Landy Simpson

2FA isn’t as scary to implement as you think, and I’ll prove it to you in 3 steps.

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Photo by Christopher Gower on Unsplash

Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is a second layer of account protection, which I highly recommend everyone should enable. Unlike the traditional username/password, 2FA requires the user to enter an additional piece of information related to something personal. For example, the most well-known form of 2FA requires an end-user to answer a security question. If the end-user is the one who set-up the security question, they should have no problem answering the question. The security question could be: What’s your mothers maiden name? What was the name of your first pet? What the name of your hometown?


A breakdown of the concepts to get started on this mighty analytical search engine.

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Elasticsearch is a distributed, scalable analytical search engine that supports complex aggregations for unstructured data.


Stop asking us to hack your exes' Facebook account.

I grow weary addressing the mountain of questions and comments as a software developer. Most of the questions and comments don’t make sense because they‘re grounded in stereotypes.


Hey Landy, are you related to Bart Simpson?

Hey Landy, how many donuts does your dad eat?

Hey Landy …

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After 26 years of poorly made jokes, insults, and puns, it’s thrilling and warming for someone to ask, “Hey Landy, who are you?”


It’s hard to function when your body and mind feel on the verge of shutting down. Here are my tips for getting through this unrelenting burnout season.

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Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor on Unsplash

This year has put everyone’s mental and physical health to the test, including yours truly. There’s the ongoing pandemic, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, the 2020 American elections, the End Sars movement; the list goes on. This year, I’ve dealt with an assortment of health issues, which became incredibly hard to deal with once quarantine reduced the number of available health services. Between trying to manage my mental health, physical health and working from within these four walls formerly known as my bedroom — I’m exhausted.


Don’t underestimate the cost of small upgrades.

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The COVID-19 response introduced new work from home policies in 2020, and for many people, personal spaces have become working spaces. According to Statistics Canada, approximately 2.4 million Canadians worked from home as a response to the pandemic in 2020; that’s 2.4 million people who never typically work from home. The abrupt transition left many people, like yours truly, with spaces unoptimized for working from home. And unfortunately, many companies are not compensating workers for home office upgrades. Upgrading your workspace is an expensive task and a risky task when there’s no guarantee when one will return to work.


You should know some things before hiring a developer that can save you money, time, and heartache.

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If you’re unaware, I’m a software developer, and I’ve been in the industry for four years. I’ve met people of all technical experience levels and have heard some tragic stories. The saddest thing to hear is a person who’s spent thousands of dollars for their dream application and received a hot mess. This year, I’m opening my consultation doors to talk to friends, families, and strangers about what they need to know before starting a technical project.


Canadian’s are getting a deduction this tax season!

It’s tax season at last and the Government of Canada is offering Canadians a tax deduction for home office expenses for the 2020 tax year. You can claim this on your income tax; the deduction will reduce your income tax liability.

- you worked from home in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic or your employer required you to work from home

- you worked more than 50% of the time from home for a period of at least four consecutive weeks in…


The results of my 25-day writing challenge

For December, I thought it would be fun to do an Advent Calendar challenge! I wrote consistently from December 1st to December 25th, and the results were shocking!

I didn’t know what to expect throughout this journey, and I faced many unmotivating days. But, I discovered a well of untapped potential, and I realized my most significant obstacle is my listlessness.

What did you learn?

Getting up to write every day is exhausting; I’m still somewhat exhausted from the challenge. But, writing every day doesn’t necessarily mean publishing every day. Having an abundance of drafts is a writer's most significant advantage. On the days I found my ideas were lacking or I faced listlessness, it was easy to reach into my tiny archive of drafts and make an old idea new again. Despite the draft's lacklusterness, it was a resourceful base to bring an old idea to light. But, when my archive began to dwindle, I struggled to conjure ideas to push for the day. …


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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

May this season bring you and your family a little peace.

About

Landy Simpson

Software Engineer | LinkedIn: simpslandyy | IG: miss.simpsonn. | Twitter: simpslandyy | I wish I had something clever to say, but I don’t.

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