Surfing the net, you can get tons of opinions but seldom a definitive answer on how to best protect yourself. It’s always an answer like, “it depends.” I’m not a security expert but this is what I use…
Firefox Quantum is the new and improved version of FF used by all the kool kids. The last few years I’ve been using the Palemoon browser started as a fork of the old pre-29 Australis version and is a bit long in the tooth. The reason I’ve been slow to adopt is that Quantum broke most of the old add-ons, including Del Rio’s awesome Speed Dial. Ultimately, Palemoon seemed to be getting sluggish, so it was time to update.
The goal is to make Firefox Quantum look and function as well or even better than Palemoon…
Git is a software configuration management (SCM) program. This is just a fancy way of saying that it’s a software package that tracks and controls changes in the code.
I initially installed Git because I was playing around with Vagrant (local web development). It’s also a safe way to get the nerdy Bash shell (UNIX-like scripting language) for Windows without going into Cygwin .
Some audio files in M4A format do not play on some devices.
Remuxing reassembles the data packets of the audio stream and that’s exactly how to fix the problem.
I have some video files in MP4 format. I want rip out the audio (.M4a) without re-encoding. This method uses a command line program and a batch file, but YOU CAN DO IT!
Ever been sloppy and left a bunch of junk at the beginning of a screen recording figuring to trim it up later? Easy, just grab a free MP4 trimming tool and clean it up, right? Ah… no.
If Microsoft Word and PowerPoint don’t recognize fonts styles other than bold or italic even if other styles are installed, there is a hack.
I found the perfect font to use for titles in a presentation, Raleway Semi-bold. I installed it and when I went back to PowerPoint, I had two options: bold and italic. So, where’s semi-bold? A quick search found that it’s a MS-Office problem. A hack around it was to remove all other variations of the bold font, except for the semi-bold. This would be great unless I wanted to use the actual bold font. My solution was to rename the Semi-Bold Raleway font and install it as a “new” font.
If you’re looking for a “light” alternative to WordPress that doesn’t require a massive learning curve, PHP-driven HTMLy just might fit the ticket.
HTMLy a simple PHP CMS program that stores all the posts in Markdown. It’s also open source and free. It looks like recent development is a few months old, which is a concern. There is not a lot of documentation available either. Many of these applications are one-man shows. If this guy disappears, so does the program. The good news is that the github issue forum is active.
Way back in the day, Microsoft gave out a very good offline blogging program called Windows Live Writer. It was an offline WYSIWYG blog editor that allowed you to write, save, and post all from the comfort of your local PC desktop and came bundled in an online package called Windows Essentials. The program stalled out on version Windows Live Writer 2012. Microsoft opened sourced the program as Open Live Writer at the end of 2015.
Like the older version, it’s possible to tweak the theme and to make it look more like your blog.