Amazon identifies every product for sale with a ten-digit alphanumeric code called an ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number). Whenever you visit a product page on Amazon, these number is somewhere in the URL; however, it's not always in the same place in the URL. This makes it a little bit hard to pull the ASIN out of an arbitrary URL.
If you use public WiFi, you need a VPN. You can pay to use a commercial solution, or you can set one up in your own home for free. The problem with using public WiFi is that any data you send to an HTTP website is in the clear and available for anyone to read. A VPN encrypts your web traffic from your phone/desktop and sends it to the VPN server. Your traffic then proceeds to its destination encrypted or not based on if you're visiting a website over HTTP or HTTPS. The important part is VPNs make it so that no one sitting in the same cafe as you can snoop on your web traffic. Finally, VPNs can also be used to access location-locked services like Netflix even when you're travelling abroad. When you use a VPN, it's just like you're browsing the web from your home.
Sometimes you need to add some special functions to your Ruby on Rails app, and you want these functions to be available everywhere in your application. In cases like these, you can put your code somewhere in Ruby on Rails's load path, and it will be loaded automatically without you having to "require" it in any of your other files.
Making OpenResty and Passenger work together isn't too hard, but it's not obvious how to do it. There's a lot of guides for getting Passenger to work with Nginx, but the process for OpenResty is a little different. For that reason, I'm documenting how I got them to work together here.
One year ago, I bought a washer and dryer from Best Buy. The technicians they sent to install the washer and dryer stripped out the threading inside the washer that's used to hold the shipping bolts. (Shipping bolts are used to stabilize the washer and prevent damage when it is moved.) I didn't realize this until one year later because I would have to uninstall and reinstall the washer myself in order to check that the shipping bolts were okay. Best Buy customer service lied to me to get me to hang up the first time I called. the second time I called, they refused to fix the problem in any way because I didn't realize the problem until after their 30 day warranty period expired.