I spent years writing Laravel code at UWM but you might have noticed that I almost never wrote anything on this blog about it. I am hoping to address that here and now. If you don’t already know, Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web framework, intended for the development of web applications following the model–view–controller architectural pattern. Continue reading Learning Laravel: Composer and The Laravel Installer
Over the past few years, I have written an annual “prefered tools for coding” post. This time around, I wanted to focus more on the more basic software end of things. When I set up a mac after getting it, there are some basic applications that I always install right away. Let’s go through the top three. Continue reading The first three apps that I install on my mac.
Firewall configuration isn’t always a very easy thing in linux. I know that I have felt a bit intimidated, in the past. UFW (uncomplicated firewall) is meant to make it much easier. UFW is a configuration tool that runs on top of iptables. In this post, I am hoping to go over how to use it. Continue reading How to use the UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) in linux
I gave up on the concept of over-the-air TV a while ago. I have tried PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV, and Philo. I have also tried services where you have a box with an antenna that is connected to an online service. There were issues with all of those options. I eventually settled on using Youtube TV. The problem with that is the $68.57/mo price. Not everyone can (or wants to) pay that much in order to watch TV.
Recently, I discovered a COMPLETELY FREE (and legal) alternative that is now available in Milwaukee. It is a nonprofit digital TV translator service called Locast. The organization is in 36 markets and is 100% free. There are no DVR or on-demand services with it but they have Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, and Android apps so if all you want is the ability to watch an episode of home improvement as it airs, it is a great option.
Last year, I wrote the post “My preferred tools for coding” and I figured that this was a good time to update that list. A lot of this stuff is also listed on the resources page of my main website. Continue reading My prefered tools for coding (2021 Update)
This is going to be a very quick post. It is more to remind future me than anything. Did you change your password on your gitlab (or github) server? Do you now get “remote: HTTP Basic: Access denied” when you “git push origin”?
If you “git remote show origin”, it will ask for your credentials again. After that, you can “git push origin” your heart out.
For years, I was a prolific user of Inbox by Gmail. When google announced that they planned to retire my beloved email client, I panicked a little. Even a year later, Gmail is a bit of a UI nightmare. After trying a few alternatives, I found Newton.
It was clean, worked on all of my devices, and even resembled Inbox a little. It was perfect in every way except for the fact that it was $50/yr. I have never seen an email client charge an annual fee before. Their argument was that it allows them keep their small dev team fed and roll out new features. I was willing to throw them $50 per year if they were going to actively work on the client. The problem is that they haven’t done that.
I haven’t seen any indication of anything more than bug fixes since Essential bought CloudMagic and made the app available again.
Newton, we are done. I cancelled my subscription and I am giving myself two months to find something else.
Have a suggestion for what I could use? Feel free to drop a comment below. It needs to work on macOS, iPadOS, Android, and ideally Wear OS.
Write laravel for a living? Maybe make sure that you don’t let your web server serve your .env files.
Sample Google search: db_username filetype:env