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Chaining Comodo SSL certificates in the right order for nginx

When installing SSL certificates on a server, the order in which they are chained together is important. To do that, use this command:

cat www_example_com.crt COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt COMODORSAAddTrustCA.crt AddTrustExternalCARoot...

New Website for Collision Specialist

Project Goals and Planning

Collision Specialist, one of the most respected auto body repair shops in Nacogdoches, came to me with a desire to create a new website that would help eliminate much of the confusion that people have when dealing with insurance...

Doches Credit Union website redesign

Project Goals and Planning

Just like anything else, websites get old. In fact, they get "old" faster than most things as technology continues to advance. Doches Credit Union's website was in need of some changes to make it more user-friendly, easier...

Web development tip: start a simple web server from the command line

While developing even the simplest of websites, I've found it quite useful to be able to test things through a functional web server. Often setting up an Apache or Nginx configuration is unnecessary and my needs can be met by using the built-in web...

Creating a stand up workstation

My home workstation could use some love. Here's what I'm using at the moment:

  • folding table I got at Lowe's for my desk (very temporary)
  • Lenovo W500 Thinkpad (which I am pretty happy with, despite its age)
  • Lenovo Port Replicator
  • 24-inch ASUS...

The business advantage of mobile friendly websites

According to a study of mobile phone usage, mobile phones account for over 15% of North America's Internet traffic as of July 2013. That's up from 9.4% just a year earlier. As these numbers continue to increase, so too does the importance of a businesses...

Setting up a fresh Fedora installation

I use these steps to get a fresh Fedora installation configured for my needs.

  1. sudo yum install gtk2-engines gtk-murrine-engine gtk-equinox-engine
  2. Set zsh as the default shell with sudo chsh -s /bin/zsh _username_
  3. Install dkms
  4. Install VirtualBox...

Creating a new Rails app with a specific version

Use rails _3.2.13_ new appname.

Get a list of installed Rails versions with gem list rails and substitute the version number accordingly.

Create new Middleman Blog post from the command line

middleman article 'article title' is what you seek.

Before I stumbled on this, I was about to create a rake task to do the same thing. When in doubt, RTFM.

Frontmatter page titles with Middleman Blog

Use instead of

When I was first setting up middleman-blog, I had a problem with the blog index page using the wrong title. It turns out that using instead of and that...

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