Tech Tips Articles

  • There's no one perfect code editor. Even if you like something, be prepared to have that change in a few years.

    The Best Code Editor is the One That Works for You

    January 24, 2017

    You’ve made the decision to learn to code, and now you’re looking for the best tools of the trade. So you ask Google – what is the best code editor (aka the program you use to write code)? The search results are overwhelming and confusing. A “10 best code editor” lists tells conflicting stories of a landscape overflowing with options. Some coders proclaim their...

  • Believe it or not, there's actual good reasons to use hashtags on Twitter. Here's why.

    Why and How to Use Hashtags on Twitter

    January 23, 2017

    I often talk to my friends about why they do or don’t use a certain piece of technology or app. The reasons often differ, but one takeaway is very clear – there’s a lot of confusion regarding hashtags. The key phrase I always hear is, “What’s the point?” I’ve come here today to give you some good reasons why you might want to learn. A hashtag is the use of the...

  • There are a variety of Java platforms to pick from, namely SE, ME and EE. Which one you pick depends on your needs.

    How to Decide What Java Platform to Use: SE, EE or ME

    January 19, 2017

    If you are like me, it was a little overwhelming when I wanted to download Java so I could start doing some programming.  When you go to the Oracle download site, you see so many options, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to find out which one you should choose: I remember thinking, “Do I need all of these? Or just one, and if so, which one". Needless to...

  • Security with the Internet of Things will be a big deal.

    The IoT is More Than Just Internet and Things

    January 13, 2017

    Common wisdom says the Internet of Things (IOT) happens when you glue the internet onto a thing. Internet plus refrigerator equals IoT...

  • Here are three best practices for DevOps security.

    Exploring The Rugged Frontier of DevOps – Security

    January 12, 2017

    Security is one of the most important attributes of modern systems. But as we can tell from the news, security is often implemented as...

  • Yes, chip cards take another second to work. But they seriously make your identity significantly safer.

    Don't Hate Chip Credit Cards. They Keep You More Secure.

    January 9, 2017

    In early 2016 I received a new bank card, one with the little silver square that means it has a chip in it. In the same envelope was a...