Over the past few months my Weather Extension has grown to over 118,000+ users and averages 12 req/sec. Weather uses Laravel primarily as an api and VueJs to render the html. Speed is very important. Currently Weather is hosted on a $40 a month Digital Ocean server. Since Weather is free, I’ve tried my best to keep cost low. Here are a few changes I’ve made to improve the performance of my Laravel app. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
So you’re a Laravel developer and of course you are using Forge to manage your servers. You enjoy how simple Forge makes it to deploy your applications but you may notice a few seconds of downtime when your app is updating packages etc. To solve this you could use Envoyer, from Taylor Otwell or hack together you own solution. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
If you are a web developer you probably have heard of Flexbox. Flexbox is becoming the new way to layout web pages and solves some of the issues when using floats. When considering using new features, you should always check browser support. Luckily today most browsers support flexbox.
If you are interested in learning more about flexbox, Wes Bos has a great video series on it. He also recently release a free Javacript30 course which covers a lot of flexbox. He does a great job making things simple and using real world examples. Check out the video below. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
A challenge that a lot of bloggers face is choosing images for their post especially if their theme uses a feature image. Sal Ferrarello recommends new bloggers to not use featured images because choosing them often prevent people from publishing. Choosing or taking the perfect photo can be a challenge. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
I’ve been a long time listener of podcasts while I drive and workout. It’s a great way to learn and pass the time that is usually wasted. I generally listen to tech/developer podcasts. They help me stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends. If you are not listening to any podcasts, I’d highly recommend checking out the podcasts below. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
If you use Amazon Drive you may have seen the message, “We don’t support playback of videos longer than 20 minutes.”
After researching cloud storage providers, I decided to use Amazon Drive. Their main selling points for me were unlimited storage for $59.99 a year and their data security and integrity.
I use Amazon Drive to backup of files, photos and videos. So far I’ve managed to use 131.7 GB, which isn’t as much as I thought I would use. Unlimited storage is great but they know most people will only use so much. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland
This is version 2 for my guide on how to control cheap wireless power outlets using a Google Home and a Raspberry Pi. This guide is a much better method than my first attempt using IFTT. This tutorial assumes you already setup the outlets.
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This is part 3 for my guide on how to control cheap wireless power outlets using a Amazon Echo and a Raspberry Pi. Part 1 covered Siri and HomeKit. Part 2 covered the Google Home which I plan on improving since ha-bridge works with Google Home. This tutorial assumes you already setup the outlets. (more…)Follow @Tim_Leland