A blog probably of interest only to nerds by John Morton.

09Mar2019

Syn­ol­o­gy, Plex, ports and miss­ing URLs

I’ve had a Syn­ol­o­gy for many years, and the inter­face has changed over time, obscur­ing use­ful infor­ma­tion for installed apps. One of my favorite apps to run on it is Plex. In the Syn­ol­o­gy inter­face, it used to be easy to open Plex. The URL was shown in the Pack­age Cen­ter” when look­ing up the app. Below is a screen­shot of how the inter­face used to look. This is not a screen­shot I cre­at­ed… + read on

    11Nov2018

    Set­ting up Lar­avel Forge and DeployBot.

    I’ve used Lar­avel Forge for quite a while in my work­flow. It’s a con­ve­nient way to set up servers, quick­ly add secu­ri­ty cer­tifi­cates, and deploy sites. I’ve got a num­ber of my own sites and client sites using it and I’ve been very pleased with it. ## The Lar­avel Forge deploy­ment process The piece of the process I’ve been think­ing about recent­ly is the deploy­ment method I’m using in Forge. The deploy­ment method built… + read on

      21Jul2018

      Yeo­man gen­er­a­tors, the file sys­tem and symlinks.

      I write and main­tain a Yeo­man gen­er­a­tor called Build A Ban­ner”, aka BAB. As you might guess from the title, the gen­er­a­tor helps in devel­op­ing ani­mat­ed dis­play ad ban­ners. It cre­ates a direc­to­ry with cus­tomized HTML, JS and CSS starter files, builds a small devel­op­ment serv­er with live-reload­ing, and has work­flows for opti­miz­ing and deliv­er­ing ban­ners… + read on

      20Jul2018

      Remov­ing Craft CMS plu­g­ins that you can’t uninstall

      I was recent­ly updat­ing my site and decid­ed to use Michael Rog’s Word­smith plu­g­in for some text manip­u­la­tion. His Word­smith plu­g­in includ­ed some fea­tures that I liked that my own cus­tom plu­g­in, a sim­ple port of Hack­saw, did­n’t include. I had cre­at­ed this plu­g­in when Craft 3 was ear­ly in devel­op­ment, a time when there were many few­er plu­g­ins avail­able and no plu­g­in store at all. Installing plu­g­ins through Craft 3’s Plu­g­in Store makes… + read on

      21Mar2018

      Using alias­es on the com­mand line.

      If you use the com­mand line and you’re lazy, this is for you. I’ve picked up a lot of tips in cus­tomz­ing my com­mand line over the course of many years. Most of them I aban­don after the new” wears off, but a few stick around. Specif­i­cal­ly, I have some alias­es that I find use­ful enough that they’re part of the set up process when I get a new Mac. (Yes, these are Mac… + read on

      15Mar2018

      A Check­list for the Craft Plu­g­in Store

      Like many of my posts here, this is anoth­er note to myself to help me when I have ques­tions about get­ting things done. I recent­ly fin­ished Pic Puller for Craft 3, avail­able in fin­er Craft 3 plu­g­in stores every­where. But the point of this post is how it actu­al­ly got there. The con­ver­sion of the plu­g­in from its Craft 2‑compatible ver­sion to Craft 3 was the first step of the process. Andrew Welch’s Plug​in​fac​to​ry​.io… + read on

      24Feb2018

      An S3 buck­et pol­i­cy to allow full-access for a sin­gle bucket.

      When I have a new project that requires some Ama­zon S3 stor­age, I try to do the right thing” for secu­ri­ty by cre­at­ing a new user and a new buck­et entire­ly. I don’t want to share any cre­den­tials across projects. That means after I have cre­at­ed my S3 buck­et I neeed to assign a user with the appro­pri­ate per­mis­sions. For me, that typ­i­cal­ly means I want this new user to have full access to… + read on

      09Feb2018

      Keep­ing up with the Insta­gram API

      On Jan­u­ary 30, 2018, Insta­gram post­ed a dep­re­ca­tion notice for The Insta­gram API Plat­form. There is a new­er API called the Insta­gram Graph API. The new­er API’s focus is for busi­ness­es, not indi­vid­ual accounts though. This is the 2nd major change made to the API. The first major change was in Novem­ber 2015. If you’re curi­ous, here’s the announc­ment. The changes intro­duced a new app review process and lim­it­ed 3rd par­ty… + read on

        27Sep2017

        A Check­list When Tran­si­tion­ing from MAMP to Valet

        I have used MAMP for local devel­op­ment for a long time. Sev­er­al peo­ple I know through the Craft CMS Slack group have pro­fessed the ben­e­fits of [Lar­avel Valet](https://laravel.com/docs/5.5/valet Lar­avel Valet doc­u­men­ta­tion’) so I decid­ed to give it a spin as an alter­na­tive to MAMP. When it comes to Craft CMS there is a built-in dri­ver that allows Valet to serve a Craft site with­out any addi­tion­al con­fig­u­ra­tion. You just place your Craft site in… + read on

        17Aug2017

        Extract­ing a YouTube ID from a URL with Twig

        I had a client who want­ed to embed YouTube videos in their Craft CMS site. It would have been eas­i­est for me to have them only include the YouTube video ID but the shar­ing box on YouTube gives you a full YouTube URL. You can see that URL in the image at the begin­ning of this post. I did­n’t want to add any plug-ins to my Craft CMS site to do this so I… + read on