2015 was a year of ups and downs, but I came out on top. I tried a lot of new things, and survived pretty happy and pretty healthy. Some notable events took place this year - life changing events that I'll probably never forget. Some of them were really incredible,…
Xander Dumaine on experiences
Chrome 47 brought a new change, and one that's caused a lot of confusion and irritation for some WebRTC developers. Despite the warnings and PSAs from the WebRTC team at Google, and the console deprecation warning, some didn't get the message that getUserMedia now requires that the requesting app be…
Today's Holiday Shoutout goes to Lynn Fisher. I don't know Lynn very well, but I met her at &yetConf, and follow her on Twitter. I'm constantly impressed by her passion and inspiration. Lynn does some really great things across all kinds of passions. She inspires people to be good…
My little sister Taylor (who is actually taller than me) is pretty much an inspiration. She's incredibly smart, really passionate about really great things, and also happens to keep herself healthy through sports and nutrition. One of my favorite things in the world is talking to my Grandpa about difficult…
Today's holiday shoutout/thanks goes to Michael Haren. Michael believed in me at the very beginning of my career, and (as far as I know) pretty much every point after that. He was a really great co worker and mentor, as well as a friend. He taught me a lot…
Single Page Applications are awesome. One downside is that static SPAs often have to authenticate with some service or API in order to coordinate some communication, access some data, or connect to other users, and that connection has an inherent security risk: How do you connect to a secure service…
Paying down debt is hard. I don't want to go into all the details about how and why to pay down debt because other people have already done that better than I could. I just want to throw out the method I've been using since I first acquired debt, before…
Xander Dumaine on finances
It's been taking me a while to put into words the emotions - gratitude, awe, meaning, and more - that I experienced before and during AIDS/LifeCycle this year. I'm going to stand on the shoulders of giants who are much more articulate than I to help. One of the…
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A few months ago, Philipp Hancke from &yet posted Improved Screensharing UX on Talky which specifically addresses the UX for first-time users. The problem being addressed is threefold: In Chrome, desktop capture for screen sharing is enabled via the desktopCapture Chrome extension API, so when first-time users try to…
Xander Dumaine on software, webrtc
Forgetting the people, the humanity, and the real life is a harsh reality of our society. I'm not sure if it's getting better or worse as technology evolves, but it certainly isn't gone. It's easy to forget that the mechanic who just changed our oil might have a daughter at…
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I'm of the (unpopular) opinion that being excited about the framework or platform you're using as the focal point of the work you're doing, you're focused on the wrong thing. People are going nuts about Ember and React, .NET coming to Mac, Rails or Django. All of these are just…
Xander Dumaine on software