Let's Encrypt, Drupal, and Dreamhost


Several days ago I let my $15 a year Comodo certificate go and replaced it with a "Let's Encrypt" certificate acquired through my hosting service - Dreamhost.

"I just assumed." Fatal words. I thought my replacement certificate would just show up and everything would continue working.

Not so. There were two gotchas.

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It will always be a Lego car!


"Build a beautiful website in minutes." proclaimed the ad. I've seen these before. In fact I've blogged about them before. So one might think I have a bit of a passion for the craftsmanship that it takes to build a beautiful website.  Having just read a wonderful article by Metal Toad's Tony Rasmussen entitled "A Sense of Software Craftsmanship" my pride is undoubtedly touched.

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Patching rbenv install for ruby 1.9.3-p551 on Ubuntu 16.04


I have been reading articles about the complexity of web design lately. I ran into version hell, which is one component of the complexity, headlong yesterday and thought it might be valuable to document my solution for someone trudging along in my footsteps.

I recently rebuilt my local computer with Ubuntu 16.04 and took the opportunity to clean up the crud that builds up. I have been slowly rebuilding my development tools taking care to make good choices about what I keep and what I throw out.

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Drupal 8 Here I come!


So I have a commission to build a Drupal 8 site so off I go. I downloaded Drupal 8 a few months ago when the project was just a gleam in my eye so my first step is to bring it up to speed. This means upgrading from 8.0.6 to 8.1.1 - the current stable release. And the nightmare begins...

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Farewell to Arms - Good bye to my old phone


I have had a new phone for about a week. And I have a useless mechanically sound phone that software updates have made obsolete.

My Motorola Spice (XT300) was about four years old. A brief slip into slide phones for Motorola, the Spice never was supported well. Sold only in Canada and Brasil. Updated once from Andriod 2.1 to 2.2 it finally let me down.  I got the phone with the idea that when I worked on job sites without an Internet connection it would let me tether so that I could continue working.

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