24
August
2019

Argh Sony WH-1000M3 Bluetooth Pairing

Why does every device have their own idiosyncrasies on this? Ok, here are the instructions for a Sony WH-1000MX. Turn the thing off with the power button Press and hold the button for seven seconds Look for the blue LED to blink rapid twice, then wait, then twice again. If the headphone is just one […]

22
August
2019

LED BR30 vs PAR30

Ok this is confusing, in the old days a PAR30 meant and halogen light that was 30 1/8″ of an inch (that is 30 * 0.125″ = 3.75″ wide). And they use the medium sized socket called the E26 base you see in a regular light bulb (technically that is called an A shape with […]

21
August
2019

Argh WordPress Site down due to DNS Misconfiguration

Well the Bluehost site was a pain, but didn’t have this kind of instability. So now trying to figure out what is wrong. This took a long while, but tl;dr, look at your DNS configuration sometime. But here is the debugging and the main notes are to use curl -v extensively to look at Apache2 rewrite, […]

16
August
2019

Guide to buying an Electric Vehicle: EV Redux 2019

Well it’s complicated to explain what to think about when buying a car. First of all it’s the second largest investment that anyone is going to make and it is not like a phone. It is an asset that will last years. But, advice has never been more important because so many things are changing […]

16
August
2019

Apple Card, free cards and credit ratings

Well, that was easy. If you get an invite at https://www.apple.com/apple-card/ then you pretty quickly get an email allowing you to enter. It is really just a few clicks on your phone. You get it by hitting + in your Apple Wallet. It gives you 3% back on Apple purchases and 2% back on Apple Pay purchases. […]

15
August
2019

IPad Turning off Safari Split Screen

This has got to be the most undiscoverable feature with the iPad. You can create a split screen by just dragging a tab to the right side and you get the split screen. But how do you turn it off. It turns out that the trick is long press on the tab button and you […]

15
August
2019

Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurants in Seattle August 2019 Update

We keep getting asked, what are the good Chinese restaurants. Well YMMV, but here’s our current list of spots that we love: Dough Zone. They actually have five very different locations in the area. The International District one is super convenient for Mariners games and so forth, but they have a long wait list. The […]

14
August
2019

Using Github for the first time the lessons of 2019

Brian reminded me that it is time for the annual update on how to manage GitHub repositories and your open-source connection. It turns out there are only a few paths that don’t lead you to a dead end. After four years of using it, here’s a quick set of tips, tricks, and traps: Identities Have […]

13
August
2019

Converting a DigitalOcean WordPress Droplet to Multisite

It used to be that WordPress had a separate build for multiple sites called WordPress Multiuser (WPMU0 That is being to handle multiple websites in a single WordPress installation. That’s why most of my personal sites are just separate WordPress installations. However way back in V3, they got rid of that and now every WordPress […]

13
August
2019

Picking a DNS provider

This is one of the most confusing things about hosting a website, you basically have three distinct choices to make when you start a site, you can use the same for all three pieces or you can mix and match Registrar. This where you buy your domain. Shop around, but I find Namecheap to be […]

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