Hello, and welcome to the fifteenth issue of Equilibrium.
In the last couple of months, I'm in the process of closing down some old servers that I am running for years, in favour of moving to others set up to current standards (latest PHP version, etc). During that migration process, I decided to shut down a few of my old projects. That wasn't an easy decision, but it was the right one.
Speaking of that, I'll share a quite relevant part of an article I wrote at the beginning of 2014. It was written during the time I decided to drop some of my domain names.
Why did I do that? Because sometimes you have to let things go.
To let some of my undeveloped domains expire, I had to convince myself of the following:
To be honest, dropping the undeveloped domains was not that bad. The hard part was to admit that some already developed domains containing projects I spent from hours to months building them, weren't even worth the renewal fee.
It’s not because they didn’t generate any income; I am not really bothered about that since the projects I’m most proud of are completely free to the public. It’s because I’m actually feeling embarrassed for them for multiple reasons. So embarrassed that I don’t list them anywhere and I rent a cheap shared hosting account separate from my other servers with the only purpose to host those "zombie" projects.
Enough is enough, they should been gone years ago, and -most of them- finally are.
And I’m feeling good. :)
As always, enjoy the issue!
.blogs (interesting reads from around the web)
Dear Google Mail Team — plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds, 2015
Recently, I've noticed that Gmail marks as spam several emails which are not, and leaves emails which are clearly spammy to reach my mailbox. Linus Torvalds noticed the same, in a greater scale, and wrote about it.
Launching a product, in just 3652 days — benediktdeicke.com, 2015
You have to admire his perseverance!
Your cyberpunk games are dangerous
.podcasts (sometimes is better to listen)
The Consulting Pipeline Podcast — consultingpipelinepodcast.com
The Consulting Pipeline Podcast, is hosted by Philip Morgan and is focused on building your consulting pipeline through positioning, education-based content marketing, and marketing automation.
.newsletters (food for your email)
PHP Weekly — phpweekly.com
As the name indicates, PHP Weekly includes articles, news, podcasts, and tools related to PHP.
.tools (of the trade)
MP3 Splitter — mp3-joiner.net
Although more rarely these days, I still find myself in need to either split or merge MP3 files. MP3 Splitter is a free tool for Windows that does that job very well.
.videos (for education or entertainment)
The User is Drunk — youtube.com, 2013
"An entertaining reminder about good UI."
.non-profits (for a good cause)
The Smile of the Child — hamogelo.gr
The Smile of the Child is a Greek voluntary organisation for children. The Organisation’s main concern is defending children's rights, providing services to children on a 24-hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year-basis, working for their physical, mental, and psychological stability.
Due to the humanitarian crisis that Greece is experiencing at the moment, donations coming from Greece are not enough, therefore the organisation recently launched a worldwide campaign which can be found here.
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