Super-Simple Self-Extracting Installer with NSIS

I had a software installer that needs to be distributed with its license key, but in a way that keeps the users safe from themselves, and us safe from auditors. Find out how I did this in about an hour with NSIS below… The summary above really sums it all up nicely. A third-party vendor’s version of “volume licensing” is “here’s our installer, here’s a license file, put them both in the same directory and run the installer.” This makes it easy to mess up with non-technical users (what’s a zip file?) and hazardous for smarter users (I’ll just...
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WordCamp St. Louis 2016 Presentation

Here’s a link to my slides for the #wcstl presentation “Making Simple Things Really Complicated: High Availability for WordPress”. Enjoy! Someday soon, I’ll try to pull out the most important notes from the slides and put them here, to make the search engines happy. (Or can Google and friends handle PDFs these days? I really don’t know.)
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Cisco ASA 5505 Notes

A while back, I picked up a Cisco ASA 5505 for cheap on eBay. This is where I’ll be putting my notes on configuring, updating, et cetera… Over the next few days at least, I’ll probably be updating this entry frequently, as I continue to experiment with the 5505, and learn what I need to do and how to do it. Getting Started Serial port settings, by default: 9600, 8N1, no flow control. Wiping and restoring configuration (assuming you know the password or the unit doesn’t have one): enable conf t configure factory-default copy run start reload Remember: Interfaces that...
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Managing Dozens of WordPress Sites with InfiniteWP

If you have anything to do with building or maintaining a Web site these days, there’s a decent chance the site uses WordPress. One study shows WordPress being responsible for over half of the 100 most popular blogs online. Another source from two years ago says WordPress is the engine for over 60 million Web sites. If you’ve used it, you probably aren’t too surprised by that; WordPress is pretty awesome. Like any software, WordPress has to be maintained (at least a little bit, for security updates and such). And if you only have one site, or a few sites, that’s easy enough...
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Free Cloud Storage Bonus Post

Almost every cloud storage provider has some sort of referral program. If you sign up through a link provided by a friend (or random person on a Web site you’ve barely heard of, whichever), often both parties will get “bonus” storage. Hopping on the referral train! CHOO CHOO! Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) Use this link to get a bonus 0.5 GB of storage (maximum of 5GB available through this offer) Also, if you have most any mobile device with a camera, you can install the OneDrive app, and if you let it automatically upload your photos for safekeeping you’ll get an...
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Easy Email Encryption

Google, trying to live up to their old “Don’t be evil” slogan, recently announced that they’re working on an end-to-end email encryption extension for the Chrome browser. And they’re not doing anything weird or proprietary; they’re building an implementation of PGP, in JavaScript. If you’re old enough to remember the nonsense we had to go through to legally export PGP in the mid-90s, this is somewhere between amusing and amazing. Anyway, if you found this blog, you probably know enough to build it yourself from the Google-provided source. I briefly toyed with...
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