Death to the Email Signature

Picard facepalm I’m not going to use an email signature anymore. It’s an arcane practice that provides no real value to anyone. Let’s examine what a signature actually is. The signature is a form of identity verification, whereby the signatory validates that they are, in fact, the person they claim to be by putting pen to paper and swirling their hand around to form squiggles that they alone are the best at creating. Continue reading »

How To Self-Host an Infinitely Scalable WordPress Site on a Shoestring Budget

I love WordPress. I use it for nearly all the sites I build, I write plugins for it, I run this site on it. It’s an awesome content management system and blogging platform. I love that I can modify and extend it with plugins and themes however I want, without restriction. I love that it’s open source, so I can contribute to it being a better product and use it pretty much however I want without fees and license restrictions. Continue reading »

How To Redirect HTTP to HTTPS in Nginx

A while back I moved my site to full-time TLS. This is great for users since it provides both security through an encrypted connection, and authentication to verify that what they’re getting is actually coming from me, without alteration or interception. However, I needed to make sure any requests to non-TLS locations were redirected to their new TLS-protected URL. Luckily Nginx makes this really simple. Here’s the code you need to add to your server configuration: Continue reading »

Technology We Love to Hate

Technophobia I am amazed by the frequency with which I see the announcement of a technological innovation followed immediately by a barrage of naysayers proclaiming all manner of ways this new technology is bad for humanity, society, their national population, or what have you. Let’s take a recent example. A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook about a robot at the National Institute of Health: In case you didn’t bother to watch the video, here’s the major takeaway: the robot can do in one week what would take a scientist working 8 hours a day, 7 days a week for 12 years. Continue reading »

My Love/Hate Relationship with "Read it Later" Apps

Abandoned library I read a lot. Not many books (though more than I used to), but a ton of articles and blog posts. Actually, let me rephrase that: I have a lot of articles in my reading queue. I do, in fact, read plenty of things on a daily basis, but the majority of interesting posts I come across get sent to Pocket, so I can read them later that day when I have some down time. Continue reading »

MH370 and the "Radar Shadow" Theory

Aviation radar Keith Ledgerwood published a post earlier today outlining a theory he’s developed about Malaysian Airlines flight 370. I won’t go into great detail about his theory because you can read it yourself, and you should if you want to understand the rest of this post. The tl;dr is that he used available data about air traffic about the time and area MH370 was known, and later suspected, to be in the air, and has proposed that the plane’s alleged hijackers managed to disable the transponder and fly in the “radar shadow” of Singapore Airlines flight 68. Continue reading »

Cosmos, and an Unfortunate Byproduct of Cord-Cutting

Cord-cutting Last summer I canceled my cable TV subscription, and went 100% Internet. In fact, I’d been using Internet services nearly exclusively for my content consumption for many months up to that point, but other circumstances required keeping my cable TV. Despite pretty much entirely ignoring cable programming I still had the mentality that, if something came along on TV that I really wanted to watch, I still could. Once I dropped cable that option went away. Continue reading »

DEF[x] Annapolis: Encourage the Innovators

DEF[x] sailboat This post originally appeared on USNI Blog. I’m posting it here for my archives. The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum held their first locally organized event this past Saturday, called DEF[x] Annapolis (think TEDx vs TED). Organized by midshipmen at the Naval Academy, the goal was to bring together a group of people from around the region interested in furthering the discussion of innovation and disruption within the military. This was the second DEF event, the inaugural conference having been held this past October in Chicago. Continue reading »

Amazon Still Has a Long Way to Go to Beat Netflix

I’m a big fan of Amazon. I’m dependent on my Prime membership for everything from deodorant to Christmas gifts, and at $79 $99 a year it’s a bargain. I’ve been impressed with their Instant Video original content efforts, and their ability to get big names in television and movies to license programming to them. Despite that, they’re still a long way from convincing me to leave Netflix and go all in on Amazon. Continue reading »

Snow of the Titans

Winter Storm Titan snow accumulation This is without doubt the snowiest winter in recent memory. Yet the snow we’ve received thus far hasn’t been more than a few inches each time, so while it’s enough to slow things down in the DC-Baltimore region, it’s not sizeable by any stretch. This time, we’re expecting anywhere between 6 and 14 inches from Winter Storm Titan, depending on who you ask. For us in the Annapolis area, it’s expected to be closer to the upper end of that estimate. Continue reading »
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