James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
doing some #webdev #coding tonight. Some simple stuff really #^https://github.com/ke5mkt/ad5u
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
A hotshot truck passed me on the way home tonight. The company name on this truck was Ricky Lobo. What a cool name! Like a well dressed and well groomed cowboy or something
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  last edited: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:58:19 -0700  
Yesterday Angel and I went to Fort Stanton, NM for the fourth or fifth time in the last ten years. This was an old frontier fort from 1855-1896 with a brief interlude during the War of Northern Aggression 1861-1865. From 1896-1966 it was a tuberculosis hospital for merchant mariners. During World War 2 it was an internment camp for some German merchant mariners who were saved by Americans when their boat sunk in 1940. Before they could be sent back to Germany World War 2 broke out. It also housed a CCC camp during the New Deal days. After the TB hospital closed in 1966 it became a couple of different things- notably a women's prison for a while and later a home for at-risk youth.

I said all of that to say that #^Fort Stanton's Wikipedia article is pure crap and for the first time ever I may get a Wikipedia account and rewrite that insipid article. It angers me that a place with such history has such a poor article.

#evenWhileBecomingAWebdevImStillAWriterAtHeart
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
Let me just show @Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum) and @Adam Robertson this right quick and then y'all can carry on... #coding

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Adam Robertson
  
background-size: cover  is good if you want the image to fit into your div no matter what size, but it can sometimes cut the image off.
You can also do background-size: contain  which will keep the image at scale, but wont always cover your div. If you use contain be sure you have background: url(blabla) no-repeat;   set, or it will repeat.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
Looks like I need a refresher course on #gimp and photo manipulation... #coding
 gimp  coding
Adam Robertson
  
Nowadays I just set the background image with CSS rather than trying to resize my images pixel-perfect:

.header {   background: url('../images/header-image.jpg')  no-repeat; background-size: cover; height: 200px; width: 100%;  }
James D Morgan
  
no-repeat! That's what I forgot!  smh. I bet it'll work now. I already decided on the CSS route but haven't sat down to do it yet. Thanks guys!
James D Morgan
  
Just git pushed it out right quick and it appears to be working. \o/ Thanks y'all so much.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
Working as a web dev already! One is charity work that will look good on a portfolio and the other is revamping a very old site for a friend who will pay me with a raspberry pi!

#coding
 coding
James D Morgan
  
For those interested the original is #^KD5MHM - Jamboree on the Air Support Home and you can follow the revision along at


#^ke5mkt/ad5u

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ad5u - a redo of an old website
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
:clap:

The point of SGML/XML/HTML was to allow device independent transfer of information between people, since an author cannot rely on a reader having the same device or software, which is still true.

Presentation was and is left to the reading device, but as authors we now can give hints about how a document should be presented, but the reading device or the reader can still disregard these hints. However, what happens when no hints are given? The reading device makes a decision, and this might be horribly wrong if your design stray from common browser defaults.

We now have a split between semantics and presentation, i.e. what is a paragraph - HTML - and what is red paragraph - CSS. I will highly recommend to take control of all HTML elements in your CSS file, i.e. give all of them a default hint.

You can quickly create a default CSS file by looking at and including hints for all the elements from
#^https://www.w3.org/community/webed/wiki/HTML/Elements . You then have a template CSS file, which you can tune to each project in no time.
James D Morgan
  
Oh I agree. The original page was full of style nonsense and I am in the process of cleaning it all out.

In this project I am cheating and using bootstrap for CSS.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
If I understand this correctly ONE server broke the mythical federation of GnuSocial over the weekend.
Jason Robinson
 from Diaspora
Wat :P
Jason Robinson
 from Diaspora
Ah so it's a PHP issue not really anything to do with OStatus?
Thomas Willingham
 from Friendica
Yeah - and this kind of bug normally is. #69048 was nasty on this side of things.

