Cloudflare Workers

As a father of two young boys I don’t find myself with a lot of free time to work on personal projects and when I do have the time I rarely have the energy. So while I spend a fair bit of time learning about new tech I’d like to play with, finding time to do so isn’t easy. Even in a lockdown it seems. Or at least that was the case until this weekend.

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Social Distancing

If you haven’t heard the term social distancing by now I’d be quite surprised, as it comes hand in hand with the current COVID-19 outbreak. People need to stay at home and avoid close contact with others. And from what I’ve seen online, a lot of people are having a hard time with that. For most people, human contact is important. They feel isolated at home without being able to go out.

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Creating an iA Writer template on the iPad

Earlier I mentioned that I was going to try and create a custom preview for my blog articles. Well I did. It wasn’t particularly hard but it was a bit tedious since I wrote the template on the iPad itself. To start with I needed to grab a copy one of my rendered article pages. That proved to be tricky since Mobile Safari and other mainstream iOS browsers don’t let you view source.

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Working with Shortcuts

More success in the blogging automation front. I spent some time playing around with the Shortcuts app which is now standard as part of iOS 13. If you haven’t played with it, I recommend checking it out. It is reminiscent of Automator on the Mac in that it allows you visually combine functional blocks linking inputs and outputs to create a script which you can trigger manually or based on some event.

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Blogging on an iPad

I bought my first iPad in 2010, back at iPad 1 when it was first released. And I still have it and it still works… sort of. I say sort of because it is stuck on iOS 5.5 and it very difficult finding any apps or games which work, other than the ones which are already on there. It is amazing how far things have come since then, particularly in the web development space, where I spend most of my time.

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New Beginnings

Happy New Year everyone. I didn’t add much to this site in 2019, but I’m hoping to improve that this year. And to that end I’m writing this entry on my new iPad Pro. How will that help? I’m not really sure yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing if I can create a workflow which will allow me to get content from my brain onto the web in a faster and smarter way.

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Go go go (aka. Advent of Code 2019)

Last year I participated in a programming competition in which I attempted to solve a daily problem by writing a little program to process input and get a result. To punish myself further, I decided to try writing the programs in a different language each day. The problem with that approach was that apart from any languages I was already familiar with, I didn’t get a chance to appreciate any of them.

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Fixing Skype not calling on iOS

So I got a new iPhone for my wife, and I wanted to put Skype on it. During the setup, it asked me for access to the microphone, the camera and contacts. The first two were obviously needed, but I didn’t think it would be necessary to give access to the contacts. So once I was able to log her in, I figured all was well. Except it wasn’t. She wasn’t able to make any calls, either to regular numbers or other Skype accounts.

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The Impossible Fortress

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak My rating: 4 out of 5 stars I have a read a few “Young Adult” books in the past couple of years, and I’m not sure really what defines that category. Typically the characters are younger, presumably to be more relatable. They tend to be less dark, less violent, but I guess that wouldn’t necessarily always be the case.

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Advent of Code 2018

Just what I need leading up to Christmas, typically one of the more stressful times of the year: a month long programming challenge. As the name suggests Advent of Code is a countdown to Christmas with new coding challenges each day. From what I’ve seen, the challenges are reimiscent of the ones I saw competing in the International Collegiate Programming Contest. Although you aren’t as restricted in terms of language, reference material, etc.

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