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Leah Culver
San Francisco, CA
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It's that time again... blah. Here's a quick update on last year's resolutions: Writing a post a month for The Pastry Box Project - done! I was late on quite a few posts (eek! sorry.) but I managed to get all 12 done. You can read them all here. Fixing up my open source projects - nope. Sadly, I didn't do very much open source work this year :( Running 1000 miles this year and 100 miles a month - done! I also hired a running coach (Angela Tieri) and ran my first marathon in Honolulu (Dec 8), both of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Leah Culver's Blog
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Happy Valentine's Day! Super cute, right? It's not a totally original idea (here's a bike route one) but it was really fun to make. I've been running a lot lately and using the Nike+ Running iPhone app to track and map my runs. I've also been posting some of my longer or more interesting runs on Path. Here's how I planned the route - It was really easy to sketch out the map. I just took a screenshot of downtown San Francisco in Google maps and drew right on top of the image using Acorn. Then I used Runningmap.com to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Leah Culver's Blog
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I have a confession. I really like Snapchat. To write it off as just a sexting app is to underestimate the power of its simplicity. I've been sending snaps to friends for a couple weeks and there's something very liberating about taking a quick photo. It can be a crappy photo. It can be silly. I don't need to spend 15 minutes setting up the perfect shot or scrolling though filter options. Snapchat is just a simple way to communicate with someone else. On the communication spectrum from lightest (texting?) to heaviest (email?) it's probably even lighter than texting. Crazy.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Leah Culver's Blog
I have a few resolutions for 2013: I'll be writing for the Pastry Box Project once a month all year long. The Pastry Box Project selects a group of 30 people who are influential in their field and has them each write one post a month for a full year. Here's my first post from today, Thursday 10 January. You should really follow the whole blog - there's some really great posts! My second goal is to fix up my open source projects. I'm pretty good at occasionally releasing code as open source but I'd like to be better at... Continue reading
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Feb 6, 2012
I'd love to try logging in with Google, especially for corporate customers who have Google Apps.
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I think it's tricky and depends on what the user might want to do. I think it would be great to have a way for users to try out Grove without signing up first and we might add this at some point. Perhaps testing is the best way to figure out what people really want to do when they sign up.
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Angel - The "Update your user profile" permission is required in order to fetch your email address (if your email address is private). We don't use it for anything else. Right now there aren't many sites that use GitHub for logging in. I'm hoping that in the future GitHub will update their permissions to better fit this use case.
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For my latest product, Grove, I wanted to allow users to quickly log in or sign up with an existing account, such as Twitter or Facebook. A while back I collected some data to determine how many people were using Facebook, Twitter, and OpenID to log in to TypePad. It was fairly obvious to me that people liked logging in using existing accounts. My new product, Grove, provides hosted IRC servers for teams. Since IRC appeals mainly to developers, I thought it would be great to allow people to sign up and login with GitHub. So our team created both... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Leah Culver's Blog
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Good suggestion! I don't live anywhere near one of the UPS Stores in San Francisco, but I could get a PO Box at a local store... I'll look into this. Thanks!!
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Dropcam looks really cool. I don't have a puppy or a house though... really nothing interesting to watch :(
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For my personal files, Dropbox is a really nice offsite backup. For work (Grove.io) we have a backup database on Rackspace and daily offsite backups on Amazon S3.
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I forgot to mention that I use 1Password for password management. Erg. Happy New Year to you too!
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It's pretty cheap and depends on the time window for delivery. For a one-hour window it's $5 - $10 but if you go for the 3 or 4 hour window you can sometimes get a $3 - $6 discount on your order!
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Thanks Jack! Grove.io is more of a business service... I didn't talk about what I use for work otherwise I would have also mentioned GitHub, Mailgun, Stripe, TellFi, Amazon Web Services etc...
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On the last possible day to write about my 2011 New Year's resolution, here it is: Live in the cloud. The term "cloud" has most often been used in the context of enterprise computing, but there are lots of cloud services for your personal life as well. In 2011 I attempted to get rid of as many physical things as I could. I took some risks and purposefully sought out new services I could use to further my cloud lifestyle. Here's a rundown of all the cloud services I used to replace all the "stuff" in my life. Media I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Leah Culver's Blog
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I thought I listed them in the order they were posted... updating.
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I've got a new company and a new product, Convore. Convore is the somewhat indirect result of my thinking on group chat for the past few years. About two years ago I was using IRC almost every day to communicate at work and with friends. For the 2009 Django Dash, I helped design and build a web-based IRC client called Leafy Chat with Alex Gaynor and Chris Wanstrath. Soon after building the IRC-based Leafy Chat, it started to bother me that IRC was so complicated and nerdy. Even with the Leafy Chat web client, I kept mulling over how much... Continue reading
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With the success of Heroku, both in terms of the recent sale and the fact it’s awesome, it was always just a matter of time before other languages and frameworks got into the platform as a service game. Here’s all the one’s I know about so far, many of them in or entering beta testing at the moment. Any others I’m missing? Python ep.io Django Zoom Djangy Google Appengine PHP PHPFog CloudControl .NET AppHarbor biasLogic Java CloudBees via the purchase of Stax Node.js NodeJSCloud Joyent SmartMachine via morethanseven.net Continue reading
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