November 6, 2016 § Leave a comment
The dozens of readers of my main website, MichaelMusgrove.com, will be disappointed to find it’s currently down. And will be for the next 43 days. Fortunately, it’s not a site that generates any revenue. The reason it’s showing that my domain has expired is ridiculous.
I’ve had that domain name since 2008, I think, and it was purchased and hosted at Hostmonster.com, which presently is a subsidiary of Hostgator, a company held by a conglomerate of websites named Endurance International Group that has a portfolio of about 30 companies going by many common names, such as Bluehost. It’s a very unpopular company among developers and a lot of the general public from what I can tell. Back when I bought that domain and had it hosted at Hostmonster, they were just a little startup that was unaffiliated and hadn’t been bought up by HostGator yet.
Over the years I’ve been pretty pleased with Hostmonster, with a few hiccups and battles along the way, which is to be expected, as all successful companies have growing pains, especially ones that grow as quickly as they did. But I’ve been ready to move on for a while, and moved the hosting to SiteGround (please realize none of this part is really critical, but it provides a view into how crazy the hosting industry is).
Over the years, I also created several subdomains on the MichaelMusgrove.com site. What that means is that I have a domain attached to that hosting account, and the actual web address is newdomainname.michaelmusgrove.com, but the browser chops out the michaelmusgrove part, so it just looks like the normal URL, if that makes sense. At one point I think I had around 5, before Hostmonster sent a very blunt letter to me after a series of warnings about overuse of their resources, being on a shared server. So now I’ve got the subdomains only hosted at Hostmonster. And paying a pretty steep hosting bill. Some of those sites actually became pretty big and I had to move them to their own servers and off that domain, at other hosts. I’m always trying out new hosts to stay abreast of who’s better than whom at what. Eventually, nothing was left at Hostmonster but the MichaelMusgrove.com domain, sitting there being hosted at SiteGround.
I’ve also been trying to consolidate domain names over all that time as well. I pick up domains for nothing all the time, and have a collection spread out all over a ton of registrars. So I’ve been diligently transferring them to be under one roof at Google Domains. I chose Google Domains because they only charge a flat fee of US$12.00 to renew, offer free privacy settings, and are a stable enough company whose products I already use and like to not have to worry about them “selling out.” That move seems to disrupt companies a lot of times to the point they have a hard time recovering from the merger, and the ship/the registrar goes through some rough seas that I’d rather not be a passenger on, to use an overwrought metaphor. Centralization seems like a good solution in this case.
I’ve requested that Hostmonster release my MichaelMusgrove.com domain to Google Domains over the years so many times it’s not funny. And always they deny it. It’s frustrating, but never so much so that I pursued it further until I try again several months later, just for kicks. And every time: refused. So I’d begrudgingly pay Hostmonster to renew my license for MichaelMusgrove.com once again every year, at the relatively expensive $15.99, and they always tack on all these protections I don’t want or need as well jacking it up even more. Not this year. And this is where it gets screwy.
I contacted Hostmonster and asked why they kept denying it. It was explained: Since it was the primary domain, they couldn’t release it with my account open. My account would have to be closed/cancelled for them to legally do that, presumably by ICANN “laws.” This seems like a good time to remind people Obama just handed over America’s control over the internet to a global body of God knows who. I cannot believe a person with a law degree would hand over leverage like that at America’s expense. Something we can NEVER get back. A master negotiator, he is.
So, I told Hostmonster to cancel my account then, so I can transfer MichaelMusgrove.com over to Google Domains once and for all. Done. But wait. The domain is “locked” now for 45 days over at Hostmonster, to allow me to repurchase the domain name, in case I forgot or was in a coma during the time it lapsed, or some other imaginary stupid scenario.
So, my domain name is being held ransom at Hostmonster, with it shut down, somehow, although I’m still having it hosted at SiteGround, where my database is. And if you visit MichaelMusgrove.com, you get a notice that I’m a bum and didn’t pay my bill or something. As I sit here wand wait 43 more days until I can buy back that domain from Google Domains, hopefully before some other poor person named Michael Musgrove, or pathetic fan of, snaps it up. (I probably shouldn’t be announcing this fact, but I’m a risk-taker)
So in the meantime, I guess I’ll post junk here, as well as on any of the other many outlets for my drivel.
