Alex Laird

Author's details

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

Biography

Software Engineer • Product Creator • Visionary • Learner

Latest posts

  1. Alex and Jess Are Raising Our Future — July 26, 2017
  2. Django Dropzone Uploader — November 20, 2014
  3. DD-WRT NAT Loopback Issue — April 23, 2013
  4. DD-WRT Guest Wireless — March 22, 2013
  5. Geocentral Location; Addresses to Coordinates — August 4, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. Reagan.com Email is a Misguided Effort — 83 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

Feb 26

Once Upon a Cotton Ball, Part 2

She said … I was sitting at my desk, drumming my fingers on the textbook I had just finished reading. It was the beginning of the awkward few weeks of school between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I was bored. Life was going to get insanely hectic with finals in a couple weeks, but for now, …

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Feb 19

Once Upon a Cotton Ball, Part 1

He said … It was Thursday, November 6th, 2008. The season was autumn. The weather was cold. Thursday night, ritualistically, was the night on which my friends and I gathered to watch The Office … you know, back when The Office was actually a show worth watching? On this particular Thursday, however, Dave, Gabe, and …

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Feb 14

Once Upon a Cotton Ball, Preface

We Said … Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the Day of Love, we (Alex and Jess) have decided to totally rip off Jenna and Joey’s idea from a few years back and write out our gushy love story for the entire world to see. It’s a lengthy story that dates back to way before …

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Feb 07

Java: OS X Dock Icon and Name

For as long as I’ve been developing in Java, its lack of native support for OS X has always bothered me. This is more than likely an issue with Apple’s proprietary interface rather than Java, but, for the sake of being loyal to my Master, we’ll pretend the fault is on Java. I don’t want …

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Sep 04

Booting Linux from a USB Drive on Apple Hardware

After hours of frustration and failure, I finally set up a USB bootable Linux distribution that worked on both a BIOS-based PC or EFI-based Apple system. Ten minutes later, I repeated the process with a second distribution. I’ve been perusing this fine internet of hours all day, reviewing and attempting to complete step-by-step tutorials that …

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Dec 03

Hotel California

Joe Kmetz and I were on our way to Krista’s house over Turkey Break and I had designated Joe as the DJ for the trip. At some point during the drive we ended up listening to “Hotel California,” probably the best song the Eagles ever wrote and performed. This spawned a discussion as to the …

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Nov 19

The Question of Music, Meaning, and Life Project

After viewing a few John Cage videos on YouTube (like this one, this one, and possibly this one), I thought to myself, “What the heck … I could write this crap.” And so, using his song 4’33” as my deepest inspiration, I proceeded to do just that. In fact, I made an entire album, with …

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Nov 07

Cotton Balls and Cramps

I was never really good at Chemistry. Better at it than at Biology, but still not exceptional. Granted, I earned an A when I took Chemistry in college, but this was from Kirkwood, which doesn’t have the highest academic prestige, so the A was easily achieved without completely understanding the material. The same goes for …

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Sep 25

Browser Reviews: A Brief History

After Al Gore invented the internet for us, we realized we needed a way to walk around the thousands upon thousands (and now billions upon billions) of sites that were out there. Meet the browser. To the best of my knowledge, Al Gore has never claimed part in inventing the browser, but I wouldn’t put …

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Oct 18

I Beg to Differ – A Response for Apple

  Alright, that’s all for the disclaimer. Below I have listed the fourteen taglines Mac gives for its computers. Below those are Creston’s responses to those taglines. Below that is my opinion from my experience using both a Mac and a PC. Below that are links to some sites that will provide facts to prove …

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