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More upcoming site changes (goodbye WordPress, hello Jekyll)

After nearly a decade, I’m finally moving this blog off WordPress. In an effort to keep my promise of writing more here, I thought I’d spend a few minutes writing about why, what I’m moving to, and dig into this history of this site (from memory). First off, I started this site when I was…


New hosting, upcoming changes, catching up on some side projects I’m working on

As of today, chrisolin.com is now hosted on Amazon AWS and I’m happy to report that the transition went quite smoothly. I thought it was an appropriate project to tackle as up until the last few weeks ago, I had never used AWS previously. Having this kind of hands-on experience with AWS is a marketable…


Behind the scene changes

As usual, it’s been months since I last posted an update. Without going in to too much detail, I’ve made some security and performance changes/tuning over the last few weeks. Moving forward, pages should load even faster while ssllabs.com currently rates the site at an A+.


Transferring data between two Android devices using rsync over ADB

Starting Monday of this week, I’ve been dealing with cellphone issues caused by a defective LCD screen. Now that I have my replacement phone set up and configured the way I want it, it’s time to transfer all of the data on the internal storage of the old phone to the internal storage of the…


Social engineering and internet researching for good (and so my cellphone will stop blowing up)

PREFACE: The point of this post is to describe what I did and how it resulted in accomplishing my intended goal. Some of the details in this story have been changed to protect the identity of people who I expect would prefer to remain anonymous. This begins a fairly interesting situation I found myself in…


Fixing Jetpack social media “share” icons

I couldn’t find this documented anywhere else on the internet, so I thought I’d post it here. Jetpack includes sharing icons on each individual post that look like: However, I’m finding that they look like this by default: There are various ways to fix this in the Jetpack CSS, but short of an upstream fix…


And a quick update on John…

While I’m updating everything, I might as well include an update on John. It’s been about a year since I last posted about him and given some of the updates I’ve received lately, I figured it’s time for another post. There’s no easy way to say this, so I might as well state it bluntly….


Site updates v2.0

I’ve been so busy with life and work that I haven’t really had the time to do anything with this site, until tonight. I’m currently stuck at my office due to a torrential downpour outside, so I got around to updating WordPress and some of the server configuration files to get a SSL rating of…


Even more site changes!

chrisolin.com, now with HTTPS support. The web server should automatically redirect HTTP requests. The only technical difficulty is links to https://www.chrisolin.com do not redirect to the non-WWW site before throwing a certificate warning, since I don’t have a certificate matching that CN. I’ve been busy between life and work and haven’t really had the time…


Site changes!

In my drunken stupor last night, I completely overhauled this site, the layout, DNS records, everything. I probably broke a ton of permalinks in the process, but I did put in a redirect that should bring anyone from blog.chrisolin.com to chrisolin.com, which should help. Personally, I think everything looks a lot nicer.