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Professional Development

Job searching is stressful — some tips to make it less so

Job searching is stressful. Job searching while unemployed is even more stressful. Job searching while unemployed and dealing with bouts of depression is most stressful. But it can be easier, can be less daunting of an experience. I’m hoping what I’ve used over the years can help you get through the grind of looking for gainful employment. Be prepared to approach the job search like a typical workday. Updating your résumé and profile for every …

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Software WordPress

Local by Flywheel hangs on “Checking System…” (macOS)

Local by Flywheel was running without a hitch for the 30 minutes after i initially installed it, setup a local site, and tried out various settings. I was working on a new post regarding local WordPress development using the app. It’s part of a series i’m writing on local development environments and workflows. While documenting the steps and time it takes to close and restart Local with a site running, i ran into an issue with …

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Security

Why you should set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). And how to do so.

Privacy and identity theft are a popular tandem these days. We increasingly erode our privacy with every new site or app sign-up — see FaceApp’s aging filter this past summer — but our ears prick up at the phrase identity theft. It’s an odd reconciliation. Passwords or PINs are the most popular way for people to maintain a shroud of privacy. In recent years, it seems there’s a widespread breach of accounts every week. Capital …

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App Development Web Development

How to download Google Fonts to host on your own web server or use in Photoshop

If you want to use a particular Google Font in a graphic, maybe a video overlay, or you want to self-host fonts on your own server to speed up your website, you’ll need a way to download the font and convert it to a web font. It can be a time-consuming endeavor. But it doesn’t have to be. A simple way to speed up the process is by using the web app Google Webfonts Helper …

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DNS Security Server Configuration Web Development

Add Let’s Encrypt SSL with manual TXT verification for GoDaddy DNS

I wanted to add SSL to a website i quickly spun up on a Lightsail instance. It was running on a subdomain. I ran into a hiccup with getting the domain verified via TXT entries in DNS when using Let’s Encrypt to setup SSL on a subdomain via GoDaddy DNS. In case you’re interested, here are the commands i used to manually add SSL with Let’s Encrypt with domain verification and prompts. Via CLI: mycli:~$ …

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Social Media Software

I quickly deleted 16,000+ Tweets using Cardigan

Ideally i was looking for a free and easy way to delete most if not all of my Tweets for one of my old accounts. Scouring the web i found many articles on how to mass delete my Tweets, but they all referenced the same two or so services. All of which seemed shady, but i gave a shot since reputable sites like Forbes and LifeHacker had recommended them. The one service that was able …

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CLI Miscellaneous

Delete Icon? icon\r files from your Mac

For the longest time these “Icon?” (or Icon\r) files kept popping up on my Mac without any rhyme or reason. I would manually delete them. Eventually i got fed up again when several popped up in my main Music folder and all its sub-directories. I googled a Terminal (bash) command to find and delete files based on name. So, here is the command i settled on for my needs. Be sure to change the directory …

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Security

How to choose a VPN for desktop and mobile (Android / iOS)

You may have heard the term “VPN” (Virtual Private Network) thrown around and how you should use it if you’re connecting to a strange WiFi network or you’re conducting sensitive work at the job. The simple answer for what it is and why you should use a VPN is its a private, encrypted, dedicated connection for your internet activity. Read my article on how end-to-end encryption works so you understand why that’s important. VPNs have other …

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Hardware Miscellaneous

How to fix a MacBook Pro keyboard and trackpad

Update: On November 2, 2018, using the DIY method, i successfully repaired the broken hardware of my MacBook Pro for $23.98 + tax. A drastic difference from the $400-500 estimate from the Mac Store. At the end of this post i have appended what i did to fix the keyboard after i had exhausted the steps originally outlined in this post. Cheers. After returning from this past weekend’s WordCamp ATL 2018 — #WCATL — i opened up …

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Security

How End-to-End Encryption Works

All right. Here’s a simple explanation of how end-to-end encryption works. Recently there’s been a healthy amount of chatter in the news regarding WhatsApp, and i’ve noticed more and more of my contacts using (installing at least) Signal on their phones. This will give you an idea essentially of how our text message convos go when unencrypted and encrypted, and you’ll, hopefully, come away with why it’s important. I’ll probably do a more extensive write-up later …