Reverse IP lookup

Reverse IP lookup

I love finding new and creative websites, especially stuff that isn’t quite finished or hasn’t been released yet. One way I’ve found to do this is to do a reverse IP lookup. When I find a website I like, I punch it into a reverse IP lookup tool, and the tool tells me what else is hosted on the same server. It isn’t perfect: it doesn’t always return every domain...

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Getting life insurance

Getting life insurance

Now that we have a kid and Becca is out of school, my wife and I decided it’d be wise for me to get a life insurance policy. Our goal is to provide enough money for Becca and Anna to maintain their lifestyle if I die prematurely. For us, we decided that meant Becca would need enough money (combined with our current savings): to bury me, to buy a house (or to pay off an existing mortgage to...

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Belt tensioner for my Toyota Yaris

Belt tensioner for my Toyota Yaris

I have a 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan. I love it. The thing is ridiculously reliable, nearly maintenance free, and gets great mileage. The one thing that drives me crazy is the serpentine belt. The dumb thing is next to impossible to set to the proper tension because Toyota decided not to include any sort of belt tensioning hardware. Instead, they expect you to take a crowbar to your alternator,...

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WordPress post slugs plugin

WordPress post slugs plugin

My wife and I use WordPress for our blogs. We also both have a habit of changing our post titles a few times before settling on what we actually want, which causes WordPress to set the post slug to our original post title instead of the latest post title. To fix this, I wrote a small plugin that automatically updates your slug to match your latest title whenever you publish a post or update a...

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Backups

Backups

I received some paperwork from my stockbroker so I decided to take a moment to update my taxes-in-progress for the 2012 tax year. I keep all my 1099’s, TurboTax files, notes, donation records, and that sort of thing in a folder on my external USB drive. I sat down at my desk, opened up the drive, and… my tax folder for 2012 was empty. I checked the 2013 folder (which had several...

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