Microsoft Word vs Apple Pages

As much as Apple has caused me big headaches with my new laptop purchase and subsequent migration of data (and the saga isn't over yet), using a program such as Pages is a dream. What took me hours to produce via Microsoft Word took me minutes with Pages. AND, any links I embedded actually worked when I exported to PDF. With Microsoft Word, the links no longer work on exportation! And creating layouts are a breeze. And why was this such a big deal? I can't add a Microsoft Word doc into a React ... Continue Reading

Mistakes can end up being brilliant moves

In a recent post, I spoke about how the OSX Migration Assistant created a new user from my postgreSQL install on my new laptop. Subsequently I talked about uninstalling postgreSQL installed via the postgreSQL GUI and reinstalling directly into my administrator account via Homebrew. I mentioned my moves to my teacher, and he said that if I was working on shared code with others using postgreSQL databases, that I should create another account because of security reasons. A light bulb went on in ... Continue Reading

How to uninstall postgreSQL on OSX and reinstall with Homebrew

Earlier today I wrote a post about what happens when you migrate your data from an older macbook pro (mine was from late 2013) to a newer one (mine is from late 2016) with the OSX Migration Assistant. In this post, I list the steps I took to uninstall postgreSQL installed from the postgreSQL website and reinstall it using Homebrew. For those of you not familiar with it, Homebrew is the missing package manager for macOS. Created by developer Max Howell in 2009, Homebrew installs the stuff you ... Continue Reading

postgreSQL and the OSX Migration Assistant

Last week I received a new macbook pro laptop I had purchased. My old laptop had seen better days. I had lost functionality in my t key on my keyboard. My external speakers were shot. And after I had already purchased and received the laptop, I found out that my thunderbolt port was dying. How did I find THAT piece of information out? I was trying to transfer my data from my old computer onto my new one with the OSX Migration Assistant, and nothing happened. I wanted to know if I had perhaps ... Continue Reading

How to copy a directory from Command Line

In my last post I talked about zipping and unzipping a directory from the Command Line. I also mentioned how you could ignore directories within the root directory you are zipping. But sometimes you just might want to copy a directory that is in one location to another location, for whatever reason. Today, for example, I just completed a new project for my class for which I need to upload the complete directory (minus the node modules of course). However, I first want to copy the directory to ... Continue Reading

Reach for it

Photo by Bryan Minear on Unsplash This past Sunday, I was working on a little project for my Evening JS Intensive class, and I found an inspirational and wonderful photo on Unsplash (above) taken by Bryan Minear. I really wanted to create a chat bubble over the hand and place random quotes within it, but I just couldn't get it to work for me visually. I think what really bothered me was that it covered part of the photo. In the end, I trashed the idea of the chat bubble and went ... Continue Reading

Compete Against Yourself Not Others

I never quite understood why I would repeatedly hear the phrase Compete Against Yourself Not Others until I recently went back to school. A month ago I began an awesome course/part time bootcamp at The New York Coding and Design Academy in downtown Manhattan. I was so excited to expand my horizons in the world of Fullstack JavaScript at the same place I had taken Web Development 100 and Front End 101. For two years in between, I was furthering my education intensively online before I finally was ... Continue Reading

e.keyCode || e.which?

I just wrote a post here entitled Guess the keys in which I articulate the code (without giving away the answer!) and describe how the game works. My final code includes a minor tweak I had to make in order for the colored box (read Guess the keys for more details) to render to the page in Firefox. I went through hell to actually get the game to render properly across browsers. Specifically Safari, Chrome beta 64, and Firefox Quantum. However, I did not have the chance to check it on IE Edge. ... Continue Reading

Guess the keys

Last week I created a little game with vanilla Javascript revolving around the keypress event that might end up being reused one day in a bigger project. There was a lot more going on under the hood than meets the eye, and I learned a new thing or two in the process. So I thought it was time to write another post! I was inspired to create this game by a keypress workshop we did in my Evening Fullstack JavaScript Intensive Course I just began 4 weeks ago (yes, it's already 4 weeks!). I wanted to ... Continue Reading

Downloading a pdf file from the internet using Command Line on your Mac

Since I have already written a post about zipping and unzipping directories on a Mac using the Command Line, I thought I would take that track a step further by talking about how to download a pdf file from the internet using the Command Line on your Mac. I will also discuss where it ends up relative to where you are. I will use a simple example that I actually learned from to demonstrate this. If there is a specific pdf file you want to download, please feel free to replace my web address and ... Continue Reading