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    Create a Password Protected ZIP

    Have you ever wanted to put very basic security (a passphrase) on a file?  You can do so if you ZIP the file -- let's have a look at how you can password-protect a ZIP file! Creating a password protected ZIP file from command line is done...

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    Fix git After High Sierra Upgrade

    Every major operating system upgrade is a grand adventure.  No matter the vendor or how vanilla you keep your system:  stuff is going to break.  This was very much the case with git when I upgraded my MacBook Pro to High Sierra. After the upgrade I tried...

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    How to checksum

    Many of us see the term checksum and checksum outputs frequently but don't really take the time to run them -- oftentimes we simply trust the file we've downloaded is in working order and from the original source.  This past weekend when I was attempting to...

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    Show Hidden Files in Mac Finder

    Setting up a new machine is a great time for me to write blog posts about configuration settings that I'd forgotten to document.  Much of the time I refer back to this post to figure out how I did things like Add Dock Separators and...

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    Node EADDRINUSE (Address Already in Use) Error

    Every once in a while my MacBook Pro freaks out and a process goes rogue.  This oftentimes happens when I'm working on the excellent debugger.html project; I attempt to start the server side of the debugger and suddenly I'm hit with an error that resembles the...

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    Detect Supported Audio Formats with JavaScript

    As streaming becomes our main entertainment source and vendors fight to create the best video format, it's going to be more and more important that we detect device and browser video support before posting videos on our websites.  We think less about audio but the same...

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    Split Files Into Smaller Files

    As fast as internet connections have gotten over the years, it seems the size of files we want to share has grown faster.  Whether it's archive (ZIP), video, or any other host of potentially large file types, it's still tricky to put these large files somewhere...

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    Show git Branch from Command Line

    Whether it's simply submitting pull requests or being snobby enough to use vim as a text editor, web developers and designers spend an awful lot of time working from command line.  If you do work with git, you know it's important to keep track of your branches...

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    Detect Supported Video Formats with JavaScript

    Over the past few years we've been seeing new audio, video, and image formats take shape to challenge the legacy formats that we've used since the web's inception.  This is a great development as we have more processing power and better compression algorithms have been developed...

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    Node.js Debugging

    Proper logging is of massive utility for web apps, both during development and after deployment.  What can sometimes be difficult is organizing both the code and output of logging, i.e. knowing where each log message is coming from.  I recently found debug, a Node.js utility...