ARTICLES

Line Drawings For Installation Manual of Process Control Equipment

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 06:47

Way back in the late 1990's or early 2000's I created some installation manuals for a line of industrial monitors called the BeeHive series.  I also created a logo, some other graphics and Flash animations. The worst thing about this early work is that I have lost so much of it. I would especially like to still have some of the Flash animations. 

I am pretty sure I still have the installation manuals in PDF form somewhere one of my old machines. I will simply have to dig.

TWIG Sub-Template Experiment

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:20

I wanted to be able to easily create a Content Type on the fly that would export photos using Lightbox.

Initially I just used a Module as a block. But that really seeming both impractical and overkill. So Instead I modified the templates in TWIG and the theme file. Now, I just need to create the Photo Library Content Type in 'Contents' and add the images I want to display.

Southern California Mountains Foundation

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 14:29

This website was designed by Nicole Beale. I built the markup, the SASS and wrote various modules and modified the Core PHP as was necessary. The CMS was Symfony Apostrophe 1.5. It was sort of an experiment in a way. The previous website was built in Symfony Apostrophe 1.5 and we didn't want to have to migrate the content and re-teach the employees on a whole new CMS. The problem was that Apostrophe was never designed for mobile websites.

Programming for the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 23:19

I have performed several tasks for RCTC over the last two years updating and creating content not only for their main website, but for the various the construction and project proposal websites as well. This article only highlights a few.

NOTE: Our company did not create the latest version of the RCTC main website. We still do a great deal of work for them, but for the website, they decided to go another way.

Alleviating Some of the Crap Thats Slowing Down Your Server at the Source

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:38
Several months ago I started receiving the occasional alert email in the middle of the night warning that my server was hitting a threshold. Reviewing the server logs I found the usual suspects. Hits to Wordpress; admin-ajax, wp-login.php, xmlrpc.php... But also, there were a ton of hits from a web crawler that was hitting the same content over and over and over. There are plugins available to cache websites and throttle repeat content, but a hit to the CMS is still a hit and will require PHP, several image requests, file requests and more than a few hits to the database.

Basic, Yet Effective PHP Throttle

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:13

Basic, Yet Effective PHP Throttle

Anyone who has spent any time looking at web server logs will know that most websites are bombarded with attempts to undermine the security features and take advantage of CMS and plugin vulnerabilities. On top of this there are many web-crawlers out there that simply don't follow any of the suggestions or rules and will continuously hit a page over and over again.

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