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User Experience. Open Source. Geek.
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I'm Cassidy James, an open source collaborator, UX designer, tinkerer, tech support guy, and all-around geek.

I'm currently the community manager, the lead writer, a UX designer, and a council member of elementary.

Things I'm a fan of:
  • elementary OS
  • Android
  • Google
  • Open Source
  • Design
  • Typography
  • LEGO
  • Star Wars
  • PlayStation
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elementary Council Member, married to a beautiful woman!
Work
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UX Designer, Front-End Web Developer
Skills
UX design, documentation, writing, tech support, being a friendly person, HTML5, CSS3, FTP, distributed development (bzr, git, svn), bug reporting/triaging, social media, UI sketching
Employment
  • System76
    UI/UX Programming Sorcerer, 2014 - present
    Front-end web development of the System76 website. User experience and interaction design. User testing. Distributed development/version control (git, bzr). Issue tracking and triaging.
  • elementary LLC.
    Owner, UX Designer
    User experience design, bug triaging, user testing, bitesize bug fixing in Vala, social media, developer communications, online chat- and email-based user support, high-level decision making, bookkeeping, corporate communications, press releases, developer documentation, end-user documentation
  • Visual Logic Group
    User Experience Intern, 2013 - 2014
    Icon design, front-end web development, print design, whiteboarding, user testing.
  • Blaedesign
    Consultant, 2005 - 2014
    • Soldering and preparing audio connections. • Researching, selecting, installing, and configuring PC A/V hardware and software. • Training clients on PC A/V hardware and software. • Assisting in the installation of audio and video presentation equipment.
  • University of Northern Iowa ITS Network Services
    Network Engineer Assistant, 2012 - 2013
    • Upgrade switch firmware & configuration. • Utilize Cacti Monitoring Service. • Perform Wireless Site Surveys. • Configure Enterasys Switches. • Provision and configure wireless APs. • Handle RMA procedures. • Utilize NetSight Console for network management. • Utilize RingMaster for AP management. • Create and manage wireless heatmaps with Ekahau. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Waukee YMCA
    Day Camp Counselor, 2012 - 2012
    • Assist in preparation and delivery of positive activities. • Assist in the development of an activity schedule. • Perform routine checks on equipment and program area to ensure safety. • Demonstrate and enforce the policies and procedures for the day camp site. • Know all emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them. • Educate participants on emergency procedures and policies. • Encourage participation in all activities. • Establish positive relationships with program participants and families.
  • LCS
    Technical Support Analyst, 2011 - 2012
    • Provide support to internal staff and external clients via help desk. • Assist staff/clients with password resets. • Assist staff/clients with software installation, configuration, etc. • Write and maintain documentation through Sharepoint. • Communicate technical concepts to facilitate understanding. • Rapidly learn and master varied systems and programs. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Webspec Design, LLC.
    Web Developer, 2008 - 2011
    • Slice web designs into dynamic HTML/CSS/JavaScript/PHP. • Utilize PHP for low- to medium-complexity backend systems. • Create and work with MySQL databases. • Be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. • Utilize JavaScript and jQuery for enhancing web sites. • Know and love HTML5 and CSS3 for cutting-edge web development. • Use FTP and Linux servers. • Communicate with and train clients in person and over-the-phone. • Write easy-to-understand documentation for clients.

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Collecting some recipes on GitHub. Here's what we had for breakfast. :)
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BTW - this is just kinda a side project our community put together after I made a joke in one of our shows. But to be honest, I kinda love it. 

Its a unique non-tech expression from our community, in a very geeky genuine way.
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Seeing a bitesize bug on a GitHub project, pulling the code down, fixing it, and seeing it merged in realtime never gets old. If you want to help make http://elementary.io better, head on over to https://github.com/elementary/mvp and check out the open issues. ;)
mvp - Minimum Viable Product for our website
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Support +Vocal, the best podcast app on the desktop. Designed and developed for +elementary OS. ;) (But also works on other Linux-based desktops)

The goal is fairly attainable; it's not sky-high, but the minimum needed to fund development of the features. And it's fixed funding, meaning if they don't hit the goal, you don't have to pay a penny. So not much risk to throwing some cash their way!
 
It's finally time to reveal our big news!

Today we're announcing Vocal 2.0, which will include a ton of remarkable features like a new directory for browsing and discovering podcasts powered by the iTunes store, as well as multiple device sync that includes support for Android and iOS.

But we need your help to make this happen! Please visit this link to see a detailed list of planned features, and then consider contributing financially so we can make the best podcast app on any platform! If you can't give money, that's okay. You can also help by sharing this with other free software fans.

