Category Archives: Software

Jetpack Publicize: Setting the image and text shown on Twitter and Facebook

I use Jetpack Publicize to share my posts on Facebook and Twitter. This makes it easy to create a single WordPress post and have it show up on social media sites. Those services automatically use the Featured Image of the WordPress post, plus an excerpt of the title/text. There’s another cool feature: Facebook and Twitter

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RandomNeuronsFiring.com – now live!

I have reworked my blog so that the primary domain name is “Random Neurons Firing” (instead of the pedestrian richb-hanover.com). Same content, but a better name. I’m also adding a new topic to those I’ve previously covered (“Software, Networking, Life”). Over the last two years, I have gone to many planning and zoning conferences to

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Linking Reservation Nexus and TripAdvisor

Connecting ResNexus and TripAdvisor We wanted our room availability to show up in TripAdvisor and other online services. There are two basic steps, where you tell Reservation Nexus and TripAdvisor how to find each other’s information: Use Reservation Nexus Availability Exchange to share your room availability Use TripAdvisor TripConnect to link up your business to

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WordPress Meetup in Londonderry

I’ll be speaking next month at the WordPress Meetup about the using Docker to host a development WP server on your laptop. Here’s the writeup: Docker for WordPress Docker enables developers to easily pack, ship, and run any application (including WordPress) as a lightweight, self-sufficient container which can run virtually anywhere. For WordPress users, this

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DRY Documentation…

DRY – Don’t Repeat Yourself – is it relevant for documentation? I recently saw this comment on a forum… I’m not sure how useful it is to remove duplication [from the documentation pages]. It’s not code… IMHO, duplication in documentation is a couple orders of magnitude worse than duplication in code (and duplication in code

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Getting Started with React!

I’ve been playing with the spate of new Javascript technologies, and ran into a problem. As a beginner in this new ecosystem, I chose one of those big “starter kits” because I wanted to avoid the hassle of configuring all the tooling (see Javascript fatigue). But there was so much boilerplate that it was hard

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Bufferbloat on Packet Pushers

Back in October, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ethan Banks on the Packet Pushers podcast. In it, we talked about the definition of bufferbloat, and how it harms the performance of VoIP, gaming, and general internet use. (It’s the reason our children say, “The internet is slow today, Daddy.”) I also described how

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