Category Archives for Web Applications

Uber, And The Apps That Isolate In A Digital Economy


I wrote a brief essay about why ‘convenience’ apps like Uber are so successful: they shield us from interacting with behind-the-scenes workers, most often from very different economic, cultural and social strata than our elite consumers. Read the story over on Medium >>

22. November 2014 by jamesfacts
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I’m Looking For A Code Project

I’ve long been interested in  front-end web development, so recently I decided to set aside the time really dig in and study Javascript, CSS and HTML seriously. These studies are only as useful as the practice they’re put to, so I’d love to map out a real-life web site I can build from scratch and deploy for real users.

code project

Do you know of a project or organization who needs help building their web presence? A bit about my capabilities: I’m proficient in the usual front-end tools: CSS, JS and HTML. I don’t have significant back-end expertise, so my ideal project will not involve a database or CMS. I’m interested in taking the General Assembly FEWD course, so I may end up using this practice project as a class exercise.

Of course I plan to take a heavily discounted rate compared to what more seasoned pros might charge. For the right cause I’ll work pro bono. If you think you’ve got an idea that might interest me, please get in touch and we can chat more about what you’d like to build.

21. June 2013 by jamesfacts
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SEO for WordPress at Brooklyn Brainery

I’m really pumped to be teaching a class with the Brooklyn Brainery – an awesome organization dedicated to making learning fun and accessible. I’ve taken several classes with BK Brains over the past couple years and am a big fan of the organizers and mission.

The class I’ll host is on SEO for WordPress – a great fundamental skill for many small businesses trying to build a web presence. Your WordPress site is a chance to own your very own corner of the internet, and you can control all the variables in that space. It’s not possible to do much (on-page) SEO with a Twitter profile, for instance, but it’s easy and productive to get the details right on a WordPress site. 


Come through to see me spill (nearly) all my secrets on driving relevant traffic with WordPress! You can sign up for the class with the Brainery right here.

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01. September 2012 by jamesfacts
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Boost Your Productivity, Tame Your Gmail Inbox

My clients are mostly small business owners or entrepreneurs – and every one of them is busy. It doesn’t surprise me to see them juggling client projects, managing employees, maintaining bookkeeping and finding time for their families. What does surprise me is that they’re able to – just barely – stay on top of their lives despite overstuffed, unsorted email inboxes.

Email is perhaps the most valuable tool for productivity of the digital age, but it takes some planning and commitment to get the most out of it. I give these folks a few simple tips to help them stay focused an productive by staying on top of their email, specifically Gmail.

Gmail inbox prior to cleaning

If it’s been some time since you’ve had a clear inbox, you might not realize why it’s such a powerful tool. Your email can be a second brain – with all your important contacts, figures, addresses close at hand. Just like it’s hard to find an important paper on a cluttered desk, an overstuffed inbox makes it much harder to locate specific information. All of your incoming mail – from proposal requests to calendar invites have a place of their own.

Ultimately, an unmanageable inbox makes you look unprofessional – adding to the time it takes to locate information, respond to clients and vendors, and distracting from the work you really want to do. Fortunately, it’s possible to take back your inbox in a single, intervention-style session, and with a few simple guidelines, you can keep that inbox organized and effective.

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24. April 2012 by jamesfacts
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Why Streaming Music Makes Me Sad

Spinning record

Photo credit: Flickr user Vasta

Tunes, it seems, have finally become entrenched in the cloud. Why download and store your music locally when subscription services (either very inexpensive, or based on incessant, obnoxious social media posts) ? I’ll admit it: Pandora is awesome. Rhapsody has a huge library and catchy TV advertising. Spotify has the ability to annoy me. YouTube seems to have just about everything.

I know the inextricable march of technology pauses for no man. I understand streaming is a superior music delivery, but it mostly makes me sad.

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12. April 2012 by jamesfacts
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