered me some space here and asked, “how about the personal and emotional implications of leaving portions of yourself and your content in a disparate and incongruent network that is both ephemeral and everlasting?”

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How to get a lot of blog post titles in 24 hours

As you may recall, I am embarking on an experiment to crowd-sourced blog titles. I asked Twitter to suggest titles for blog posts using the hashtag #mattblog, and committed to writing a post for every title.

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The Great Blog Title Challenge Thing

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL 10 PM CST ON JULY 11, 2012:

I am committing to writing a blog post for every suggested post title tweeted with the …

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Apartments.com goes Hyper-V

If you follow me on Twitter, or are my friend on Facebook, you may have seen me posting links to various online articles about something called "Hyper-V". Basically, earlier this year, my team here at Apartments.com migrated our virtualization platform from VMWare to Microsoft's Hyper-V offering. Here's a listing of some of these articles.