Jason N. Gaylord
Social Distancing since 3/10/20
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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Adding a First Alert Smoke/Z-Wave Alarm to Ring

To all the men and women who have served our country through crisis, including assisting during the COVID-19 pandemic, we salute you!

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New USB Floppy Drive

The past few days I’ve had a hardware theme. I’m going to stick with the theme with this latest post. COVID-19 has surely inspired me to clean out my office and straighten things up. I came across so many old DVDs, CDs, and even floppy disks. I’d check each and if the files were worth saving, I’d copy them to my cloud storage, which happens to be OneDrive, and then toss the storage medium. I came across a bunch of 3.5” floppy disks that I wasn’t sure what they contained. Since I was intrigued, I decided to see if I could find a USB floppy disk drive. Sure enough, Amazon had one that was supported on Windows 10:

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Hard Drive Docking Station

One of the tasks I had while being in quarantine was to recover my aunt’s hard drive. My old docking station, which was an original USB dock, would not support SATA drives. Rather, it was SCSI only. So, I headed out to Amazon to find something that would satisfy the need. I came across a USB-C and USB 3 Cable Matters SATA docking station for both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives.

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Repairing My Lenovo Yoga Pro 2

The kids have had to stay home since mid-March due to COVID-19. Each of them had their own machine to do work. The boys were taking turns sharing an old Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 that was 6 years old. As I prepared the laptop for its initial use, I noticed that the battery wasn’t taking a charge. Looking at the Lenovo site, most of the parts could no longer be found. Sure I could get a used battery off of eBay, but I began searching Amazon. I found a compatible L12M4P21 laptop battery on Amazon:

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Copy to Clipboard using JavaScript

As browsers have evolved over the years, security has tightened and the ability to perform certain actions has changed. Browsers have long supported a new, standard API, called ClipboardEvent. However, most browsers did not widely support Clipboard until mid 2019. Up to that point, you’d most likely use jQuery, a JavaScript framework that included clipboard functionality, or clipboard.js.

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Using the 'Copy as Markdown' Browser Extension

I’ve been using the Copy as Markdown browser extension quite a bit lately. It’s great I’m trying to capture existing website pages and convert them to Markdown. While it was meant just to copy single links or images as Markdown, It has really been expanded to copy entire content pages as Markdown. It handles nearly all of the common text formatting such as italic, bold, strikethrough, and inline code. It also handles code blocks, ordered and unordered lists, headings, links and images. It also claims to have table support, but I’ve had issues with it working properly.

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Announcing Azure Static Web Apps

Announced today at Microsoft Build is a new service called Azure Static Web Apps.

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RESOLVED: Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Copy URL Issue

On Friday, I had blogged about how Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer had an issue with the Copy URL functionality. I found out late last night that this has been resolved in version 1.13.1 which is available immediately by visiting https://github.com/microsoft/AzureStorageExplorer/releases and will be propagated to the Windows Update servers within the next 12-24 hours.

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Scheduling GitHub Pages Posts for Future Dates - Part 2

Last week I had shared how to use future dates and Travis-CI to schedule posts for a date in the future. You can read that post by visiting https://jasong.us/2Aqnx9h. One thing I did not cover in that post is that you can schedule posts for a specific time (and timezone).

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Use GitHub Actions to Deploy Jekyll 4 to GitHub Pages

Back on May 9th, I posted about a limitation with GitHub Pages. As of that time, I was unaware of an effort, first documented on April 27th, to use GitHub Actions to deploy a Jekyll site to GitHub Pages. After looking into this more, this will allow you to use Jekyll 4, some of the Jekyll 4 enhancements and even include unsupported Jekyll plugins. Be sure to check it out.

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