I will probably draw some criticism for this post, but here it goes. I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. It is a great tool for keeping up with breaking news and to communicate quickly with people. But Twitter has a problem, actually two problems, and I know I am not alone in this thought process. First, there is not a month that doesn't go by where you don't hear of a Twitter account being hacked or taken over. The problem is that I think Twitter could either significantly reduce this issue or solve it entirely if they would implement better security for their users. Twitter currently offers Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for users, but their implementation of 2FA is so far off from a standard implementation that they have done more harm than good by implementing it. The root of the issue is that Twitter only allows a single account to be tied to a single phone number. For some users that may have multiple accounts this presents a serious issue. Twitter could fix this … [Read more...] about My Problem with Twitter
I recently had the need to pass parameters to middleware for authentication purposes. I wanted to declare a custom role for each route, have that role passed to the middleware, and if the user held that role the route would pass. The solution actually turned out to be quite simple and using a solution I found for Laravel 4 I was able to make this work for Laravel 5. In particular I made this solution for use with Cartalyst Sentry, but can be easily adapted to work with any use. First things first, let's create a simple middleware. We will call this RoleChecker and save it to the Http\Middleware directory. Note that you will need to change the "YourAppNameHere" name to work with your installation. [crayon-5c6d0ddf98219670769530/] Now we need Laravel to recognize our custom middleware so we open the Http/Kernel.php file and add the following line to the $routeMiddleware array: [crayon-5c6d0ddf9822c184446379/] Finally, we can start passing parameters to our … [Read more...] about Pass parameters to middleware in Laravel 5
I am embarrassed to say I spent 3 hours today trying to figure out why my foreign keys were not working properly in mySQL. I had several child tables that all had records related to a parent table and was utilizing foreign keys with on delete cascade set up to automatically delete records in the child tables. I went through the common symptoms: Using InnoDB engine on the tables in question (mySQL defaults to myISAM if you don't specify and myISAM does not support foreign keys). Charsets and collation are identical on all parent and child tables. Datatypes are the same for the columns. Index set on columns in child tables and in parent table if not primary keys. No inline references on the column specifications I tried recreating the tables, removing and recreating the indexes, removing and recreating the foreign keys, and always checking the error logs. Nothing worked. I searched Google up and down (at least I thought I did) and couldn't find anything either. … [Read more...] about mySQL Foreign Key On Delete Cascade Not Working
Today's news is highlighted by the European Union bringing a formal antitrust complaint against Google. I for one have a big problem with this complaint. While I have not fully read the complaint I am going to make several assumptions here. The first assumption I will make is that the complaint primarily focuses on the Google search results and, in particular, results returned when a user searches for a product or is "shopping". The second assumption I will make is that the first assumption is not the entire case against Google. I make the second assumption only because if it is, it shows how far out of touch some people are with technology and how it is utilized. I say this because I don't think the EU has a good case for the first assumption. The articles I have read today all speak of how the EU sees Google returning results that have been paid for (sponsored) at the top of the search results over competitors as anti-competitive. First, let's simplify this a bit. If I turn on the … [Read more...] about Quick thoughts on the Google Europe Antitrust Accusation
Install OrientDB First things first let's make sure everything is up-to-date on our system and you have the Java Development Kit installed: [crayon-5c6d0ddf99786954778221/] Pick a spot for the OrientDB install: [crayon-5c6d0ddf9978b593757525/] Download the latest version of OrientDB (Note: This downloads the community edition of OrientDB) [crayon-5c6d0ddf9978d592623725/] Once we have downloaded the file go ahead an unpack it: [crayon-5c6d0ddf9978f984748849/] Once you have unpacked the tar file, to make things easy to work with you can delete the tar file. Also, to make directory names simpler you can create a symlink to the version directory: [crayon-5c6d0ddf99791353850430/] Once that is complete you will need to setup your username and password for the database: [crayon-5c6d0ddf99793907274787/] Go to the section <storages> (use Ctrl-W to search). You will have to add the following line between <storages> and … [Read more...] about Install OrientDB on Ubuntu 12.04
I had forgotten how frustrating dealing with SiriusXM pricing can be. After years of not having a subscription, I recently purchased a new car that included a free "All Access" trial. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having SiriusXM over regular radio, especially since I live in an area with limited "regular" radio listening choices. As is typical of any free trial, you almost immediately start receiving mail and the occasional phone call offering some special. I knew I wanted to subscribe so I was just waiting for the best offer. Where SiriusXM gets you though is that they send you all the letters with these "specials" that sound too good to be true. But what the first difference is, is that these deals are for "Select" service NOT the "All Access" package. While the differences are slight, there is one big difference, that to be honest I enjoy and that is the Internet radio. I figure if I have SiriusXM and for an extra few dollars I can pay for Internet, I will go ahead and … [Read more...] about The mixed up pricing of SiriusXM and SiriusXM Discounts
I was in desperate need for a little home network upgrade and after hearing rave reviews I decided to upgrade my home router to a Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi Router. Immediately I saw a significant performance improvement over my old router with my desktop and using streaming services on my TV. However, my Samsung Galaxy S5 was having some serious issues when it came to wireless performance. My phone would connect to the router, and the router would show it was connected, yet when I would try to go to websites or use applications such as Facebook, I was met with significant delays and occasionally the phone disconnecting from the network. I immediately tried hooking up my old router and sure enough my phone worked perfectly so I knew it had to be something with the WRT1900AC. After searching around on Google for a bit I found several articles with people experiencing similar issues, although not directly related to the Galaxy S5. Most of the issues though seem to have been resolved with … [Read more...] about Linksys WRT1900AC & Samsung Galaxy S5
Just wanted to get a quick post up to say Happy New Year to everyone and thank you all for the continuous support. I have been slow to post recently, however, I promise with 2015 that I will make a valiant effort to post at least once a week. I am also going to be making some changes to the blog with a new theme and look for the new year. I will continue to post on topics such as WordPress, Bootstrap, and other technology related topics. So hope everyone had a safe and happy new year and looking forward to what the new year has in store! … [Read more...] about Happy New Year!