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Taking The Pledge

I formally take The Pledge: At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair. I want more diversity in tech and in the world. I pledge to try to make diversity a reality, and then […]

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Using Tweets to post more regularly

Update: this failed spectacularly. Didn’t work. Bad idea. I feel like many of my tweets could (and should) be short articles on my blog, but I’m lazy. I’m setting up a Zap t… https://t.co/C3jHX8CVid pic.twitter.com/TKpyUtJZ7f — Zack Katz (@zackkatz) Sat Jun 03 18:00:01 +0000 2017 I think the pendulum of social media may have swung […]

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Gwen Ifill

I did not know Gwen was sick. I didn’t know she had cancer. On Monday, she died. I respected her and found comfort in her presence. I trusted Gwen to tell me the truth, to find humanity in any situation, to always reflect appropriate levels of concern. I trusted Gwen Ifill completely. Not because she was on TV, but […]

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Marco.org (With Comments)

I love Marco.org, and I also love Daring Fireball with Comments… …so I created Marco.org (with Comments)! Install the extension for Safari or Chrome and you’ll have Disqus-based comments on Marco.org! To help keep the conversation civil, rude words lead to moderated comments.  I look forward to our discussions. – Zack Katz

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Contact Form 7 Modules – A Plugin

Check out our Contact Form 7 Newsletter Plugin Easily add Contact Form 7 form submissions to a newsletter list!  Check it out today. Download the Contact Form 7 Modules plugin from WordPress.org Add hidden fields to Contact Form 7 I love the Contact Form 7 plugin, and use it for many of my projects…but one […]

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VerticalResponse Widget for WordPress

Don’t have VerticalResponse? Try it out for free. This is a portal page for bug reports, recommendations, or feedback on the VerticalResponse Newsletter widget for WordPress.  Get the VR widget from WordPress.org Go to the widget’s page on WordPress.org to download the most recent version of the plugin. Bugs, feedback, suggestions: Leave feedback in the […]

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Colorado Holiday Party!

I am thrilled: my wife just informed me that Colorado Open Lands‘ holiday party is being held at the most delicious and prestigious restaurant around: The Fort in Morrison, Colorado.  That’s great news because The Fort is the best restaurant I’ve ever been to…and it’s priced accordingly! A quick plug as well: one of my […]

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Back at the office

My wife and I are now back from our 1 week vacation.  We stayed at home, and were able to: Paint! The living room My office The kitchen Buy! A corner TV stand A SolaTube (which has made our living room 300% more pleasant) A new desk for my office Gallons of paint (see “Paint!” above […]

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Making technology that is more human

There’s a problem with technology: it’s not human.  Technology often can’t express when there are problems, especially when it doesn’t know problems exist. There’s a gap between the consumer and the product that can often only be bridged by a middle-man repair shop. Creating products that communicate their problems effectively is one of the next […]

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How I got my domain name back from cyber squatters

I was given the domain zackkatz.com for my 17th birthday by my mom. It turns out, it was a good gift 🙂 I used it as a blog, music promotional area, and art gallery. I owned the domain (and let it stagnate) until around 2006, when I wanted to switch hosts. I waited for my domain […]

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Google is crazy and amazing: Completed Street View of Denver

I went to Google Maps today, and I found that Google has updated its Street View functionality to include almost ALL of Denver and the suburbs, including Boulder. This is a CRAZY amount of information.  It’s a truly boggling accomplishment.  I’m kind of shocked.Check out Street View yourself.

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Finally, a music website that knows how people think

I was browsing using StumbleUpon, and I came across a brilliant website: it lets you play music according to a grid : energetic/calm and positive/dark and so many different ways.  It’s really hard to explain, but you just need to check it out yourself!Musicovery.com