How to Password Protect Redmine with Apache, mod_perl, and Redmine.pm

Today I needed to password-protect a Redmine installation. I’ve typically used mod_auth_mysql for similar projects, but Redmine uses a salted password format that’s incompatible with mod_auth_mysql. So, I turned to Apache/Perl authentication, a first for me (I rarely touch Perl) and was able to make it work. Install mod_perl, and the DBI, MySQL, and Digest […]

Script to enable/disable SOCKS proxy on Mac OS X

I’m working in a coffee shop today. I used SSH and SOCKS to browse the Internet securely, but today I decided to take it a step further and automate the process with a shell script. Here’s the script, for what it’s worth: Instructions: Save this to a file. I saved it to “/Users/richard/bin/ssh_tunnel”. Make it […]

Script to enable/disable DMZ on Linksys and Verizon routers

Your home Internet router gives you some protection against direct attacks on your computer by keeping your home network safely encapsulated. Each of your home computers can access the Internet (this is called NAT), but no outsider can access your computers directly. Outsiders only see the router. However, sometimes you want your computer to be […]

FamilyLink.com + Kynetx: How websites could be better with your family

I’ve been playing around with Kynetx.com technology. I think it has a lot of cool potential for helping FamilyLink.com users see who their relatives are across multiple websites. For example, What if you could see your FamilyLink.com relatives directly in Facebook? If you knew which LinkedIn users were your relatives, would you be more likely […]

Reminiscing about Provo411.com and Scraping the Course Catalog

One of my first web development projects and biz partnerships with Brian Stucki was Provo411.com. We were roommates at BYU and conceived of a website where students could share events — parties, concerts, football games, etc. We were already in our beds for the night when the idea came, but we couldn’t go to sleep […]

iPhone tip: Use a Silent Ringtone to Screen Calls in Your Sleep

Have you ever wished your iPhone would ring only when certain people call? Here’s how to do it: Download the “Silence” ringtone here: silence.m4r Copy this file into the Ringtones section of your iTunes. (Click to enlarge.) Sync your iPhone with iTunes to load the ringtone. On your iPhone, change your ringtone to “Silence” (under […]

How to Save Voicemail Forever on Your Mac

With a combo of free Mac applications, you can record and save voicemails from your mobile phone. You’ll need to install the following Mac applications: Skype. You’ll use Skype to make a call to your mobile phone and listen to your voicemail. Though the app is free, you’ll need to buy Skype Credit to make […]