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How I Work: Mastering Email & Your Time

If you need me immediately, do not email me. Call me.

First, try the office. Then, my cell phone. If you do not have my cell phone, send me a message on Google Hangout, or ask someone at the office for it. Leave me voicemail.

In an attempt to reduce distractions, I am only checking emails twice a day. If you have any interest as to why, please continue reading.


Magento Cron on Media Temple Grid (GS) Server

I ran in to a challenging situation the other day.

I recently helped fast-lane an ecommerce site for a small book store, and the traffic has been booming. Where I expected a few dozen orders out-of-the-gate, and to slowly correct any issues, it blew everyone’s expectations away, taking in hundreds of orders the first week. They’ve seen over 2k orders (that’s individual orders, not dollars) in less than a month. Awesome for the bookshop! Not so awesome for the over-whelmed dev :x

Initially, Paypal was the only payment gateway, and Paypal sends confirmation emails when orders are placed.

No news is good news, right? Wrong.

We integrated another payment gateway, only to realize Magento wasn’t automatically sending out order confirmation emails… All of the prior order confirmation emails had been sent by Paypal. And Magento hadn’t sent squat! Ruh-roh.



Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge

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Every Action Has Impact

If two ships set sail on an identical course, and one shifts it’s course by a mere 1%, the distance between the two will increase over time as they continue on their own respective paths.

Likewise, each action you take (or don’t) shifts your personal axis that much more in that direction.

Take control of your thoughts. Respond, do not react. Be the person you want to be, one conscious action at a time.