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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 ...

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 ...

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...

Kodi Clients and Open Media Vault NAS

I recently reconfigured my HTPC and home network to use Open Media Vault, an opensource NAS solution. I used the hardware I had on hand: a Raspberry Pi 3 and several USB drives. I recommend trying to make your setup work with what you have before investing in additional hardware. Even if you find t...

Bash Script To Create WordPress Site

A few months ago, I wrote a bash script that creates a database with a few simple prompts. Even though I knew the database commands from memory, it was still more convenient to only input the necessary data. I decided to build out a similar workflow for creating WordPress sites. At the core of t...

A Plugin For Developing WordPress Plugins

There are a number of helper functions that I often find I'm missing when developing WordPress plugins. I've decided to put some of those in a WordPress plugin itself. I called this plugin Helpful Strangers because the functions are strangers to the platform, and only helpful functions are included...