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Welcome to Dan Vega’s Personal Website

Congratulations on making it to the very end of the Internet. This is the personal website of Dan Vega, a programmer from Cleveland OH. I love to write about programming, technology or whatever else is on my mind at the time. If others can come to this site and learn from my experiences then the cost of hosting this site is well worth it.

I have worked very hard to get to where I am as a programmer. While most people go home from work and relax I am constantly perfecting my trade. I am a big math nerd who loves a good algorithm and I love that there never is a single way to solve a problem in my line of work. If you would find out a lot more about who I am and what I do please feel free to visit my about page which goes into a lot more details.


Recent Posts

7th Annual Toys for Shots

7th Annual Toys for Shots

Saturday December 20th we held our 7th Annual Toys for Shots and it was a huge success. Before I talk a little about this years event I would like to tell all of you who don't know, just how we got started. Seven years ago my friends and I thought it would be a good idea to throw a Christmas party. We decided to have it at McCarthy's Downtown Cleveland which as a small bar where we hung out a lot. It also helped that the owners Marc and Gretchen wanted to support the event. While we were planning the party I decided that I really wanted to be a[...]
WordPress on Digital Ocean

WordPress on Digital Ocean

I recently moved my blog over to WordPress which you can read all about here. I went through some of the reasons for moving to the Wordpress Platform but not much about the infrastructure changes that I made so I would like to do that here. My old website was being run on a VPS server with ColdFusion 10 installed. I was getting really tired of paying $35/month for just that site (that I was rarely using) and my charity event site so I decided it was time for a change. I started looking around at affordable cloud hosting and stumbled upon Di[...]
WordPress Admin Panel Blank

WordPress Admin Panel Blank

I am still pretty new to WordPress so when something like this happens I tend to freak out. I recently logged into my WordPress admin and noticed that 2 plugins needed to be updated. I selected both plugins and clicked update. The update went through its normal cycle and when it was done it redirected me to the clean, plain and boring white page you see below. I didn't think much of it and just refreshed the page, still nothing. I then went into Chrome Dev Tools and deleted all of the cookies so it would kill my session. This time I fina[...]
YouTube on Apple TV just got a whole lot better

YouTube on Apple TV just got a whole lot better

I really love my Apple TV and today it just got a little better. I want to talk about the update but before we get to what came out today I want to speak a little bit about how I use my Apple TV. I have been on the hunt to cut the cord (Cable TV) for a couple years now and maybe that is a discussion for another time but this was one of my purchases that I would hope push me in that direction.  Apple TV has a ton of applications and I am not going to claim to use all of them but here are a few applications I use and what I love about them. [...]
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The Grails Diary is a weekly must read

I wanted to take a minute here and point out an awesome resource for anyone in the Grails world. Even If you're just playing around with Groovy & Grails I think you should make this a weekly read. Jacob Mikkelsen is the author of the Grails Diary and does an amazing job with it. You can usually find this blog post every Monday over at his blog. The Grails Diary runs down any major announcements from the week, presentations, blog posts, plugins and any Tweets related to Grails. I can only imagine how much work he puts into this every week so[...]
Migrating BlogCFC Comments to Disquss

Migrating BlogCFC Comments to Disquss

If you haven't noticed yet I moved my blog over to WordPress. Creating a new WordPress site was incredibly easy and I found it stupid simple to add functionality through plugins. I plan on talking about those plugins over the next few days but for now lets focus on comments. With the different platforms I was looking at the one thing I did like was that they all supported Disqus comments. I really like the Disqus platform and the idea of handing off my comments to them was intriguing. I also liked the look of everything and the ability to ha[...]
Adding Twitter Cards to your Wordpress Blog

Adding Twitter Cards to your Wordpress Blog

So I have this shiny new toy that I get to play with and I am finding out all kinds of cool things I can do with it. Tonight I want to talk to you about Twitter Cards. First lets look at a quick description from Twitter. With Twitter Cards, you can attach rich photos, videos and media experience to Tweets that drive traffic to your website. Simply add a few lines of HTML to your webpage, and users who Tweet links to your content will have a “Card” added to the Tweet that’s visible to all of their followers. If you look at the Twitter timeline[...]