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BASIC Games Reborn

The astounding success of Wordle had me thinking about the BASIC program that it very closely resembles. In my copy of BASIC Computer Games from 1970, it is simply called Word. A player guesses a five-letter word and the computer tells the player which letters are matches and whether they are in th...

Blue Beam Fractal

WordPress, Google PageSpeed Insights and Google AdSense

I was checking in on the status of my website in Google PageSpeed Insights using the Lighthouse scanner built into Google Chrome. I wasn't happy with the results. Why The Scores Dropped The scores were all green last time I checked. I hadn't made any updates to theme since then. However,...

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Check-in Calendar and Log

Over the course of 2020 and 2021, different countries and regions imposed various levels of restrictions on gatherings. In Canada, employers were required to have employees work from home where possible. I have been working from home since March 2020, and work for a small business that has managed ...

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Bash Script To Backup Folders and Databases using a Cron Job

I sometimes find I need a simple script to backup one or multiple folders and databases. This script just takes a list of pre-defined folders and databases, compresses the folder contents, and executes a database dump. A maximum of seven backups are kept, any older ones are deleted. Customize t...

A Menger Mess

Game and Toy Closet – Part One

One of the things about older houses is that they often have strange spaces. One of ours is under the stairs, where there is a closet with a low ceiling and not much space. Rather than storing boxes and coats, this space would be better storing our board games and some of the larger toys. To get...

AOKP

Custom Android ROM for Kids Phone

It can be helpful to have a dedicated phone to put a few educational games and pre-approved media on. Most parents repurpose an old phone, which presents a few problems. Maybe other parents had a smooth experience with Family Link, but I couldn't get it to work correctly. I was able to set up most ...

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Updating A Gulp Script

One of the challenges with development is that tools and libraries evolve over time. It often becomes necessary to either upgrade to a newer library or change libraries entirely. The update from Grub 3.x to 4.x required a bit of refactoring. Neither script is overly complex but there is enough ...

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ReddyEddy

ReddyEddy is an application share a draft email with one person without, view and accept suggested changes, and update your draft copy seamlessly. It is intended for users who want to run an email by someone before sending it, accepting some or all of their suggestions, and then update their draft ...

BBC Computer

Toddler Button Masher

My one-year old son loves interacting with technology. Cell phones, remote controls, keyboards, mice. It's great, and I want to encourage healthy tech literacy. The problem is that he is still learning and most tech out there is built for adults, not children. Even the games that are built for c...