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Jamie Lawrence

Jamie Lawrence

I help non-technical founders start their business, build their product, get their first customers, and grow their technical team. I'm a generalist software engineer and I've worked with many different languages over the past 15 years but my current tool of choice is Ruby on Rails. I'm also an enthusiastic photographer and a novice archer

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February 6, 2013 0

Preventing the stupid mistakes, like committing focus:true

I frequently use focus: true in my specs when I’m working in a particular area of the code. I also frequently forget to remove this tag and subsequently commit the spec to Git, resulting in most of the test suite not running. Duh! “Removing focus:true” is my most frequent commit message :-/ The solution is […]

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February 1, 2013 0

How to backup a Linux server with Tarsnap

I picked up a dedicated server just before Christmas from OVH. It’s a nice little ‘Kimsufi’ 4GB Atom server which is more than enough for a couple of WordPress blogs and some personal projects. As it’s a bare-bones dedicated server I really want a decent backup service to make sure I don’t lose 11years of […]

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