UPDATE: 2/4/17: Some person in China bought MichaelMusgrove.com, for some crazy reason. A fan of mine, perhaps? They can have it; I’ve moved on. https://MMusgrove.com or https://musgrove.blog is the place to be now.
August 1, 2016 § Leave a comment
Here’s a list of recommended plugins/extension for Google Chrome, especially if you do any development or design work, or work with the WordPress REST API at all. If not, there are still some handy browser extensions worth looking at.
- Postman Interceptor
Sends requests fired through the Postman chrome app.
- Giphy for Gmail
Add the power of Giphy to your Gmail experience. Search and discover the best GIFs for your every email need quickly and easily.
A tool for designers to measure screen dimensions
- Shortcuts for Google™
Choose from 250+ Google™ services to show up as buttons in a space-saving popup. Official Firefox extension port.
- Pesticide for Chrome
This extension inserts the Pesticide CSS into the current page, outlining each element to better see placement on the page.
- Web Developer
Adds a toolbar button with various web developer tools. The official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox.
- WordPress Style Editor
Save CSS changes made in developer tools, directly to the WordPress stylesheet.
Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Gradient Generator and other colorful goodies
Secure Cloud Storage
Easily extract CSS and HTML from selected element. Then send it to CodePen, jsFiddle or JS Bin with one click.
- #Clicky for Slack
Post links to Slack with a single click!
- Firebug Lite for Google Chrome™
Firebug Lite for Google Chrome, supported by the Firebug Working Group.
- Web and PDF Highlighter for Desktop/Mobile
“Liner” helps you highlight the web. Highlight your favorite sentences on Medium, Wikipedia, and PDF files.
Automatically find and apply coupon codes when you shop online!
- One App
One App for Chrome New Tab
- ImprovedTube – YouTube Extension
Improves YouTube’s functions and site with Limited Permissions. Auto HD, Resize, Annotations, Playback Speed and more.
- Google+ Notifications
View notifications of Google+ activity when signed in, anywhere you go on the web.
Chrome extension that improves the GitHub experience
- Share Extensions
Export your favorite Google Chrome™ extensions as BBCode, HTML, Wiki, Markdown or text. Share extensions via Twitter, Google Mail™.
Save up to 95% memory and reduce tab clutter
- Add to Amazon Wish List
Add products from any website to your Amazon Wish List
- NeonMob Turbo
Tools for the NeonMob artist card trading game.
- GitHub Awesome Autocomplete
Add instant search capabilities to GitHub’s search bar.
- Logitech Smooth Scrolling
Buttery-smooth scrolling for Logitech mice and touchpads.
Refind is the home for the best links on the web. Save and discover what matters most to you.
- Smart Tab Mute
Ensures that only one tab plays audio at the same time
- Dropbox for Gmail
Send and preview Dropbox files and links without leaving your Gmail window.
- Adobe Acrobat
Convert current web page to an Adobe PDF file
- DevTools Author
A selection of author settings for Chrome Developer Tools.
- Save to Facebook
Save any page to your Facebook’s “saved” section.
- Grunt Devtools
Extends the Developer Tools, adding tools for Grunt
Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet
- iCloud Bookmarks
Keep your Chrome bookmarks on Windows up to date with the Safari bookmarks on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Page Analytics (by Google)
The Page Analytics Chrome Extension allows you to see how customers interact with your web pages.
- GoToMeeting for Google Calendar
Easily schedule GoToMeeting sessions from your Google Calendar.
- Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides
View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Used by over 50 million people, a free ad blocker that blocks ALL annoying ads, malware and tracking.
- Inbox by Gmail
Save links to web pages for later or share via email with one click.
- Save to Google Drive
Save web content or screen capture directly to Google Drive.
- Bookmark Manager
- Pinterest Save Button
Save the things you find on the web
- AmazonSmile 1Button for Chrome
This is an official AmazonSmile extension for Chrome
- Last.fm Scrobbler
Scrobble music all around the web!
Shows LinkedIn profiles in your Gmail
- Material for Google™
Material for Google™ replaces the bland Google™ Search with a fantastic redesign that offers many themes and customizations.
