Computer Booping

I boop computers. These are posts related to my work in development, hardware rescue, and projects in my home lab.

GEEK LEVEL: EXTRA NERDY

  • My Continuing Evolution in WordPress

    This year — 2023 — marks the 20th anniversary of WordPress. It’s been around for so long that it’s hard to imagine when it wasn’t part of my daily life, yet it’s still not old enough to drink. When I first dipped my toe into WordPress waters, I was a freelance illustrator and animator. It…

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  • Creating My First WordPress Plugin

    I haven’t finished my Personal Browser Start Page project, yet here I am posting about creating a WordPress plugin. I will get back to that browser project, but I’m still learning some JavaScript that will help me make it super duper. In the meantime, I decided to start a new project that I’ve been meaning…

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  • Building a Personal Browser Start Page

    Building a Personal Browser Start Page

    If you’re like me, you have your web browser open most of the time while you’re working. Maybe you have a few tabs open, maybe you have over forty — yup, I heard someone say they had that many open at once. My Virgo heart almost went into spasms. I always tend to have a…

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  • Bash Script for Quick and Easy File Transfer via SSH

    Bash Script for Quick and Easy File Transfer via SSH

    In my last post, I covered using the command line to transfer music files to my Raspberry Pi media server. This time I want to share some bash scripts I wrote to make it even easier. Automated login It gets old typing ssh dj@192.168.4.59 and then entering my password every time I want to log…

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  • Managing My Music Files with the Command Line

    Managing My Music Files with the Command Line

    I recently wrote an article for opensource.com, “Why I switched from Apple Music to Jellyfin and Raspberry Pi.” I hope you’ll read that first — or at least skim it — because it’s really fun and you’ll have more context for this post. When managing my digital music collection during the move to Jellyfin, I…

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  • WordPress Post Created Using CLI on a Wyse Terminal

    Okay, here’s the thing. I’m a geek about retro technology. Whether it’s old printing presses, cars (before computers), laptops, or dumb terminals, it doesn’t matter. I love finding old tech and giving it new life. I’m writing this post on a Wyse terminal. If you don’t know what that is, you can read about them…

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  • WordPress Site Changes Using CLI

    WordPress Site Changes Using CLI

    I’ve been using WordPress since 2009 or so. I even wrote an essay about it because I love working in it so much. For over ten years, I built sites, made edits to config files, and tweaked PHP files using the method of downloading them via FTP and reuploading them. I handled any plugin or…

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  • Back to School

    Back to School

    I’m going back to school. Okay, not really, because I’m not actually going to a formal school of any kind – unless you count Udemy or FreeCodeCamp.org. To be more clear, what I’m doing is building myself a curriculum for learning computer science and programming. Rather than apply to a community college or university degree…

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  • Movies and Books Collection

    Movies and Books Collection

    The Project: I wanted to create an online database where my family could view our movie and book collection at a glance. Users should have the ability to view, sort, search the collections. They should also be able to add, edit, and delete entries. It should be secure with user logins so no one else…

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  • The time I made a rocket fly with BASIC

    The time I made a rocket fly with BASIC

    I am a child of the ’80s. That means that a communication device you could carry in your pocket and allowed you to talk to anyone on the planet was a thing reserved for Captain Kirk. It also means that the first time I sat down at a computer, it was a blue screen with…

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