Thank you all!
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This is quite possibly the longest dock I've seen in a screenshot of +elementary OS. Sharing just for that. :D
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+Joshua Strobl I put Slack in the dock because I use it like I'd use an app; it opens its own window, stays open on a separate workspace all day, and stays associated with its icon on the dock.
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Passionate about back-end web development and Linux? Then stop what you are doing. Apply for this career at +System76​.

I joined the team a year ago (after seeing a similar post) and it has seriously changed my life. I'm doing what I love at a real Linux company. It's fast-paced, occasionally stressful, but always exciting and rewarding.

Come help make the Linux desktop a reality.
 
You might roll your eyes when you see yet another “the year of the Linux Desktop” post on Slashdot—but you secretly hope it will come true. We’re your dream job. We believe that Linux is the best platform for powering the world of computers. We mean that—Linux is for everyone. Your mom, your neighbor—hell even your dog (well, your dog in the IoT at least).

Join the awesome System76 team! We're hiring a Lead Web Developer with expertise in PHP and full stack experience. Learn more about the position at https://system76.com/careers
Come work at the leading provider of Ubuntu laptops, desktops, and servers.
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I'm practicing my UI sketching; anyone have random app ideas I could mock up?
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+Ezra Sharp that will probably be a bigger project, but I've been thinking about it. :)
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Another rough photo of a rough sketch of an app from my +elementary OS app wishlist! This one is the icon finder app, making icon/symbol inspiration faster and easier on the desktop.

Advantages of a native elementary app: offline caching, saving of history, marking favorites, and easily repeating recent searches.

Read more (including my other wishlisted apps) at http://cassidyjames.com/post/my-elementary-wishlist-x2
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I've been involved in high-quality yet indie open source projects for several years, so I know the amount of time, effort, and money involved in creating something that works well and looks beautiful.

However, many people (inside and outside of the open source world) have no idea! So kudos to +Nathan Dyer and +Vocal for laying out some info.

Many open source apps are not really what I'd call "indie;" they're the products of large corporations who have a vested interest in the use and success of open source. Vocal, however, is truly independent. It's designed, developed, and funded by a small team of passionate people who want to make something awesome.

The success of these indie open source projects is something I'm incredibly passionate about; it's why I'm so involved with +elementary and one of many reasons I love working at +System76. Giving indie devs a platform on which to create (whether it's hardware or software) is beautiful.

If you haven't yet checked out the Vocal campaign, click the link and read how Nathan plans to make the best podcast app for Linux even better. Then head over to http://igg.me/at/vocal/x and send some cash their way to help make it happen.
 
There have been lots of questions and concerns about our fundraising campaign over the past few days, so +Nathan Dyer wrote a lengthy blog post answering some of those questions and commenting on those concerns.

Please read and share! Thanks to everyone for helping us during our campaign!
Hi, everyone! Nathan here. I'm the lead developer for Vocal. In case you didn't know, I kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for the project a few days ago. I wanted to take this opportunity to clear up some questions and make a few statements in regards to some of the questions and comments I've received in the past few days.   Where's the money going? Isn't $14,000 too much? On our IndieGoGo page I mentioned that all costs so far...
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Elon Musk and Tesla have the potential to change the world. The only thing that will stop them? Ignorance and the greed of the existing energy giants.
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Renewable energy is already here, it's just that oil companies are there to preventing them from going big.
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I'm ramping up work on a huge project with some folks in the open source world. We're looking for someone who is experienced with back-end server work. We're not picky about languages, but it would be handling a lot of automation and talking to other services over APIs. Also a potentially large database. :)

I know it's sort of vague, but I can't share a lot of info publicly just yet. If you'd be interested in collaborating on an open source back-end web project with the potential to be brought on as a paid developer, hit me up in the comments here.

Edit: I'll be honest, I'm currently thinking about working on a minimum viable product with PHP and MySQL. Because that's what I know and we want to get something up and going ASAP.
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+Daniel Foré  Glad you got your person. But you're wrong. The one statement Cassidy James said tells you everything you need to know about the project from a back-end perspective.
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I've noticed this trend with email subjects as well. I'm not sure how I feel about it. 😶
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If you're looking for a great place to work in the heart of Denver - couldn't recommend another company any more than this one.

We're looking for a Lead Web Dev and Marketing Specialist currently - so if you think you fit either of those, send us your street cred.

https://system76.com/careers
Come work at the leading provider of Ubuntu laptops, desktops, and servers.
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