Recently I ran into an issue. I needed to add some custom styling to Twitter’s timeline widget. The problem I ran into is that Twitter only provides two styles; Light and Dark. For my needs that wasn’t enough, I needed a custom background as well as some modification to text color, width and borders. This presented some problems but I ended up coming with a solution of my own that I feel is nice and straight forward.
I had promised myself that I would try and get a blog post up that was actually technical in nature as recently my topics haven’t been. Well, I couldn’t come up with a technical subject to write about and it’s been far too long since my last post so i’m going to go with a subject that isn’t very technical but is something i’m very passionate about. That subject is Net Neutrality.
While this is something that isn’t incredibly common there have been several times that I have needed to convert a PDF into a PNG file for easier display. I’ve done a lot of research into tools that are out there for converting PDF files as well as code for doing it myself and the method I end up using the most involves having Google Drive do the work.
The recent HeartBleed security concern has a lot of people rushing to change their passwords on various compromised sites. This is because security experts just don’t know what information could have been taken. While that advice is solid, because you should be changing your passwords frequently anyway, a password is becoming less and less of a secure way to protect your sensitive information.
As a programmer you spend a lot of your time sitting in front of a computer screen. There are a lot of negative impacts that this can have on your body. One of the most common is carpal tunnel which can easily be prevented with a good keyboard and wrist pads to rest on. So while a lot of people take care of the most common known issue with spending a lot of time working on a computer it surprises me how few people take care of another part of their body that is impacted by heavy use, their eyes.