Blog

I've been writing online at various sites since 2003, mostly about a wide variety of topics including web development, tech, food and whatever else I feel like writing and sharing.

Mexican Street Corn in a Cup

Mexican street corn, or elote en vaso, in a cup is an easy mess-free way to go when you are craving Mexican street corn. Everything is layered nicely in a cup that can easily be carried around....

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli is always a popular dish, and for good reason. Juicy steak plus crunchy broccoli is a match made in heaven....

The Quiet Times

"About two years into working at BuzzFeed, I reached a moment one summer when I looked around and realized I had very little to do."...

Disney+ Grows to 152 Million Subscribers

The Walt Disney Company reported on Wednesday that total Disney+ subscriptions rose to 152.1 million during the company’s third quarter, posting better-than-expected results....

Samsung’s All Alone at the Foldable Party

Samsung is throwing itself a party tomorrow with a couple of guests of honor: its foldable phones. We’ll likely see some updated watches and earbuds, but really, it’s a birthday party for the Z Fold and the Z Flip. They’ve been around for years now, but last August was when they really hit their stride with the most mainstream models yet....

Netflix rolling out external subscription button for iOS users

Earlier this year, Apple began allowing “reader” apps to provide external links for customers so they can log in and pay for a subscription from outside the App Store. Now Netflix is rolling out an option in its iOS app that takes users to its website in order to finish a new Netflix subscription....

Creating post previews in Strapi with Remix

Being able to preview a new post is important, and when headless, it's even more important. ...

Loader vs Route Cache Headers in Remix

Useful post from Sergio Xalambrí on loader vs route cache headers in Remix, this was something I had to dig into when I did the migration of this site to Remix with Strapi acting Headlessly so wanted to share it....

TikTok’s security chief steps down as company moves US data to Oracle servers

TikTok’s global chief security officer (CSO), Roland Cloutier, is stepping down as the company transitions to using Oracle’s US-based servers to store Americans’ data....

Meet Bun

Bun is a modern JavaScript runtime like Node or Deno. It was built from scratch to focus on three main things...

U.S. FCC commissioner wants Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores

There is no bar

There is no bar for the quality of a blog post. Allow me to be an example....

50 years of Atari

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Atari, Benj Edwards interviewed founder Nolan Bushnell for How-To Geek...

Apple retail workers vote to unionize a store in Maryland

Workers at Apple’s Towson Town Center store in Maryland have voted to unionize, with 65 yeses and 33 nos. Around 110 employees were eligible to vote in the election....

Celery Parsnip Salad

Parsnips… They’re the veggie everyone loves to hate, they’re a veggie that tastes best in the cooler seasons when their flavour is sweeter like winter squash, whereas the rest of the time, they have a bitter taste. This dish is one way to enjoy them raw....

GitHub Sunsetting Atom

"We are archiving Atom and all projects under the Atom organization for an official sunset on December 15, 2022."...

Ryan Broderick on VR “Real Estate”

There are plenty of ways to make money in the metaverse — custom avatars, cool maps, unique digital experiences, ad-supported livestreamed playthrough videos — but the folks trying to convince you to buy a digital mansion or a virtual yacht aren’t going to be part of that new economy. ...

Lee Rob and The Story of Heroku

“Heroku made it easy for any developer to build and run applications in the cloud without managing their own infrastructure. Now 15 years later, it continues to inspire the next generation of developers. Why did Heroku become so popular? What can we learn from their incredible developer experience? How is Heroku shaping the next generation of serverless?”...

8 short rules for being a creator

Just 8 short and simple rules for being a creator....

Welcome to the new more streamlined blog.

This blog has been around since 2003, from being on blogger, to various custom builds, to wordpress, to jekyll, to ghost, to wordpress......

Elon Musk and Twitter

Elon Musk, in a letter to Twitter chairman Bret Taylor and filed with the SEC expressed his interest in buying 100% of Twitter....

Marco Arment on redesigning Overcast

Overcast’s latest update brings the largest redesign in its nearly-eight-year history, plus many of the most frequently requested features and lots of under-the-hood improvements....

Apple: “An update on AirTag and unwanted tracking”

Apple Newsroom’s update on AirTags and malicious tracking: Every AirTag has a unique serial number, and paired AirTags are associated with an Apple ID....

Open source developer corrupts widely-used libraries, affecting tons of projects

A developer appears to have purposefully corrupted a pair of open-source libraries on GitHub and software registry npm — “faker.js” and “colors.js” — that thousands of users depend on, rendering any project that contains these libraries useless. ...

Judge orders Apple to allow external payment options for App Store by December 9th, denying stay

Epic v. Apple judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers says Apple must comply with an order to let developers add links and buttons to external payment options, denying the company’s motion for a stay....

