Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

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About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.

Project time

I’ve been tinkering a little bit with my electronics stuff again. Now I’m trying to decide on a project to do, and which hardware platform to use… I have a ton of different microcontrollers — Digispark (ATtiny85), Digispark Pro (ATtiny167), Digistump Oaks (ESP8266, wifi), Adafruit Trinket Pro (ATmega328), PunchThrough Bean (BLE), Particle Core (wifi) / Photon (wifi) / Electron (3G cell), NodeUSB (ESP8266, wifi), ESP201 wifi  modules, some Arduino Pro Mini clones, a Tessel2 (wifi, … Continue reading

chartd

chartd makes it easy to include charts (either png or svg) on your web site, by just passing parameters in the URL of an img tag. For simple charts, this will be easy-peasy to automate. Of course, the downside is the same as for any other time that you let a third-party service have responsibility for your content — what if they shut down the service? 

chartd – responsive, retina-compatible charts with just an img tag

Underscores Components – Custom starter themes for faster WordPress theme development

“Components is a library of shareable, reusable patterns for WordPress themes. Instead of starting from scratch, mix and match from a collection of pre-made components to build your own custom starter theme.” Online tool from Automattic which can generate a variety of starter themes based on Underscores and Components, ready for you to customize.

Underscores Components – Custom starter themes for faster WordPress theme development

Running two copies of Slack

A coworker wanted to run two separate copies of Slack on the Mac, so that he could watch updates from two different Teams at the same time. Personally, I just use the native multi-Team support in the app, but I can see how this would be useful. One answer is to use this command from the Terminal:

open -n /Applications/Slack.app