GitHub provides alerts for vulnerabilities in your code

Last Updated on November 23, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

GitHub will provide an alert if it finds vulnerabilities in your repository. 

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The importance of keeping Rails updated

Last Updated on November 20, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

During my interviews in my recent job search, I’ve seen an alarming number of companies running on Rails 3.x and 4.x. Unless serious work arounds have been applied, these versions have multiple vulnerabilities. 

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Upgrading to Rails 5.2 succeeded

Last Updated on November 18, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Updating to Rails 5.2 has a couple of ‘gotchas’. 

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InPixio Photo Eraser

Last Updated on November 12, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

InPixio Photo Eraser solved a common problem for me. I have a couple of location blogs. I often need to take photos where unwanted  people or objects are in the photos (Like my inlaws.. ooops, just kidding).   I was editing unwanted objects out with GIMP (An open source Photoshop work alike). I saw some ads for the InPixio product and decided to give it a shot. It turned out to be a great investment. 

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Using Cloudflare with Westhost WordPress sites

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Upgrading Ruby on Rails to Rails 5.2 created a train wreck

Last Updated on November 12, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I have a Ruby on Rails site that I use as an online portfolio. GitHub released a warning that there were vulnerabilities in Rails and associated gems. I started incrementally upgrading Rails. However, when I tried to push the Rails 5.2 update to production, the site crashed. Here is how I recovered

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Using ‘rake stats’ and ‘rake about’ to get some basic information about a Ruby on Rails application.

Last Updated on November 3, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

The simple command, rake stats will show you how the lines of code are distributed in your Ruby on Rails application. ‘rake about’ will show you the ruby and rails versions, the database engine and some other helpful information.

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Your toilet and faucets could be spying on you.

Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Sept 2019 – Pretty soon you won’t even be able to trust your toaster.   Voice activated toilets and faucets could be used to spy on your conversations and water usage. 

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Do you want a free alternative to Photoshop?

Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Adobe Photoshop will set you back at least 9.99/month. Other plans will cost from $10 to about $80/month. Fortunately there is an open source image manipulation program that is free.

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Installing and using Rubocop in a Ruby on Rails App

Last Updated on October 21, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Rubocop is a code linter for Ruby on Rails. When installed, configured and used properly it ensures that code is formatted properly and will identify some security issues.  This post will cover installation and fixing basic auto-correctable errors. 

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