Author Archives: Scott Allen

About Scott Allen

Scott Allen is a web developer from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been working with HTML, CSS, PHP, & MySQL since the late '90s, and has extensive experience in database design and development, server-side scripting, content management, and front-end user experience, especially in the creation of educational content. Connect with Scott on Twitter (preferably), or Facebook or Google+ (if you aren't in a hurry).

Messages needs to show me the links

When Apple released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, they added a bunch of new features to Messages on both platforms. One of those new features was the Details panel, which gives users a ton of functionality; the ability to change the name … Continue reading

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Apple Family Sharing wishlist

Apple added Family Sharing to iOS and iCloud about a year ago. At the time they announced it, I was really excited to jump right in. Many of the features it added, like shared Reminders lists and Photos albums were … Continue reading

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This Apache setting breaks mod_rewrite

I have had this problem on two very different grades of Apache servers now (cheap, shared stuff and a high-end, expensive, HIPAA-compliant box), so I thought I’d post something reasonably search-friendly in case someone else was looking for the answer. … Continue reading

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Eagle Creek Greenway construction

I wrote a guest post at Urban Indy with some comments and photos regarding the impending greenway extension project going past my neighborhood. I imagine there will be some more as things progress through the summer. The project is slated … Continue reading

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VCALENDAR file with newlines in DESCRIPTION field

Hopefully if anyone else has this problem, they’ll find this post. If you’re attempting to output some data in a MySQL database as a VCALENDAR file that is viewable in Apple Calendar or Outlook or whatever, an incorrect newline character … Continue reading

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Apple ID doesn’t Just Work

I changed the password on my Apple ID a couple days ago. As a person who works with technology and user management and database design and—albeit cursorily—web security, this is something we preach that people should do with online accounts. … Continue reading

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iOS Status Message

This is something I’ve been meaning to write, and hadn’t yet, but this post on Engadget (which I’m sure will be followed by the same info on a million other sites) reminded me of it, and makes me hopeful that … Continue reading

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iTunes Match

I’ve been using iTunes Match for a couple months now, and wanted to post some thoughts. The initial matching and uploading process was pretty slow. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken if I was uploading everything like … Continue reading

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Fixing Messages for OS X

Now that Apple has released the Messages for OS X beta software, it’s possible to be able to send and receive iMessages on my computers alongside all the iOS devices in our house. It makes it very convenient to be … Continue reading

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On College Athletics

Inspiration for this post: NYT: Let’s Start Paying College Athletes I spend a lot of time reading and absorbing thoughts from various media members and other pundits about What To Do About College Athletics™. The divide between coaching/administering haves and … Continue reading

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