Delete Completed Items from Reminders

For some unknown reason, Apple has never added a native way to remove completed reminders from their Reminders App. Over the past few years, I have completed over 2,500 reminders and never deleted them. To delete them manually would have taken forever. Fortunately, with the new Shortcups, I found a way to automatically delete all completed reminders in the mater of seconds.

How to Delete Completed Items from Reminders App:

First, make sure you have the iOS Shortcut app installed. Then, go to the shortcut app on your iPhone and search for “Clean Completed Reminders”. Once you run the shortcut, it will prompt you several times to make sure you want to delete all completed reminders. Just to be clear, there is no way to recover them once they are deleted so be careful.

Alternatives to Bitly

Since Goo.gl shut down back in March 2019, there have not been many other options for shortening URLs. Bitly and Rebrandly are the top companies in the link shortening space but I believe they are too expensive and more complicated than what most people need.

Over the past couple of months, I have been working on a new shortener service T.LY. T.LY offers generous plans with the ability to track stats, protect links with a password and expire links from a number of clicks and/or dates. The API is simple to use and would be a great addition to any application needing to shorten long URLs. There is also an extension for Chrome Firefox, which makes shortening links a breeze.

As I have been working on the service, I have been posting updates to IndieHackers. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Rapid Ring App

I’ve been using the Ring Doorbell Pro for the past couple of years. It has been a great camera/doorbell with very few issues. Ring recently released a new app for iOS and Android that allows quick access to view the camera. It is called Rapid Ring. The original Ring app is great for video playback and changing settings but at times it is so slow the person ringing your door may have already left. Rapid Ring quickly loads the video feed of any Ring device. If you are experiencing slowness with the current Ring app, I recommend trying Rapid Ring App.

Handle Long URL Redirects NGINX

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on a URL Shortener Service. When testing the ability to shorten really long urls (over 3500+ characters) I ran into an issue I had never seen before. When trying to redirect to the long url, NGINX would return a 502 error (upstream sent too big header while reading response header from upstream). After some research, I discovered the long url is sent in the header of the response. To fix this issue, I had to change the fastcgi_buffers and fastcgi_buffer_size setting in the location section of NGNIX. Read More