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Really, I haven't posted in 9 years? Much has changed since 2011; mobile, cloud, and social are all really huge, and I've definitely had a large focus toward these. I hope to write shortly about things I've learned and wish to share in the coming weeks and months, and hopefully do better at maintaining this site a little better than before.


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