Cory D. Boatright, PhD

Minor Progress on Site

I've updated the various "about me" pages and reorganized the menu items.  I still have to review how Joomla autogenerates things like page URLs and how it uses aliases/slugs on the backend to refine some aspects of the site that most would probably consider borderline OCD.

My previous timeline is completely trashed because I pretty much checked out this summer instead of working on most of my personal projects, which includes this site.  I will probably pull the blog off of the home page and make something static instead, followed by making the blog something a user would have to specifically access.  Then I can put my more philosophical/political ramblings somewhere other than Facebook, which relabeled me "ultraconservative" without my knowledge at some point.

Development Plan

  1. Fill in summaries/outlines for eventual content of the mostly static pages.
  2. Repair/remove/replace broken links or categories.
  3. Add media content.
  4. Work on the calendar.
  5. Add new pages as needed.
  6. Work on site layout.

I'm ballparking about 1 month per phase, with phase 6 taking much longer.  Hopefully this finally gets things moving on here.

10 Years

I have had my own web domain for 10 years.  The site doesn't change much, but you never know when I might actually start filling in content.  It would be very helpful if I could get an update routine going, that's for sure.  The CMS I'm using doesn't lend itself well to long absences, because it's easy to forget all the details involved with manipulating the content.

One major upgrade is that the site is now fully SSL compliant so it uses https instead of http.  Thanks to Let's Encrypt for making that possible for everybody, rather than the usual certificate authorities who want to charge $70+ a year for the privilege.

Phoenix From the Ashes

Finally, I am actively working on this site.  I'm using a new CMS so it will take a bit to get over the learning curve, please forgive any instabilities as I get the hang of it!

Securely Deleting Hard Drive

So, late last year my Mac Powerbook pissed me off for the last time.  That coupled with another hypocritical commercial from Apple means I bought a new laptop.  The Mac was sitting around, doing nothing as an identify theft liability after 3 going on 4 years of computing history.  I finally decided I could donate the laptop, but without the hard drive.  I began with needing to open the case.  The screws were designed with such a small head that I had to give up and use a special screwdriver.

Next, I had to delicately extract the hard drive.  I didn’t stand a chance at finding and releasing the screws there.  It took hours of hammering and prying.  For future reference, the hard drive is located inside a Powerbook in this location.

The hard drive looked like this.

There was a hole in the side and what appeared to be glitter was falling out.  The “hard” part of a “hard drive” is actually more like metal-coated glass, and shatters during a strong impact.  I pounded at the hard drive to get as much of the platters out.

It was fun stress relief, and definitely keeps your credit card information safe.

A Fun Credit Card Story

I just paid off a credit card I got since I partially financed my fiance’s pretty engagement ring.  Except for the first statement and the credit card itself, I have never received a statement from them.  Only because I started to worry did I switch to managing the card online, and luckily I did or I would’ve missed a payment.  Since the card’s paid off and I don’t like being jerked around like that, I called today to cancel the account.  Here’s what took place after I mentioned the lack of statements being a reason to close the account.

Credit Card Woman: “I see here that we’ve had mail returned that was sent to you, so maybe the address is wrong.”

Me: “Okay, well you got me the first statement and the credit card just fine, so I don’t see how the address was suddenly wrong.”

Woman: “Can you confirm the address with me?”

Me: “And besides, why didn’t you guys try to let me know when you started getting mail back instead of waiting for me to call?”

Woman: “We’ve tried several times to let you know.”

Me: “Nobody’s called me.”

Woman: “Oh no sir, you misunderstand; they wouldn’t have called, we’ve sent letters saying we need to update your address because there’s a problem.”