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Xander Shepherd
Between Linux and circus arts, somebody needs to invent more hours into the day!
Between Linux and circus arts, somebody needs to invent more hours into the day!

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New Post! Speeding up #MySQL   #CLI  workflow with .my.cnf

#database   #linux   #development   #programming  

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New article! #SSL load balancers, #Varnish and #Drupal

That, and I finally got round to enabling SSL on my own site too!

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How to fix one of Debian Jessie's insanely high disk I/O issues.

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New Post! #puppet  Node Configuration Skeleton.   #vagrant   #devops   #linux

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Latest blog post! Setting up a local development environment for #Laravel   #Lumen  using #Puppet  and #Vagrant .

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Just launched! Check it out, and get hashing on the official pool!

I am happy to announce that I now have an official website for a group I run on Facebook "CryptoCurrency Collectors Club", with a blog of some posts I made over time, and more interesting, also an official mining pool! Xander Axerto Pandenius Shepherd has been working on the mining pool for quite some time and everything should be worked out. We were unable to test Darkcoin properly because of the hash rate required, but it should work.

Jason Hopper has been helping transfer over information for the blog and will help manage it as I don't have the free time. The comments for the blog are disabled for now, but sharing and such should work. Please check it out if you like, and feel free to test the mining pool too, thanks!

#Bitcoin   #Alts   #Cryptos  

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#Hirocoin will be the new home of #GPU #cryptocurrency #miners . #X11 #algorithm runs so much cooler than scrypt. Your cards will run cooler, have a longer lifespan, and earn you more!

Check us out at

Come check out the promotional challenge here:

You stand to win a current 72,000 Hirocoins (worth somewhere around 0.7BTC at the moment, and more if your campaign does well)


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I made a thing... Have fun with it!
I made a #Hirocoin   #HIRO   (somewhat) tamper-proof #paperwallet   for Hirocoin #coldstorage ‪ yesterday and just uploaded it now. The artwork is included in the source on Github if anybody would like to have an attempt at improving my tamper-proofing.

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Just had this written for my #darkcoin #paperwallet generator. Check it out, folks!
Wow, it's been a lot longer than I thought since I posted here! Sorry for the huge gap. Here's a guide written for my #darkcoin paper wallet generator written by TanteStefana, a very active member of the #DRK community!

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The "don't hire assholes" thing is huge. Nothing demoralises a team for you than having to work with a total asshole.
What a big-company guy learned from the morning's speakers at Y Combinator Startup School

You can watch live at -- more interesting sessions are happening all day. The photo is of Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, speaking at Startup School.

One reason I like listening to Entrepreneurs is because I learn stuff that I can use for my own work at Rackspace Hosting, which is now a fairly big company, 5,000 employees, hundreds of thousands of customers, public, and all that.

Dan Siroker, CEO of Optimizely said that having happy customers is the best sales tool. Far better than anything else you can do. Totally resonates with me. When I talk with my boss,@Rob La Gesse, about what we will do at SXSW, I only want people to see our customers who are doing amazing things.

Phil Libin CEO of Evernote told us how important it is to do something epic that you will be happy working on forever. He recommended building things for yourself. This is extraordinarily difficult to do at big companies. Why is it so difficult? Well, think about asking for a million dollar investment to build something for yourself. But it can be done. I got Rackspace to sponsor our book and I was largely writing that to explore a series of patterns I was seeing.

Ron Conway, famous investor. Invest in great people, he told a story about how Evan Williams felt bad about losing his investors' money. "What a great person," he said. Totally agree. The thing that destroys companies is hiring assholes. Looking for interesting people who are also nice is key at a big company. So many big companies don't do this. I remember talking with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, about why this happens. He said that many people hire pedigrees.

He also said that growth gets him excited about things that he doesn't "get." Lesson, measure and watch the growth of things and pour gas on things that get growth. (He didn't get Twitter at first even though he was the first investor but he got the growth and knew it was important because of that).

He also said that people who iterate until they get growth are unsung heroes. Yes, that's a good lesson for big company folks. If something isn't working, keep trying. It took 1,000 days for AirBNB to start working.

As soon as you have a commitment for a big business event, like funding, sale, immediately follow up with an email confirming that commitment. "Hi Joe, thanks so much for agreeing to buy 1,000 widgets at $20 each, our sales team will contact you to finish the deal." Yup, that's a great way to follow up a meeting, etc where you got a commitment. It's also a great way to follow up with people who you are delegating tasks to as well. 

"Are you a team builder, are you a leader?" Ron Conway asked. This one made me gulp. Nope, I'm not a team builder but those who win inside big companies (and small) are exactly those people who work at building teams, making decisions fast which unblocks those people and keeps them making forward progress. It's something I'm working on. 

Recognize your deficiencies and hire around them says Ron Conway again. I think this is great advice that our chairman, Graham Weston, would agree with. He uses strengths finder to identify people's strengths and if something is missing on a team he hires for that.

Anyway, great stuff for both startups and big company employees this morning. Can't wait to see what I learn in the afternoon.
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