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Rescuing the exclamation mark

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Writing, Rant.
722 words, 3 minutes read time.
Exclamation mark.

Exclamation marks are overused and abused these days and we need the grammar police to be vigilant in prosecuting offenders. I'd guess at least 99% of exclamation marks used in electronic communication are inappropriate and unnecessary.

How To calculate your Wilks score

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Weight Training.
408 words, less than 2 minutes read time.

The Wilks Score allows powerlifters and weight-trainers to make an equitable comparison of the weights lifted regardless of body weight, gender and -- with a modification to the pure Wilks score -- age. This article explains how to go about calculating your Wilks Score.

Adding Exchange aliases on macOS (High) Sierra

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Apple, Microsoft Exchange.
185 words, less than 1 minute read time.

This article describes how to add Microsoft Exchange aliases to MacOS mail, which was quite a palaver under previous versions of MacOS but is much easier from Sierra onwards.

My GTD (Getting Things Done) software — still searching for the Holy Grail of GTD

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, GTD, Ulysses, Apple.
1296 words, 6 minutes read time.
Time manager diary page.

Back in the 1980s I found a Holy Grail of GTD which was essentially a very upmarket Filofax. I've been searching for the software equivalent of that ever since the personal computing age dawned. In this article I describe my GTD process, which, alas, is no Holy Grail yet.

CSF problems after EasyApache 4 upgrade

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Linux, cPanel, CSF.
191 words, less than 1 minute read time.

If you've upgraded your CPanel system from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 there's a possibility that CSF (ConfigServer Firewall) won't run correctly. This is because the EasyApache upgrade moves the Apache log files. This article explains how to correct this problem.

Problems with p0f after reboot or upgrade

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Linux, cPanel.
267 words, less than 2 minutes read time.

If you get the p0f appears to be down message after upgrading or rebooting a CPanel system, I have a fix for you. I haven't yet worked out how to stop it altogether but this fix holds things steady until the next upgrade or reboot.

Installing Jekyll on macOS (OSX) 10.11+

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Jekyll, Apple, macOS, Web Development.
663 words, 3 minutes read time.
Jekyll icon.

The process I used to install Jekyll on MacOS 10.11+ (actually 10.12.6) after encountering errors such as 'You don't have write permissions', 'public_suffix requires Ruby version >= 2.1', 'Your Xcode (7.2.1) is too outdated' and 'rbenv shell command not found'. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I got there in the end.