Category: Useful stuff

  • Tips for remote work newbies

    Tips for remote work newbies

    One of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is that more people find themselves needing to work remotely after having worked in a more conventional office environment for most of their careers. Shifting to remote work can be a little disconcerting. Fortunately there are substantial resources to help you work productively, remotely. Automattic is a […]

  • Spotify recommendations are spot on today

    Spotify recommendations are spot on today

    I’ve been listening to one of my Spotify Daily Mixes that comprises instrumental movie and TV soundtracks. It has been giving me some excellent choices, many of which I haven’t heard before. I’m really impressed! Here are a couple tracks that have become new favourites: If only my YouTube recommendations for videos were as accurate!

  • How to send a Webmention in comments?

    How to send a Webmention in comments?

    I’ve had Webmentions enabled on this site for some time now. Sending a Webmention is pretty straightforward thanks to plugins like Webmention for WordPress and Semantic-Linkbacks. The question is how to send Webmentions in comments when someone replies to one of my posts? 🤔 I reached out to Chris Aldrich on Twitter, and he pointed […]

  • Exploring the Brave browser

    Exploring the Brave browser

    A few of my colleagues have been raving about the relatively new, Chromium-based Brave browser lately, so I decided to try it out. I initially didn’t pay much attention because I’m pretty happy using Firefox as my primary browser. That said, I like a browser that blocks tracker crud on the Web, so I thought […]

  • The missing piece in my Python scripts

    The missing piece in my Python scripts

    My quest to automate parts of my workflows usually involves writing Python scripts to streamline some of my tasks as a Happiness Engineer. One output has confused me for far longer than it should have, and I was shown the light today (in the form of a pretty simple solution). My dilemma Many of my […]

  • You don’t need Facebook News to keep up with news

    You don’t need Facebook News to keep up with news

    Facebook News (or, rather, a Facebook News tab), is rolling out in the USA, and there are valid concerns about this already, for various reasons. Whether you’re in the USA, or not, you don’t need (and may not want to rely on) Facebook News to keep up with the news. Instead, there is a tried, […]

  • Two more Firefox Dev Tools tips for inactive CSS and tracking changes you make

    Two more Firefox Dev Tools tips for inactive CSS and tracking changes you make

    If you spend a fair amount of your time in your browser’s page inspector examining and tweaking CSS, then you’ll probably find these two sets of features in the Firefox Page Inspector to be really helpful. Track changes you make Firefox Developer Tools offers a great way to track CSS changes we make while testing […]

  • The Chrome browser inspector has a very cool feature

    The Chrome browser inspector has a very cool feature

    I primarily use Firefox Developer Edition as my day to day browser. I use the excellent Firefox page inspector several times a day to troubleshoot issues for our customers, and write CSS for a variety of tweaks on sites that I use. As much as I enjoy using the Firefox browser inspector, I noticed a […]