Author: Samuel Sidler

  • WordCamp Baroda 2014

    WordCamp Baroda 2014

    Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the 2nd annual WordCamp Baroda, in Baroda (Vadodara), India, with Siobhan. The trip was my second to India, having traveled throughout Rajasthan and a few other places with a friend back in 2010. WordCamp WordCamp Baroda was my first time speaking at a conference. I was asked […]

  • Is Forecast the best mobile web app?

    I’ve been using Forecast since they launched, but I hadn’t “installed” it on my phone until very recently. To say I’m impressed with their mobile web app is an understatement. There are a few places where you can tell it’s a web app and not a mobile app, but not many. In fact, it’s my […]

  • Three Months to Scale NewsBlur

    Great report from Samuel Clay about his challenges in the post-Google Reader world. Since the news hit about Reader shutting down in July, NewsBlur has been hit hard with requests. (Previously.) I was able to handle the 1,500 users who were using the service everyday, but when 50,000 users hit an uncachable and resource intensive backend, […]

  • Graze

    Graze is an interesting concept from Nature Delivered Inc. Each week, they send you a box of four different, healthy snacks. You can customize the kinds of snacks you want before they’re shipped to you or after you’ve received them. The more you customize, the more Graze gets to know you. But how much does […]

  • Goodbye Google Reader… now what?

    The big news in the feeds I follow is that Google Reader is shutting down July 1. Why? There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better […]

  • MP6 – the New WordPress Admin UI

    I’m typing this post in what may become the new WordPress admin UI. It’s actually quite nice, though a bit bolder than what most are used to. The boldness and general flatness reminds me of the move toward a “flatter” design across multiple platforms including the Metro UI that Windows has taken on. The new […]

  • Firefox OS and Browser Choice

    Back when I was working at Mozilla, there was quite a bit of discussion about user choice, specifically how important it is for users to be able to choose their browser. Often, this discussion was tied to the Mozilla Manifesto, point 5: Individuals must have the ability to shape their own experiences on the Internet. […]

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  • Timeline of Comodo Certificate Compromise

    There’s been a lot written about the most recent Comodo certificate compromise including two Mozilla Security Blog posts on the topic, but I have yet to see a concise timeline of the events. As a former Mozilla security release coordinator, I’ve been following this topic closely and wanted to write up my thoughts, as well […]