Sam Schlinkert

Hi! I’m Sam

I'm an editor and programmer based in New York. I'm currently looking for work! I'm interested in privacy, security, passwords, user education, technical writing, and Rust.

Most recently, I was an editor at CNN Plus, CNN's streaming service. Before that I spent about ten years as a social media editor. I also write code sometimes.

Here are some things I can do.

You can find me on GitHub, Mastodon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. From time to time I write about books, text editors, code, etc.

Code

Here are some of my favorite coding projects from over the years, organized by language. You can browse my coding blog or GitHub profile for more examples.

Rust Command Line Tools and Other Projects

Javascript Games

Ruby and Rails

Python and Flask

Social Media Editing

I was a Social Media Producer at CNN from 2015 to 2021, primarily working with CNN's Facebook account. Our social media team won a Webby and a Murrow Award for our coverage of the 2016 election. I also compiled and analyzed social media analytics and created Slack bots for our teams, using Rust, Ruby and Python. Additionally, I maintained technical documentation for the team, using mdbook.

Before that, I held similar positions at BuzzFeed News and Newsweek & The Daily Beast, where I focused on running both organizations' Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Writing

You can read my most recent, more technical writing on my blog, including guides for enabling two-factor authentication on Mastodon, getting started with Restic, and another for using a password manager. I also wrote an overview of my Vim configuration, and notes on my Linux setup.

While at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, I reported a few articles. Here are some favorites:

More casually, I've written posts on Medium about 10 tech gadgets I've enjoyed using, a call for text-file preferences, and mechanical keyboards. And for something more poetic, check out this dreamy travel diary of a trip to Los Angeles in 2011.

Contact

You can reach me via Direct Message on Mastodon or Twitter or, if you prefer, through more secure methods.