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Hello world!
Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress.com. After you read this, you should delete and write your own post, with a new title above. Or hit Add New on the left (of the admin dashboard) to start a fresh post. Here are some suggestions for your first post. You can find new ideas for…

Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress and some other PHP strangeness
Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress and some other PHP strangeness

I just went trough some issues with a PHP5 installation on some of our WordPress servers. To spare you of the details, why I had to do that, I simply post the solutions here (strange enough searching for these issues online gives you “trillions” of results, but no solution…). 1.…

Why Coldfusion / CFML has its place and is worth to learn it
Why Coldfusion / CFML has its place and is worth to learn it

I actually never indulge in conversations why one programming language is better then another, because what is right to you, does not automatically mean, it is right for someone else. So, for me ColdFusion, or as we call the language itself – CFML, works very well. Nevertheless, in this post…

Simply awesome: How great software is being done
Simply awesome: How great software is being done

CFML and Cannot run program “chmod”: java.io.IOException: error=24, Too many open files
CFML and Cannot run program “chmod”: java.io.IOException: error=24, Too many open files

Migrating one of my customers the other day, bought up an ugly error when I had to create 2000 directories on one go. The error was: [code]Cannot run program "chmod": java.io.IOException: error=24, Too many open files[/code] While, “too many open files” usually means one can raise the limit of open…

Javascript and encoding
Javascript and encoding

As a developer of web applications you (should) know that your users will not always enter the data you expect in a form field. When you post the form with a normal submit, then the browser will take care of the encoding for you, but what about AJAX calls? Say, you…

Actions of a entrepreneur
Actions of a entrepreneur

I’ve found this and simply had to share it. This outlines a lot what an entrepreneur has to do. Have fun building businesses, I sure have 🙂

How to search & replace in MySQL
How to search & replace in MySQL

Thinking of a way to quickly search & replace data in a MySQL column got me to this solution: [code]update table set column = replace(column,’thistext’,’thattext’) [/code] With this method I was quickly able to change millions of records today. Quick and easy.

Prevent BBedit to open last documents
Prevent BBedit to open last documents

Since MacOS X Lion (10.7.x) we are “blessed” by the general option that documents we have worked on the last time are automatically opened the next time we start up an application. While we can argue if that is a boon or not, I personally don’t like this “feature”. Especially,…

How to wait until a file is downloaded or why cfthread is a bad idea within a cfloop
How to wait until a file is downloaded or why cfthread is a bad idea within a cfloop

I just run into an issue where one of our servers was totally bogged down when users started to download 100 or more files. See, the problem is that we had to check that each file was downloaded successfully before processing with the rest of the code. In other words; 1)…

Prevent high CPU usage on MacOS X Lion
Prevent high CPU usage on MacOS X Lion

Since upgrading to MacOS X 10.7 Lion and its update to 10.7.1, I’ve have had my fan coming on a lot of times. Something I have hardly every experienced with Snow Leopard. It seams that many are also experiencing this issue as the Apple discussion boards prove. One of the “solutions” that…

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server always selecting older kernel despite updates
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server always selecting older kernel despite updates

I hit a really strange issue for some time now with one of my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS servers where, despite doing recent kernel updates (the latest is 2.6.32-33) it always booted into the kernel 2.6.32-28. No matter what I did (update-grub, etc.), the server was sticked to 2.6.32-28. After searching and reading…

svn: warning: cannot set LC_CTYPE locale
svn: warning: cannot set LC_CTYPE locale

Somehow with the recent Ubuntu 10.04 LTS updates or maybe with a subversion update, I received some errors message of the type “locale…”. To be more precise the errors are; svn: warning: cannot set LC_CTYPE locale svn: warning: environment variable LC_CTYPE is UTF-8 svn: warning: please check that your locale…

Plesk 9.5 and domain is expired
Plesk 9.5 and domain is expired

Currently doing some Plesk administration and migration of a couple of servers and run into “domain is expired” errors. To be frank here, I’m very surprised at how many hosting companies have Plesk deployed, even thought the system has one of the worst user interfaces and to use it is…

Seamless server access from MacOS X to Ubuntu with SSH public keys
Seamless server access from MacOS X to Ubuntu with SSH public keys

When you access a server over SSH you usually get asked for a password that you trustfully type into the terminal window. But doing so is insecure for many different reasons (I’m sure there are many people who wrote about this before and describe it better then I ever could).…

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