Author: Brendan

How to Fix Missing Comments after Upgrading to WordPress 5.5+ (Arcade/Arcade Basic Themes)

This website is old, and uses a long unsupported theme called Arcade Basic. This means it, like many other prehistoric themes, often breaks in fun and varying ways when I upgrade to a newer WordPress version. The latest snafu my website ran into upon a recent WordPress upgrade was all my posts were missing comments! Users could still comment and… Read more →

Undervolting 2020 Dell Laptops like the Vostro 7500 and More Tips to Improve Thermals, Battery Life, and Speed

2021 Update: Based on post and Reddit comments, the approach to unlock undervolting works for a number of models, including the XPS, Inspiron, G5, 11th Generation Intel processors, and 2021 Dell models and other lines. If it works for you, please leave a comment below so others may know! Disclaimer: Changing voltages or editing BIOS settings not surfaced by your… Read more →

How to Fix Noise / Snow / Display Issues with Netflix on 1440p (QHD) Resolutions Over DVI

2020 was a terrible year for people, but a pretty good one for monitor manufacturers. I got an ASUS PB277Q monitor for working from home, which features a nice 1440p (2560×1440) resolution and HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort inputs. I found the DVI port was able to handle the max 1440p resolution at the max refresh rate…most of the time.… Read more →

Google Places API Alternative in React Native: TomTom Fuzzy Search API + react-native-autocomplete-input

On July 16, 2018, pricing changes for Google’s Map and Places APIs went into effect that priced out many developers, including myself, from using them anymore. (My API usage used to fall within their free tier usage, but would now cost me about a grand a month with their new pricing structure. Goodbye, Google!) And so began the hunt for… Read more →

How to Test Surge Pricing in the Uber API Sandbox Environment (Java/Android Rides SDK)

Uber has released a Rides SDK to open its API up to developers in a slew of different packages (Java, Python, Android, and iOS). But it’s new, so hunting down answers on StackOverflow or in its docs isn’t easy. One of the trickiest parts of Uber’s Rides SDK is handling surge pricing. You have to redirect users to a Uber page for them to confirm acceptance of surge… Read more →

Socket.IO’s CDN SSL Certificate Expires, Breaks Apps Everywhere

To paraphrase Chris Brown, these CDNs ain’t loyal. If you used Socket.IO for your web app, you may have run into a few issues today, 5/27/16. A few issues is probably a bit of an understatement, as any secure app that used Socket.IO’s CDN to serve their client the necessary library to communicate with their server today was crippled. The culprit? Socket.IO forgot to renew… Read more →