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I recently searched for a new job using a combination of and a local recruitment firm to approach potential employers. I ultimately accepted an offer I’m really excited about through’s platform, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about what it was like to use as a candidate.

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Just use black

I don’t know if this is the true start of the trend, but sometime around 2012 I began to notice more and more websites reducing the contrast of their text. Big, popular frameworks like Bootstrap started shipping with text that was charcoal (#333) instead of true black (#000), and there was even a popular blog post called Design Tip: Never Use Black that spread the idea farther. I was hoping this was a passing fad, but it seems to have stuck around.

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npm 5.7.0 overwrites critical Linux file permissions (!!!)

This is an important Public Service Announcement about an extremely hilarious problem with npm. But the bottom line is that you should NOT use npm v5.7.0 and probably shouldn’t use npm at all at this point.

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