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MailTrackerBlocker

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Mar. 3, 2021

One thing that has annoyed me about receiving email is so-called tracker pixels. These usually 1x1px transparent images that are remotely loaded into HTML email enable the sender to track information about be. A good resource about them is No To Spy Pixels. As such I've tended to run my email clien…



Free ticket to The Online PHP Conference!

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Jan. 6, 2021

Update: The tickets have been allocated and all emails deleted. I'm very happy to be speaking at The Online PHP Conference this year. As you can guess from the title, this is an online event so is easily accessible right from your desk. Sebastian, Arne, and Stefan are acknowledged experts in PHP de…


2020 in Pictures

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Dec. 31, 2020

As we reach the end of 2020, I continue my tradition of looking back at my year through the photos that I took as I have done every year since 2009. I have been doing a Project 365 for a good few years which acts as a diary too, so I have the opportunity to appreciate what happened this year in my…


Add Apple Watch authentication to sudo

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Dec. 9, 2020

Since 1Password added Apple Watch unlock I've wondered if there are other situations when I need to enter my password where it instead require a click of my Watch instead. I recently came across an article about how to make sudo work with Touch ID, which is nice, but my iMac Pro doesn't have Touch…


Using jenv to select Java version on macOS

Written by Rob Allen / Original link on Dec. 2, 2020

When working on OpenWhisk, I discovered that it needed a different Java to the one I had installed. Looking around the Internet, I discovered jenv which shouldn't have surprised me as I use pyenv and I'm aware of rbenv too. As I use Homebrew, these are the commands I used. Firstly install jenv, the…