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Run PHP scripts in native macOS app with Xcode & Swift

Run PHP scripts in native macOS app with Xcode & Swift

Developer Curiosity Many, many years ago, as an open source PHP and WordPress developer, I had a system for testing arbitrary PHP as I honed my skills and learned new techniques. I had a file on my web server called test-php.php that did nothing but output the results of my code and would spend hours writing code, upload to server, switch to browser, refresh. This is how I learned the basics of regex, converted base64, tested operators, and refined my…

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YouTube: Something went wrong. Tap to retry.

YouTube: Something went wrong. Tap to retry.

YouTube videos won’t play on iPad! For the past two weeks my kids have had trouble watching YouTube videos on their iPads. It works for a while, then they see a message after the video’s ads play saying, “YouTube: Something went wrong. Tap to retry.” This issue has been prompting YouTube iPad users to “Tap to retry” for years. The only solution for making the YouTube app work on their iPads has been to completely reset their “Network Settings.” I’ve googled…

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Mac Dad’s adventures in PC gaming: Rust on Steam

Mac Dad’s adventures in PC gaming: Rust on Steam

Attn: All Mac Dads If your kids ask for a PC for gaming, just tell them you can’t afford it. It won’t be a lie, specifically, considering how much time you have to spend updating drivers and frameworks. Tonight my oldest wanted to try out a PC game called Rust. According to Steam’s Rust page, “The only aim in Rust is to survive. To do this you will need to overcome struggles such as hunger, thirst and cold. Build a fire. Build…

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Technological solutions to common problems

Technological solutions to common problems

A guy on the bus the other day was openly criticizing those around him for abandoning the world around them in favor of the pale imitation our handheld devices offer up. A friendly woman next to him unwisely* offered up a different perspective. “It’s interesting to think about whether this is any different from reading a book or newspaper on your commute. Some might be studying or reading the news. I wonder if we have always tended to isolate ourselves…

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There comes a point, I guess, no matter how young you feel, where you realize you’re old.

There comes a point, I guess, no matter how young you feel, where you realize you’re old.

My boys have their own computer where they play games I’ve installed which seem to not cross my boundaries for what’s ok for kids to play. One of the games I’m sort of on the fence about because it seems to bring out a lot of creativity, while also creating an unpredictable anxiety in them, is Minecraft. So I limit their time with the game while I monitor their behavior surrounding their exposure to it. It’s not like it’s all…

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What time is the Super Bowl?

What time is the Super Bowl?

The Atlantic has a fascinating piece on search engine optimization that goes fully meta. What time is the Super Bowl? Even as I look at these letters, words, it almost looks like every “l” is a number one. A “1” as compared to a “l”. It’s late. Or early, depending on your specific outlook. Here’s a specific paragraph that I felt like quoting. HuffPo, Time, and the Washington Post all got good at this game, running operations to arbitrage Google’s…

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Being conservative has its benefits

Being conservative has its benefits

I’m a huge nerd. I serve HariKari.com from my house using Mac OS X Server only because I love this technology. I love the pressure it creates for me to learn something I might otherwise not even be involved in. The bloggers here might take umbrage. It’s been pretty smooth sailing, with the occasional sea-sickness, but nothing like this past week. So for me to have different goals from theirs – the spreading of democracy and the informing of the…

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Harikari shutdown

Harikari shutdown

Greetings loyal readers. Harikari is back online. We can either blame the temporary shutdown on a new developer version of OS X that has some connectivity problems, or we can blame it on John Boehner. I am going with Boehner. Everything bad that happens now – I blame John Boehner. Thanks to webmaster Tony and President Obama for getting it up and running again.