Thursday, 29th March, 2018

Continuous, automatic Time Machine backups

SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB

See that? Exactly!

So I sold my 1 TB Western Digital My Passport USB 2 external hard disk for dirt cheap to a student who came with 3 sketchy looking friends to pick it up.

Then I bought a 128 GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3 flash drive. The thing is so tiny its almost invisible.

Now it is connected to one of the USB ports of my MacBook Pro for ever.

And Time Machine is taking regular backups to it automatically every few minutes. Backup A game!

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

Customize AMP pages on WordPress

So Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project is gaining momentum. If you are using this AMP plugin made by Automattic on your WordPress site, it comes with a standard design for all the post types.

But if you are not satisfied with the layout & need to customize your AMP page design to make it stand out from the rest then here is how you can do that.

This is the relevant documentation for the above plugin, keep it handy, the customization page has code snippets you can use to insert elements in common header & footer.

To create a completely customized header, footer, single page or post etc:

  1. Navigate to your site’s “wp-content > plugins > amp > templates” folder.
  2. Here you will find the base templates that the plugin uses. Copy the template you wish to modify.
  3. Create a folder named ‘amp’ inside your currently active theme folder, put this template there.
  4. It will override the plugin’s template file. Now customize this file.

Adding custom fonts

You can add custom fonts from Google Fonts & more, font icons such as FontAwesome to your AMP pages in the <head> section by adding following code in the theme’s functions.php:

Adding custom CSS

You can add custom, internal CSS to the <head> section of a AMP page, but it is better to keep all those CSS rules in a CSS file inside the theme folder & then include that file’s contents in the <head> using the PHP include() function inside functions.php as follows:

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Sleep better

By giving a flying fuck about:

  • News
  • Social media
  • Credit card points
  • Fair weather friends

Also:

  • Delete social media profiles & apps from mobile
  • Put mobile in silent or flight mode before sleeping

Right bedsheets also help.

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

Public Provident Fund

If you invest in PPF then I suggest you max it out to 1.5lakhs. Its a safe way of ‘saving’ if not ‘investment’ in a world full of uncertainty. Even if you have other modes of investment to show towards Form 80C deductions, still do it because of the good rate of interest & zero tax on the whole amount.

And deposit the complete amount in one instalment in the beginning of a financial year between 1st to 5th April, that way you earn interest for the whole year, maximize your return.

Monday, 12th March, 2018

Gaining confidence

Even though still at a beginner level, I’ve slowly started gaining some confidence working with GitHub, SSH & PHPMyAdmin to setup WordPress dev sites, manage local > dev > live site environments using GitHub, import/exporting database, altering things in database tables, moving stuff around with SSH.

Transitioning from the role of just a frontend developer to take more responsibility of the overall development life cycle.