Copyright expirations are BACK!

Since 1998, when Disney (along with a group of other corporations) successfully convinced congress to pass an extension to the original copyright laws. The original laws state that any works created before January 1, 1978 were protected for 75 years. The change in 1998 extended that to 95 years. This is great for corporations like […]

Metrics

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve developed some type of toy app. Maybe even deployed a few. Perhaps you even have users that are happily plugging away with your app! But, do you know how it is performing? Do you know what your users tend to use the most? Do you know when things […]

Downtime

Recently my server went down! Well… not exactly… It did however stop serving pages with a trusted certificate. Looking into this took my NGINX container down and required some updates. So, without further ado, here’s what happened… First Things First! I try to be as transparent as possible. I am hosting a few other websites on […]

OAuth2 Explained

I’ve recently involved myself with the implementation of OAuth2 in my current position. During this involvement, I’ve had to read through the OAuth2 specifications and audit our system for compliance. It’s pretty cut and dry as far as compliance goes.. it either works, or it doesn’t work. Since it was working and nobody on the […]

Managed Website

As I had previously mentioned I recently wiped my host machine for my website. Go ahead, check out the Wayback Machine for it. From beginning to end it’s been rather static and consuming the entire purpose of a remote server. During this “reset” I wanted to more fully utilize my server. I wanted to do this […]

Hacktoberfest: Minecraft Server

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Previously… A few weeks ago we found a problem with our GitLab Runner and fixed it. This week, we attempted to make a persistent Minecraft Server using a Dockerfile and the new GitLab Runner to deploy it. We hope […]

Hacktoberfest: Gitlab Artifacts

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Background Gitlab is a great alternative to GitHub. One of the main features I find is the ability to have unlimited private repositories for free.  This lets me work on things without having them publicly exposed until I’m ready […]

Hacktoberfest: Use Alexa without talking!

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Backstory When we sleep at night, we like to have some background white noise to help with sleeping. Since we have an Echo in our kitchen and an Echo Dot in our bedroom, we ask it to “play rain […]

Hacktoberfest: GitLab Runner

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. We Continue… Last week, my son and I recently ventured out to start a Minecraft server as part of Hacktober fest. This week we are planning on automating that server a bit more. A few days after playing on […]

Hacktoberfest!

Hacktoberfest is upon us! This month I’m hacking on small projects each week and sharing them. Minecraft This week my son and I hacked together an auto-deployed Docker based Minecraft server that is also automatically backed up and uses Git for managing server configurations. We haven’t finished the auto-backup to Dropbox portion yet, but that’s something […]