- Material-Light For chrome
- Bitly | Unleash the power of the link
Save, share, and brand your links
- Web Developer Checklist
Analyses any web page for violations of best practices
- Live HTTP Headers
Monitor all HTTP/HTTPs traffic from your browser.
- Darkness: Beautiful Dark Themes
Beautiful dark themes for Facebook, Google and more
- Producht Hunt GIPHY integration
Search on GIPHY direct from Product Hunt and insert them into your comment!
- Giphy for Chrome
Bring the power of a GIF search engine anywhere on the web. Respond to emails, tweets and more with GIFs quickly and easily.
- Page Ruler
Draw a ruler to get pixel dimensions and positioning, and measure elements on any web page.
PixelBlock is a Gmail extension that blocks people from tracking when you open/read their emails.
- Marker – Screenshots for Slack, Trello, Jira
Blazing-fast bug reporting. Take screenshots right from your browser, add annotations and send them to your favorite apps in 1 click
- Grammarly for Chrome
Check your spelling and grammar as you type. Boost your credibility everywhere you write!
Klear Influence Metrics on Twitter.com.
- Strikethrough, Etc.
Use s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ text (and many other text styles) anywhere. Works with Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more.
Check if email is being tracked.
- Openvid – Screen, Mic and Camera Recorder
Seamlessly record your screen, mic and camera. Unlimited videos. Unlimited storage. Instantly shareable video links. 100% free.
- Product Hunt
Product Hunt brings you the best new products, every day.
- Refind New Tab
Set Refind as your New Tab page.
- Save to Google
Saves a webpage to Google.
A lightweight Last.fm scrobbler that scrobbles the music you listen to on the web.
- DevTools Autosave
Saves changes in CSS and JS that was made via Chrome DevTools
- Google Hangouts
Hangouts brings conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free.
- Office Online
The quickest way to view, edit, and create Office files in your browser.
- Convert Case Menu
On right click, takes text selection and converts to UPPER, Sentence, Capitalized, Title, aLtErNaTiNg and InVeRsE cases in new tab.
- Save to Pocket
Pocket Extension for Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more
- Google Tone
Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
Reading the web should be friendly for your eyes
- FB GIF Button
Comment on FB with Memes and Animated GIFs in one Click!
- Amazon Assistant for Chrome
Amazon’s official browser extension. By installing you agree to the Conditions of Use at amazon.com/gp/BIT/TOU
- Data Saver
Reduces data usage by using Google servers to optimize pages you visit.
- Speedtest by Ookla
Take a Speedtest directly from your toolbar to quickly test your internet performance without interruption.
Disabled Extensions: 2
- Tab Hero – Faster Tab Navigation
Faster tab navigation ulility/tab manager for Chrome
- Tab Organizer
Organizes and Rearranges tabs by URL.
- Google Slides
Create and edit presentations
Social marketing platform with advanced insight, segmentation, listening and campaign functionality.
The beautiful way to organize code snippets.
- Material Markdown
A simple and clean Material Design markdown editor with side by side preview
Watch movies and TV shows instantly on your Chromebook and in Google Chrome on your PC/Mac with your Netflix membership
- Google News
Search thousands of news stories
Share the right things with the right people.
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube ™, Tumblr, Pinterest, Gmail ™, Instagram, Yahoo
- Google Calendar
With Google’s free online calendar, it’s easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place.
Manage all your files, access them from anywhere, and share them with anyone securely.
- Google Apps Script
Create and edit scripts
- Postman – REST Client
- Google Sheets
Create and edit spreadsheets
- Word Online
Create, edit and share Word documents. Work with others on shared projects, in real-time.
Online CSS3 Code Generator With a Simple Graphical Interface
- DocuSign – Fill & Sign PDFs online
Fill out, sign, and send documents online in minutes with DocuSign.
- Google Photos
Store, search, and share a lifetime of photos
- Google Keep – notes and lists
Quickly capture what’s on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family.
- Excel Online
Create, edit and share Excel spreadsheets. Work with others on shared projects, in real-time.
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
Manage all your WordPress-powered blogs from one dashboard.
- Google Forms
Create online forms and surveys
- HelloSign: Online signatures made easy
HelloSign is the easiest way to sign documents online.
Create a beautiful blog in minutes
- Webcam Toy
Take photos with your webcam using over 80 free fun effects. Save photos to your computer or post to Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook!
