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Secure Tunnels to Laravel Homestead Using ngrok

Have you ever wanted to expose a local server behind a NAT or firewall to the internet? This can be useful when developing webhooks that require a public address. It can also be useful if you want to demo or get feedback on in-progress work that is on your local development environment without a deployment. I recently used ngrok to allow a product manager to try in-progress work that was hosted on my local Laravel Homestead environment. After getting past one gotcha that wasn’t immediately obvious to me, it worked perfectly.

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My BBS Software From 1993

The buzz around Mastodon’s federated social network has made me nostalgic about bulletin board systems in the early nineties. It was an era that is unknown to most people. It was social networking before the phrase existed, and before giant corporations owned the social networks. Bulletin Board Systems had message boards, private messages, file sharing, and many of the social features that we are accustomed to in modern web and mobile applications.

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