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How A Free Web3 Project Is Helping Me Build a Locally Focused DAO On Solana

Category: ct3_dao || Date: December 1st, 2021

Back in 2017, I (and I imagine a LOT of other people on DEV.to) got really into cryptocurrencies. I made some beer money off Ethereum, followed some projects, and really dug into the kind of experiences blockchain technology was able to power. Everyone I talked to seemed…


Website Update - Signal Boost Page

Category: Website Update, Signal Boost || Date: February 13th, 2021

I just finished giving HenryNeeds.Coffee its annual-ish refresh. I updated the menu bar, split up a lot of the homepage into separate content-specific pages, but my favorite addition is the new Signal Boost page. When I was looking around for refresh inspiration, I came across…


OptiProx - The Prep

Category: Home Server || Date: February 4th, 2021

After having some discussions with folks on the /r/sleeperbattlestations and /r/sleepingoptiplex subreddits, I wanted to toss up a quick post on what I'm doing with my server build. The more I hear bad stories coming out of Silicon Valley regarding user privacy the more I want to…


IPFS 1 - The Decentralized Web Is Finally Here

Category: Decentralized Web, IPFS || Date: January 27th, 2021

It's the spring of 2011. I've already been accepted to college. Senioritis is setting in and 3OH!3 is blaring on my headphones as I sit at my desk at 2 AM on a school night... Homework long since done, I'm staring at the screen of the heavily used 17" Gateway laptop I managed to…


Elm City Rocks (Project Name TBD)

Category: Communities || Date: January 14th, 2021

Someone once told me that: "New Haven is large enough to have a real city feel to it, but small enough that you can make whatever you want to exist in town happen through sheer willpower". I've seen that happen by being made a leader in NewHaven.IO, creating the short lived (and…


Hacktoberfest Markdown Editor Challenge, Day -2 (Prep Work)

Category: Electron || Date: September 29th, 2020

Real quick, as an aside: As an aside - in the spirit of Hacktoberfest, y'all should all check out All Things Open - A polyglot technology conference focusing on the tools, processes, and people making open source possible. It's a free virtual conference taking place on October…


Building a Better Markdown Editor

Category: Electron || Date: September 27th, 2020

What's up, y'all? Long time, no... blog? Hacktoberbest is almost upon us and this year I want to take things a little farther than just submitting a few pull requests. The event is meant to help people get more into open source development, and in that vein I wnat to treat…


Organizing Local Tech Scenes

Category: Podcasts || Date: August 19th, 2019

Hey everyone! I haven't forgotten about all of you. Just had a wild week and a half at work that we're just now getting on top of. There are still some posts in the pipeline about building, configuring, and running applications on my Raspberry Pi Kubernetes cluster! Until then, I…


Day 7 - The Promise Of Docker Containers

Category: DevOps || Date: July 31st, 2019

Hey folks! My last post, titled How To Incorporate Containers Into Your Daily Duties, was all about how you can use containers to improve your work as a developer. The problem with that is that it necessitates y'all knowing how to set up, configure, and run Docker containers. I…


Day 6 - Cool, but what can you ACTUALLY use containers for?

Category: DevOps || Date: July 28th, 2019

We're going to take a bit of a sidestep this week. I was planning on converting a Docker-Compose project into a Kubernetes one, but I had a small project pop up this week. That project involved me setting up a container to mimic a production environment so I could test my script…


Day 5 - The One Where It Turns Out I Misunderstood Kubernetes

Category: DevOps || Date: July 19th, 2019

I just finished Nigel Poulton's The Kubernetes Book. I highly recommend it, even though it pointed out some pretty big misconceptions I had about how some important K8s components work. It's a great surface level intro to the world of Kubernetes and how it can help build projects…


Day 4 - Scripting Docker Commands With Spinup.sh

Category: DevOps || Date: July 5th, 2019

In Day 3, I included a blurb from my DevOps-y friends about the natural progression of abstractions on top of containers: You usually start with docker run CLI commands and graduate to tools with more layers of abstraction as you need them. Docker-compose comes next, followed by…


Day 3 - Fun With Flags

Category: DevOps || Date: July 4th, 2019

First off, some housekeeping. I can already tell that coming up with a daily post is going to be harder than my buddy Alex had with his SVG work. He had one animation to complete every day. I'm spending all month working towards one larger goal. However, I'll do my best to share…


Day 2 - What's the plan?

Category: DevOps || Date: July 2nd, 2019

In the spirit of learning in public, I wanted to share why I picked Kubernetes as the topic of my deep dive, what my defined goals are for the end of the month, and what my learning plan looks like in order to get me over the finish line. As short as a month can feel, this is a…


Day 1 - Learning DevOps In Public

Category: DevOps || Date: July 1st, 2019

Hi, my name is Henry Quinn and in July I'll be "learning in public." Last month, my buddy Alex Trost started a learn in public month after reading this post by Shawn Wang. In 30 short days he really upped his game with SVG animations (enough where he was asked to create an…


Deepfakes PSA

Category: PSA || Date: June 18th, 2018

Looks like it's time for another PSA, y'all. Buckle in. Unless you've been living under a rock since the 2012 U.S. presidential election cycle, you know that "fake news" has been running rampant. We're in a real life age of Nineteen Eighty-Four-esque doublespeak fueled by literal…


Facebook VPN PSA

Category: PSA || Date: February 14th, 2018

PSA: Don't download Facebook's VPN. They're going to start pushing it soon. Explanation below. So, some of you might (will) start seeing a setting in your mobile Facebook app called "Protect." Hitting it will take you to the app store and prompt you to download an app called…


Moment of Truth

Category: Career || Date: August 25th, 2016

I don't update everyone on what I'm up to very often, and if that upsets or worries anyone, I'm sorry. Those who are close to me know I value face to face interaction more than whatever meme posts or video snippets end up on Facebook, but I've had a lot happening recently. I…


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Category: Check-in || Date: March 23rd, 2016

I haven't been updating this nearly as much as I should have been. Truth be told I've been ignoring some of my yearly goals. Guitar has all but fallen to the wayside, and I'm honestly okay with that. It's one of those things I'd love to be good at, but really don't want to put…


From Barely Functional PHP To Conference Worthy Web Apps In Under Two Years

Category: Career || Date: March 23rd, 2016

I've only been in the web development game for a little under two years, but I'm building applications for a federal agency that are getting me invited to speak at conferences. It took me a while to figure out how to get to that point, and I didn't have anyone available to give…


NART 2013 | Planning

Category: Travel || Date: December 9th, 2015

Trust your gut, but do what makes for a better story. None of this was even an idea yet. All I knew is that I was tired of being told by my supervisors in all too many ways that my behavior as a resident advisor had been disappointing. Had they hired me to watch a small dorm full…


Parabolic Trauma

Category: Creative || Date: November 30th, 2015

As promised, a group writing exercise from college. We got into groups, and were to write a section of a story (no real parameters for the assignment) and then pass it off to the next guy without explanation. I broke this into chunks to make it easier to read online. I'm HQ. I…


IPFS - The Decentralized Web Is Finally Here

Category: Decentralized Web || Date: January 27th, 2000

It's the spring of 2011. I've already been accepted to college. Senioritis is setting in and 3OH!3 is blaring on my headphones as I sit at my desk at 2 AM on a school night... Homework long since done, I'm staring at the screen of the heavily used 17" Gateway laptop I managed to…



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