The importance of using Railsdiff.org when updating your Rails version

Last Updated on September 2, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Whenever you update your Rails version, you should always use Railsdiff.org. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Railsdiff will provide a list of ALL of the changes required to your rails code. 

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The great printer shortage of 2020

Last Updated on August 31, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

In addition to all the other insanity 2020 has brought, there is a bit of a printer shortage as well as an ink shortage. 

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Buffer for Social Media postings

Last Updated on August 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I looked at the various alternatives for Social Media Management for WordPress sites. The WordPress plugins were either overly difficult to configure or expensive. Buffer offers a reasonably priced alternative to manage social media posting. 

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Installing Ubuntu via Virtualbox on Windows 10 with Docker running failed

Last Updated on August 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

When trying to update a virtual machine running Ubuntu 18 on a Windows 10 machine I kept running into failures. I thought I’d just go to a fresh install of Ubuntu 20.04 and rebuild my Ruby on Rails development environment. That also failed. I found that the culprit that Docker was running on Windows 10 and there are conflicts between Hyper-V and Virtualbox. 

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Use the Bundle Outdated command to keep your Rails applications secure

Last Updated on August 26, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Using outdated gems in your Ruby on Rails application introduces vulnerabilities to your Rails Applications. There is an easy way to find outdated gems using the Bundle Outdated command.

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“Your computer needs maintenance” scams.

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A client I hadn’t heard from in a while called. He had been web browsing and got a persistent window stating that his machine needed attention. SCAM SCAM SCAM.

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A basic set of WordPress Plugins, mostly free. Updated Aug 2020

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site including critical security features. For any feature that you wish to add, there are usually one or more plugins that will accomplish the task. Plugins are a matter of your needs and personal taste.

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Creepy but useful – Google Places and Timeline

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

We are carrying a spy in our pockets. If you have your location enabled on an android phone, Google Places can show EVERY move you made for the last several years as well as most of the places you’ve visited.

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Goodbye Google Plus

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

The folks at Google have pulled the plug on Google Plus.

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Nicepage WordPress template generator – review

Last Updated on August 24, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I had been using Artisteer for years. Development pretty much ended around 2015. The WordPress 5.5 update caused issues that required some major changes to the template. That was impossible with Artisteer. After some research, I switched to Nicepage. 

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