Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD Review

Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD Review

Earlier this year, my family and I moved into a bigger house. The new house is three levels and I knew I needed better wireless coverage than what my Linksys WRT1200AC could handle. I went on the search for the best whole-home wireless mesh system I could find. I needed coverage for 3,800 square feet and the AmpliFi HD seemed to be the answer.

The Amplifi HD wireless mesh came with a router and two wireless extenders. I put the router in the basement, in my telco/utility closet, and each wireless extender on the two floors above. I have now used the Amplifi HD wireless mesh system for about five months with excellent wireless coverage.

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Reset Your WordPress Password in the Database

Reset WordPress Password in Database

If you ever forget your WordPress password, have no fear! There is a solution. You can reset your WordPress password in the database.

The first setup is to login to your WordPress database via phpmyadmin.

Next, select your WordPress database. Then, click on the users table. The default user table is wp_users. The default table prefix is “wp_”. You may have a prefix that is different from “wp_”.

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Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi using Windows

Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi using Windows

Here is an easy way to install Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi.

  1. Download Raspbian operating system
  2. Download Etcher
  3. Use Etcher to burn the Raspbian image to a micro sd card

To turn on SSH before booting, put a file called ssh into the boot directory on the micro sd card. The default username is pi. The password is raspberry.

Free Developer Tools

Free Developer Tools

These are some of the tools I use on a daily basis for work and for my own projects. I will keep a running list on this page that I will update whenever I find a new tool I like.

Visual Studio

The code editor I can’t live without.  I use Visual Studio everyday in one form or another.  At work I’m using VS2017 Enterprise and Visual Studio Code.  At home I’m working with VS2017 Community.

Notepad++

If you are a software developer, you can’t get by with just notepad. Notepad++ is more like a notepad for power users. I has color coding for a ton of languages and plugins.

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Is it Better to Build or Buy a Computer?

Is it Better to Build or Buy a Computer?

I have built many computers over my lifetime. I do it mainly because I like doing it. But, like most things, building or fixing something yourself is often cheaper. So, is it better to build or buy a computer?

There was a period of time that I mainly used store bought computers. I have built computers on and off for most of my life, but found it convenient to just buy computers off the shelf. The replacement period for an off the shelf computer was about 3 years for me. Over a ten year stretch of buying decently appointed computers, I estimate that I spent close to $9,000 for three computers.

But, when I started to get back into PC gaming, I knew I needed a computer that could keep up with the demands of the games and could grow with my needs. So, I decided to build again.

I have had my current computer for over 9 years now. Obviously it looks nothing like it did when I first built it due to upgrades. And, I’m not sure you could call it one computer anymore. So for transparency, I’ll call it two computers.

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Top 6 Best WordPress Plugins

Top 6 Best WordPress Plugins

I’m often on the hunt for WordPress plugins. Performance and functionality are main things to consider when selecting a plugin. If you select a plugin that is written poorly it could adversely affect you well your site loads. Plus, I can’t stand code that makes my browser throw JavaScript errors. Also, functionality is a consideration. A plugin could be awesome, but unless it does what you need it to do, it is useless. Here is a list of what I think are the top 6 best WordPress plugins.

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ASP.NET Core Active Route Tag Helper

ASP.NET Core Active Route Tag Helper

This C# class will create an anchor tag helper for use in ASP.NET Core. When the current Controller and Action match the specified attributes in an anchor tag, the value “active” will be appended to the class attribute.

To use it, you will need to import a tag helper into your _ViewImports.cshtml file.

@addTagHelper *, CoreWebApplication

Then, wherever you have a navigation anchor html tag, you can add a ASP.NET anchor tag helper. Notice the attribute “asp-nav-item”. Setting this value will active the logic.

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Angular Alert Service

Angular Alert Service

This Angular service is used to display alerts on the screen in a floating box. The alerts are based on Bootstrap version 3.3.7 and are styled as info, success, warning, or error. Bootstrap is required.

Place the app-alert tags in your main page. Then, to add alert messages, use the AlertService in your component, like the example below.

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Structured Data WordPress Plugin

Structured Data WordPress Plugin

Major search engines use structured data to show rich and meaningful search results. For example, if you have an article published on your website, you can tell search engines exactly what the title, content or image is. This keeps the search engines from trying to guess what information on the page is important to the article. Schema.org was founded by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Yandex in a collaborate effort to standardize the vocabulary used for structured data. In the past, structured data was typically added to the html. However, current implementations use JSON for Linking Data (JSON-LD). I wrote a structured data plugin for WordPress that I use on this site. It includes organizational, article and navigation schemas. While this won’t necessarily give you any better search ranking, it will help search engines show the information you want it to.

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