Alan Bush's Blog

Mustachioed Cloud Technology Mentor by day; Daddy, Husband and Improvisor by night.

Batting Practice with Marshall

Over the weekend my almost 5 year old son and I had a guys day. We had flapjacks for breakfast, went to the coffee shop, and ate at our favorite restaurant, and read some books together. But our favorite part of the day was hitting up the batting cages for to hit some balls. Marshall has always loved baseball. He gets home from school, and asks to go right outside and start playing.

24 Mar 2015

Unbreaking Email - 6 weeks later

The last thing I did at work last year was to delete all of the mail from my inbox. Don’t worry, I took a backup, first, but I wanted to try something new with email. The day before, I read a wonderful blog post by my colleague Cody Bunch on how he planned to “unbreak email in 2015.” by using a simple set of rules. I liked the simplicity, and decided to give his system a try.

15 Feb 2015

The problem with reply all

Here’s the problem with email: You can’t opt in and you can’t opt out. Once someone decides that you need to be included in an email conversation, you’re in until someone else (lots of someones, usually) decide to remove you from the thread. Until then, you’re stuck getting every single reply, even those that provide absolutely no benefit to anyone - “+Bob from accounting;” “Let me get back to you on that;” “Congrats!” One email convention is responsible for all of this - “reply all.” reply all certainly makes sense for a variety of scenarios - all of which involve the sender being aware of the vital recipients of the email.

4 Feb 2015

WordPress Hangout

I really enjoyed hosting yesterday’s WordPress themed Office Hours Hangout. We had some great guests and a great discussion. I’m looking forward to hearing everyone speak this weekend at WordCamp San Antonio. If you’re there, look me up! Hosts Alan Bush - @AlanBush Drew Cox - @DrewCoxSA Guests Steven Villarreal - CloudU Learning Strategist Garrett Heath - @pinojo - Rackspace Social Media Marketer Anthony Burchell - @TheWPressGuy Table of Contents

23 Jan 2015

Did this work?

Ok, so I just blog to Hugo, and I’ve deployed it with drone.io. If you’re reading this, it worked.

2 Jan 2015

about

I help connect people with the information they need to make awesome things in the cloud. I enjoy creating new teams. I’m currently building the Technical Community Manager team at Rackspace. I also was a founding member & architect of Rackspace’s Cloud Launch Team. During my time on the Launch Team, I helped more than 100 new cloud consumers get started with cloud hosting, developed a weekly live video show - Office Hours Hangouts, was one of the first 175 Rackers to become certified “Cloud Savvy,” and was awarded the Fanatical Jacket, Rackspace’s highest honor for outstanding customer support.

31 Dec 2014