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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Plugin install stuck at

If you have been using WordPress, you know how easy it is to install a plugin. Just find a plugin and then install it by clicking “Install Now.” If there is a new version for your existing plugin, your WordPress admin panel informs you about the new version.

For some reason, when I upgraded my TinyMCE plugin, it would get stuck at “Unpacking the package” message and then hangs there. It didn’t give me an error message or continue with the upgrade. It was stuck. Now what?

Macintosh »

[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Free Mac Software

Let’s face, having a Mac is cool but it will cost you. There are a lot of cool software out there but they are not free. It seems like there are more free software on Linux than on Macs. Does it mean we are stuck paying for software if we are on Macs? No, it doesn’t mean that. There are bags of gold out there (i.e., free Mac software). They are available for you to download but you just have to know where to look.

Macintosh »

[26 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
SSH Port Forwarding and VNC on a Mac

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a graphical desktop sharing system that makes it possible to remote control one computer from another computer. It uses a client-server model so that a client on one operating system can connect to a server on a different operating system.

One problem with VNC is that the RFB protocol it uses is not encrypted. That is why ssh port forwarding comes to the rescue.

Featured, Web »

[23 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Top Joomla Extensions

One of the most powerful features of Joomla is that you can extend the core functionality with downloadable templates, modules, components, plug-ins, and languages. These five types are called extensions.

We are going to refer to the top Joomla extensions that you should have when running your site. These extensions may not be installed on all your sites but they come in handy in certain situations.

Linux, Web »

[20 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted

For the most part, WordPress is easy to use and you can set up your site in a few hours. This assumes everything works as expected. If things don’t work out as you have expected, then it will take some more troubleshooting to get to the root cause of the problem.

Programming »

[20 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
How to Learn Python

Question. How do I learn Python? I’m not a programmer and I don’t know any computer languages but I want to start learning Python. How do I do it?

Linux, Windows »

[19 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Disable SSLv2 and Weak Ciphers

Are you still using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version 2 on your web server? If so, you need to read this article. It can save your life. Okay, maybe not that dramatic but it will show you how to disable SSLv2. Why? There are vulnerabilities in this version. If you don’t disable it, your web server might get compromised. This vulnerability exists whether you are running Apache or IIS. The steps to disable it are fairly trivial. So go ahead and tr

Macintosh, Web »

[19 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
How to Install MAMP on your Mac

Do you want to start your online business? Are you an entrepreneur and want to do it yourself instead of making someone else to do it? Do you have a Mac? If you answer yes to all these questions, then you need to start from the basics. If you have a Mac, you should start by installing MAMP. Once you”re comfortable with the setup, you can upload your site to your ISP and make it live.

Linux »

[18 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
How to Use Linux Screen

What is screen? No, it is not what you are looking at right now. In Linux, screen is a window manager that allows you to have multiple terminal sessions. The power of screen comes from having the ability to disconnect and reconnect your SSH connections even when you have processes running.
As an administrator, this is very useful when you work with multiple machines. The ability to work with virtual windows that you can come back to at a later time is worth considering.
Starting Screen
Screen is started by typing screen on …

Web »

[18 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ruby on Rails Tutorial

What is Ruby on Rails? Ruby on Rails, often shortened to Rails or RoR, is an open source web application framework for the Ruby programming language. It is intended to be used with an Agile development methodology which is used by web developers for rapid development.

Linux, Macintosh, Web, Windows »

[16 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Free Stuff

Are there free stuff on the web? Sure, there are plenty of them. Many sites offer free content. They cover their costs from ads placed throughout their site. Which sites that are free actually provide good content? Here is a collection of free sites I have found.

Linux »

[15 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
How to Run a Cron Job

How do you schedule a program to run at a scheduled time? How to run cron job at 8:30 pm? Learn about cron jobs and a lot more here.

Linux »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Send Mail From the Command Line

If you use a Linux system, you probably already know about the Terminal and the power provided to you from the command line. If you use the command line, did you know that you can use the command line to send email?
Sure, you can use such clients as Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Hotmail to send and receive email but what if you want to send email for a cron job or send a quick email to test your email client? How would you do it?
Use sendmail to send email from …

Database »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Useful MySQL Commands

If you support or use MySQL as your database backend, you will most likely be doing certain tasks over and over again. For example, once you have a table, you may want to modify the columns. Here are some commands that come in handy and can be used as a reference guide.

Videos, Web »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Google Search Stories

Did you watch the SuperBowl? If you did, you probably saw the cute Google ad about Paris Love. Did you know that you can make your own version of this video? Ok, I admit that it won’t be as fancy as the one created by Google, but it’s still cool. Check out the one I made above. I didn’t have to do any coding at all. I just provided the search queries and voila, I got myself a video.