Words, code, and information security in Portland, Oregon
This is the website of Erik L. Arneson. I am a freelance writer and software developer in Portland, Oregon.
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Using Amazon S3 as a Nette Service
Nette is a popular web application framework for PHP. It is mostly pretty well documented and easy to use. Recently, I needed to upload media from a Nette application to Amazon S3. This is how I created an S3 service for my Nette application. You will need to be familiar with Nette and have an existing Nette application to follow along.
A Poor-Man's Dynamic DNS with Ansible and Amazon Route53
I wanted to be able to configure a DNS hostname dynamically, but couldn’t find an easy-to-use dynamic DNS client that suited my needs. Using Ansible and Amazon Route53, I put together a quick, effective solution.
Alternate Ways to Call wp-cron
WordPress includes a job scheduling system called wp-cron. The default method for scheduled jobs is for wp-cron to be checked on each page load, which has the potential to slow down your website while background jobs are run. Check out these other options that help maintain the user experience on your WordPress site while still running important tasks in the background.
Still Doing Well with SSL
I renewed my SSL certificate today and updated the configuration. Still doing pretty well!
OpenPGP for WordPress Now Supports Contact Form 7
OpenPGP Form Encryption for WordPress now supports Contact Form 7. You can download version 1.4.0 at the WordPress plugin site and start using a safer contact form on your website today!
Pono Rez WordPress Plugin
Together with Commerce Collective, ((I started working with them last year, remember?)) we have built a WordPress plugin to allow Activities & Attractions Association of Hawaii (A3H) to quickly and easily integrate activity bookings and sales into their WordPress websites.
CenturyLink AppFog Tutorial
Recently I wrote a tutorial with Word Lions for CenturyLink Cloud that teaches how to build and deploy a Node.js application to CenturyLink AppFog. The tutorial and application were really fun to build and write. It was my first Node.js project, and my first experience with CloudFoundry. The tutorial uses the following CenturyLink Cloud products:
Security Link Rodeo: Privacy, Your Passwords, and Hackers
Edward Snowden wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argues that people are finally starting to care about privacy and preventing global surveillance. And though we care more, we also feel more powerless, according to a recent survey.
How to Increase Your Privacy on the Web
This week, I’m going to share a few links about how to lock down your PC to increase your privacy on the Web. There are a number of things that can be done, even if it’s something as small as turning on tracking protection in Firefox. As I’ve written about many times, our privacy has been under attack since before the Internet existed. You are not powerless, regardless of what you may think.
Send Secure Email with Entrypt.to Service
While my OpenPGP plugin for WordPress might be very helpful, the Encrypt.to service allows you to quickly send encrypted email with just one click. It looks powerful.
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