Author Archives: Kenny Katzgrau

How to Work Around WPEngine’s “Too many failed login attempts”

A friend of mine recently ran into trouble while logging in to their WordPress-driven news website, hosted on WPEngine. When that friend opened the standard WordPress login page, they would see a message: Error: Too many failed login attempts. Please try again in [time duration] It turns out that WPEngine has a “must use” plugin installed […]

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7 Reasons Every Developer Should Freelance Full Time

… at some point in their career. There is no better business training than actually running a real business. Sure, you could go get an MBA, run your parent’s company, take Peter Thiel’s course at Stanford, or freelance part time while making your real money at some 9-5. But none of that is going to […]

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Satisfaction No Longer Guaranteed

Almost 10 years ago at Acme in Lincroft (NJ), I was asked to take down this sign and throw it in the dumpster. The policy was no longer in effect. Corporate guns had apparently decided that customer satisfaction wasn’t guaranteed anymore. The symbolism of it wasn’t lost on me, and I kept it in the […]

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Remember That Thing I Said About Web Interfaces?

I’m not so sure anymore. One thing I am sure of: Angular.js is the only framework (that I know of) really reconciling for the fact the HTML and Javascript are pretty awful for what we use them for. 1. You basically (re)define HTML’s behavior with something called directives 2. It’s architected in a way that […]

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5 Hints That Buying Bitcoins Is A Crazy Idea

The price of Bitcoin is especially volatile today, but it’s like any old day on Mt Gox. If you’re taking solace in the fact that the Bitcoin “bubble” has ostensibly burst (because you didn’t buy them), you probably won’t find much value in this post. If you’re a bitcoin enthusiast, you won’t find much value […]

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Building a Successful Business is Not ‘Winning the Lottery’

If you’ve ever done something risky like leaving your job to start a company, there was probably someone who tried to talk you out of it. You especially get this if you come from a blue-collar background with unions, steady paychecks, and lots of savings bonds on your birthday. Disclosure: I’m definitely overreacting to a […]

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The Purple Curtain: Or, Why You Need to Stop Hanging Out With Heroku and Friends

A little while back I wrote a post that didn’t have very nice things to say about Heroku. I was pretty miffed at the fact that Heroku took such a big hit when there was an AWS outage in the summer of 2012. Heroku is supposed to be an ops platform as a service. Things […]

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The Future of Web Interface Building

I’ve talked an awful lot about the future on my blog lately. The future internet, the future of social networking, online advertising, etc. But one thing I’m really interested in is how the construction of web interfaces looks. Originally, building a website pretty required notepad, or something to that effect. I’m talking about those old-school table-based […]

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Make Your WordPress 404 Help Find Missing Children

Note: You can skip the whole backstory and go get the plugin here (or install it from within WordPress). So. I was scrolling through Twitter yesterday, and saw there was a bit of buzz about a pretty clever idea going on at They’re asking people who run websites (like me) to turn their standard […]

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Rule Your Network with OpenFlow on GENI

In my last GENI post I ended by talking about “programmable networks.” Just think about it. As a web developer, you leverage APIs for all kinds of services and hardware — Facebook, Twitter, Square, Arduino boards — you name it. It’s the wood and glue of the web applications we build. Think about the networks […]

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