View Post

Pug Template Social Media Mixins

So far this year I’ve put up at least 8 website projects using express.js homepage and the pug project page on Github template. Each time I’ve had to copy and paste, or generate another set of social media metadata mixins to render the appropriate information when sharing a page. Well it seemed a bit silly to rely on copy and …

WEBP Preview in OS X Quicklook

I am hoping that as the web marches forward and new and useful file formats are adopted that OS creators will also adopt native support for them within local desktops. In the last year I’ve seen a rise in the use of Google’s WEBP image format online, but when I try to use the Quicklook feature within OS X that …

A Day Without A Wallet

“Wallet, keys, cell phone” Ever since college this has been the quiet mantra I repeat to myself whenever I leave the house. These three items make up the most critical things I carry with me in order to get through the day. And yet… somehow I managed to forget my wallet in the haste to get to work a back …

View Post

Reluctant Stack Overflow easy points

My involvement on Stack Overflow waxes and wains, but recently I decided that before the end of the year I wanted to earn a few hundred more reputation points. One of the questions I answered was one that was only possible due to my recently having suffered through the same pains that the Dev was unable to surmount. The problem …

View Post

Metal Gear Solid 3 Gaming Advice

Besides being the best Metal Gear game (prior to Phantom Pain was released this year) MGSIII Snake Eater has some practical advice for gamers trying to power through an entire game in one sitting.

Paypal temporary outage

It doesn’t happen often, but I see holding pages and site down messages as I’m awake in the wee hours of the morning working on projects that may never see the light of day. Literally. In this case for a few moments I caught the Paypal website possibly in the middle of an upgrade. There is not much to be …

View Post

GIT Remote ASCII Art from VisualStudio.com

It’s always the little flourishes in life that bring a smile to my face. Today was the first time I checked out code from my iMac from a VisualStudio.com repository via the command line and to my surprise the team there took the initiative to place some fun ASCII art in the server response: remote: remote: fTfs remote: fSSSSSSSs remote: …

View Post

Splash Screen: IFTTT

Since getting more into developing Apps the splash screen is something that I have always enjoyed creating as it is an opportunity to do something for the sake of cool that doesn’t have to integrate with a service or to be anything other than what it is. They are just plain fun. I think I would like to showcase some …

BASH Script to download modern.ie Virtual Machines

Developing for the web means having to keep my testing environments up to date to test in all the most popular web browser and platforms around. When I’m on my Retina iMac I don’t want to always boot up my Windows machines so, like almost everyone else, I utilize virtual machines (VMs). In order to make this go more swiftly …

View Post

Playing with the new Goolge Translate App for Android

A little while ago Google released an update to Google Translate that greatly improved is ability to recognize and translate text within images, and to overlay the translated version of the text into the image in near real-time. This is certainly something worth playing with to see how well it holds up to real world usage. Surprisingly I encounter a …