This Week’s New “It Song” For Me: Yellow Claw – Shotgun ft. Rochelle (Original Mix)

Once again – I found a new song I added to my latest favorites playlist: Yellow Claw – Shotgun ft. Rochelle (Original Mix). If you are not familiar with it – check it out. I am always on the hunt for good new music to listen to while working or working out.

Management Tip: The 3 Ds

Running a business can be both rewarding and stressful. Over the years – my biggest stress is that I could (and still can) be the bottleneck with projects which then causes even more stress. Wildly enough – I learned one of the most important lessons that has helped me run a business from PTA training.

“When you get any task/communication from someone else – you need to do one of three things: do it, delegate it, or dump it.”

  1. Do it:This task is important now.
  2. Delegate it: This task can be done by someone else. Let me be more effective doing something else – knowing someone else can take this on.
  3. Dump/Delete it: This task is not important and I am not going to let it sit in my list of things to do/inbox.

By doing one of these three things each time with your tasks – you can easily get through your list of things to do while making you more effective.

Jappler Recommends: RedmineCRM

While recently upgrading Redmine via Bitnami I stumbled upon the coolest set of themes/plugins for Redmine since I started using it back in 2011: RedmineCRM. I instantly moved to using a customized version of their Circle theme and am going to install a few of their plugins to help workflow over the next few days.

If you use Redmine and have not looked at RedmineCRM – take a few minutes and check them out!

Best Taco Seasoning…Ever!

Last year for my birthday – some friends bought me spices from: The Spice House. The seasoning was not like any other I had ever had – but I instantly thought “I want to eat this every day.” I love just about everything hot and spicy, but this taco seasoning – even though it was not hot at all – it was amazing (it is the cinnamon that makes it).

If you are looking for a gift for someone – check out The Spice House and especially the Taco seasoning.

Next up? I am going to try making their pickle recipe.

Install Varnish in Under 5 Minutes With Bitnami

If you have been following my posts for the last month (or talked to me about what I have been up to recently) you will not be surprised I have another post about the ease of use/awesome documentation when using Bitnami.

I still am 100% impressed with the documentation – as each example I have followed has worked flawlessly (not something I can say much…especially after spending an evening trying to fix my PS3 vs. play it a few nights ago).

What is Varnish?

Varnish Cache is a web application accelerator also known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy. You install it in front of any server that speaks HTTP and configure it to cache the contents. Varnish Cache is really, really fast. It typically speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 – 1000x, depending on your architecture.

Source: https://www.varnish-cache.org/about

Where is this amazing 5 minute install documentation?
Bitnami Varnish Installation

Seriously…check it out!

Bitnami Applications: Test Drive Applications

Ever curious how something like Redmine, DreamFactory, or a number of other tools, content management systems, etc looked like/worked? If you did – but did not have the time to download the code, configure your server, etc – Bitnami to the rescue (again!).

Within minutes, you can have a server up and running with everything you need, configured and ready to go with in a few painless steps:

  1. View a list of applications available: https://bitnami.com/stacks
  2. Select an application you want to test drive
  3. Launch a free server instance
  4. Check it out for an hour, and the decide if the application suits your needs.

If the application is what you need – you can easily install it using Bitnami. If it is not what you were looking for – the demo will expire and you can try something else. Either way – it makes test driving applications painless.

Save yourself time and frustration and just check it out already!

New Favorite Pizza Recipe

I love pizza, tomatillos, goat cheese, and bacon. This recipe has all – and it is absolutely fantastic. Looking for an awesome new pizza recipe that you will love?

One bite in and I already had it in my mind this would be the next recipe my friends/family would expect me/want me to have at gatherings.

Thanks Rick Bayless for another great recipe!

Hello Bitnami!

After needing to get Redmine up and running and having nothing but problems with installing gems, I decided to take a look at Bitnami where they advertise “Deploy your favorite apps in the cloud and anywhere else.”

I decided to give that a shot as well as to use Bitnami Cloud Hosting for some of my sites. I had been with my managed host for almost ten years – and after a number of issues (redmine installation being the last straw) – I wanted to try something new. After a few weeks of playing around, testing, and monitoring – I have really come to love everything about Bitnami.

I am easily able to focus on development and fun projects without being bogged down with system level issues. My favorite part? I still have full root server access to my servers to customize my environment if needed. My second favorite part? Monitoring (notifications too) as well as backups are a breeze.