Damian Sowers

Silvrback has been acquired

New leadership for the ol' gorilla

I'm excited to announce that Silvrback has been acquired. More importantly, the platform won't be shut down and this acquisition will ensure that many more blog posts will be published in the years to come.


I built Silvrback two years ago because there weren't any blogging platforms out there that met my needs. I . . .

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Posted in: silvrback

August 12, 2015

Some basic css/js tweaks for your app

A few adjustments to make your site look & feel better

Here are a few tricks you can use to make a more modern UI for your web app. I tend to use these settings for every new project. Enjoy!

Flash Messages

Most application flash messages are short, such as "successfully saved" or "there was an error." These messages shouldn't stick around on the page and take up space. . . .

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Posted in: code

April 10, 2014

Welcome to the New Silvrback Platform

Lean, Beautiful and Distraction-Free Blogging

I'm proud to announce the release of Silvrback 2.0! There are numerous changes to the whole platform. I'd like to thank all of the existing Silvrback users out there who have been giving me valuable feedback.

Let me show you what's new with 2.0.

UI schemes

The choice between two major UI schemes: Alpha Gorilla and Classic . . .

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March 27, 2014

Start with the User Interface

Your feature set will emerge more naturally

Most apps are riddled with buttons. They've been infected with button plague, the worst of all app diseases because they are noticeably sick to everyone.

The problem is most developers work from the back-end to the front-end. We will spend countless hours building features, and when the time comes to unleash these new features, we need . . .

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Posted in: code

December 21, 2013

What Russian trappers and startup founders have in common

I recently watched "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga" on Netflix and saw a lot of similarities between the resolute lifestyle of these Taiga trappers and startup founders. (highly recommend the movie)

These Russian trappers are completely self reliant, living off age-old trapping methods passed down from previous generations. This . . .

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December 19, 2013

Introducing Synchronous Preview

The Silvrback writing experience is now even better

I've never liked the way live-previews are implemented with Markdown editors.

The preview usually divides the writing space, which is an unacceptable compromise, in my mind.

In addition, the human brain is piss poor at multitasking (especially my brain). Our attention is constantly divided when there is something changing on the same . . .

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December 14, 2013

Thank you for your hard work

otsukaresama desu

There are a few common ways of saying thank you in Japan. One of these expressions means "Thank you for your hard work." Or, in Japanese: "otsukaresama desu."


We have no short, equivalent way of saying the same thing in English.

Our culture either doesn't respect hard work as much, or we respect the type of . . .

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November 06, 2013


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