An Unbuntu 17.04 VirtualBox VM, (running from an Ubuntu 16.04 host) suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet. The last time it was running all was well; then one day, at boot-up, it couldn’t connect to the Internet. Other Ubuntu VMs internet connections worked just fine. This wasn’t a problem with the host, it appeared to… Read More


I’m using a VirutalBox VM on a PHP project The VM is a desktop version of Ubuntu 17.04, sometimes used with one monitor and sometimes used with two. VB works great in this environment but its multiple monitor capabilities are a little prickly. Launching the VM with one monitor when the settings are set for… Read More


It’s really annoying to forget what your MariaDB’s root account password is. However, with just a little commandline effort, it’s an easy challenge to resolve. I learned most of these instructions with this Digial Ocean article. It’s a great article but it instructions for ending the MariaDB mysqld process didn’t work for me on Ubuntu… Read More


This is a small JavaScript stopwatch. To use it, first create the StopWatch function below:

Then consume it like this:

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Who needs refried beans when you have charro beans?!  This is a simple, but delicious, charro beans recipe. This recipe makes a great side dish with Mexican, Tex-Mex or even plain ol ‘merican food. Serve these immediately after cooking them or freeze them for easy lunches and dinners later.… Read More


Postgres 9.4 is a powerful (albeit silly-named) open source database. With 9.4 some powerful features have been added to enhance Postgres’s support for Json. The claim is that Postgres 9.4 offers the power of a relational database coupled with flexible document database features offered by databases such as Casandra, CouchDB, and Mongo DB. This post… Read More


I use a MacBook Pro running VirtualBox to provide Linux development environment VMs. I recently explored the possibility of getting a 4K monitor to provide a much-needed increase in display capabilities. I learned that while a 4K monitor is currently beyond my humble hardware’s capabilities, Samsung has an affordable option that exceeds the resolution of my current external… Read More


PHPUnit is the canonical unit testing framework for PHP. Even for simple projects and learning exercises, unit testing pays big dividends. This article provides a way to install and configure PHPUnit on Linux.… Read More


For as brown and boring as much of southern Texas can be, there are many great motorcycle rides to be had down here. There isn’t anything that rivals the beauty and challenge of the Blue Ridge Parkway (for me, at least), but there is definitely motorcycle fun to be had down here. I took Glodean… Read More


I’m a big fan of Chinese hot and sour soup and make it every once and while. Learning to make hot and sour soup taught me that the two key ingredients that contribute the most to its flavor profile are finely crushed white pepper (the hot) and Chinese black vinegar (the sour). You can get the… Read More