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Gordon Meyer
Home automation and instructional design expert.
Interests: conjuring, sociology, technology as applied to everyday life.
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Despite the label "wildcard redirect," the basic DNS configuration at Namecheap does not redirect www or TLD requests. (Why? Beats me, it seems very wrong.) To accomplish any reasonable redirect you need to manually add entries for the TLD and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Gordon Meyer
Even if you have configured an S3 bucket for static website hosting, you still have to define the correct permissions or you'll get a 403 Access Denied error. It seems like AWS could make this a lot simpler, but they... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Gordon Meyer
This toy changed my life and eventually led to a 30+ year career in software. Two things I remember: it ran off about six D Batteries and if you picked it up they almost always came crashing out the open... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
Every technical writer should have this mounted on their wall. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
For the past 800 consecutive days, I’ve written a story inspired by imagery provided by the toss of one or more Story Cube dice. Each story is exactly 30 words long. Here is today’s micro-fiction, #800: Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
The pocket-size small press book, "The Difference Between by Billy McCall" is clever in both concept and execution. The premise is that each two-page spread compares and contrasts two things that are easily confused with each other. Examples include: Herb... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
After installing a firmware update from HP, my Laserjet printer barfed on some, but not all, PDF files with a "limit check" and sometimes "maskerror" report. (Not sure if it was a Postscript emulation error, or a PCL error. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
I've been getting back into interactive fiction so I was interested to discover the documentary "GET LAMP." From there, I was also intrigued by BBS: THE DOCUMENTARY. Imagine my surprise, though, to find ADAMchat, a piece of software of mine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
I use HyperBackup to mirror my Synology NAS to an external hard drive. However, as a mostly-Mac user, I prefer that the external drive be readable by macOS too. (Sadly, ext4 support on a Mac requires third-party software or hacks.)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
They say not to judge a book by its cover, but truth be told, it was the cover that drew me in when I spotted this book on the shelf at Daunt Books Marylebone. Check it out — a book... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
The Koogeek "smart" power strip is a nice HomeKit accessory, but it appears to be discontinued. If you need to change its wi-fi setting, good luck. The user manual is 404 on the company's website. After much gnashing of teeth,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
"The Little Woodcutter" is a beloved hidden art treasure in Amsterdam. Or, at least it had been, until recently. After 45 minutes of searching (spread over two separate visits) we decided that the vague and apparently incorrect hints about its... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Gordon Meyer
I've been using DevonThink for years, and I very much like and rely on it, but the recent v3 update is a big change and presents some challenges. In no particular order, here are my notes about the upgrading experience... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
If you're pulling your hair out over an HP printer that stopped being reachable/visible after you made a network topology change (such as a new router), reset the printer to factory settings and reconfigure it. Some HP models (all?) retain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I accidentally deleted a Drafts action that I use several times a day. Ugh! It took me a surprisingly long time to re-create it, so I'm posting it here as a note to my future ham-fisted self. This action appends... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Speaking of injuries that prevent you from taking a shower, I can recommend Welmedix No Rinse Body Wash as a helpful tool. It's especially useful if you're wearing a cast or splint that you can't get wet. It's a foam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I have subscribed to Esquire for at least 30 years. I can't even remember when I first subscribed, but I have always enjoyed what I considered to be America's best magazine. Except that the last few years have seen a... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
I used to suffer from chronic swelling in an ankle that was injured long ago. I've tried a lot of compression methods -- which do help -- but by far the best one was this Kunto Fitness Ankle Brace. Not... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
Several years ago I was in a serious car accident. On my way home from work, over the Christmas break, I was "t-boned" at an intersection by a homeless person driving a '70s Monte Carlo at high speed. The other... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer
This Craig DVD Player is simultaneously horrible and fantastic. (Yes, Craig is still in business, or at least it's a brand that survives. I remember them from when I was a kid.) It's made from the thinnest, ugliest plastic you'll... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Gordon Meyer