Eight Things Apple Could Do to Prove It Actually Cares about App Store Users

When you spend money in Apple’s App Store, the company generally takes a 30 percent cut — one that adds up to an estimated $19 billion per year. ...

Drew Devault: “In praise of PostgreSQL”

Drew Devault: After 25 years of persistence, and a better logo design, Postgres stands today as one of the most significant pillars of profound achievement in free software, alongside the likes of Linux and Firefox. ...

Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to buy Giphy, says UK regulator

15 months ago, Facebook said it was buying the popular GIF search engine Giphy for about $400 million. Now the acquisition may be a bust, thanks to an antitrust probe by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. ...

Fish and Brewis

Fish and Brewis is a favourite traditional dish from Newfoundland (my home province), it’s a dish that combines Fish, Potatoes, pork, Hardtack, onions, butter and salt....

Careful with WiFi names on your iPhone.

A few weeks ago, Schou and his not-for-profit group, Secret Club, which reverse-engineers software for research purposes, found that if an iPhone connected to a network with the SSiD name…...

Campfire Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is a staple in nearly any cooking situation, and camping is no different....

Basecamp’s crazy week…

First, Casey Newton broke the news on some controversy from Basecamp that happened due to a list: The controversy that embroiled enterprise software maker Basecamp this week began more than a decade ago, with a simple list of customers. ...

Is Heroku Still Relevant?

Heroku has long been held up as the gold-standard platform as a service (PaaS) for software developers to easily deploy their code without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure, while others see it as akin to a magical fallen civilization with a limited future....

Switching from Google Analytics to Plausible.

I’ve been using Google Analytics for years but decided to try new tools. But I just wanted to move onto a new Analytics tool that was faster and more private. What I eventually ended up choosing was Plausible.  Plausible is a powerful yet simple analytics platform. The simplicity is what got me happy about it....

The Mess at Medium

Last week, a partnerships manager at Medium working with the White House found that there was a strange problem with the platform......

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

Clubhouse was sort of perfectly made for the pandemic. People aren’t going out, and they’re desperately searching for social connections and entertainment. ...

Jeff Bezos Walks Through a One-Way Door, Opening a New Age for Amazon

Bloomberg: The walls of his highly compartmentalized empire have been crumbling for some time. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to be Jeff Bezos (at least by Bezos’s standards). ...

Google killing Tilt Brush VR painting app but…

Tilt Brush, Google’s virtual reality painting application, has collaborated with amazing creators over the years, many of whom were part of our Artist in Residence Program. ...

Apple is astonishingly confident in its new M1 Mac processors

Apple’s big Mac event delivered three new computers — a new MacBook Air, a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini. ...

Why you can no longer install Fortnite on iOS

Fortnite disappeared from the App Store last month as part of developer Epic Games’ big legal and regulatory showdown with Apple, but the battle royale hit was not gone entirely — at least not for a little while. ...

Nintendo Switch overtakes SNES with more than 52 million sold

Nintendo had its strongest Switch quarter ever this holiday season, moving 10.81 million units to reach a total of 52.48 million sold as of the end of 2019....

The “Tragic” iPad

“Steve Jobs stepped onstage 10 years ago today to introduce the world to the iPad. It was, by his own admission, a third category of device that sits somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop. Jobs unveiled the iPad just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show ended…”...

Google’s End of an Era

“Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from running Alphabet, leaving the company to Sundar Pichai. This likely signals the end of an era, when Google tried to solve a vast array of human problems under Alphabet’s broad umbrella—but pretty much failed to turn any of them into a profitable business.”...

John Gruber: 16-inch MacBook Pro First Impressions

Apple today is releasing its much-rumored new 16-inch MacBook Pro. It is full of good news....

How the heart became the centre of the Apple Watch

Earlier this year, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook commented on the importance of health to the company. In a statement that has been widely quoted, he said, “I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’...

iPad Pro USB-C Hubs: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Options

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge: The iPad Pro’s single USB Type-C port is one of my main frustrations about an otherwise truly stellar piece of technology....

Panic’s Playdate

From the Playdate website: Hello. We made a brand new handheld gaming system. It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It’s got a beautiful black and white screen. It’s not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank....

Don’t Fuck with a Nasa Engineer

Mark Rober: Someone stole a package from me. Police wouldn’t do anything about it so I spent the last 6 months engineering up some vigilante justice. Revenge is a dish best served fabulously....

Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen?

Just a few years ago, Microsoft was seen as a lumbering has-been of the technology world. It was big and still quite profitable, but the company had lost its luster, failing or trailing in the markets of the future like mobile, search, online advertising and cloud computing....

