Alex Laird

Author's details

Name: Alex Laird
Date registered: May 3, 2011
URL: http://www.alexlaird.com

Latest posts

  1. Django Dropzone Uploader — November 20, 2014
  2. DD-WRT NAT Loopback Issue — April 23, 2013
  3. DD-WRT Guest Wireless — March 22, 2013
  4. Geocentral Location; Addresses to Coordinates — August 4, 2012
  5. A Correction for the WSJ: So, Who Did Invent the Internet? — July 28, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. Reagan.com Email is a Misguided Effort — 81 comments
  2. Secure PHP Login — 55 comments
  3. DD-WRT Guest Wireless — 42 comments
  4. DD-WRT NAT Loopback Issue — 12 comments
  5. Paying Off Your Loans — 11 comments

Author's posts listings

Nov 20

Django Dropzone Uploader

Ever been on a trip and, upon return, needed a quick and easy way for all your friends to send you their pictures and videos without burning CDs, sending massive emails, or using third-party services? Or, maybe a better question, ever wondered how to construct a basic Django application with Amazon’s web services, for instance …

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Apr 23

DD-WRT NAT Loopback Issue

NAT loopback is what your router performs when you try to access your external IP address from within your LAN. For instance, say your router forwards port 80 to a web server on your LAN. From an outside network, you could simply visit your external IP address from a browser to access the web server. …

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Mar 22

DD-WRT Guest Wireless

If you’ve done any amount of work with routers, you know that it doesn’t take long to start craving consistency. And more advanced functionality that the cheap home interfaces simply don’t grant you. This is the point where you usually break down and start research things like Tomato, OpenWrt, and DD-WRT, just to name a …

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Aug 04

Geocentral Location; Addresses to Coordinates

Recently, I needed to plot numerous addresses on a map and, ultimately, find the geocentral location of all addresses. The geocentral location is the weighted center of all the addresses, which can be useful in helping determine numerous things, including the average distance between all addresses and some other location. The geocentral location is attained …

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Jul 28

A Correction for the WSJ: So, Who Did Invent the Internet?

Recently, Gordon Crovitz wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal titled Who Really Invented the Internet? Fortunately, it’s only an opinion piece, because there was little more than opinion, littered with plenty of misinformation, in the writing. You can read the article here. Now, it’s not like I look to the WSJ for …

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Jul 14

The Napster Revolution

I’ve recently been reading through Steve Jobs’ biography, a phenomenal work by Walter Isaacson. A point that Isaacson keeps coming back to throughout the book is that Steve Jobs revolutionized six different industries: animated movies (through Pixar), personal computing, tablet computing, phones, digital publishing, and music. I don’t disagree with Isaacson. Jobs did revolutionize the …

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Apr 23

Reagan.com Email is a Misguided Effort

I heard a commercial with the booming and illustrious voice of Rush Limbaugh. After I recovered from banging my head against my desk, I reflected on what was said in the commercial. Rush pointed to the popular free email providers (Yahoo, Google, and others) to remind you that they scan your email. To remind you …

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Mar 01

Using VirtualBox to Host a VPS

Oracle’s VM VirtualBox is a virtualization program that allows you to run another operating system from within your native operating system. Though it is most commonly used to run fully functional operating systems such as Linux or OS X from within Windows 7 (or vice versa), it can also be used to host a Virtual …

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Feb 28

Secure PHP Login

When perusing the internet for discussions on PHP sessions and cookies in regards to credential validation and user logins, I’ve never been satisfied with the approaches I find. Many of the tutorials are just plain lousy or incomplete. And the others seem to imply that you should only use sessions or cookies and never mix-and-match, …

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Nov 03

Investment vs. Loan Payoff

A few weeks back, I was contemplating various ways Jess and I could possibly payoff school debt sooner rather than later.  I had a spreadsheet detailing my current Loan Payment Plan, but I was more than willing to knock months off the bottom of that plan, if at all possible.  So I mulled over several …

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