The first version of http://solopracticemanager.com has been out for 3 months now and is finally at a place where it is useful enough for general consumption. If you know any life coaches in need of help managing their practice have them check it out.
SoloPracticeManager is really a site for any single-owner business that needs to manage clients, so it’s not just life coaches, but personal trainers, massage therapists and any non medical practice. I’ve attempted to stay away from medical due to any possible privacy or HIPAA laws. Too much regulation and probably licensing.
Register for SoloPracticeManager.com at http://solopracticemanager.com/registration/register/ and get started for free!
It was announced last week that Django’s 1.6 version has been release in the wild. At least to those brave enough to be alpha testing it.
I’d want to start incorporating some of the features into it ASAP so I’ll probably be plugging it into my sites soon.
You can read the Release Notes here.
Some of my favorite additions:
Persistent database connections
Django now supports reusing the same database connection for several requests. This avoids the overhead of re-establishing a connection at the beginning of each request. For backwards compatibility, this feature is disabled by default. See Persistent connections for details.
Simplified default project and app templates
The default templates used by startproject and startapp have been simplified and modernized. The admin is now enabled by default in new projects; the sites framework no longer is. Language detection and clickjacking prevention are turned on.
Glad to see Django moving forward with some nice changes. Now I’m looking forward to the admin2.
There are some cool new changes in Ruby On Rails 3.1 like: asset pipeline, SASS & CoffeeScript and lots of other goodies. But adding so many new features makes it challenging to learn it all and keep up. Fortunately, there are a bunch of awesome new books and resources that are popping up all over the place.
I’ve read three of the most current titles I could find on the subject: Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial, Agile Web Development with Rails and Rails 3 In Action. All are great books, but depending on your interest you may want to choose one over the other.
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Since I always forget some of the less common HTML status codes when debugging or testing, I compiled a cheat sheet for all the HTML status codes.
In most cases, non-HTML 1.1 defined codes reference their defining source RFC. It also includes some less common “standards”.
I hope you find it useful too.
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For anyone who was a kid and can remember Saturday-morning cartoons, this may bring back memories. I was a late 60s kid and just barely remember this. My favorite cartoon because the violence was real, not that I was into violence, but it didn’t feel so kiddie. Actions have consequences, unlike the A-Team.
I also loved the 60s flavor and the great villains. Who wouldn’t want to work on awesome projects like lasers and talking to dolphins on their private beach island? This is the computer geek’s ultimate scenario.
Benton Quest wasn’t bogged down by bureaucratic bullshite while he whiled away the hours visiting castles or remote islands on his private jet.
Someone else is a fan and made this amazing recreation of the opening sequence in stop-action. I can’t tell if it’s CGI or some sort of plasticine models, but it’s damn cool.
After I updated a rails project to Rails 3.1 it seemed to suddenly stop working with my POW server. WTF?
I kept getting this error on my test site:
Error starting application
Your Rack app raised an exception when Pow tried to run it.
Message when using POW and RVM with Rails 3.1
I am an RVM user and I knew it was something to do with that fantastical tool. It turned out I was right.
Even though I had activated Ruby 1.9.2 via RVM, it turns out POW needs to do the same thing. This is where .rvmrc files come in.
I basically generated an .rvmrc file for the project containing: rvm 1.9.2 and it worked fine after that. As usual, I found links after I solved the issue. See this github issue for more info on the solution.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
I’ve had my iPad now for almost a year and I guess I’ve had plenty of time to determine my favorite iPad apps.
I also have a toddler and I find that I need to share time on my iDevices just to save my iSanity, so here are some of my favorite toddler applications.
I intended to categorize them into things like Educational, Story or Games, but it seems like each of them crosses over so much that I just decided to put them into one list with annotation.
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I like to take a break from web design topics occasionally to plug productivity software that I love.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- A monitor covered in sticky notes with passwords written on them?
- Spending hours digging around in drawers.
- Submitting the “Forgot my Password” and resetting them weekly?
If so, you are exactly like me. But one of my New Year’s resolutions was to manage my time better.
So for ath, I chose to stop wasting time and get a password manager that just worked.
My choice: 1Password. (Surprise, surprise!)
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I’ve written about the dangers of free WordPress themes before, but here is a great article on the topic demonstrating the risk of searching for “free WordPress themes” in Google.
The results? Nine of the top ten results contain backlinks to a host of sites, some legitimate, some less so. All encoded so they are obfuscated, or masked, from your average WordPress neophyte. To say that it’s an honest way to provide free themes via sponsored links is probably legitimate, but then to encode and warn users, incorrectly, that removing the links will break the theme is not.
Verdict: If you are looking for free themes, go to the source. Otherwise, there are some really good options for paid themes. I’ve written about the Thesis WordPress theme many times before, but I still recommend it for anyone who wants an easy-to-customize WordPress theme.
The choice is yours, but be careful out there.
I see a lot of repeated questions on the best way to hide Page Titles in Thesis, so I guess it must be a pretty common issue.
While there are a bunch of ways to do it which either require hacking PHP code (which is prone to breaking something) or hiding it in CSS (which may impact your search rankings) I have never been fully satisfied with them. But, as usual, there is a better way–using Thesis Filters.
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