Now Also on App Engine

Friday, November 24th, 2017

If you can see this, then the migration of the site from to App Engine Standard worked. This was more complex than the equivalent migration of due to the subdirectory and static files.

I still need to repoint the DNS. So far I notice one bug. works but doesn’t. Probably need to fix a handler in app.yaml.

HTTPS and WordPress

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Does anyone have detailed instructions for how to convert a site such as this one (WordPress + Apache, custom domain, multiple plug-ins, on a shared host, specifically to HTTPS?

This is still way too complicated. Might consider moving to another host since the last time I asked pair for help with this they were actively dismissive of the need. itself is not an option last I checked because they don’t allow plug-ins.

Out of date. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

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Testing Swing Apps

Monday, November 9th, 2015

I need to write some end-to-end tests for a Swing GUI application, likely running on Linux. Note that these are not unit tests. I am not testing through the API. Rather I am launching the application (in this case IntelliJ IDEA with our plugins installed) and select menu items, press buttons, read the screen, and so forth.

What tools are folks using for this? Open source strongly preferred (since the plugins we’re testing are open source) but this is not absolutely required.

Mobile Friendly (or not)

Monday, November 9th, 2015

I made a few adjustments to this site’s custom theme (the first in years) and Google at least now sees it as mobile friendly. To make it truly mobile friendly, I need to figure out what to about the sidebar.


Web Hosting with WYSIWYG Editing

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

I’m looking for a simple HTML web host that is suitable for non-technical users. Here are my absolute requirements:

  1. Must support custom domains (no
  2. Must have a built-in editor that is sufficiently WYSIWYG for someone with zero HTML skills to use. (Google Sites would meet this requirement, for example.)
  3. Must allow me to import an existing site of static HTML pages with all links intact. (Google sites fails this requirement.)
  4. Must not add any sort of header, footer, JavaScript, sidebar, or other junk to the pages. (Google sites also fails this requirement.)
  5. No lockin. All pages must be served in and easily exportable as plain vanilla HTML.

I don’t need databases, JavaScript, or a lot of other advanced features. #1 is commonly met, but everything I’ve looked at so far fails either #2, #3, or #4.

Is there such a product on the market?