My best development PC has been plagued by rare data corruption problems that occur most often when updating or handling large files. They were so rare (half a dozen times a year) that I lived with them - until some substantial overnight file processing started hitting issues almost every time I tried it.
Examination of the files showed very infrequent but catastrophic 1 bit errors (for example an 'L' turning to an 'M' in an ascii file).
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 08:50
Using copies of Joomla sites to safely make and test content changes
When we need to make significant interdependent changes to content on a live Joomla site, working on a copy is the only safe option. If you do not use a copy then the work in progress or any mistakes could break the live site.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 11:17
Seeing Joomla template module positions
I often print out a sheet with the module positions on it when I am working on a site but if the printout is not handy I type in the url with index.php?tp=2 at the end to display the module positions.
Fancy signatures and formatting in gmail
gmail is an excellent mail client allowing online/offline access to up to five of your email accounts from any machine.
One recurring pain with it is the fact that its hard to format your signature or email effectively.
Luckily there is a labs feature called "Canned responses" that you can use to make this very easy.
Merging two text files line by line
Sometimes I have text files containing simple one line records that are used on more than one computer so they may get out of sync. For example, password files maintained on more than one machine, user records or the like.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:46
Open Source in 2010
"Free and Open Source Software" (FOSS) is behind the Internet revolution. Without FOSS, if it existed at all, the Internet would be very different and much smaller. It started with the protocols and basic applications but FOSS is no longer niche or the domain of geeks. Apache serves up most of the worlds web sites. MySQL provides the database to power many of the worlds websites and increasingly Firefox is being used by everyone to browse web sites.