David Herron is a blogger, software engineer, electric vehicle enthusiast, and energy healer.

Static HTML website builders (AkashaCMS, etc) slashes web hosting costs to the bone

Today's web is supposedly about fancy software on both server and client, building amazingly flexible applications merging content and functionality from anywhere.  What, then, is the role of old-school HTML websites?  In particular, why am I wasting my time building AkashaCMS and not building websites with Drupal?


Stopping server overload, cleaning up the site front page, disabling comments, and general goodness

The last few days the server hosting this site was overloaded, and I finally took a look at the access log, saw a continuous stream of requests that shouldn't be occurring, and realized the "links" row of teasers on the front page needed to go away. The default links row includes one reading "Log in to post comments" but this blog doesn't allow anybody else to register for an account, and in any case comments are handled by Disqus rather than Drupal's commenting system. The link didn't need to be there at all, and the more I looked at the links row the more useless it looked.


Accidental Amazon Kindle purchases: It's easy to buy for Kindle, and hard to return

Maybe this has happened to you, you're on amazon.com and accidentally purchase a Kindle book. The way it happened for me was simple, I had entered a book name to search for it, then hit TAB (don't remember why), then hit RETURN, and next thing I knew I was on a page thanking me for making a purchase. The culprit? Me, and the design of the Amazon website.


Do 3rd party commenting systems (Disqus et al) support my community, or theirs?

It used to be that Web 2.0 was the cool new thing, and a core feature was that the audience could leave comments on websites. It's common nowadays for websites to support comments, and comment areas have become (in some cases) a war zone full of partisan bickering. It was ground-breaking the 10ish or so years ago that websites began to support 3rd party comments. Really.


How to fix Google Chrome crazily creating extra new tabs when opening a new browser tab

Recently Chrome (on my Chromebook) began crazily creating a zillion new tabs every time I asked it to open a new tab. It was very painful, because every time opening a tab there was an explosion of new tabs being opened, and it meant trying to click the close-tab button to stop the explosion. At first I thought, "oh, Chrome got updated with a bug, they'll sort it out, and issue an update." After waiting for a few days and it didn't fix itself, I saw a note in passing that Google had changed something with the "New Tab page" ..


Simple jQuery carousel, no plugins, rich content, interesting style

I'm working on upgrading the home page for a client site, and one thing they want is image-based carousels. There are plenty of websites doing this, where they might have an automatically flipping carousel, or might have a set of thumbnails and hovering the mouse of a thumbnail causes more information to show up. I'm experimenting with different ideas, and one I came up with is to have a set of thumbnails, each associated with rich information, then show a Hero sized image along with the rich information when one of the thumbnails is selected.


Review: The Past, Present and Future of JavaScript (Axel Rauschmayer)

You may have heard that the ECMAScript committee (that oversee's the standards for JavaScript) are working on the next version of the language.


Successful bloggers fill the Internet with valuable information desired by their audience

Pondering the "get rich quick by blogging" type book I just reviewed, I came up with this thought - Those of us who make a living "online" are earning our living by filling the Internet with more content.


Review: How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich, a so-so book on pro-blogging

I'm always interested in improving my understanding of how to make a living from writing.


Chromebox for Meetings should decimate the incumbent audio/video conferencing market

Chromebooks are now being joined by Chromebox's, and we should start to wonder whether Chrome devices will represent a whole new wave of computing platforms. That is, will Chrome devices take a place alongside Windows PC's, Mac's and Android/iOS mobile devices as a major computing platform? I'm typing this on a Chromebook and have to say the experience is pretty good, enough that I haven't used my Macbook Pro for several days where previously I'd used it daily.


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