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Ben Wills
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Attended Kenwood Elementary
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It Would Be Great If You Read This Blog Post

"When I hear others speak like this now, because I now look so closely for it, it feels to me like the person is hiding something. It’s not a conscious act on their part, and I certainly don’t believe it’s malicious, but the feeling of their hiding almost screams above the volume of their words."

https://rift.co/it-would-be-great-if-you-read-this/
I’ve noticed a pattern of communication that people use (myself included), where they subtly distance themselves from their feelings. I see this most often in requests and assessments. The problems are that the communication is that the speaker detaches from their experience, and the...
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How I bought and set up an SSL cert in less than 20m for $9.

Folks who are looking to implement SSL, don't want it to be expensive, and don't want it to be a pain in the ass, here's what I did. I don't think there's a cheaper solution and from everything I've read, unless you want "the green bar," all certs are the same with only either some flashy stuff that means nothing, or it's a wildcard cert (ie: applies to *.domain.com rather than just sub.domain.com)

This entire process cost $9 and, including me stumbling around finding documentation on setting up SSL in Apache, took me no more than 20 minutes. That's 20 minutes of work time...there was wait time between emails. With wait time, it was two hours.

Here's what you can do to get set up with your site on SSL:

 - Go to Namecheap and get the $9 cert from Comodo called PositiveSSL. For whatever reason, it's $49 when you buy straight from Comodo. So don't do that. Just buy it from Namecheap.
 --- https://www.namecheap.com/security/ssl-certificates/domain-validation.aspx

 - You'll get your confirmation email. Then you'll get emails about configuring a cert on your server and all that. Do all the business you need in *nix and Apache, copy your CSR into the Namecheap interface, do some stuff via email with Comodo, and you'll end up with a zip file with some stuff in it. Basically, follow the very straightforward instructions and configure your server.

 - But then you're going to hit a wall because Comodo "strongly recommends" (it's even in bold, red type) you "click here for instructions." That link takes you to their general support site. Thanks guys. So you dig around and find the installation instructions for Apache...and the files in the instructions are not at all the same files in your zip. They're not even named similarly enough to figure it out.

 - At this point, make sure all weapons, animals, and small children are not around...and do whatever you do when you're frustrated.

 - Then go to this link and follow the very straightforward instructions:
 --- http://billpatrianakos.me/blog/2014/04/04/installing-comodo-positive-ssl-certs-on-apache-and-openssl/

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That's it. You get your green lock and green https protocol in the URL field at the top of the browser. It looks exactly as it would for any other cert until you get to the "green bar" certs.

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You don't actually need to do anything differently with Wordpress, if you're into that. (this is a Wordpress site) But if you only want to use SSL on parts of the site, or if you want to force SSL, you'll need a plugin for that. (Although you might be able to force SSL in Apache. I didn't look.)

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I did this to secure an order form on a new site. I'm posting this because Google just announced that secure sites could get a rankings boost. I don't follow the SEO news, but I'd geess SEOs are all over this. And since I know a lot of SEOs, I figured you might find this useful.

If you turn this into a blog post on your site, a link to Ontolo would be awesome.
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Does anyone know how to change a file type's icons in OSX Mavericks and have it apply to all files with that extension? I've spent almost an hour on this and made zero progress. I know you can change the default app by right-clicking, changing the app, and applying to all. But the icons aren't changing.

In short, I made a set of plain text files with a .nt extension. I want .nt files to open with TextMate (it used to be TextWrangler), so I got it so .nt files open with TextMate. But those .nt files still use the TextWrangler icon.

I have no idea why this isn't completely straightforward. Thoughts?
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New: The Next Time You Don’t Know What to Do…

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I remember my dad telling me at some point in my life, that when you’re stuck and don’t know what to do, it’s like having rowed out into the middle of a lake and then fog has come in. You can’t see the shore. You can’t see more than 5 feet away from you. What do you do? You start...
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Looking for creative commons -licensed images for blog posts, etc? New little tool I made to help: http://searchthe.cc
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When You're Struggling with Your Deepest Pain, Remember...

"Only through the process of working with the relentless despair of your deepest wounds, will you find that something powerful within you which you didn’t know you had."

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I know it may not feel like it, and it all feels like a confusing and hurtful mess, and maybe you already know this, but I want you to know that you’re finding your gift right now. These parts of you that are the most painful, once healed, become your deepest and greatest gifts to others. This...
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New post: Die Before Going into Battle

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When we’re on our death bed, it is clear what we truly have to carry with us beyond that moment of death: nothing. (Other than our karma or other spiritual beliefs you may hold about what may lie in the afterlife. But I think you get what I’m saying here.) Yet, in our day to day lives, we...
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New: Secure Your WordPress Site with SSL in One Hour for $9

I don't know why this guide doesn't exist. Unix+Apache+Wordpress is the most common setup on the planet. So I made you a guide for you so that you don't get stuck pretty hard at a few of these places like I did.

https://compassionate.co/wordpress-ssl-certificate-setup/
Get the “Green Lock” If you look right now at the address bar in the top of your browser, you will see a green lock next to the URL. This means that information sent to you and from the website is encrypted and secure from hackers and other prying eyes. For you and your website, this not...
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This is about the time, six years ago, I got my Macbook Pro. It's still running really well. Could never say that about a PC.
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Why I’m Opening My Facebook Account to Friending from People I Don’t Know

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I’ve typically kept my Facebook account open only to people I know. A few years ago, I cut about 3/4 of the people and dropped it to under 250 people. Since then I’ve kept it between 250 and 300. Today, that changes. Since last summer, when I started publishing content for Full Feminine and...
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New: If You Want a Relationship, Stop Dating

"The only purpose of dating is to see how attractive you can make yourself to potential partners. If you're "dating," success is measured by how many people you meet, not if it ends up in a relationship."

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I was having a conversation with a single friend lately. He was talking about some challenges he was having with dating now, and also ones he saw coming up in the future. For men, dating is hard. I’m not saying it’s easy for women, but it’s a very different thing. Most men feel a...
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New: Why I've Worn Only Two Pair of Underwear in the Last 12 Months

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That’s the most embarrassing title I’ve ever written. Well...embarrassing for my girlfriend. But it’s also the truth. Here’s why... When You’re Living in a Van Down by the River Eight years ago, in November of 2006, I quit the last job I ever had. When I did, I lived alone in a 2,000...
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CEO, Ontolo
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  • Full Feminine
    Women's Coach, 2013 - present
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    CEO, Founder, 2008 - present
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Boulder, CO
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Plano, TX - Miami, FL - Plano, TX - Austin, TX - Raleigh, NC - Boston, MA - Seattle, WA - Chicago, IL - Bellingham, WA - Denver, CO - Seattle, WA
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Just a guy doing his thing.
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Lived in a van for 3 months while traveling the country. I used to be decent at climbing rocks and now I'm healing from a torn ACL. I love business and philosophy more than I may let on. INTJ
Education
  • Kenwood Elementary
  • Davis Elementary
  • Haggard Middle School
  • Vines High School
  • Plano Senior High School
  • University of Texas, Austin
    Partied hard enough for them to tell me I couldn't stay.
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