Relaunching JonDavis.name

sublimehtmlBetween being sick at the start of the month and a three day weekend, I recently had some free time to devote to some personal projects. One of those personal projects was the redesign and relaunch of JonDavis.name. While I pride myself in my work here on Snowulf, I like to keep JonDavis.name as a “portfolio” site. A portfolio site, like a custom email domain, is something everyone in technology should have these days. They are neither very hard build, nor to maintain, yet quickly demonstrate some proficiency with technology.

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“Bank grade security” used to mean something (Updated)

WinonaSavingsBankVaultRecently Gizmodo ran a good, albeit lengthy, article titled “Here’s Why Your Bank Account Is Less Secure Than Your Gmail” on the topic of multi-factor authentication (MFA) and your bank. It also reminded me of another article from 2007 titled “Password Security – Or Lack There Of“. Sadly “bank grade security” used to mean the best of the very best, whereas now any digital security relating to financial institutions tends to be a joke.

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Adventures in urban gardening!

2015-02-07 16.00.42 HDR A good friend of mine has been bugging me for a while to try getting some plants at home. Historically I’ve had what most people would call a “brown thumb“. However, my friend convinced me to give it a shot. So today I’m starting a new series of posts chronicling my adventures in urban gardening. I’ve got a standard San Francisco apartment, however I do have a small patio so most of my plants will be able to enjoy the great outdoors (or at least I-280).

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Review: Dell XPS 13 (2015) w/ Touch

2015-02-06 16.50.43This week at the office we got in a couple “Dell XPS 13s with touch”. The unit is a follow up to the previous generation of Dell XPS 13, which I had affectionately nicknamed the “Dellbook Air”. Thus far I have been pleasantly surprised with the current generation, whereas the previous generation I did not care for or use for very long.

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Quick Review: Jot Script (Evernote) Stylus

The Jot Script by Adonit, Evernote edition

The Jot Script by Adonit, Evernote edition

Even with the failure of the Pencil by Fifty Three on my “Go Paperless” kick, I remained undeterred. Second on the docket, was Penultimate by Evernote and the Jot Script (Evernote edition). I was most excited by trying this combo out since it seemed express built for my purposes. Plus, my end goal is my digital life in Evernote, so what better than an app (and stylus) designed specifically for that exact purpose?

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Quick Review: Pencil (Stylus) by Fifty Three

Pencil By FiftyThree

Pencil By FiftyThree

Recently I’ve been on a “go paperless” kick. I want to move as much of my life into Evernote as possible. While I’ve been using Evernote for quite some time, I got the bug to expand that usage and see what else I could do easily. Part of that is the desire to be able to take handwritten notes, digitally. In the past I’ve used Paper by FiftyThree and quite enjoyed it, so I figured I’d see how Pencil by FiftyThree (their custom stylus) worked out.

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Happy New Years from Snowulf!

xmas Happy New Years to you and yours! Enjoy your evenings, have a blast, get crazy, but stay safe. Uber’s surge pricing for the night may be gnarly, but it sure beats the heck out of a DUI (or worse). Heck, just enjoy another round of refreshments and another round of Auld Lang Syne (who the heck remembers the words anyways?) until the “it’s no so expensive” notifications go off. It’s a holiday, enjoy!

Using Cloudflare as a Banhammer

cloudflarelogo These days “Snowulf” has become a loosely knit network of sites and projects. Most of the hosting is for myself, projects I’m involved with, or friends. Since I already pride myself in keeping my server online for the Snowulf Blog, adding a few other sites to the same server isn’t much of an issue. However the major headache of any site addition is… security. Every site and piece of software is slightly different. Most of the work is offloaded to Cloudflare’s Web Application Firewall however they’re not 100%. With some cheap tricks (and PHP), I’ve taught Cloudflare how to be a big banhammer.

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Hosting a website for $0.10 a month

tf138ca_happy-derp-face-meme-i3Recently I registered the domain “derp.army” and wanted to host a couple static pages on it, on the quick and cheap. Of course I have a server that works perfectly well, but the less complicated the infrastructure (or the less I have to run), the less headaches for me. The best solution for static websites I know of is AWS S3. Since this is obviously going to be an extremely popular website, we can’t forget to add a CDN in front of it, for that I chose Cloudflare. Here’s how I did it in a few easy steps.

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