I’m co-founding a brand new company being launched by Boulder BITS.

Until recently, I was the Head of Technology at Parent Co., a company with the mission to create thoughtful digital tools for parents. A shift in fiscal priorities towards the Parent Co. Magazine and away from Notabli left me — and others, too — looking for a new opportunity.

Like most of us, I want to do something meaningful, something I really enjoy and am passionate about. I want to make a difference in some measurable way. …

“R U OK?”, he asked.

“I love U guys”, 16-year-old Emily messaged back. That was the last time her parents would hear from her.

Emily Keyes was shot and killed by a rogue gunman who took hostages at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado in September 2006.

Last night I went to a neighborhood elementary school to listen to a keynote presentation on school safety from John-Michael Keyes, Emily’s father, now executive director of the I Love U Guys Foundation.

John-Michael’s story is tragic. There wasn’t a dry eye in that small school library as he talked about his…

Parent Co. is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and half of our team of 16 is distributed globally. We have team members in 4 countries, 5 U.S. states, and we’re spread across 7 timezones. As our team has grown over the past year, we’ve learned how to fine tune our process, our communication styles, and our means of measuring progress and success.

Parent Co. creates thoughtful digital tools for parents, including Notabli and a top secret product coming soon. We also publish a weekly magazine on parent.co

Check out this conversation I had on Twitter tonight with @holman at GitHub. I’m not sure if this qualifies as “customer service” or what, just bear with me.

I found an incredibly minor issue when saving a GitHub project page to my iPhone home screen. The apple-touch-icon wasn’t of high enough quality to look right on the Retina Display.

https://twitter.com/markhealey/status/451890773110173696

A screenshot depicted the blurry scene:

https://twitter.com/markhealey/status/451897076922605568/photo/1

I tweeted to GitHub, @holman replied 11 minutes later.

https://twitter.com/holman/status/451893588096331776

A brief conversation ensued—the kind I’ve frequently had with our internal QA teams—and in 34 minutes…

What I learned at O’Reilly’s Web Platform conference

The short version: I learned a lot. The long version? Go grab a coffee, you’ll be happy you did when you reach the embedded videos.

The O’Reilly Fluent Conference was first launched in 2012 as a new event for developers working with JavaScript, HTML5, and other web technologies. Now in its third year, Fluent covers the full scope of the Web Platform and its associated technologies, including WebGL, CSS3, mobile APIs, Node.js, AngularJS, ECMAScript 6, and more.

I attended Fluent in my role as F2 Technical Lead at Markit. We had actually submitted a proposal to O’Reilly to…

How to setup your app the right way to make upgrades simpler in the future

I’ve built dozens of web apps using Bootstrap. Countless one-pagers and plenty of full sites. In the early days I thought the framework was the cat’s meow because of how quickly you can get a decent looking webpage up and running. Then every site on web looked like the default Bootstrap template. Naturally, I graduated to configuring variables.less which felt like getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 after pedaling around town in Herbie. This was my MO for a while before I tried to upgrade to a newer (minor) version of Bootstrap. The upgrade process, if you’ve modified…

jude

I blogged for 10 years, and I’m done.

After trying many others, WordPress was my choice of blogging platform. I knew it inside and out, the good and the bad. I genuinely liked it—in its early days. It wasn’t trying to be an operating system, it was a great tool for writing. The software has grown considerably since then and, unfortunately, so has the number of attackers. With 72 million WordPress sites, hackers have a tremendous number of targets and they seem incapable of resisting the urge. Along with countless others, I’ve slogged through no fewer than a dozen scripting…

markhealey

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