James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  last edited: Sat, 08 Jul 2017 14:39:01 -0700  
Learning to be a web developer has been a little bit of a challenge. Sure I have to learn all the coding, formats, languages and lingo and etc but that is all part of the game. The challenge for me is in the hardware that I have. I do have a small netbook but it is basically a disaster. The Lemote Yeeloong is a good computer for DIY projects in computer engineering and blood pressure escalation but it is not (yet) a good production machine.

The only other "computer" that I have is a Chromebook. Yes, I understand about Google spying on me and how that I ought not use this piece of spyware but I don't have the money to spend on a new computer. I am just a poor boy. Add to that at the time I got the Chromebook I didn't want to spend the time to find an older computer from somewhere and spend hour upon hour trying to make the thing work for what I needed it to do. So I made a choice and sacrificed privacy and anonymity to "git 'er done."

Now for those that don't know a Chromebook is not a "real" computer. It is basically a internet interface device. Think of it as a big mobile phone without the phone part. My particular device has a 4GB processor and only 16GB of onboard memory. It is designed to be used online. While it will do somethings offline it is at it's best in an online environment.

Now back in the day when @Carolus Rex first allowed me to play around on his server I didn't even have a computer and a huge portion of the stuff I did on his server was actually done through either a mobile phone or a tablet. Doing this taught me a lot of things. It taught me firstly, that I can do more with a phone than most people can do with their fancy iCrap, and it taught me that if I set my mind to it I can do almost anything.

Fast forward a couple of years and now I am working to become a web developer and for the time being all that I really have to work with is this mid-to-low level Chromebook. How in the name of all that is holy am I going to be able to the job of a webdev without having a real computer?

While doing a Google search on how to do this I ran across an article where a guy setup his iPad with a full IDE. He did this so that he can work uninterrupted. I guess he had the iPad already setup in such a way that it would be distraction free.  But anyway he set up the IDE on the iPad and worked for a month uninterrupted. He says that his month of working only with the iPad was one of his most productive.

Well hell, I thoughts to myself, if he can set up an iPad then I should be able to setup a Chromebook. It wasn't really all that hard. I already had a text editor on this thing that works offline but I need more toys. I decided to go what geeks call "native." I am taking classes online to eventually work online to build the online world so why not do it all online. I have found ways of using all the usual geek toys online without installing them onto the Chromebook. These are things like Firefox, Emacs, Pidgin, Blender, etc etc. I even found a thing online called Cloud9 where I can have a full working Linux IDE in the cloud. I can use git through this. I haven't figured out how to SSH into a server yet but I don't have a server to SSH into so that is ok for now but I am confident that when the time comes that I'll be able to figure it out.

I am not sure why I am sharing this except to say that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Sure, it sounds cliche but it is cool when you finally figure out that it is truth.
#coding #newLife
Maria Karlsen
  
@Beni Grind  I didn't say new. I said old used :-).
Beni Grind
  
@Maria Karlsen I know. I just confirmed that I think that's the way to go. Sorry if I didn't express this clear enough... ;)
James D Morgan
  
I used to spend a lot of time with old used machines. I have actually only bought one computer and two mobiles phones in all of my life. Everything else has been someone else's hand-me-downs.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
In The Manhut #coding. Plan on hitting it hard and long today. The Mrs is with her Mom and I didn't get much done this week. #newLife
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
CAN YOU GUESS WHO FIGURED OUT HOW TO git USING #^Cloud9?!
This kid that´s who!

(The same kid who really needs to learn git)
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
#^https://git-scm.com/ has a lot of documentation too. :-)
James D Morgan
  
This is on my list of todos if the class I am taking now doesn't make me comfortable in git #^Git Started with GitHub - Udemy

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Learn the basics of Git and GitHub, with clear, step-by-step instructions by a highly rated teacher. - Free Course
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
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James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
KRTS 93.5 FM Marfa Public RadioKRTS 93.5 FM Marfa Public Radio wrote the following post Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:07:03 -0700
Reports: Aerospace Company Has Laid Off Remaining Midland Employees
#^Reports: Aerospace Company Has Laid Off Remaining Midland Employees

Less than five years after aerospace company opened XCOR opened its Midland headquarters, it’s laid off all of it’s West Texas employees, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

In a statement on the space news blog parabolicarc.com, the company says “adverse financial conditions” led to the decision, adding that all critical employees have been retained on a contractual basis in order to “maintain the company’s intellectual property…”

The company has also announced it has laid off the remaining employees at its Mohave, Calif. site.

