January 9, 1998: Google’s filed for its PageRank patent on that day. Patents expire 20 years after the filing date, or January 9, 2018 for this patent.
Shortly thereafter, all the search engines will probably deploy some kind of PageRank algorithm. This will start the slow erosion of Google as the top dog of search engines. PageRank isn’t the only determinant of search result quality, but PageRank made Google.
Several years ago, I wrote a series of article about implementing a small network that has some “enterprise” network features. For the most part, these aren’t necessary, but I believe, as we deal with more mobile devices and IOT devices, we will want to isolate our networks into segments, and implement firewalls between the segments, even for small LANs. Fortunately, our phones are somewhat safe — Windows hacking over the LAN in the late 1990s taught everyone a lesson. That said, there are a lot of camera, sensors, and other devices that are on LANs, running with default passwords, and subject to sniffing.
In yesterday’s post, I talked about fixing up old PHP code to be safer.
There’s another anti-pattern common in old PHP code, and that’s mixing the display logic with the output logic. While some of this is inevitable, nowadays, the rule is to use a templating system like Twig to separate out even small bits of HTML code from the logic.
WordPress does this on the front end via Underscore templates, but configured to use Handlebars-like syntax.
This is a revision of an old article, from the old website, describing some things I learned about collecting names.
Several years ago, for the Obama elections, I had to manage a bunch of sign-in sheet info. To perform the data entry, I did a few things to make life easier (for me). Continue reading A Volunteer Sign-In Tool