How to install PHP Manager in IIS 10 or higher

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PHP Manager is a useful tool for configuring PHP in IIS. It is no longer supported, however, and a Registry trick is required to install it. Overview PHP Manager allows you to configure multiple versions of PHP for multiple VHosts on an IIS server. While it adds some overhead to the configuration, it can be… Continue reading How to install PHP Manager in IIS 10 or higher

Microsoft updates Notepad to cover more ground in the Mac dev war!

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The most interesting part about this is how much Microsoft wants to become the de facto web dev environment that Mac currently rules and this little change speaks to that. Here’s the MSDN blog describing the changes. In addition, however, is the Windows Subsystem for Linux. What MS has done is allow a “native” version… Continue reading Microsoft updates Notepad to cover more ground in the Mac dev war!

How to reset Ubuntu login Microsoft WSL

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Windows Subsystem for Linux has started to make Windows into an actual development platform! It’s not there yet, but it is getting there. Although I really appreciate how *nix and Macs have created the majority of dev workflows, I am excited to be able to use an upgradable $500 Windows 10 laptop instead of a… Continue reading How to reset Ubuntu login Microsoft WSL

Find all file extensions in a folder on Windows 10 using PowerShell

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Notepad++ is a terrific, free alternative to NotePad and it is multipurpose. I love the tabbed interface and, especially, not having to save every tab on close. What you can’t do in Search in Files is easily filter out file extensions to search (well, actually, there’s a good chance you can create your own function… Continue reading Find all file extensions in a folder on Windows 10 using PowerShell

Website Performance best practices by Google

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Some pretty important stuff to consider best practice in today’s world: As a reminder, speed is a critical metric for SEO these days. https://developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/rules Here’s the page speed tool: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ Example: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.processio.com%2F Kinda cool that it will minify a bunch of files (including images) that you can download.

Problem Installing Laravel Homestead on Windows 8 & 10

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I was having issues with installing Laravel Homestead on my Windows 10 (and Windows 8) laptop: I installed Vagrant and VirtualBox, rebooted, and was then following these instructions. Note: you should have Git already installed and use Git Bash for running these commands, not Windows CMD, although I started with CMD. I ran this: C:\Users\Data>vagrant… Continue reading Problem Installing Laravel Homestead on Windows 8 & 10

How to easily export browsing history in Chrome

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How to easily export browsing history in Chrome You need  get your entire history in Google Chrome in order to find that one page you visited a month ago and just can’t seem to remember what it was or find it in the Chrome interface. Here’s an easy way. Get ChromeHistoryView.   Not only will… Continue reading How to easily export browsing history in Chrome

PDOException: SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 2006 MySQL

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MySQL server has gone away. But where did it go? PDOException: SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 2006 MySQL server has gone away: This can be a tear your hair out kind of error, especially in Drupal. The solution, however, is often pretty simple: MySQL is out of connections. Or, more appropriately, max_allowed_packet is probably set too low… Continue reading PDOException: SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 2006 MySQL

TLS 1.2 Support for MSSQL

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Like many people, you’re still running Windows 2008 R2. You removed SSL and TLS 1.0 and other various security related connection configurations and protocols and you want to now install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2! Note: if you have not disabled these open wounds of Internet communication you should do so now! Note: there are… Continue reading TLS 1.2 Support for MSSQL