I started the day off by taking one of this learning path’s shorter classes called Up and Running with Git and GitHub. This course was taught by Ray Villalobos and, while only weighing in at 1hr 21min, it was definitely one of the courses I utilized almost immediately. I finished the course, had some breakfast, then clocked into work and started using Git to track the changes I made to the website I’m working on. After using it for a few hours I begin to wonder how on earth I got by without it for all these years!
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I recently wrote about using CrashPlan as a means of backing up my data and as a layer of protection against CryptoLocker. A good chunk of that data consists of photographs I’ve taken over the years which, should my vast archive of data be lost, would be irreplaceable. A few years ago my friend Susan Sene gave me a Kodak EasyShare AiO printer of which I mostly utilized the scanner. At the time, I used the Kodak to scan in all of my grandparent’s photo albums so that there would be a backup in the event anything happened to the albums themselves.
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I’m taking a quick break with my Front-End Web Developer learning path on Lynda.com to deal with a problem I’ve been putting off. Over the past two or so years, I’ve been paranoid about the possibility of my computer getting infected by a ransomware such as CryptoLocker. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been living on the edge over the past few years with no real backup solution in place. This places me in the most dangerous situation where the threat of CryptoLocker is at its greatest: without a backup of my data I would have to pay a ransom of $300 to regain access to it.
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As I had expected, I completed the HTML Essential Training course on Lynda.com in a single day. It was mostly review at this point but I did learn some interesting things about HTML5. The one fact that stands out is that there seem to be two standards being developed by both the W3C and WHATWG. Perhaps “standards” isn’t the world I’m looking for but more of two philosophies. The W3C works to define a single, definitive standard while WHATWG considers HTML5 a “living standard” which is constantly being updated and improved. It gives me a vibe similar to Fedora and CentOS where the former is the test bed for new features while the latter is the stable, reliable standard if you need to rely on such.
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I somehow managed to stretch a nine-hour CSS course beyond three days. When I woke up this morning I was determined to finish this class so that I could at least try to get back on schedule. I’m pleased to say that I met this goal but the amount of information I had to absorb left me feeling a little fried. Not that I’m complaining, by the way. While my present situation leaves much to be desired, I’m glad I have an opportunity to utilize this time to solidify the skills I developed over the past few years.
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Today’s work was relatively short since all I tackled was the lab at the end of the second chapter of this course. The lab itself was relatively straightforward in that all I had to do was fill in a few selectors in a stylesheet provided by the instructor.
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Continuing the CSS course from yesterday, we covered a variety of different selectors which I’ve written in some detail below. As I concluded my work today, I can’t believe I went this long without seeking out some of this info on my own. I understood my knowledge on this subject to be fragmented but holy crow! At least now I’m working to correct that mistake and, as I do so, I begin to understand what Travis Merrick found so fascinating about all this.
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Today I began the fifth part of Lynda’s Become a Front End Web Developer series: CSS: Core Concepts. It’s a given that CSS is an important skill to know and my own use of it in WordPress has left me feeling like my knowledge of this fundamental language is fragmented at best. Knowing this, and seeing that this class is just shy of 9 hours long, I was eager to begin.
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