Jeff Strickler

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Where do I put my App?

Amazon Web Services is a popular choice for technology infrastructure. With many free features available, especially in the first twelve months of establishing an account, it’s a tempting solution for early-stage ventures. Amazon is the established leader in cloud computing. Their services are excellent and cover a range of needs, from deployment to notifications. But […]

Product Management is Not Optional

Would you ask your lawyer for advice on customer segmentation? Would you ask your doctor how to price your product? Is your marketing team there to tell you whether to pick python for your next app? Then why are you asking your software developers to define your product, if they don’t represent your target customer […]

Call Me Maybe

I don’t want to join your Google Hangout. I don’t want to answer your Slack /call. I don’t want to accept your Skype meeting invite. I don’t want to be part of your Workspace By Facebook. I don’t want to install Zoom, or GotoMeeting, or WebEx, or, or Highfive, or LyteSpark, or BlueJeans, or […]

Developer Productivity

Before even leaving her bed, she reaches for her phone to review a dozen emails. On the bus on the way to the office, her phone rings with her boss asking for information he needs for a meeting later in the morning. Once at the office, her office mate, new to the company, catches her […]

Do I need Docker?

Docker ( is a container technology that has gained significant adoption and used frequently as a synonym for containers, DevOps, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. I assert that for the majority of environments, it adds an unneeded layer of complexity. Let’s use the same criteria Docker uses to describe their benefits. Cost Savings Startups in […]

Palouse Falls

Palouse Falls is the state waterfall of Washington state and an impressive site. Worth a visit if you are in the area. There are a number of these signs and it’s highly recommended you observe the warning. Palouse Falls is about a 90 minute drive from Spokane, Walla Walla, Pullman, and the Trip-Cities.

Minam Lodge

The new Minam Lodge ( opened this summer. Options for getting there include flights into its private grass airstrip, horseback, or an eight mile hike. The trip in on foot is a descent of more than 3000 feet. Definitely worth a visit. Barn is being renovated into an event space. Much of the menu is […]

Chimney Lake

A 5.2 mile hike from the Bowman Trailhead. Steady 4% grade. Good huckleberry patches around 6100 feet. Multiple established campsites along the way. Crossing Bowman creek. Depending on the time of year, this can be knee-deep. Great views toward the Hurricane Divide. Laverty Lakes.  In some ways it is prettier than Chimney Lake, but the […]

Aneroid Lake

Six miles, rise of 3000 feet. Trail heavily worn by horse traffic, day packers, and trail runners. Nice meadow and campsite opportunities at the 4.6 mile mark. More people than mosquitos so arrive early or miss out on a good campsite at the lake. One of many varieties of moths and butterflies seen on this […]

Legore Lake

Highest lake in the Wallowas at 8957. Trail from the Hurricane Creek trailhead to the cabin is poorly labeled, 6% grade, but clear. From the cabin, trail is straight up the hill, but easier route is to go right toward the creek and then to the boulder field. Trail disappears in the boulders, but proceeds […]