• Updated: WordPress Plugins We Can’t Do Without

    Oh, and caching: Some kind of caching please. One of our work sites was coming in at an average of 1049.56 ms (over the course of a week). We installed WP Super Cache and new times are coming in between 249 and 315 ms.

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  • Customizing Vertex

    Elegant Themes’ Vertex has its great moments, but out of the box it has other moments that aren’t so great. Let’s clean up some of the spacing issues, allow for a longer blog title, nicer translucency and — oh! — those awful featured images.

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  • Easy Events-Made-EasyTricks

    I use the E-Dynamics Events Made Easy plugin for several WordPress sites, and it is in fact pretty easy to set up and then display basic-basic lists of events. But it can do more, and It’s not quite as “easy” as advertised, though it’s pretty cool once you roll up your sleeves and start trying things out.

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  • Updated: Login/Logout Method for Basic Authentication

    The situation: a kiosk application where people in the community would log in to a web page, request some materials, then log out again. The users are all in our Active Directory login system. How can you construct it so that a user can log out, and the next log in, without forcing them to close and re-open the browser?

    Previously the latest version of Firefox broke it. A small mod to the script seems to be just the ticket.

    All things considered, maybe using sessions is better. If you’re in a situation where you can’t depend on people doing two clicks to log out, you should look into that.

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  • How-To: Wireless Ceiling Fixtures Part 1

    For a mere $30 each, you can make this cool wireless LED lamps, suitable for hanging in places where you don’t have any household electrical availale. The project could use a little refinement by way of a better grade of LED lights. But here’s step-by-step instructions.

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Spending part of the afternoon nuking old/irrelevant/stupid posts from the past. Do you care what I had to write about some web technology issue in 2007? Neither do I. → January 20, 2015

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Updated: WordPress Plugins We Can’t Do Without

Oh, and caching: Some kind of caching please. One of our work sites was coming in at an average of 1049.56 ms (over the course of a week). We installed WP Super Cache and new times are coming in between 249 and 315 ms.

Grilled vegetable platters

Holiday Platters

For the fun of it I made these two vegetable platters for the department’s holiday party. Eggplant, fennel, leeks, onions, zucchini and more in the shapes of a menorah and a Christmas tree.

blog home page

Upgrade Project

Now that I know a little more about how the Divi theme works, I can knock out a remodel like this in a couple of hours. This page needed to work harder. It’s responsible for selling the entire program, and it needed to show more about what we can do. With a number of style tweaks and the help of a good in-house stock photo archive, I came up with this.

Autumn leaves and a blue house

Fall Colors

The light was beautiful this morning so I took a couple of shots on the way to work.

Trustee Entrance

Village Hall

South Orange. There are people who are advocating for tearing it down. Mistake.

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One More Vertex Tweak

The other week we visited the Vertex, from Elegant Themes, with a number of fixes to make this excellent theme work a little harder. Here’s one more thing I noticed: Mystery Meat.

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Mohonk Mountain House Redux

A few years ago E. and I visited this incredible resort, and spent a few hours on the grounds. We vowed that, …

Field and sky

Another Rail Trail

This one runs from Kingston down to Ellenville, NY — maybe 25 miles. We did a very small portion of it, but …

bird feeder and stone wall

Old Depuy House

Part of a rail-trail system that includes five locks on the old canal between New Paltz and Stone Bridge, NY.

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Storm King By-Pass

Finally, a summer vacation! Here’s the first waystation, a scenic overlook over the Hudson River somewhere on 9W.

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