Setting up Trusted SSL Certificates for Local Development, Using mkcert on Ubuntu 18.04 with Apache.

Computer Surgery

One of the many little annoyances that I encounter while working on client sites, is when the client has a valid SSL certificate installed on their server, but the HTTPS redirection happens in code instead of at the server level. This means that even if I export the database with the site urls replaced to… Continue reading Setting up Trusted SSL Certificates for Local Development, Using mkcert on Ubuntu 18.04 with Apache.

The evolution of a work space

It’s amazing how stories mutate. What started as a simple ‘this is my setup’ post, then turned into a ‘what a day in my life looks like’. This morning I woke up and realised it might be more interesting, and less braggy, to look at how, and why, my workstation has evolved in the last… Continue reading The evolution of a work space

On Ubuntu 18.04, Installing MySQL Does Not Set the Root Password.

MySQL Root Password

One of the things I love about using Ubuntu as my primary operating system is that I can have quickly set up a ‘bare metal’ LAMP development environment. While I unusually run my client websites inside on of my custom Vagrant boxes, for working on personal projects or plugin/theme customisation everything’s much faster when it’s… Continue reading On Ubuntu 18.04, Installing MySQL Does Not Set the Root Password.

Setting up the PHP Code Sniffer with WordPress Coding Standards Integration for PHPStorm on Ubuntu 18.04

(aka the longest blog title I’ve probably ever written). Recently I reinstalled upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. I’ve been wanting to upgrade since it was released in October to try out the updated Gnome interface since Ubuntu officially dropped the Unity interface for the latest release. Usually I stick with the… Continue reading Setting up the PHP Code Sniffer with WordPress Coding Standards Integration for PHPStorm on Ubuntu 18.04

Upgrading the Psyrig

Upgrading the Psyrig

About 8 years ago I built my first “proper” gaming computer, which for various reasons I nicknamed Psyrig. It wasn’t the first gaming computer that I owned, but it was the first time I carefully selected all the components, including the case, and put it together myself from the ground up. It was built to… Continue reading Upgrading the Psyrig

Introducing Boss Box – a WordPress ready development environment

Local Development

A modern, easy to configure, WordPress ready Vagrant box, perfect for local development. As a developer, one of the most important pieces of technology I use daily is my chosen virtual server stack. Depending on your operating system of choice, there are a few solid options out there, but since discovering Vagrant I've always preferred… Continue reading Introducing Boss Box – a WordPress ready development environment

Setting up a local development environment with Scotch Box

Local Development

Very recently I had the misfortune of being forced to uninstall Ubuntu from my laptop and go back to Windows. I won’t get into the reasons behind this, but the one thing I miss in the Windows environment is my LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack and bash command line. Most web site hosts around the world use… Continue reading Setting up a local development environment with Scotch Box

Stopping unresponsive programs in Ubuntu

This is a simple problem, with a simple solution. Which I will forget. Hence the post. The following command will list all running applications on a Linux system. The first two columns are the user running the application, and the applications program id or “pid”. Example output However, it would be ideal to search for… Continue reading Stopping unresponsive programs in Ubuntu