Kubernetes + Rails (NGINX & Unicorn) on GCE

06 03/06/16

For our web products we have deployed using Chef and OpsWorks in production for a while now. Locally we have been using Vagrant for development. It has worked well for the most part, but we’ve had a few issues with Dev, Staging and Production environments being just enough different to cause issues. We have tried very hard to make sure our Chef scripts setup dev and staging right, but it isn’t perfect. Lately, we have been experimenting with Docker for development instead. We made the switch from Vagrant to Docker knowing we would transition to Docker for our Staging and Production environments soon. This should help...


16 07/16/15

I’ve had the password conversation with so many people: “What is a good password, how many different passwords should I have, how should I store my passwords?” password isn’t a good password, neither is password123. Usually when I answer these questions people tend to respond with “yeah, yeah I get it.” No one wants to jump through the hoops it takes to be secure, it can be costly, time consuming and frustrating. No one wants to do it, until they get hacked. As end users we have to put some amount of trust into the system we are using. We trust...

Is your site mobile-ized for the new mobile-friendly Google search algorithm?

21 04/21/15

Google made some changes A couple months ago, Google warned us they were going to make some changes to the google search algorithm. In reaction to the changing landscape of the web and how it’s consumed, Google is now favoring mobile-friendly sites in their mobile search results (this doesn’t affect desktop search results). We’ve all been there where you’ve tried to search on your smartphone, and the results are nearly impossible to use because the site is still expecting you to view it on a desktop-sized screen. Zoom-in, read, zoom-out, pan, zoom-in, read, repeat. Obnoxious. Today, the new algorithm that...

Classifieds: Boy Band Seeks Heartthrob

21 11/21/14

Earlier this week we had the realization that we’re really just a boy band building web products. Peter is “the shy one”. Bob is “the older brother type”. Joe is “the bad boy”. Christina is “the young one”. We’re looking for “the heartthrob” to join the team. Think that’s you? We’re taking heartthrob applications at Happy Friday everyone! U + Me = Us  

Getting to know Peter Lockhart

17 10/17/14

Who is Peter Lockhart? Peter is one of the co-founders here at Foxio. I have been working with Peter for close to four years now. He is, hands down, one of the best designers I have ever worked with (sorry other guys). I thought it might be fun to share Peter’s thoughts with the world. ~ Joe  What is the most important thing you’ve learned since starting Foxio? The hardest and most important lesson I’ve learned in the 2+ years of running Foxio is how to balance the crazy ebb and flow of multiple start ups congruently. Running a startup is hard in...

Our First Hackathon

10 04/10/14

We have officially participated in our first hackathon! Feed the Hack was put on by Appirio at the Speak Easy in Indianapolis. We have always wanted to do one of these. It just sounded like a fun way to flex the creative muscles and try something new. Ultimately we had a blast and learned a lot. As a team we performed great! We communicated well, worked together well (even during crunch time) and even presented well. As a team we couldn’t get much stronger. Our focus was on using our core strengths to help us in the competition: Rails, Javascript and...

Megacon Games Launched!

13 03/13/14

We’re excited to announce the we have launched a new website for Megacon Games on the same day that they launched their latest Kickstarter for their new game Mercs: Recon.

Welcome Christina to the Team

01 01/01/14

We’re excited to announce that we have a new team. Meet Christina Crosley. She’s coming on board to help whip the rest of us into shape. Bonus: She also brings another dog to the team. So, meet Monster Crosley. He makes for a good meme as well.