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

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

19Nov2022

Remak­ing Twit­ter thoughts

I cre­at­ed my Twit­ter account in 2007. It’s been my favorite social plat­form. The con­tent and con­nec­tions to peo­ple I get from Twit­ter aren’t repli­cat­ed on any oth­er plat­form that I’ve tried. There’s an obvi­ous prob­lem with my love of Twit­ter and I’m not talk­ing about the bad things it may or may not do to soci­ety. Twit­ter’s finan­cials have nev­er been good and a com­pa­ny that reg­u­lar­ly los­es mon­ey is unsus­tain­able. I would… + read on

06Nov2022

Sta­ble Dif­fu­sion: Explor­ing trained mod­els and unique tokens for more accu­rate text-to-image results

Stable diffusion trained models

Before I get start­ed, I’ve got a pre­am­ble to this post. I’m only in the ear­ly dis­cov­ery process of AI-pow­ered text-to-image tech­nol­o­gy. There’s a good chance you know more than I do about this top­ic! I’m writ­ing this to doc­u­ment what I’ve learned. If you’re read­ing this, you might be on the same jour­ney. If so, I hope you find this help­ful. If you peaked ahead in this post, you’d see all kinds of… + read on

08Apr2022

RSS feeds and unbound pre­fix errors

I recent­ly was asked to add an image to an exist­ing RSS feed that had been work­ing for a client for years. This is the sim­pli­fied ver­sion, with only a sin­gle item, of what I was start­ing with. `rss Exam­ple Site Name http://​exam​ple​.com/ News from Exam­ple en-us Fri, 08 Apr 2022 09:53:250500 Fri, 08 Apr 2022 09:53:250500 My Exam­ple Entry Title http://​exam​ple​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​m​y​-​e​x​a​m​p​l​e​-​entry Thu, 17 Feb 2022 16:33:000600 http://​exam​ple​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​m​y​-​e​x​a​m​p​l​e​-​entry ` If you… + read on

30Mar2022

npm in a box: Con­tainer­iz­ing pack­age man­agers for security.

npm in a box

I’ve writ­ten about Dock­er quite a bit recent­ly. This flur­ry of activ­i­ty about Dock­er is direct­ly relat­ed to a post by Andrew Welch, Dock Life: Using Dock­er for All The Things! He describes how to use alias­es and Dock­er con­tain­ers to run apps typ­i­cal­ly installed a developer’s com­put­er with­out ever installing them. I have whole­heart­ed­ly embraced the method­ol­o­gy. The idea of run­ning devel­op­ment tools in Dock­er con­tain­ers for basic util­i­ties coin­cid­ed with the arrival… + read on

    06Mar2022

    Con­tainer­iz­ing a work­flow: using Dock­er to Build A Banner”

    Docker BAB post image

    We use a cus­tom-built ani­ma­tion work­flow at JMX2 that we’ve con­tainer­ized with Dock­er to ensure it runs con­sis­tent­ly on any machine we work on. We’ll go over that process in this post. ## The back­ground At JMX2, we build a lot of ani­mat­ed adver­tis­ing ban­ners. (You’re wel­come! 😉) In 2015, we cre­at­ed a Yeo­man gen­er­a­tor called Build A Ban­ner” to quick­ly cre­ate a con­sis­tent start­ing point for each project. This required hav­ing Yeo­man, Node… + read on

    02Mar2022

    Con­fig­ur­ing Craft CMS with Redis for use on Heroku

    This post is about con­nect­ing a Heroku app built in Craft CMS to Heroku Redis with an SSL con­nec­tion. I’ve recent­ly tak­en an app from the free tier to a paid tier on Heroku and was pre­sent­ed with a prob­lem with con­nect­ing my Craft CMS app to Redis. I hope this post is help­ful to some­one else who’s found them­selves in this sit­u­a­tion. Upgrad­ing Heroku Redis from the free tier to a paid tier… + read on

    04Feb2022

    Build a basic Dock­er image

    Make a boat
    Illustration: The Squeezebox, designed by Jeff Gilbert, is novel lifeboat designed to be a safer and better alternative to the inflatable life raft.

    In this post, we’ll dis­sect a small Dock­er image I have on Dock­er Hub: johnf­mor­ton/tree-cli. It’s not a com­plex image, but its sim­plic­i­ty is good because it is fair­ly easy to under­stand. Once you under­stand the basics, you can cre­ate your own more com­plex Dock­er images. The tree-cli image is based on an offi­cial Node image and has one cus­tomiza­tion: I’ve installed tree-cli from npm, which is a pack­age that allows us to list… + read on

    01Feb2022

    OneTrust block­ing video play­back due to pri­va­cy setting

    I always feel like somebodys watching me
    This image is from the film "It Follows". A good and creepy movie.

    I have sev­er­al clients that use OneTrust for cook­ie con­sent. Each orga­ni­za­tion has dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions for its OneTrust imple­men­ta­tion. Today we encoun­tered a tricky sit­u­a­tion that I want­ed to share. This par­tic­u­lar orga­ni­za­tion’s OneTrust con­fig­u­ra­tion is set to auto” which means OneTrust will active­ly enforce the user’s cook­ie pref­er­ences with­out much con­fig­u­ra­tion. The auto” set­ting makes imple­ment­ing OneTrust much eas­i­er, but we hit a road­block when it came to allow­ing video play­back for users… + read on

    18Jan2022

    Video with trans­paren­cy in Chrome, Edge, Fire­fox, Safari, iOS and Android, cir­ca 2022

    Transparent video

    This post on using video with a trans­par­ent back­ground will prob­a­bly not age well. At least I hope that is the case! Ide­al­ly, in the future, you can use a sin­gle .webm video file and it will work every­where. But, as I write this post in Jan­u­ary 2022, after a full day of research and try­ing dif­fer­ent approach­es, I’ve got a “ tag that will play a video with a trans­par­ent back­ground across a… + read on

    20Jul2021

    Tweak­ing site per­for­mance and con­fig­ur­ing AWS

    PageSpeed 98 on jmx2.com

    I’ve recent­ly updat­ed jmx2​.com. The site worked as it was and I did­n’t real­ly have the spare time to get to the ever-grow­ing list of updates I’d accu­mu­lat­ed. I had a week of rel­a­tive qui­et appear and I’ve final­ly worked on the site again. Here’s what I’ve been doing. Gen­er­al clean up of the code in the Craft Twig tem­plates. Built a new serv­er with PHP 8 and moved the site. *… + read on