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Category: Miscellaneous

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Posts that didn't fit in any other categories.

This page lists all posts in the category, in reverse chronological order.

  • Zinio Ridiculous Delete Account Process

    Posted January 13, 2024 in Miscellaneous
    I deleted my Zinio account and that kicked off a ridiculous series of steps beyond what I expected. How hard does it need to be to delete an online account you no longer use?
  • Package Could Not Be Delivered Spam

    Posted January 12, 2024 in Miscellaneous

    It's been a long time since I've torn apart a spam message here. My daughter sent me a screen shot of a text message she received yesterday (supposedly from the United States Postal Service (USPS) and I thought I'd share the screen shot and debunk it.

  • End of the Year Wrap-up (2023)

    Posted December 31, 2023 in Delphi, Miscellaneous
    A summary of what happened this year on this site and in my life.
  • Losing My Skills

    Posted December 17, 2023 in Miscellaneous

    I feel like I'm losing some skills. I'm working on this Microcontroller-based project that I intended to have completed by Halloween (2023) but I wasn't able to get it working in time and, as I continue to work on it, I can't seem to finish it.

  • Google Pixel Watch Failures

    Posted December 17, 2023 in Miscellaneous
    The Google Pixel Watch was an expensive experiment for me. Two broken watches in a year, and no help from Google.
  • Axios Account Profile Edit Failure

    Posted December 11, 2023 in Miscellaneous, Stupid Developer Tricks

    I can't think of any worse way to implement account profile editing than Axios does in their site today.

  • Gihub's Fake 2FA Warning

    Posted August 8, 2023 in Miscellaneous

    Why exactly is GitHub warning me that I must use 2FA for my account when I already have it enabled (and have had it enabled for years)? End of post.

  • Simple RPN Calculator

    Posted August 7, 2023 in Mobile Development, Miscellaneous, Flutter
    I started a new project this weekend, a simple RPN Calculator project I'm writing in Flutter. The app will be free and advertisement free. My goal is to publish it on the app stores as well as a web application.
  • Hiatus

    Posted June 6, 2023 in Miscellaneous
    Announcing that I'm having shoulder surgery and won't be posting here much in the next couple of months.
  • Relaunched A World Without Apps

    Posted May 28, 2023 in Miscellaneous
    Back in 2016 I created a site called A World Without Apps where I published articles about voice interfaces and how they would replace many mobile apps. After letting the site languish for many years, I finally brought it back to life last week with a new look and new purpose.
  • Gadget Man

    Posted May 4, 2023 in Miscellaneous
    For my 60th birthday, my wife and some friends wrote a song about me called Gadget Man (sung to the tune from Rocket Man by Sir. Elton John)
  • Site Migration Completed

    Posted April 21, 2023 in Miscellaneous, Eleventy, Static Site Generators
    Announces the completed migration of this site from Joomla! on FatCow to Eleventy on Netlify.
  • Accurately Calculating Progress in Goodreads

    Posted January 9, 2022 in Miscellaneous
    I track the books I read in Goodreads, and this post describes a solution I created to deal with an annoying problem with Goodreads page counts and how they differ dramatically from reality. In this case I highlight a web app I created to convert a reader's current page to one adjusted for an inaccurate total page count in Goodreads.
  • Reviewing the Wrong Book

    Posted April 20, 2021 in Miscellaneous
    I read a review of one of my books on Amazon today and I'm always surprised by what different people want from books. In this case I had to respond because it felt like the reviewer wasn't reviewing my book.
  • Firebase Functions Deploy Helper

    Posted April 3, 2021 in Miscellaneous
    Between jobs, I spent most of my free time working for a startup building a sales automation tool in the cloud. I built the application on Firebase and encountered some problems deploying my Functions project reliably. To fix this, I created a utility that allows me to batch deployment updates to Firebase.
  • Talking Myself Out of a Job

    Posted April 2, 2021 in Miscellaneous
    I had some interesting experiences looking for a new job this time. My favorite one was an interview with an Engineering VP at one of the largest software companies in the world. He took a completely different approach in reading up about me before the interview and he made me completely rethink what kind of job I was looking for.
  • Starting a New Job Monday

    Posted April 1, 2021 in Miscellaneous
    After being out of work since September, I finally found a new job and this is my announcement that I finally found work.
  • Interesting Domain Registration Scam

    Posted January 12, 2021 in Miscellaneous
    I'm always amused by the random scams I get from time to time. and a long time ago I started documenting them here. This one's about a site contact form submission letting me know my domain registration would be terminated soon. So scary.
  • Useless Machines

    Posted July 15, 2020 in Miscellaneous
    I always wanted a useless machine and I finally built one. This post describes the kit I used and shows the final result.
  • Pandemic Lockdown Fun

    Posted May 7, 2020 in Miscellaneous, Flutter
    After settling in after the start of the Pandemic, I began work on a lot of different projects and this post describes a bit about what I'm doing.

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