Poll: to www. or not to www.

Justyn | May 24, 2014

I wrote a post many many moons ago about making your URL a no-www URL. Since that post, my site has always had the www. removed from the URL, and if you type in www.justynsmith.info you will have a 301 redirect to justynsmith.info.

There are sites that don’t use www. and also ones that do. I still personally don’t feel the need for www. and why do you want to type those for extra characters for the URL?

So I figured I would create a poll, to find out a general consensus of what people prefer. There wont be an “other / doesn’t bother me” option either!

In a URL, do you prefer "www" or no "www"?

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Taking my Wife for granted

Justyn | May 5, 2014

My Wife is an amazing person. A lot better than myself. She’s beautiful, intelligent, caring, and a plethora of other things. Things that I admit I take for granted most of the time. I’ve realised a few things over the past few days that has made me feel overwhelmed me in how I don’t share the workload of everyday happenings, which has brought me to writing this post.

Matt was cooking dinner last night, and happened to knock not only the salt shaker, but also a soy sauce bottle out of the cupboard. Needless to say there was an explosion of glass, salt and soy sauce throughout the kitchen. Keeping Cayden and our puppy away whilst cleaning all the mess up was quite a task, and then it hit me. There are so many things that Chell does, without hesitation that keeps this house hold running.

Some of the examples are:

  • Feeding our pets. I feed our fish. Chell feeds our dogs, cats, and rats. All the time.
  • Meals. I rarely cook. Chell makes me coffee every morning, kids lunches organised, and dinner cooked. Every day.
  • Washing. I usually help with folding. The clean clothes that are in the cupboard and drawers are all because of her.
  • Cleaning. The dishes are clean, the floors are clean, the house is clean. All because of Chell.

There are numerous amounts of things that I could add to the list. I’ve been coming down with a cold and feel down. However what happens when Chell gets sick? She doesn’t have a day off just because she’s tired or unwell. The clothes are still washed, meals cooked and every other daily task is taken care of. I work full-time, however if I get sick, I have time off.

After looking at all these things, it’s made me realise that I need to assist her as much as I can with all these tasks. I need to show her that I appreciate what she does for the kids and I. Even if it’s a thank-you card, or flowers. Something that will brighten her day and make her see that she is appreciated, and that I do care about the amount of tasks she does.

So I was wondering, guys. Do you take for granted some of things that your Wife or partner do for you?

Heartbleed bug tips for securing your accounts

Justyn | April 16, 2014

The hole in OpenSSL known as Heartbleed supposedly affects up to a fifth of all secure web servers. Having such a large portion of the servers affected there is a likelihood that you might have an account that has been compromised. Filippo Valsorda is the 19 year old behind the code that allows you to test websites for the Heartbleed bug, dubbed Heartbleed test.

Heartbleed test

The Heartbleed test has apparently had more than 60 million queries since being released last week.  On reddit  “FiloSottile” as he’s known has posted a few tips for anyone who isn’t very sure what to do with their internet accounts.

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Vaccinate your kids if you want them to live

Justyn | April 11, 2014

I’ve been meaning to write a post about having your children vaccinated. I took Cayden to get his latest vaccinations awhile ago and he was a boss! Watched the woman and everything.

There is still people out there that don’t believe in vaccinating their children which I find unsettling, even a Father had to go to court due to his partner not believing in immunisation. However he won, the kids vaccinated and now will be safer than those that aren’t.

The one that got me though was one that a friend shared on Facebook linking to this Mamamia article. It originates from tumblr with this post:

Anti-Vaccination 1

Then, an immunologist saw the post, and responded.

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Microsoft kills off Windows XP support

Justyn | April 6, 2014

Microsoft is counting down until they will stop supporting one of their most successful Operating Systems, Windows XP which they will stop supporting on April 8, 2014 along with Office 2003.

What Microsoft is doing is stopping user and security support for Windows XP which means as of April 8, it will be vulnerable to any new security exploits or 0-day attacks. As one of the most widely distributed Operating Systems, this makes Windows XP a perfect target for hackers.

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Healthy work / life balance

Justyn | April 5, 2014

When you work full-time with a job that has a rotating roster, it’s hard to have a healthy work / life balance with a Wife and kids. My shifts rotate so much that I can start work at 6 am, and have shifts that finish at midnight.

The hard thing is working around having good family time with Chell and the kids with my kind of work, when days off could be a weekday when the kids are at school. For example today (Saturday) I am working 0930-1720, then Sunday and Monday I am working 1320-2110, and have Tuesday off. Being the school holidays, this is okay as the kids aren’t at school.

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A very productive day

Justyn | March 28, 2014

Yesterday I ended up having Cayden home from Daycare whilst Chell went to work. As most people know we’ve been going through a bit of a rough stage in which Chell wrote about. Now what I did today I believe lifted not only her spirits, but mine as well.

I ended up cleaning up the house, just general house work (vacuuming, mopping, dishes, clothes washing) e.t.c. to make the place nice and tidy. Then headed to the shops to buy some pots, soil and rocks to put some desert roses in that her Mum gave her.

Desert Roses

Desert Roses

Cayden helped pot them into the new pots and made them look all nice with the rocks, and I sent this photo to Chell and she loved it. They look good out the front of our house. Hopefully these ones don’t get stolen!

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Xperia Z1, SlimKat and Pimped Kernel

Justyn | March 24, 2014

I upgraded from the Xperia Z to the Xperia Z1 awhile ago. It is an amazing device, however it took Sony awhile to fix the bootloader unlocking issue, however that is fixed now and custom kernels and ROM’s now work! As I’ve done before, I will post my current setup.

Device: Sony Xperia Z1 (16GB Black)
ROM: SlimKat (Weekly Builds)
Kernel: Pimped Kernel
Apps: Pimp My Z1

First I have to thank Louis Teboul for an amazing kernel and tweaking application (and all the other devs that made this possible).  As you will notice I’m not running Cyanogenmod 11 anymore. There isn’t anything wrong with CM, however I couldn’t help flashing updates everyday. At least with SlimKat it’s a weekly release cycle.

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Stopping smoking and health benefits

Justyn | March 23, 2014

So I decided it’s time to stop smoking, again. There are a few reasons behind this move. I have to get surgery sometime this year, so becoming healthy before hand (need at least 6 weeks of non-smoking) is the main driver behind this decision, money is second.

I thought that I would just post some quick facts about stopping smoking to remind everyone (including myself) of the benefits. I did print out this poster too, and there is a female version as well.

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Google Play Store 4.6.16 helps stop accidental in app purchases

Justyn | March 16, 2014

If you happen to have kids, or you yourself may have come across the scenario of accidentally buying certain things within an application, only later to find out you’ve been charged for something that you didn’t want. Google’s newest Play Store update permits you to stop this by opting to want a password for each in-app upgrade. It’s going to not really stop you, however hopefully it’ll cause you to stop and think about the purchase.

The latest Google Play update permits you to make a choice from the default 30-minute purchase window, and a brand new setting that needs your password with each purchase. There are multiple other additions to version 4.6.16, such as batch install (my favourite), also a new settings and help menu, and security verifications.

You can wait for Google to push the update to your Android device, or head over to Android Police to download the APK.