Fake Name Generator Premium

Fake Name Generator Premium

I recently had a dilemma: I want my Fake Name Generator visitors to have the option of using SSL, but a lot of the ads on that site only work on non-SSL pages. Giving away my services essentially for free wasn’t appealing, so instead of I created Fake Name Generator Premium. For $1.99/year, paid in Bitcoin, my Premium subscribers get: All ads removed from the Fake Name Generator. They get...

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Baby’s First Domain redesign with Laravel and Bootstrap

Baby’s First Domain redesign with Laravel and Bootstrap

One of my ugliest sites has always been Baby’s First Domain. The background was a muddy greenish color. The blindingly bright orange from the logo wrapped the content of the page. Everything was unstyled and just bleh. To make matters worse, the backend was powered by an ancient version of CodeIgniter. And with 37% of this site’s visitors using a mobile device, the fixed width layout...

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Picking a random date between two dates

Picking a random date between two dates

Many years ago I created the Fake Name Generator, a website that lets you create fake names, addresses, birth dates, and other profile information. I’ve had issues with the birth date component ever since I wrote the dang thing, including a huge bug I fixed a few years ago. Well today I was informed of another bug. A while back I added the ability for visitors to select an age range for...

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Fake Music Generator

Fake Music Generator

I had an awesome idea the other day: create my own computer generated music by using Markov chains and MIDI files. “I’m a genius! Nobody has ever thought of this before,” I said to myself. I registered FakeMusicGenerator.com and planned on looking into it later. Well turns out everybody has thought of this before. Oh well. I already had the domain so I went for it. I ended up...

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Starting a new company

Starting a new company

About two weeks ago I was happily drifting off to sleep when my cell phone rang. I hate getting voicemails more than I hate getting woken up in the middle of the night so I took the call. To my surprise it was a mission buddy, Jon, pitching me a business he wanted me to invest in. I’ve been trying to come up with a unique physical product to sell for years, so I was very excited to have...

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SYN flood mitigation

My Sunday morning was ruined by a notification email from a monitoring service letting me know that my server was down. Eek! I took the normal first steps: try to SSH to the box and remote reboot. Still offline. I started a chat with my hosting company’s tech support. They said that it looked like a SYN flood was in progress, and that I’d need to handle it on my own. They pointed to...

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