Publicize to Facebook not working? Check Yoast WordPress SEO!

Now that WordPress’ built-in publicizing function works with Google+, it’s an obvious way to hit all social networks at once. However I found out that one of my existing plugins was messing with specifically publication to Facebook. And since a lot of my social interaction comes via Facebook, this was…

Oh, I was on a Podcast Before Christmas

Since we recorded it the day before I left Shreveport, I sorta forgot to mention (widely) that I teamed up with my friend Todd Ogasawara on an episode of his Mobile Views podcast entitled “Life after Windows Phone, Project Sienna, & Credit Card Security“. It was a great conversation, and perhaps…

KeySmart’s Post Size Makes Me Sad

Last summer I ordered Keysmart – both a regular size and an EXT size, with extension posts, so that I could try them with my keys. I built something similar, and was interested to see how a commercial product based on the same design would look. And they look great. Unfortunately…

Two Factor Authentication Tip

Here’s a tip if you use Two-factor authentication and want more than just 1 ‘authenticator’ device: Take a screenshot of the QR code you’re given from Google (or elsewhere). Keep it somewhere safe and when you need a new authenticator device, just scan that QR code with the app! (P.S.…

Naming your Devices To Protect Your Privacy

About 2 months ago I realized that my computer-naming scheme was horribly bland. My Macbook Air, for example, was named “JWMBA”. The Macbook Pro? “JWMBP”. Worse yet were the phones and tablets. “Jon Westfall’s iPhone” was a mouthful to say and write. And despite the vague nature of some of…

How do you blog from a tablet?

I type really fast. It’s so fast that it’s always been my blog entry method of choice. However since I spend more and more time on a tablet these days, I thought it might be nicer if I could write blog posts from my tablet of choice. See that last…

What Happens on The Internet Stays On The Internet

Earlier today I received the following email: My name is XXXX.  There was an article you posted on your website. http://jonwestfall.com/XXXX/XXXX Anyway, it is not very flattering.  I have been out of the job for a couple of years and have had job interviews, but when this article comes up,…

Geek Squad Badges: Symbols Worth Faking!

One of the items I collect are badges. And while I like Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) badges*, I tend to steer toward badges that are meant to give a psychological sense of authority, rather than authority granted by law. It’s the psychologist part of me that finds these ‘symbols’ intriguing.…

Hacking DD-WRT? Take Backups Early & Often!

I’ve written before about my exploits with DD-WRT, however one thing I forgot to mention in that article, or didn’t stress strongly enough is the absolute necessity that nvram backups are. You see, a DD-WRT router only has enough space to hold a regular configuration plus a bit of customizing.…