Cosmo’s power pancakes, metric edition

I’m a huge fan of Carla Lalli’s Music’s pancakes (aka Bin It to Win It Pancakes aka Cosmo’s Power Pancakes). We make them a bunch, and have fed them to appreciative family and friends. Carla initially shared the recipe in a Bon Appetit video from April 2017. The recipe was approcumented by a sketchy recipe …

HOWTO move WordPress from MyISAM to InnoDB

When importing an old WordPress database, it may have tables in MyISAM. You can convert them to InndoDB in MySQL like so: If you run into errors like this: It’s because of the SQL mode. You need to remove NO_ZERO_DATE from the mode. First, see what SQL mode you have set: Then, set it to …

Journalism Resources

Education and Training Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Poynter Tow Center for Digital Journalism Publications Columbia Journalism Review Nieman Lab PressThink Source News Organizations Pulitzer Center Professional Associations and Consortia American Society of Journalists and Authors Asian American Journalists Association Association of Health Care Journalists Bureau Local (UK) International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) International …

Password rotation is dumb

Many organizations have policies requiring you to change your passwords every 90 days. These policies are dumb, and make security worse. The following material should help you fight back against this nonsense. You don’t have to believe Paul Schreiber, but you should believe NIST, the FTC and the UK’s NSCS. NIST In 2016, the National …

How to register a Kindle DX in 2018

I recently repaired a Kindle DX for a friend. As part of that, I reset it to factory defaults. When I went to register it so it would connect to his Amazon Account, I received the following error: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please try again later. If the problem persists, …

Using a Dell DRAC5 with a modern browser and OS

The DRAC5 is a remote access card, letting you control a server such as the PowerEdge 300. With it, you can simulate physical access to the machine, viewing the screen on boot, entering commands and cycling power. Unfortunately, Dell has neglected this aging product. Trying to use it today will lead to errors in modern …