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Hi! I’m Devin and I work at Mozilla. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

WordCamp Denver 2009 organizer recap

The following is a behind-the-scenes look at WordCamp Denver, a local WordPress-oriented conference, that Crowd Favorite (my employer) volunteered to organize for the Denver/Boulder community. From my perspective as the primary organizer (and not necessarily that of Crowd Favorite), a few lessons worth sharing with anyone organizing an event for nerds:

The Kindle looks amazing

I had the privledge of touching a Kindle 2 at SXSW when Alex and I bumped into Brian. I learned one thing quickly: Kindle owners quickly turn into Kindle enthusiasts and evangelists.

Things I learned at SXSWi 2009

Just a few of the important lessons I’ve learned here in Austin.

WordCamp Denver 2009

There will be a few weeks of little things here and there, but, yes, it’s over. The first WordPress conference in Denver has come and gone and I survived. Thanks to Alex and Rachel for their help running the conference and doing the legwork I couldn’t get to. A big thanks to the volunteers who showed up early to help out: Mike, Mike, and Kristal. Finally, a big thanks to the speakers who came to speak.

Taxes filed, beware TurboTax

I’m glad to have my taxes done and out of the way. This year (2008) was far simpler than 2006, or 2007. Back in college I had up to seven simultaneous jobs. The paperwork was painful. This year I’m down to two W-2s, my Roth IRA will be maxed out ($5,000 contribution limit, FYI) and life is good. Oh, and since I was such a charitable guy (donations to United Way), Colorado owes me $200. Sweet.

Back from Africa, I don't have malaria

We got back from a long vacation to Kenya for a safari. The trip was December 19th – January 9th. I had an awesome time and I now have 1,800+ pictures to go sort through. Plus another 40-50 minutes of HD video to edit, post online, etc.

Save time with TimeSvr virtual assistants

I’ve always been a big advocate of outsourcing through the use of virtual assistants. In fact, I wrote about personal assistants back in March and had started using a service called GetFriday. I had some mixed experiences (like sending a birthday greeting when it wasn’t someone’s birthday) and decided the cost was no longer justified.

The government's role in the economy

As a follow-up to this week’s previous post about the stock market and automakers, here is Rachel with more on how the economy works.

Stock market misconceptions

I’ve been thinking about the economy a lot lately, as I’m sure many of you have. It amazes me how much opinion we’re told (new sources, friends, etc.) but very little fact behind all the arm waving. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive but I want to make a few misconceptions clear:

Trip to Boston now online

Rachel and I took a quick trip to see friends in Boston, MA a few weeks ago. I’ve finally put the photos online. I love the various web applications out there, here’s how I used three to track my trip: