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Upgrading to Yosemite

Posted by: Neum in Coder
Nov. 17, 2014, 6:15 p.m.
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So today I took the plunge and upgraded to Yosemite. With all of the Django and Homebrew setup on my mac it's always interesting to see what breaks when upgrading. First thing that was off was Postgres was not started, which is what I use for local dev so I can use a production dataset when testing. When I tried to run "brew doctor" I got an error:

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Spam Control with jQuery

Posted by: Neum in Coder
Nov. 11, 2014, 11:45 p.m.
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Recently at work I was faced with a problem. We use an outsourced CRM solution so I send lead forms directly to them. Things work but the only solution they have for spam control is using a captcha. A solution I'm not particularly fond of. Especially since one of those forms is in the footer of our site and it would just be flat out ugly.

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Upgrading Ghost on Webfaction

Posted by: Neum in Coder
Oct. 29, 2014, 5:39 p.m.
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A while back I started a blog using Ghost to try it out. Webfaction made it easy by having a 1 click installer for it almost immediately after it was available. The site has been up and running for a while and I noticed that there have been several upgrades since I installed it so I wanted to upgrade to the latest version. Here is how I did that. Note that these instructions will only work if you installed Ghost using the Webfaction installer.

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Mezzanine + Sorl.Thumbnail

Posted by: Neum in Coder
Sept. 24, 2014, 3:34 p.m.
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I really like Mezzanine and use it all the time in projects. It powers this site you're on now. There are a couple of things that often "bug" me about it though. One is that I don't understand why Stephen chose to bake his own thumbnail plugin and didn't just use sorl.thumbnail. Sorl is much more flexible and powerful. For instance I can add margin and center an image when resizing it to give uniform whitespace around images while preserving the aspect ratio, something the built in thumbnail tag can't do. Sorl also allows me to specify a file type. For instance on a big site I just launched all the header images were added as png images and were huge, over 1MB in size. I needed to convert those to optimized jpeg images and sorl.thumbnail allowed me to do that, reducing the size 10 times to less than 100k with no discernible drop in quality. Again, you can't do that with the built in thumbnail tag that I know of.

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Owncloud 7 + Webfaction

Posted by: Neum in Webmaster
Sept. 2, 2014, 3:10 a.m.
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Been way too long since I've posted something here. Life has been busy. Isn't that the excuse everyone uses? I'll change the theme up soon. Don't want anyone's eyes to bleed! Regardless this weekend I really wanted to get Owncloud set up on one of my Webfaction servers. I've used Dropbox, Sparkleshare, Bittorrent Sync for years and even tried a few other file sharing apps along the way. I set up Owncloud way back when on Amazon hosting for a client and it worked well but this latest release seems way better. At least from my limited use.

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