development

ShellShock – How to test your system

In the past few weeks the number of security incidents in the news has increased.  Home depot, Jimmy John’s and also Shellshock.  From credit card theft via malware to online security vulnerabilities you need to keep on guard. This most recent ShellShock vulnerability is going to be big.  Since a very large portion of the web is using Linux or some …

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Install phonegap 3 on Windows 8

PhoneGap 3 I recently wanted to test an idea on an android device.  To quickly write up a proof of concept I decided to use PhoneGap.  I have used PhoneGap in the past but the current Version 3.1 (at the time of writing) is more mature than when I previously developed with it. I was prepared to walk through a few …

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Magento 1.8 has been released

Magento

Magento 1.8 I am a huge fan of Magento.  It is a great ecommerce and shopping cart system.   In the last year I have launched a few sites using this system.   The flexibility of Magento allowed me to create a B2B site and also B2C.    eBay purchased Magento and I have heard a few people trying to figure …

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Favicon–What / Why / and How

If you do not know what a favicon is , it would be hard to explain with out a picture.  The Favicon is the little icon that shows up in your browsers tab for a website. In this picture the favicon is highlighted, it happens to be my site’s icon.  I also have a few well known sites open;  Google, Facebook, …

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Mobile Screenshots for presentations

I often have to do presentations or showcase a site or an application.   I find taking pictures or showcasing the application can help many people get a sense of what I am talking about.  I recently discovered a great tool to take a screenshot of your app or website using multiple devices.    http://placeit.breezi.com/ has Mobile devices, tablets, pc’s and  other great …

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Web Developer Checklist

I was reading some of my news feeds and came across this great site called http://webdevchecklist.com/.   It is a creation of Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi and Mads Kristensen.   I often publish a site and run through a few tests.   Some I do religiously, but others I often forget.   The list they put together lets you pick and select what area to …

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Thinkpad x1 Touch

I am a ThinkPad junkie (proof 1, 2). I currently have 3 active thinkpads in our home. My primary laptop T410, My wife’s T410, and our home server (everything PC) t61p. Today I just purchased another thinkpad to add to the collection. I got a Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch. This is the first touch laptop I have purchased. I have had …

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Ubuntu or Mint

I have been using ubuntu for a while. In fact, the last Linux box I had prior was Fedora 10. My current primary linux box is running Ubuntu 10.4 (a bit outdated). I recently upgraded to 12 and found some performance issues on my dual core Dell Box. The majority of my development Virtual Box images are Mint Linux , I …

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RIP Google Reader

Google recently announced that it is going to turn off Google reader. Reader.google.com I can remember when it launched in 2005 and I was amazed that I could take all these RSS feeds (web news) and put them in one place. It was not sexy or even good looking, but it allowed me to consume a lot of great info fast. …

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Backup Script for SQL Express

I like the usability of Microsoft SQL especially the SQL Express versions. The only few limitations I have ran into have been some of the enterprise feature and things like backup scripts. There is a great Codeplex package that can help http://expressmaint.codeplex.com/ I have used a version of expressmaint for long time. The package from code plex also includes a windows2008 …

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Windows 8 – And tablet

I’m a fan of windows 8. Since using it as my primary OS at home and on my development box I find it very stable, fast, and likable. It is interesting that when I’m on a Win7 box I find myself going to the upper right to search or hitting “win+q” to find an app. I spent some time this week …

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