How I get my news, these days

I will readily admit that I got too much of my news from Twitter, before the implosion.  After twitter went away, there was a slight hole in my daily news diet.  I started filling that hole with Inoreader and PressReader.  Inoreader has a $20/yr “supporter” plan and the app syncs your feeds from device to …

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How to autofill an address using mapbox

I have been poking at the Milwaukee County Trasit System (MCTS) APIs over the past few weeks.  A few years ago, I tried to write a bus app using Angular and it just didn’t work out well.  I figured that I would try it again, using what I have learned since then.  The first step …

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How to calculate the sunset and sunrise times in JavaScript

Over the holidays, I created Good Morning, Milwaukee! (a Mastodon bot that posts a “Good Morning” toot every morning).  The problem is that it hasn’t been behaving correctly since shortly after I finished it.  I want to simplify it a bit, so I can make it a little less fragile.  The first component of the …

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I might have been spending a lot of time on Mastodon

In my previous post, I talked about how after Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, I was giving more attention to Mastodon.  Since then, I killed my twitter account, launched my own Mastodon instance, launched three new Mastodon bots (including a new one that goes live this morning), and converted Joe Travels to only post to …

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How to center all of the things in all the other things without CSS Grid or Flexbox

In this week’s blog post, I want to cover how to center divs inside of other divs horitontally, vertically, and both horizontally and vertically.  You can do this with CSS Grid or Flexbox but I want to go over how to do it with standard CSS.

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Hide My Ass VPN sucks for app testing

This past July, I found myself looking for a way to test a web application from behind “the great firewall of China” (aka Golden Shield).  The problem is that I can’t test that something works in China if I’m not in China.  My first thought was to use Nord VPN to connect to a VPN …

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I got a flipper this summer and it is really neat!

Earlier this year while at CypherCon, I saw people using the Flipper Zero and immediately thought “Wow, that’s neat!”.  Unfortunately, I missed their kickstarter and at the time I didn’t know when it would be available.  On June 8th, they put out something on Twitter saying that they had a limited number of units available …

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