Jason Snell on the New Ipad Pros: ‘a Computer, Not a Pc’

Jason Snell, writing for Six Colors: With the iPad Pro and improvements to iOS and various iOS apps, I reached a point where I could do most or all of my required work on the road without bringing a Mac along....

Remembering Stan Lee

If Stan Lee revolutionized the comic book world in the 1960s, which he did, he left as big a stamp — maybe bigger — on the even wider pop culture landscape of today. Think of “Spider-Man,” the blockbuster movie franchise and Broadway spectacle....

Austin Mann: A Photographer’s Review of the iPad Pro

Austin Mann has published an excellent review of the new iPad Pro for photographers: I was working with Mavic Pro 2 in the black volcanic deserts of south Iceland. While sitting in the car (in the middle of the desert, in the middle of nowhere), I decided to offload my images and review them....

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Harry McCracken, writing for Time: It was huge news among the small number of people who could be called computer nerds at the time — people like Paul Allen, who was working as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston....

IBM’s Acquisition of Canadian-founded Red Hat One of the Largest Ever

Open source software company Red Hat is being acquired by IBM for $34 billion USD. Depending on who you ask, it is either the second or third-largest tech acquisition of all time....

Instant Pot Turkey breast

It’s thanksgiving, which means turkey time. I usually buy butterball boneless turkey breasts to make since I like getting more meat out of my turkey, and these are all meat and no bones (hence the name) Cooking one with an instant pot is actually pretty quick, and tasty....

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya (Instant Pot Style)

I haven’t posted a good recipe in a while, so decided to post this one. It’s a dish I enjoy making in the Instant Pot....

Cheesy Zucchini Bread

Love cheesy bread? But want a healthier alternative that still tastes good? This cheesy zucchini bread is both healthy and tasty....

Speedy Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular Indian dishes out there, and I love it, but I wanted to make a simpler version that was both speedy, healthy and tasty....

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Breasts

I love my pressure cooker, and this is a dish that’s one of my favorites....

Grilled Salmon Fillet with Spicy Blackberry Sauce

It’s summer, and that means it’s time for grilling in the backyard, but maybe you want a break from the usual burgers or steaks or hot dogs? This spicy, but sweet and tasty fish dish will hit the spot....

Roasted Tomatillo and Pepper Sauce

When you want a nice zesty sauce but don’t want the usual salsa or pesto, this tasty Tomatillo and Petter sauce is great....

Reviewing The Nintento Switch

I had started to write my review of the Nintendo Switch, but Myke Hurley did a great job pulling together this video walkthrough of it, and nailed just about everything I had planned to write, so I’m sharing it here. If you are interested in the Nintendo Switch, then you need to watch this video....

Steve Jobs’s first reaction to the Genius Bar: ‘That’s so idiotic! It will never work!’

In 2000, when Apple hired Ron Johnson to create and run its first retail stores, Johnson got a crash course in working with Steve Jobs. Arguably the centerpiece of what became the Apple Store is the Genius Bar, one of Johnson’s ideas....

Slow Cooked Turkey Breast

It’s Christmas, and one favourite Christmas dish is turkey....

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Pineapple Peach Ghost Pepper Sauce

We grow our own Ghost peppers and various handy kitchen herbs in our back yard, it’s nice to just walk out and grab what you need to make something....

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is one of those dishes that you can customize as much as you want and it never gets old....

Chili Lime Broiled Avocado

Avocadoes… the things you can make with them are incredible or just slice them and eat them as is. This is a fun recipe that is pretty basic, but tasty....

Avocado Dip

This tasty recipe was posted on here before, and got accidentally deleted when I did the jekyll migration last year. Since then, I’ve had people asking for the recipe again, so I am putting it back here now....

Wasabi Coleslaw

This light and tangy slaw combines a crisp mix of cabbage, daikon, carrots and radishes with a bright dressing of rice vinegar and spicy wasabi....

Maple Lemon Chicken

My daughter and I made this for dinner tonight and it was tasty....

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash

Chili-lime chicken, beans, spaghetti squash and cheese… This is a tasty combination that we love to make....

Fish Cakes

I’m originally from Newfoundland, and fish cakes are a staple we grew up with alongside another traditional dish called fish and brewis....

Generate UUIDs in PHP

I’m working on a project currently where I am using UUIDs as unique identifiers. PHP doesn’t have a good UUID function for this, so I wrote one that let me generate one. ...

Using the x-requested-with header to include content on demand

I like using the same PHP script for both AJAX and non-AJAX content requests. Using one script just makes everything easier because it’s only one file to update/edit and it’s one more cache-able request. ...