Author: Jonathan Whiting

I help people build better web apps and make a difference in the world. I enjoy sharing what I am learning and find interesting. I live on the Left Coast of Canada with my wife. Follow me on Twitter.

Moser with Benotto Moser with Benotto

The 1960s to 80s were the golden years of Benotto bicycles. By the mid 1980s Benotto had numerous 1st place titles including 11 world championships and countless local, national and international competitions such as the Giro d’italia. In 1968 Ole Ritter famously broke the hour record while riding a Benotto Bicycle. He road a staggering 48.653 kms in one hour.…

Read More Benotto Bicycles – The birth of a hero

Kangchenjunga Himalayas Kangchenjunga Himalayas

A few years ago I sat in an auditorium listening to David Graham tell the tale of how he, his son, and a family friend were the first Canadians to summit the peak of Pathangtse in the Nepalese Himalayas. One of the stories he told has stuck with me to this day. The mountains in the Himalayas…

Read More Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?

If you are noticing a clunking sound coming from the front of your vehicle when going over uneven roads and speed bumps it’s likely that their is play in your sway bar. If your front bushings are worn then your sway bar will move when your wheels go up and down. Resulting in a clanking…

Read More How to replace the front sway bar bushings on a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder R50

adding the outdoors to your life adding the outdoors to your life

Every year I look forward to the winter snowfall, the reason is that I love to ski, but that all changed about 8 years ago. My friend was teaching me how to ride a dirt bike. A passion of his. Sadly I shattered my knee. The bike was a two stroke and my friend was…

Read More How to change your life without changing anything, the scientific way

Introducing an easy-to-use and lightweight css grid.  Flexible 12 column grid Easily extend for custom styling Fluid (works no matter the size of the containing div) Responsive (looks nice on mobile & web) Option to maintain grid column layout on mobile screens Download latest release 

Read More How to use the simple responsive CSS grid – SimpleGrid

This is the best guide on PHP symbols I’ve every seen. If only something like this existed when I was first learning to code. Reference: & =& &= && % !! @ ?: : :: \ -> => ^ >> <<< = == === !== != <> | || ~ + += ++ .= . ,…

Read More What does the symbol “&” “&&” “||” “::” “%” “!!” “**” mean in PHP?

hiking Crawford Falls photo credit machiine.com hiking Crawford Falls photo credit machiine.com

Have you noticed all this focus on the perfect habits of successful people as if the cause for their success can be summed up as a daily 8 hr sleep, 30 min exercise, and 30 min reflection time? But it’s not real. New Years Eve, Christmas Day, birthdays… we’re pretty good at celebrating important occasions. In between…

Read More Is a good life and a successful one compatible?

A quick trick to empty a file using Terminal on Mac. 1. Open Terminal 2. enter the following command in Terminal cat /dev/null > fileName If you get a warning Permission Denied you can do the following trick. sudo sh -c ‘cat /dev/null > fileName’

Read More Mac – How to clear a file’s contents using Terminal command