Some 3,000 Apache redirection rules are getting scrapped by a client (not a bad thing), and I wanted to make sure I had a note before that happened. All 3,000 rules are all variations on the following few types of redirection rule. Continue reading
One of the joys of having a young baby, I’m finding, is
reading. I wasn’t expecting reading to come to us so early, it was
my mum who suggested it when Rufus was only three or four months
old. He loves us reading to him; the shapes, the colours, the
closeness, the sound of our voices, the turning of pages, the taste
of the corner of each page as he takes a pensive suckle before it
goes past. I’ve recently started to wonder if I can make stories up
for him. I remember at OFFF in Lisbon, Joshua Davis was
talking about creativity and how he made up stories to order for
his daughter every bedtime. I’d like to give it a go, and I thought
writing about it would give me a chance to think it through and
some motivation to continue.
Our son Rufus slept in different ways as he reached
different milestones. The first kind of sleep, when he was a tiny
baby, was more a some kind of rapidly cycling consciousness and
unconsciousness designed to disrupt parental sleep, this was a
phase where we were lulled into a false sense of security. “It’s
easy having a baby! Look here we are, out at the pub, and our baby
is sleeping next to us
at nine-o-clock at night!”. This phase passed and we fairly rapidly
realised that Rufus wasn’t going to be the kind of baby who could
just fall asleep on the play mat, or in the pushchair at a café, or
in our arms at the pub, or in fact anywhere unless we did something
to sort this situation out.
We have a client who needs to review a very complex form created in Gravity Forms. The form has many fields, and to make things worse the labels displayed to the user and the labels displayed to the administrator when someone submits the form are different. Because Gravity Forms has an XML export, it occurred to me that I should be able to create some transformational XSL to turn that XML export file into a human readable description of the form. Continue reading
I’ve recently switched to development in two Vagrant virtual machines (VMs), one VM running Nginx and one running Apache. This means that are two locations I might need to open files from, with two sets of directories representing the document roots of my various development sites. Eventually I got bored of using the terminal to “subl ~/Vagrants/nginx/www/wordpress-whatever/” and decided to write an Alfred Workflow. Now I just trigger Alfred, hit “v client“, and Alfred shows me all my projects in directories with “client” in the name. Continue reading
Whenever I dump a database out to a file, I always like to have it named sensibly: example-20130718-1523.mysqldump. Having a consistent name for the database dumps helps keep them in order, and helps me to clear up unneeded files at the end of jobs. Continue reading
pbcopy terminal command, which adds “stuff” to the clipboard to be pasted later, is really useful. For example, to download some webpage and put the HTML source in the clipboard:
curl -s http://example.com/ | pbcopy
Here’s a WordPress example; want to get some fresh API salts and keys for a
wp-config.php? Try this:
curl -s https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ | pbcopy
Want to be notified when the download and copy are complete? Add the
say command, like this:
curl -s https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ | pbcopy; say 'Ready to paste';
I use DTerm, which is an excellent little “popup terminal” which inherits the current context, and these commands are super handy here.
A project at work needed me to write a UI to find and delete duplicate attachments on a single post, from a client’s WordPress website. Creating a couple of queries where I could look over each post in turn, and check a hash for each file attached, then spot the duplicate hashes wasn’t too hard. Where I was struggling was making the rows with the duplicates stand out visually, file hashes, e.g.
bc38d8d8993b5e9f4617576d2adeb875, are just not that easy to distinguish from other hashes, e.g.
dbe0256fe35b88ebd4e4e433604b7487… see the problem?
What I wanted was some way of mapping a file hash to a colour, or something strongly visual. Which is when it occurred to me; Gravatar could do this! Continue reading
I’m currently running Apple Mail with the unified inbox option, so I can connect to my old company email address as well as my Code for the People address and see everything in one place. There’s settings in Mail to allow you to set the default sending address, and when you reply to a mail it should pick the correct account. Trouble was, I kept noticing that my mail was going out under the new account when I was sure I’d specified the new account to be the sending address. Infuriating and embarrassing.