My name is Daniel Kao.

Software Developer at The New York Times, Blogger, Drummer, Global Wanderer, and Lifelong Autodidact.

March 2017

Scaling and Securing WordPress

WordPress is used by 27% of all the websites on the internet. Despite this, WordPress has some security considerations and does not scale well out of the box.

November 2016

Identity Politics is a Disservice to Identity

There’s no doubt that the events of 2016 have once again exposed the deep differences that make us uniquely American. Looking back through the historical events that have made the United States the country it is today, I can’t help but wonder when we will learn from our mistakes.

November 2016

Food, Politics, and Life in South America

From the snow covered Andes in Chile to the rich biodiversity in the Amazon, South America is home to 422 million people; all of whom have unbelievably rich stories, customs, and cuisines.

October 2016

Attention is the Currency of Media

As the Internet plays a larger role in the way that people consume media, media outlets are being dragged along for the ride, forced to adapt to the new rules or fade into obsoleteness.

July 2016

The Promise of Education Technology

Around this time last year, I was chatting with one of my friends about the recent trend of college hackathons and he blurted, “wouldn’t it be awesome to have a hackathon at the white house?” We talked about it a bit before getting back to our homework.

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