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Customize your VSCode font sizes

To edit your VSCode settings, use COMMAND + P to open your command palette and search for settings.json. Open the file. Once open, you can customize VSCode by adding the lines listed below. General Sizing The ZoomLevel setting allows you to adjust the size of everything within the VSCode window. “window.zoomLevel”: 0.7, This seems to be the only decent way to adjust the VSCode sidebar size. The approach that I’ve taken is to to adjust this Zoom level so that my sidebar font is at my preferred size, then adjust the other font sizes using the other settings below. Editor…

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How to Add Super Admin to WordPress Multi-site Network

The simplest way to add a user as super admin is to have another super admin grant super admin privileges from WordPress dashboard. However, there may be times when this is not possible or is not convenient and you still need to add a super admin to your multi-site Another easy way to assign an existing user with super admin privileges is to add the following function to your functions.php file. You’ll need to replace the $user_id parameter with the user ID of the specific user you’d like to assign these privileges to. If you don’t want to have to…

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Rails Hotwire First Impressions

Finally had some time to dive into Rails Hotwire earlier this week and the process was so smooth. It really does feel like “new magic” and I cannot wait to get started on some new projects with this. However, apparently, Devise does not yet work out of the box with Hotwire’s Turbo so I’m hoping to make some time this weekend to see what’s involved. Thankfully Chris at GoRails already had a walkthrough on this ready since the beginning of the year. Here’s the link to his video: https://gorails.com/episodes/devise-hotwire-turbo

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Will this make text messaging less needy?

I came across this new service called texts.com over the weekend that looks promising. If it does what it says, I may not have to hate text messaging anymore. Text Messaging is such a needy piece of software. I don’t mean the people sending the messages. I mean the actual messaging apps. Stupid notifications that pop up irrespective of what you’re doing. No way to star messages or mark them for a response later, which feeds that underlying demand for an immediate response lest you read the message now and forget to respond altogether. Text messaging apps literally want all…

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My new Household Assistant: Alfred

I started working on a new personal project a few weekends ago that I am referring to as Alfred. The general concept of Alfred at this stage is that Alfred is a custom Household Assistant that is able to help keep track of various useful data points for around the house and provide useful automations for repetitive tasks. One of Alfred’s starting features is the ability to log the heights of my kids as my wife and I record them over time. As of right now, it’ll act as a simple log, but further down the road, I plan to…

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It’s none of my business if you opened my email

It’s none of my business if you opened my email. And it’s none of your business if I opened yours. Email tracking software may enable us to snoop on each other, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. Just because I may find the information useful, that doesn’t mean it’s my business. It’s interesting how easy we can compromise on basic ideas when it all of a sudden becomes convenient or beneficial to us. Or when it becomes the normal way of doing business. Technology has made it far too normal to track our colleagues, prospects, and customers. If I send…

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iOS 14.5 is more than just a software update

As you may have heard, Apple just released a new update for iPhone and iPad, iOS 14.5. What makes this release more notable than most is that it includes a new feature called App Tracking Transparency. App Tracking Transparency requires an app to request permission from you in order to track your activity on your device. This results in two significant changes: 1) It gives power back to the individual to actually have a choice about their privacy. 2) It exposes how much tracking is taking place. This deals a direct blow to companies like Facebook and Google whose entire…

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How to Edit Your Hosts File on Mac

Follow the below instructions to update your hosts file on Mac. 1. Open Terminal 2. Type in the following command to open your host file in Terminal: You’ll then be asked for your user password, enter it. Terminal will open the nano editor and it should look something like this: 3. To add a new entry, add the IP address followed by the domain. Or make other edits to the file as needed. 4. Hit CTRL + X to exit the editor and hit ENTER to save when prompted.

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Avoid Spam Filters with Proper G Suite Email Configuration

G Suite – Google’s all-in-one IT solution for businesses is a fantastic tool. It offers so much for such a reasonable price that it can get any small business up and running with email, calendar, Drive, docs, spreadsheets and much more. And not only that, but it’s quite simple to set up and get going. Essentially all you need to do is purchase a web domain, connect it to your G Suite account, and voila, you’re off and running.  However, with that ease of use is room for error. Email configuration is a very finicky creature. Google has made things…

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6 Reasons to Use Slack on Your Team

Email has its place in the workplace, but it’s far from a perfect communications tool. There are many times when email is not ideal for certain discussions, and that’s usually where a messaging application like Slack comes in. As a contractor who primarily works remotely, instant messaging applications are a huge part of the way I’m able to communicate with the teams I work with. Not all of them use the same app, some use Google Chat, but the majority of them use Slack. And I’ve seen how beneficial these applications can be for a team. Reasons to Use Slack…

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