Cloud Confusing

Explaining hosting, AWS, Wordpress, static sites, and all manner of cloud solutions.

One of the best things (OK, the best thing) about development with WordPress is piggybacking on the available plugins. If you are doing custom development chances are that a plugin probably wasn’t made with your specific use case in mind, so it’s often necessary to some work to get the plugin’s functionality and your goal to match. With that in mind, you have probably recently asked yourself, “Can I use a WordPress shortcode in my theme, as opposed to just inserting it into the text body?”

Good news,: you definitely can.

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May 3rd, 2019

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Amazon’s Lightsail is affordable and easy-to-use, but it comes with some serious limitations. Hidden away in the middle of an FAQ page Amazon notes that Lightsail accounts are limited to:

  • 20 Lightsail instances
  • 5 static IPs
  • 3 DNS zones
  • 20 TB of attached block storage
  • 5 load balancers

Which one of these is probably going to be the most immediate problem? That’s right, the 3 DNS Zones. Don’t worry, this is easy to fix.

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April 18th, 2019

Posted In: AWS

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It’s been said many times that you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. It’s not exactly clear that this is true of computing but a little bit of context never heard anyone. Plus, let’s face it, knowing a thing or two about history makes you seem smart.

So, without further justification or caveats, here are some highly recommended books about the history of computing.

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April 12th, 2019

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Dark Mode

Lighting of your computer and workspace is an important topic but not one that comes up very often. It’s something I’ve been increasingly spending time thinking about so I wanted to write down some notes and thoughts on what can be done to improve your lighting situation.

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April 2nd, 2019

Posted In: Localhost / Environment

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Having trouble getting Brackets’ Live Preview tool to work? Brackets is an excellent text editor and the price is right (free!) but live preview can sure be fickle. Here are some things to try if your live preview tool seems broken.

It’s worth noting that there are three main issues here that might need fixing:

  • Live Preview Editing (primary browser)
  • Live Preview Editing (multi-browser)
  • Live Preview Editing and Live Preview Highlighting break independently of one another. That is, you could have editing but no CSS selector highlighting. This is annoying, but generally less of a problem.

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March 22nd, 2019

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If you are new to Google’s BigQuery, it can be a steep (and expensive) learning curve. Here are some helpful tips and facts that will get you started a whole lot more quickly than search through and for docs or learning as you go.

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January 21st, 2019

Posted In: Google Cloud Platform

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Recently, while working on the next version of the Post Expiration Date WP plugin, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring WordPress’ handling of dates and time. This has been an interesting, often frustrating time but I’ve learned a lot and found a number of great resources on the subject. Here are some of the top ones.

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January 21st, 2019

Posted In: Web Development

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Google’s BigQuery is a useful tool for quickly exploring a lot of data. One of the nice things about it being part of the large Google Cloud Platform (GCP) stack is that it has good integration into other Google services. This is most prominently seen in Google Analytics’ one-click BigQuery integration using Google’s Product Linking (only for Premium/360 members), but other products can easily transfer data to BigQuery as well. Today we’ll be looking at YouTube.

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November 21st, 2018

Posted In: Google Cloud Platform

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This article will cover some of the initial features you should learn how to use once you get past the absolute basics of Postman. It’s a super useful tool for developments, QA, data scientists, and product managers, so it’s worth digging into. In this article we’ll bypass the basics and get into some of what you’ll want to learn as you dig into the tool.

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November 4th, 2018

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Yes, Amazon Web Services has a free tier. This free (as in beer) stack is a 12-month program that gives developers who are new to AWS a powerful set of tools, though one that comes with some limitations. It can be seen as a gift from the massive AWS cloud or as a gateway to AWS lock-in, but either way it’s worth checking out.

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October 21st, 2018

Posted In: AWS

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