Sherwin Martin

Web Developer

Full Stack Developer

Database Administrator

Recent Posts

Anker SoundBuds Bluetooth Earbuds
Friday, Feb 24, 2017

I got tired of waiting for the Apple Airbuds to become available. On top of that, they are $160. It’s no surprise, it is an Apple product and I am looking forward to using the W1 chip for easy hand-off between Apple products. I’ve been without a bluetooth headset since losing my old LG HBS-730. […]

My Recent Jury Duty Experience
Monday, Feb 20, 2017

I wanted to share my recent experience with jury duty. As you know, jury duty is an important public service a citizen can provide. I initially had a different point of view whenever I get a summon. But luckily my current employer pays me to go to jury duty and my view has changed. The […]

Expanding Storage on Synology DS1815+
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

I still have about half of my storage available on my Synology DS1815+ NAS and I’m only using 5 of the 8 bays. But I no longer needed my Synology DS212J. This was using 2x 4TB HGST Coolspin hard drives. I had it configured for a RAID0 to back up data off the DS1815+. I […]

Western Digital Elements WDBU6Y0020EESN
Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Staples recently had Western Digital Elements 2TB on sale for $60. I just got a new 2016 Macbook Pro, I figured I need an external drive for backups (Time Machine) as well as a storage drive. Now $60 for a 2TB portable drive is a very good price. I jumped on it and received it […]

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WordPress.com API
Friday, Jan 06, 2017

Did you know there is an API for not only WordPress but WordPress.com? I guess they are fairly similar except one is used for self-hosted WordPress blogs while the other is used for the blogs hosted by WordPress.com. Recently, I have migrated of self-hosted WordPress and into using WordPress.com as a host provider. Previously I […]

Surprise! 2016 MacBook Pro ‪‎MLH42LL‬ – first thoughts
Monday, Jan 02, 2017

I’ve been on MacOS since 2003. It’s a great platform to use and develop on. I’ve had three Macbook Pros (2006, 2009, 2011). The 2006 still runs but runs very slow and is no longer supported. I gave the 13″ 2009 to my wife. My 2011 died late 2015. Now I’m without a Mac to […]

Curl Error 60 with SSL Certificate
Sunday, Dec 18, 2016

I am writing an app using the TMDB API. It uses CURL to access the API. I get the following error.   Here is how I fixed the error. Download and save the PEM file to your PHP installation directory / extras / ssl / cacert.pem. Edit your php.ini file. Enable the entry curl.cainfo = […]

Surface Pro 4 Review
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016

I recently traded in my old 2011 MacBook Pro at the Microsoft Store for a gift card. I then used it to put towards a Surface Pro. Here is some background before I proceed. I am a web developer that works on PHP and some .Net stuff as well as use databases. I was primarily […]

Configuring Windows Server 2012 to Run a Laravel Application
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

My latest project required me to use the Laravel framework and use a MSSQL Server backend. To do this, I will be using Windows Server 2012, IIS, and MSSQL Server 2012. Installing IIS First thing is make sure every thing is up to date. If it’s a brand new server, you will need to install […]

Windows 10 KB3194496 Issue
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016

On September 2016, Microsoft releases KB3194496 to Windows 10 users. The three computers I have running Windows 10 all downloaded the patch. The problem is they all fail to install after the computer reboots. This is what happens when you restart the computer. It will rollback from the previous successful patch and restart once again. When […]

Posts from Other Blog

Welcome to 2017
Tuesday, Jan 03, 2017

We know we haven’t blogged in a while. I have decided to bring back my old domain and start blogging there – blog.sherwinm.com. All tech related posts will be there. I have decided to keep the old posts here. That’s one of the reasons I, myself, haven’t posted anything. Abby and I also opened up […]

Windows 10 Upgrade Errors
Thursday, Aug 06, 2015

Microsoft has finally released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. I took part in the tech preview and was impressed by how the new operating system looked and felt. Even though I was running the beta for several months on a VM, I was excited that the final release is finally available for download for current Windows 7 and 8 users. That excitement however, quickly turned into frustration.

Verizon Moto E 2015 PrePaid
Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015

Motorola released the second generation of their Moto E in 2015. I was curious about this device because of its near-stock Android experience. Best Buy has this phone in its prepaid flavor for $69. I thought I would give it a try. The Verizon store also has the device but they will not sell it to you unless you activate it before leaving the store.

Is Your Website and Mobile Devices BFF?
Thursday, May 07, 2015

As a web developer for many years, one of the most important things I focus on is accessibility. It is crucial for your visitors to be able to access your website regardless of what device they are using. Before mobile devices, the big question with compatibility involved browsers – in particular, Internet Explorer. Eventually, I […]

SSL now enabled
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

I have been trying to figure out how to implement SSL with websites hosted on Amazon S3 for a few weeks now. Finally, I think I figured it out. Well the first challenge was getting Cloudfront to work with my S3 bucket. What was causing it to fail is selecting the wrong Origin Domain Name […]

Trying out Ubuntu Gnome
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015

This year for Lent, I gave up playing video games. Since the only reason I keep Windows around is for video games, I wanted to challenge that. I have an old Intel i7-2600K computer I was no longer using and decided to install Ubuntu Gnome. This is not my first time using Linux. I’ve used […]

X99 Desktop
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

It’s been a couple of years since the last time I built a computer, a hexacare at that. Back in 2013 I built one off the X79 platform. I didn’t want to build off the X99 platform until price on DDR4 has gotten better. But after the holidays, I came upon a few extra bucks […]

Seagate RMA Experience 2015
Monday, Feb 09, 2015

I’ve been using a Seagate STCA4000100 USB3.0 4TB external drive for a few years now. I noticed the transfer speed slowed down to about USB2.0 speed. I plugged it in to different computers, ports, and even bought another cable. It didn’t solve the issue. I ended up contacting Seagate support via email. After a few […]

Aida64 Extreme
Friday, Feb 06, 2015

I recently built a new PC on the X99 platform. Now I’d like to run some benchmarks. What should I use? My search lead me to Finalwire’s Aida64. I’ve heard of the tool before. Many of the bloggers and Youtube users I follow use it. I now have a reason to use it. I first […]

HP Stream 7
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Over the holidays, Microsoft discounted the HP Stream 7. I was curious about the device, so I picked one up. The hardware itself isn’t that powerful but it matches the budget price. Box contents Hardware 7-inch HD IPS touchscreen 800×1280 Intel Atom processor Z3735G 1GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz ram 32GB SSD for storage It doesn’t […]