The announcement comes after CEO Jay Gibson announced he was leaving the company after President Donald Trump nominated him for role with the Department of Defense.

Gibson told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that he left XCOR on June 27 and has not been involved with the company since.

“We had our challenges and had everything committed and our runway ahead of us,” Gibson said.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the aerospace company and the Midland Development Corp. made a $10 million deal to spur economic development in Midland by creating 100 jobs.

Nearly a year ago, reports parabolicarc.com, XCOR laid off roughly 25 employees — approximately half of its workforce at the time.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
Something kind of strange about using a computer and the internet to watch #^Mountain Men (TV series) - Wikipedia

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Mountain Men is an American reality television series on the History channel that premiered on May 31, 2012.[3] Eustace Conway resides on a parcel of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina that he calls Turtle Island. There, he hosts people to whom he teaches basic wilderness survival skills. Additionally, he works using ancient techniq...
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
I would not even care to guess how many times I have said, especially since I went into middle-management. I thought it was true when I said it the first time and after all of these years of observing employees i am convinced that it is one of the cardinal truths of the universe.

You can tell everything you need to know about a man by how he sweeps the floor.
James D Morgan
  last edited: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:57:22 -0700  
To give some context here is the person in question sweeping the floor in the shop today:
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James D Morgan
  
Well evidently I do not know how to post a pic in comments so here is the link:
#^https://manhut.us/cloud/rex/sweepingTheFloor.png
James D Morgan
  
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James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
A town landmark, The Pepto Bismol House, got hit in the storm Friday night.
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Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Yikes. :scream: Glad I was not out walking the dog.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
Weird night last night. I kept dreaming that I was hunting terrorists in the old Sears store here in town. I haven't been in that building in more than 30 years.
James D Morgan
  
That would be a feature not a bug
JRandal
  
Your parents are the terrorists. They wouldn't buy you that toy you wanted.
Maria Karlsen
  last edited: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:02:15 -0700  
What you defeated was new and hard to solve coding problems. The store was where you went to get tools to solve the problems.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
I am so out of touch that I have no idea what most of this article means. Maybe I am just a plain old ordinary guy
https://www.birchbox.com/guide/article/what-is-a-lumbersexual

Mike Macgirvin
  
Looks like somebody is trying to extend the concept of "metrosexual" which is more or less a modern word for "androgynous city dweller" to the lumberjack look, which is a really weird comparison as it doesn't have much of anything to do with sexual identity or orientation.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
#boolean logic in JS today's #Coding lessons. UGH! I might have to watch these videos again. Slightly confused.
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  last edited: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:09:18 -0700  
The highest recorded wind gust in the storm yesterday was 74 mph. That is hurricane force wind. That, along with hail, destroyed my garden, did a number on my fence, and tore up my roof. We were all booty hurt by this until we drove around town today and saw trees that had fallen onto houses, fences, or cars. Parts of town have been without power since the storm, and some snapped power poles are still down 24 hours later. Right around the corner from us a carport is on someone's roof, someone who didn't have a carport before. All in all we were fortunate and I shan't be complaining.

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Carolus Rex
  
Wow!
James D Morgan
 Digital Underground with Tinfoil Hats,  
All rightie boys and girls- I have made it to the JavaScript portion of the Udemy Web Developer Bootcamp. I have now made it through the HTML-CSS-Bootstrap portions of two different courses. I didn't quite make it through the JavaScript portion when I was doing the freeCodeCamp class. I like the Udemy course much much better than the other. #coding
 coding