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Over 50 blankets donated from my developer community network on Twitter and Facebook


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been posting on Twitter about my Amazon Wish List of blankets to donate to the homeless people in the Seattle area. Over a dozen people pitched in and had blankets shipped directly to me, collecting over 50 blankets.

Note that a majority of the altruistic acts I make I don’t discuss publicly, but this situation involved crowdfunding from my followers on both Twitter and Facebook to get enough donations sent to me, I have to let others know what I am doing.

Traveling Transformations — CloudyCAM goes to a Hackathon #JAMstack #CloudyCAM

CloudyCAM logo — a Welcoming Robot Camera!

During October 26th-28th, we (Cloudinary) sponsored and attended the Dare Mighty Things Hackathon and Conference.

CloudyCAM is our new and improved demo that we created (well, specifically Ahmad Awais who worked magic on this).

What is CloudyCAM?

The process:

  • We have a professional Photographer at a booth ready to take your headshots at a hackathon or conference that we sponsor.
  • Your headshots are taken, pushed instantly to our laptop through a wired or wireless connection.
  • A script is run and uploads your photos into a Cloudinary media library as a ready-to-deliver optimized image…

Last week, I had the opportunity to go to one of the most inclusive and diverse tech events ever — Refactr.Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, which took place on June 5th-June 7th, 2019. It is an event about growing and showcasing powerful voices of marginalized people and allies in tech that focuses on technology while creating a safe space or thoughtful nuanced conversations around diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in tech, as mentioned on their about page.

This event felt like a very close community, the type of community where when someone doesn’t recognize you, they go out of their way to…

Several of the largest tech companies have their own large conference, some conferences having over 30,000 attendees. These are a HUGE deal and a very beneficial way get the most learning and resources in a very short period of time. Microsoft Build is, of course, is Microsoft’s annual conference, with 2019 being its 8th or 9th year. Maybe in the next coming years, the event will be extra special for having a 10 year anniversary? It’s a convenient conference for me as it’s located in the heart of downtown Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center and was held on…

I was looking for an image that demonstrated performance, and it seemed that the Cloudinary logo did the job


Web application performance is such a brand new topic for me, let alone a very important topic for all companies who run an application. Not only does improving performance increase page speed, it can potentially increase revenue tenfold, as well as user retention. I wanted to share knowledge that I’ve soaked up in the last 2 days, with the majority of the information I’ve learned over a 2-day conference at PerfMatters in Redwood City, CA on April 2–3rd, 2019 this week. You can find the #PerfMatters conversation here.

The Big Problem

With plugins and third party applications being necessary for an application to…

The Vue logo because I couldn’t think of anything else for an image


Last week I had the privilege to go to my first Vue conference in Tampa, Florida called VueConf on March 25–27, 2019, a full 3 day event, where day 1 is Workshop day. There’s nothing more exciting than to go to a new developer community and meeting new people. One of the reasons why I love being a Developer Advocate so much is e̵a̵t̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵a̵ ̵l̵o̵t̵ ̵o̵f̵ ̵g̵r̵e̵a̵t̵ ̵f̵o̵o̵d̵ meeting and talking to new people and learning about what they do and helping people in any way I can.

If you aren’t a developer and visiting this blog and haven’t…

Image Credit: From SteakAger Family FB Group — temp picture until mine arrives!

Have you ever went to one of those fancy steak houses and ordered a Rib Eye wondering why it’s extra expensive with the words “45 day Dryaged”? What the heck is a dryaged steak? Why pay extra at a restaurant when you can make your own dryaged steak ? Well, it’s quite a process and requires a lot of reading/studying and understanding the entire process for your steak to be perfect!


As a daughter who is always picking up my dads hobbies, (he will talk about it and text me about something until I start following in his footsteps…

Setting up SSL gives me a headache. After wasting countless hours, especially tonight where I kept messing up and regenerating the CSR code, canceling out my SSL cert, and kept getting an error that my private key doesn’t match the SSL. This caused some of my hair to go gray. When I get beyond frustrated, I then investigate a completely different approach, so here are my findings.

I wanted to share the simplest solution in the shortest amount of steps so you too can get SSL done within 2 minutes of time!

Step 1 — Sign in & Enable Namecheap SSL plugin

Click on Namecheap SSL


From 2011 to 2016 I was traveling as an advocate/representative/speaker to conferences without having status on flight or hotel. I always selected whatever the cheapest flight was available as I assumed that was the best for the organization when it comes to budget. I was having a coffee meeting with some friends with the PHP community, and someone mentioned, “You don’t have any rewards accounts set up?” I didn’t think it was a big deal at all. What was the purpose of having it? Just some points that takes a year to save up to be of any value? …


Everything seemed like a perfect week at a hackathon 3 years ago… until I blacked out and woke up in the ER.

I have no known health issues. It was very confusing. How does a person prevent such horrific situations like this happen? How many others think everything is just fine and dandy with their body while traveling a lot for work? How many other Developer Advocates has this happened to but they never spoke up about it? This could happen to ANYONE.

My Story

I just finished a couple long days at a hackathon. Day 2 was rough though. I felt…

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