Start a new Meetup group: 30% off? Why not 100% off?! (Casual Events)

Meetup has a “sale” going on: 30% off new groups!

Wait … why should it cost you anything at all if you will be doing all the heavy lifting and event organizing?

You’re already volunteering your time and energy. Don’t volunteer more money than you need to too.

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How’s that “social media” working out for you? Survey says millennials the loneliest generation

The generation that grew up with smartphones and so-called “social media” are most likely to respond that they feel lonely.

No surprise there.

Despite overwhelming evidence from psychological studies and plain old common sense that says Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat are bad for you psychologically, people still cling to the n… Read more

Navigating to a specific URL in your Angular PWA if its service worker is not yet registered

If you host an Angular Progressive Web App (PWA) on a web server, you will frequently have URLs that are handled by the Angular router to navigate to specific pages within the app.

However, without the service worker registered, navigation requests are not intercepted and sent to the PWA. In other words, if a user has never ran the PWA yet in his or her browser, a… Read more

Casual Events: how to host meetups for free (even if your group exceeds 50 members)

If you’re looking for an alternative to Meetup (meetup.com) where you don’t have to pay a hefty monthly or semi-annual fee just to host events, refer your group to Casual Events!

Casual Events is a new platform that needs your help to grow. Since it is maintained by one person (me) you don’t have to subsidize conglomerate salaries to use th… Read more

If you are tired of using politically partisan platforms, a reminder of the list of alternatives

In light of the recent showcasing of Alphabet’s political partisanship (a search engine I will not name directly to avoid getting unfairly punished more via their corrupt ranking “algorithms”), and the overall collusion of big tech companies siding with radical, communist ideologues, this post is just a reminder of all the alternat… Read more

Casual Events: a free alternative to Meetup

I have released a new app called Casual Events.  Check it out here.

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Of all the degeneracy and anti-social behaviour that social media has wrought, Meetup, while not strictly “social media”, is probably one of the more “social” things to emerge from the Internet. Certainly more social than say Facebook or T… Read more

The new 2019 Lotto Max payout scheme: more ways to lose money!

Before I even updated my Lotto Max Calculator with the new payouts, I knew right away the OLG wanted to accomplish two things with their changes to Lotto Max:

  1. Multiple draws per week, slightly more (but more difficult) ways to win non-jackpot prizes will allow them to say “more ways to win!” as well as …
  2. “Bigger jackpots!” whi
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The Seven Deadly Sins represented by big tech and social media

I don’t know who the original author of this image is so I don’t know who to give credit, but in my opinion the creator has succinctly and accurately pinpointed the acceleration of degeneracy in today’s social media driven world:

Perhaps gluttony would more accurately be represented by Amazon — a symbol of unrestrained consumerism an… Read more

Ionic 4 + Angular 7: Checking whether the generic parent of a component is the active page

There’s no straightforward way yet in getting the parent component of a component via dependency injection without knowing the type of the parent component. This poses a problem if you want your component consumed by many different types of parent components.

A common scenario where this problem occurs is an Ionic 4 app with several pages that use so… Read more

Emulating a POP/IMAP/Activesync mail box for a single domain with Mailgun and Outlook

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With the termination of Zoho free tier access to POP/IMAP/Activesync services, choices for simple, free inboxes and an outgoing SMTP server for your domain have become virtually non-existent.

A common scenario when hosting a small-scale web service under a domain is to handle registrations by sending out automated mails via the free out… Read more