Web site performance and more

Before Sunday noon I did the following

1) Enabled Google PageSpeed module on my professional website in order to improve performance.

This required me to use SSH in a terminal to modify some configuration files and installing a new module for Apache. I also modified the placement of CSS content for WPML, a translation plug-in for WordPress.

Below is the test results from Google PageSpeed Insights. I increased from 87 to 93/100 for desktop and had a massive increase for mobile.

Google Page Speed Insights improved

2) Installed Jira, a feature and bug tracking tool, on my laptop

This required learning about Docker, downloading the Docker engine, then a Jira container, installing it and then connecting to it via HTTP. I learned about Docker and installed it yesterday. I also installed a Ubuntu Linux container but am still figuring out how all of these things fit together.

Jira installed

3) I added support for Adobe TypeKit fonts, Disqus comments, and Visual Composer page builder to this site and started publishing on it. 

Adobe TypeKitDisqus commenting


4) Realised that I trashed the backend of my professional site and restored from a 2-day old back-up.

Made a mental note to run a snapshot the next time before mucking around. I then reinstalled just the PageSpeed module for Apache; I didn’t take a snapshot first since I figured it just as easy to restore right away.

5) Crap, I hosed my professional site again. Put things back the way they were and will not touch again today.

6) Going for a walk now with my wife. Rain or shine, I need to get those 10,000 steps.

7) After a nap, I ended the day with some crossword puzzles, some articles on Medium, and a few chapters of Rework. I also cleared 11,000 steps.

So it begins

What is a polymath you ask ?

noun poly·math \ˈpä-lē-ˌmath\

  1. Someone who knows a lot about many different things. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
  2. A person of wide knowledge or learning. (Source: Oxford English Dictionary)
  3. A person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. (Source: Wikipedia)
  4. Someone who looks up multiple definitions of polymath. (Source: me)
  5. Someone who thinks that philomath looks pretty cool too. (Source: me)

Source: https://www.1843magazine.com/

Related words or concepts: Genius, Renaissance Man.

What is the point of this site ?

It is a means of tracking all of the different things that I do in a day, the things that interest me, the things that I start and sometimes finish and often don’t.

Check out the About and In Progress links above to learn more about me. More content will be added over time. The design will improve too. 😎