My New Adventure

As many of you know, I love working with PHP and being a part of its community. When I left php[architect], I chose not to jump into something new right away because I wanted to make really, really sure that whatever company I joined would not only embrace this love, but encourage it. I didn’t want to sell something; I wanted to build something to make the community a better place. Continue reading “My New Adventure”

Open Eyes

Here is my latest editorial for the May 2014 issue of php[architect] magazine:

php[architect] - May 2014Open Eyes

There are so many ways out there for us to make a difference in the lives of others. As technology pervades every aspect of life, our power as developers grows. We must use this power for good! Yeah, alright, I do a “good” job on projects. I make “good” decisions when it comes to security. I am “good” when I talk to non-technical users. That’s enough, right? Not even close. To truly be using your power for good, you must open your eyes to everyone around you, not just the loudest complainers or the most dangerous threats. You must be willing to put your words into action and work within the system that helps you stay employed (and fed). Continue reading “Open Eyes”

Fixing the “-2” in WordPress Category Slugs

I was asked to look at a WordPress site that needed help with their pretty URLs. Most of them worked just fine, but a few of the categories had “-2” at the end of them, and they wanted that removed. The “-2” normally signifies that it’s a duplicate, but they did not have any duplicate categories. So what was causing the “-2”?  Continue reading “Fixing the “-2” in WordPress Category Slugs”

Putty Unable to Use Vagrant’s Private Key

I ran into an issue where I was attempting to use Vagrant on Windows and needed to SSH into the box. When I tried to run “vagrant ssh”, I got a message saying:

`ssh` executable not found in any directories in the %PATH% variable.

It then gives some instructions for using Putty. I knew Putty was installed on this Windows box, so I pulled it up and fed in the specs it gave (host, port, username, and private key). However, when I tried to connect, I got the following error message:

Unable to use key file “C:\Users\etucker\.vagrant.d\insecure_private_key” (OpenSSH SSH-2 private key) Continue reading “Putty Unable to Use Vagrant’s Private Key”