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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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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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Accept Payments On Your Site Without a Heavy Shopping System

Have you ever needed to accept payments on your site but don’t have a payment system built in? Today I’m going to walk through setting up Stripe Checkout on one of your webpages. What’s great about Stripe Checkout is that you don’t have to design anything, Stripe has done all the grunt work and all you have to do is create the Product you’re selling in your Stripe account, and then copy and paste the code into your site. Everything on your site happens on the client-side and nothing passes through your server. Simply put: Stripe has made it easy…

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Create a Next Steps Page for Your Church Website

If you’ve been in the church for any length of time, then you surely know about the Connection Card. They’ve been an important part of how churches stay in contact and connect with members or new guests for a long time (as far back as I can remember anyway!). However, things have changed drastically over the last 20 years and the way the world communicates has shifted. As part of this shift, it’s increasingly the norm for people to go about their day without: a) a penb) cash We’re even getting close to going fully wallet-less. What we all do…

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Set up a WordPress site to require an invite code

I recently built a website for a wedding and a specific feature they wanted was for the website only to be available to their guests. We didn’t want to have to deal with any cumbersome user login system, but just something simple that only invited guests would be able to use. Security wasn’t a major priority. If at the end of the day, a guest wanted to show a friend the site, that’s okay. So the method that we implemented for the site was to set up the site with an invite code that would then be included in invites…

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