Want the new iPhone 6? Get some cash for your old one!

Want the new iPhone 6? Get some cash for your old one!

Ah yes, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are upon us. However, if you’re in the same boat as I am, upgrading now would be a little pricey. Or would it?

I’ve eyed up the new 6 plus. It has a huge 5.5″ screen, 1920×1080 resolution. I’ve looked at it as an “iPad mini – mini”. However, I’ve got a year until my upgrade is available, and I refuse to pay an extra $42 per month (for 20 months) with AT&T’s Next program. And I really don’t care to drop $650 on a new phone, either.

I did a quick quote through Gazelle, and they’re offering $245 for my iPhone 5S ($280 if unlocked) and $110 for my 4S which I still have lying around, gathering dust. Not too shabby!

Lock today’s price for your iPhone, keep it until October 10th at Gazelle!

Beware of this WordPress vulnerability

On July 3rd, MailPoet, (a newsletter plug-in for WordPress), posted about a recent security threat. The threat has been addressed, and an update has been released. This vulnerability made it possible for the attacker(s) to inject all sorts of nasty code on thousands of WordPress installs.

Here’s the scary part. Although this vulnerability was the first point of entry for the exploit, your site doesn’t actually need to have the outdated MailPoet plug-in installed and activated. If you’re on a shared server, and the plug-in is installed on a website you share server space with , it can affect your website.

Whether you were affected by this attack or not, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself (from current and future attacks):

Make sure you have the latest MailPoet Plugin (Version 2.6.9).

Actually, this is good advice regarding any plug-ins and/or themes. If an update is available, chances are it includes a fix. There are a lot of great plug-in developers that do document these fixes, but some don’t.

Find a backup service.

Services like VaultPress offer automated, daily backups. This allows you to quickly and effortlessly restore your beloved data. Plans start for as little as $5 a month. If your WordPress site is a source of income, like mine are, this is a no-brainer! There are a few different companies offering this. However, if you’re looking for a simple backup service, it’s worth giving VaultPress a shot. It’s actually provided by Automattic; you know — the amazing team that makes WordPress :)

Get better hosting.

This is a biggie for me. Not only does WP Engine include a backup service as part of their regular hosting plan, they also automatically scan for and fix any hacking attempts on your site for FREE! I’ve personally installed a plug-in that rendered my site useless. Thanks to WP Engine, I was able to restore my WordPress site within minutes. And the backup itself was only a few minutes old, (they prompt you to back up before uploading or updating plug-ins and themes).

Three tools that make SEO easier and your clients happy.

When working with clients, I often get asked “Will you get me on the first page of Google?” This is always a tough one. It’s something that I would never promise. However, there are some  SEO tools  which help put your client on the right track.

WP Engine

There’s a lot of  hosting companies to get your site up and running quickly and inexpensinvely. However, if you’re serious about your site / product(s) / business / blog, I recommend kicking it up a notch. I’ve been using WP Engine for a few years now. It’s inexpensive, reliable, BLAZING fast and has a ton of really great features that just might save you a ton grief, down the road. The support is also superb!

WordPress

I use WordPress for the majority of  websites I create. It’s quick and easy to install, has boatloads of free and premium plugins.  You can create your own custom plugins. Also, if you use WP Engine as your host, they install a fresh copy of WP for you. Pretty slick, eh?

Over the years, WordPress has become so much more than an amazing blogging software. It’s a powerful content management system. There’s a ton of support documentation and an huge community.

Yoast WordPress SEO

There are a ton of WP plugins to choose from. However, I rarely go without installing Yoast. It’s arguably the best SEO plugin available for WordPress. They also have some really great information on their site.

VECT-O-GRAM

VECT-O-GRAM

My first gaming console was an NES. I was 5 or 6 years old. I remember my parents waking me up to show me my early birthday gift. I recall my father being more excited about it than I was, (because I was half-asleep at the time). My Nintendo lasted me until around 1995, when it finally stopped reading the cartridges. A lot of good times were had, within that decade.

Today, my pal Mark Davis started a [close to] daily  project entitled VECT-O-GRAM. His first post is a portrait of the beloved NES controller. Mark’s a cool guy, and a great artist. Check out his latest project and show him some love.

Learning Rhino and printing 3D ornaments

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I’ve spent a lot of time working my way through the GINORMOUS collection of tools in Rhino3D. In the process, I created  and printed a few Christmas tree ornaments. Here’s what I’ve created and submitted to thingiverse:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:188689

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:190211

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:190773

and

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:194645

 

nyc-rink

Yesterday, Elina and I stumbled upon the ice skating rink, in Central Park. While we relaxed and watched, I prepared myself for Lindy to come running from the nearby rocks, jump the rail, run across the weathered wood, onto the rink and pick up an unassuming kid to slash the face of the man in the coat!

Off to watch limitless again!

Halloween 2013: Survivors of the apocalypse.

This year, the wife and I dressed up as post-apocalypse survivors. Here’s the two of us together:

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On my left arm, I’m wearing a 3D printed Pip-Boy 3000. It is, however, unfinished and far from perfect:

IMAG4219I printed the Pip-Boy on my Replicator 2. If you’re interested in printing your own Pip-Boy, you can find the file here

 

My introduction to 3D printing

After 8 weeks of patiently waiting, my Replicator 2 showed up! The Rep2 is an affordable desktop 3D printing system. It uses a PLA filament to produce physical objects from a digital 3D file.

I first heard about 3D printing about 3 years ago from a podcast. I’ve kept up to date, ever since. MakerBot Industries recently(ish) released the Replicator 2. This was the first model that appeared to be “ready to go”, out of the box. For the  most part, it was. After reading the instructions on unpacking and calibrating the machine, I was printing 3D objects from the supplied SD card. It wasn’t until after I installed the MakerWare software that I started seeing complications.

It’s been a bumpy road, but I have produced some pretty cool objects. My first real project is a new blade holder for our cutting systems at work. Here’s what I have, so far:

3D printing a bladeholder

Might not look like much, but considering the size and detail, I’m quite impressed. The overall size is around 3/4″ x 2″. So to have an actual working prototype is awesome.

For anyone considering a 3D printer of their own. Prepare yourself for a little frustration. Give yourself a few weeks (possibly months) of toying around, learning its strengths and weaknesses.

One of my biggest frustrations is the Replicator 2 is being shipped with a less-than-adequate Drive block. Luckily, the 3D printing community has been awesome. Few folks were awesome enough to create alternatives. One of which has been adopted by Makerbot, themselves. I highly recommend downloading and printing this file immediately. You’ll also need to purchase the hardware needed for this mod.

It’s also worth mentioning the need for some good 3D design software. I’m partial to Rhino. There are plenty of great options out there, though. I’ll get into the software, later. I do have some suggestions for folks who might not have any real experience, but need somewhere to start.

Failed Objective Posts

Failed Objective Posts

When I first launched Rabidsample.com, I hadn’t really decided on posting failed objective again. Although I haven’t done a lot of posting, I do plan on using it as an actual blog.

I wanted to publish Failed Objective again, but the current comic theme for WordPress kind of took over the website. I didn’t want to get stuck with the comicpress theme / plugin, since RS is more than just a comic. Luckily, my buddy Mark told me about comic easel. It’s a new(ish) plugin by the folks over at comicpress. It’s lighter weight and not nearly as intrusive.

From now on, I won’t update by posting Failed Objective comics. Instead, I’ll be posting them, separately on its new page, found here. You can find the latest updates, and if you click on any of the individual comics, the comic reader comes up and allows you to go from beginning to end, and view the comic at full size.

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