Having taken some time off to reflect on work, life, and the work of my life, I feel a strong pull towards working on projects that have a measurable positive environmental impact.
What's been on my mind
Surfer and oceanographer Dr. Tony Butt, who has been a regular at the big wave spots around the Kommetjie area over the years and who has given talks about the science of waves and geomorphology, spoke again this evening at the Kommetjie Surf Shop, but this time it wasn’t about surfing or the formation of waves, rather he presented his research and thoughts on this “Plastic Nightmare” we are living in and are all contributors to.
Riaan Burger from Burtronix spoke on Git workflow and security.
Thanks to him and Amazee for their sponsorship :-)
Riaan's slides available here: http://slides.com/riaan-burger/a-secure-git-development-work-flow
PGP, GPG, GNU.
Was looking up some vim shortcuts and came across this excellent vim primer which approaches it in a very logical manner.
Just discovered(!) that moving the cursor to the end of a line and automatically adding the semicolon can be accomplished with the following combination of keys: Cmd + Shift + Enter
The makers of the many of the apps and probably all of the social media websites we use (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, LinkedIn, YouTube) don't have our best interests at heart, and are designed to keep us within their environments for as long as they can, and to make sure we come back often. This shouldn't come as a surprise, when most of the business models are advertising based, and more time spent = more advertising revenue potential.
The first Drupal Cape Town meetup of 2017 took place at the Bandwidth Barn on the 22nd of February 2017.
One of the sites I maintain recently had a server upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04.4, which included a new version of varnish (version 3.05) which required an update to the Varnish configuration. After setting up a new default.vcl file I was monitoring the headers sent and received to make sure that what was supposed to be cached was in fact being cached by Varnish. While testing I discovered that I was not getting any Cache-Control headers from static files like images.
I'm a huge fan of Elon Musk, the world-changing, South African born pioneer of the consumer electric car and space technology company SpaceX, and was pleased to learn that both the Tesla website, and the SpaceX website are built on Drupal. Both are currently Drupal 7 sites with home pages that use beautiful images and videos (in the case of the Tesla site) to provide high visual impact and engagement.