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You may have been redirected here from my old website. Don’t be alarmed, I just decided to rebrand myself with a new domain with the same theme.Continue Reading →

How I got over having impostor syndrome

“Is this who I really am? Who am I, really?” — these are questions I asked myself early on in my career as a web developer. Maybe it was because I found myself in situations that seemed too good to be true, and felt like I didn’t deserve it.Continue Reading →

Top 11 must-have best cat products

As a cat owner, these are supplies I can’t live without, for quality of life purposes for both myself and my cat. Whether you have a new kitten and you’re not sure what to get, or you have an old furball that needs an extra toy, this is the essential list of cat accessories for your pet.  There’s a plethora of practical, aesthetically pleasing and cat-friendly products out there and I’ve put this together from my most used items for Ysera from the past year.Continue Reading →

How I got into the gaming industry

This is a personal journey of how I got into the gaming world.  Instead of just going through my employment history, I’ll share a bit about what lead up to how I landed a job at Twitch, and some tips if you’re looking to get a job in gaming or any other industry.Continue Reading →

3 Uncommon SEO Tips To Optimize Your Blog

So you have your website set up and started blogging.  What else can you do to improve your posts?  You should optimize your blog for search engines like Google — afterall, the majority of your traffic will come from organic search.  After you’ve implemented the basics of SEO for search engine rankings, you can use these tips to further optimize your articles.Continue Reading →

3 Easy Ways to Make Gold Near the End of Legion

Battle for Azeroth is just around the corner and if you’re looking to cash in on your soon-to-be-outdated mats, here are some of my top tips on how to get easy gold in World of Warcraft in Patch 7.3.5.Continue Reading →

Did you know you can get personalized gifts from Amazon?

If you’ve been mulling over what to get your bridesmaids, maid of honor, or even another bride, I have the perfect gift you can give them. I’d like to think of these less as “cheap personalized gift ideas for her” but more as “the highest quality personalized gifts for the best value”!Continue Reading →

How to get the best results for your DIY gold foil stationery [RESOLVED]

I planned to purchase foil-pressed stationery from a website, but after realizing it would cost me upwards of $1000, I decided to seek out alternatives.  I experimented for hours, scoured the web, and watched tens of YouTube videos for tips on how to get great results with making gold foil stationery at home, and came up with these results. Hope my findings will save someone else some time and money!Continue Reading →

An alternative to Selenium IDE for automated UI testing

I haven’t been in QA for the last couple of years but I recently wanted to automate some UI testing that I’ve been doing manually.  When I found out that Selenium IDE no longer supports the latest version of Firefox, I went to look for similar tools and although Ghost Inspector is my favorite, I ended up using a tool called SnapTest for this particular project I was working on.  Here are my thoughts on both of these tools, and why you should use them.Continue Reading →

Guest Lecture Series Part II: Web Design Before the Smartphone Era

This is Part II in a series where I’ve decided to break out a presentation over the course of several posts. I originally presented the consolidated version of this to a group of Web Design students as a guest lecturer at Philadelphia University in March 2015. These are some of the points I made during those 2 hours, based upon my experience over the last 15 years.

In this post, I’ll review the first experience I had with my company’s website redesign and my proud moments of applying a designer’s comps to pixel-perfection… back in the day before we thought about front-end performance, dynamic data “breaking” fix-width containers, SEO, accessibility, and before smartphones and tablets!Continue Reading →

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