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http://www.colum.edu/ is one of my favorites right now.
It depends on your priorities. If you want to lower your merchant fees, then you need to move to one of the traditional players (eg. Authorize.net). Square just announced online payment support. It's the same cost as Stripe, but you can take advantage of their POS offerings.
I have a client that asks me every few months about moving away from Stripe. It's been three years, and we haven't found a better solution yet that will give us the same value and features for the cost. Most traditional merchants make it extremely hard to save credit cards on a user's account or deal with PCI compliance. Stripe makes that possible in an easy, well-documented way.
Brackets.io. I used to use Coda a lot, and while it's still useful for sites that need to be edited directly, I find it lagging behind on some of the features I need.
It's always saddened me a little to hear so much hate for the hamburger menu icon. While it certainly isn't perfect, it was the closest we had to a standard convention. Part of the problem is that there are now several other imperfect conventions (Google's three dots, Apple's two line menu, tabs with a 'more' tab). The three line icon, especially combined with the word 'menu' is a great solution to specific real-world needs. Over time, if pushed as a standard by the design community, it could gain wide acceptance and recognition.
On your personal portfolio? Perfectly fine. If you were starting a small studio or branding yourself as a 'studio', then no, not ok.
I think many designers and devs look in the channels you mentioned if they're actively seeking a position. The problem is, good people are usually already have a job or busy with freelance. Putting a post up for a month seems to catch low quality candidates who apply everywhere, and only a few quality candidates that might happen to be in a transition during that period.
Some things are worth disabling your adblocker for. This isn't one of them...
I heard a lot of good things about A Small Orange too, but I've got a client using their business cloud and it's been plagued by bad uptime in the last year.
Although you don't specify, I'm assuming you're looking for shared hosting where you can do general php/mysql hosting. I recently moved all my sites to MediaTemple Grid hosting. I strongly dislike CPanel, so my search was slightly narrowed because I wanted to find a host that used a custom (yet powerful) control panel. I had sites with 1and1 shared hosting for a long time (slow, bad support, but at least they had good uptime and were cheap). I switched to ApisNetworks for a while - great control panel and pretty fast servers, but the uptime was a problem and their storage was a little too limiting. I tried a few other hosts like Site5 and Bluehost, but found MediaTemple Grid and have been happy so far. Note, I tried MediaTemple shared hosting about 8 years ago and wasn't impressed, but they've improved a lot over the years.
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