- Google Maps
Find local business information, directions, and street-level imagery around the world with Google Maps.
- PowerPoint Online
Create, edit and share PowerPoint presentations. Work with others on shared projects, in real-time.
One place for everything in your life
Create gorgeous code snapshots.
- Fusion Tables (experimental)
Get more from data with Google Fusion Tables.
Outlook.com offers the richest, most personal experience with Facebook, Twitter and Skype integration, Office Web Apps, and more.
- Theme Creator
Chrome Theme Creator, create and share Chrome themes online.
- Backlink Search Tool
A tool for finding blogs that have comments enabled
- All Cheat Sheets
Collecting All The Cheat Sheets
July 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
So, who complained, exactly? Was there even an actual single complaint from a person? Where was the “controversy?” Who made this decision at Cartoon Network/AOL/Time-Warner? Who knows?
This is a stereotype that definitely missed the mark. When I think of Mexicans, I sure don’t think of fast-running mice.
Feeling that the character presented an offensive Mexican stereotype, Cartoon Network shelved Speedy’s films when it gained exclusive rights to broadcast them in 1999 (As a subsidiary of Time Warner, Cartoon Network is a corporate sibling to Warner Bros.). In an interview with Fox News on March 28, 2002, Cartoon Network spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg commented, “It hasn’t been on the air for years because of its ethnic stereotypes.”
Despite such controversy over potentially offensive characterizations, Speedy Gonzales remained a popular character in Latin America. The Hispanic-American rights organization League of United Latin American Citizens called Speedy a cultural icon, and thousands of users registered their support of the character on the hispaniconline.com message boards. Fan campaigns to put Speedy back on the air resulted in the return of the animated shorts to Cartoon Network in 2002.
May 10, 2016 § 1 Comment
Well, if he says it is, that’s good enough for me. As long as we have a voucher! (I wonder if he realizes he, appropriately, has a giant phallus on his head?) His speech was 3 hours long, FYI.
This weekend thousands of North Korean officials convened in Pyongyang to attend a rare Workers’ Party Congress, the first in nearly four decades. The nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, struck a diplomatic tone regarding the nation’s nuclear ambitions. North Korea “will faithfully fulfill its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for global denuclearization,” he said in a…
March 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
This is an excellent piece to help explain some of the situations the US is currently in, and how I’ve come to hold many of the political and economic beliefs that I do. As a libertarian, I subscribe to many, not all, of these tenets, and if you take the time to read Ayn Rand‘s seminal work, Atlas Shrugged, as well as this piece (or at least this article) by Edward W. Younkins, I think you’ll see why I view things the way I, and many others, do.
In addition to this work, I’ve spent no small amount of time studying its topics and have been surrounded by political types my whole life. Politics are a thing in some people’s families, and not so much in others’, I’ve noticed. Unless it’s “pop politics” or a political topic du jour, as designated by the mass media, most people don’t bother to workshop their theories or even research the basic viability. Most politicians don’t either. Politicians would make horrible marketers. They make fine snake-oil salesmen, but not legitimate marketers.
If you’re interested in making America a better place, this is worth a read, along with Ayn Rand’s works. Atlas Shrugged being the foremost, and Fountainhead.
Economics in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged:
February 17, 2016 § Leave a comment
I grew up around cars and although I don’t know as much as some mechanics that repair cars for a living, I can hold my own in a garage. And through the years I’d estimate I’ve gone through about 20 cars, and driven a lot more than that, whether that’s me being a designated driver of a Rolls Royce or in a rental car as I was last week, and drove a Jaguar XF for several days.
But if I could only have one car, this would be it. Guards Red Porsche 356n with tan interior. Perfect. Of course, I’d also need the cabrio for those days you can’t have a top. Birthday’s in May.
December 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
Those other places may have their fracking fortunes and drone businesses, and some may be raking in money for simply legalizing a plant, and others may be getting ready for driverless cars and infrastructures that support fiber and electric vehicles, but Kentucky makes booze!
It’s a good thing Kentucky has some coal left in the ground and basketball to watch, otherwise, it’s a pretty irrelevant state heading into in the 21st century.
North Dakota and Drones: http://nyti.ms/1Tk6uUB
October 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
One of my favorite scenes from Trading Places, among many.