My XAMPP Dashboard now lists subfolders

My XAMPP Dashboard now lists all the subfolders in my htdocs folder

Following my post about Studio by, I’m still using XAMPP for a few projects.

By default, XAMPP offers a dashboard page at http://localhost/dashboard/ which besides some welcome blurb includes a few useful links such as to phpMyAdmin (for managing the MariaDB database).

Something I’ve often wished that it had was a way to detect the folders within htdocs and offer links to them. So, I’ve written my own.

You can find the code on my GitHub.

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C64 mechanical keyboard from 8BitDo

If I was in the market for a mechanical keyboard, this would definitely be my first choice, the 8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard – C64 Edition.

I still have the Commodore 64 name plate and C= key from my first home computer. They are stuck to my monitor in front of me as I type.

In the meantime, I am still really happy with my Logitech MX Keys.

Studio by is a game changer

Studio by is available for Windows and Mac and claims to be a fast, free way to develop WordPress sites, themes and plugins locally.

How does Studio by on Windows compare with two other local development server options XAMPP and Laragon?

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Job applications, cars and bikes

VW Taigo … fun to drive for four hours at least

This has been something of a tricky week, Monday especially.

But today I got to drive a new car for four hours while mine was being fixed (for the second time in a week), a kind man fixed my bike wheel, and I got the good news that I wasn’t being offered a new job.

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Book review: Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

Cal Newport is one of my favourite authors. An American non-fiction author and full professor of computer science at Georgetown University, Newport has written some of my favourite deeply insightful books:

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (2016),
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (2019),
  • A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload (2021)

and now this book Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout (2024).

It took me a little longer to read than I had meant as I was made redundant during the first half of the book and I’ve been focused on my work situation. But I finished reading it this afternoon and I wanted to share my initial thoughts.

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