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Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.4

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 07:21 -- Kyle Skrinak
I've updated my ubuntu 9.10 (insert whatever cutesy alliterative here) laptop to 10.4, albeit in a circumambulatory manner; all of my own doing. I took advantage of a nice, phat broadband connection to perform the update manager facilitated upgrade (these usually go smoothly) when the update process took much longer than expected, over 4 hours (the download was fast, the package update was slow.

Sure, it's an ad, but, oh, the puffery

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 18:50 -- Kyle Skrinak
I've noticed a Quicken Intuit service for business websites on television. The premise of their ad is simple: they make business web sites simple and cheap. Sure; like everyone else before has. Anyhow, in one scene, a "mom and pop" couple "successfully" upload their site — dramatically and succinctly portrayed, of course. Immediately afterwards, we see the same couple "watching" a Google search window, and, voilà! their site magically bumps to the top. Of course it's that easy.

Upgrading Web2Project from 1.2.2 to 1.3

Mon, 04/05/2010 - 05:18 -- Kyle Skrinak
Wow, this was easier than I expected. Here's roughly what I did:
  1. Backup your files and your database.
  2. Move your w2p root folder, i.e., "mv w2p w2p-old"
  3. Download and unpack 1.3: tar xvvf web2project-1.3.tar.gz -C ~/temporary-dir/
  4. copy over the w2p-1.3 to w2p, i.e., "mv web2project-1.3 webroot/w2p"
  5. (Optional: diff your custom style directory against the latest style/web2project directory for changes)

    GoDaddy, CentOS Virtual Server & Drupal Email Solved

    Thu, 03/11/2010 - 02:58 -- Kyle Skrinak
    I discovered through the silent scream of no updates from my drupal installation that drupal's mail wasn't working. I fired up google and found this excellent post that gets you nearly there. What's missing, of course, is the enabling binary called "sendmail." Here's how to enable a GoDaddy CentOS Virtual Server's sendmail so that Drupal can send email:
    • Confirm whether senmail is working

      MAMP update process

      Tue, 03/09/2010 - 09:30 -- Kyle Skrinak
      You be the judge whether this is a "best practice" but here's my MAMP update process:
      1. Do a manual phpmyadmin backup of all sql dbs first.
      2. Stop the MAMP servers.
      3. Quit MAMP (and/or MAMP PRO)
      4. Rename the folder: /Applications/MAMP e.g. to /Applications/MAMP_old
      5. Copy the new MAMP folder to your Applications folder.

      Installing HTMLTidy for Mac OS X/Snow Leopard

      Mon, 03/08/2010 - 03:53 -- Kyle Skrinak
      The latest HTML Tidy has much goodness that the version that ships with Snow Leopard is missing. You'll need to compile it to update your binary. It's simple after you've done it once and easy to forget, so I'm documenting it this time.
      1. Test version
        1. Load Terminal
        2. tidy --version
          1. "HTML Tidy for Mac OS X released on 31 October 2006 - Apple Inc. build 15.3"
          2. No good, should say at least "HTML Tidy for Mac OS X released on 25 March 2009"
      2. Download the source code:

        MacPorts and and upgrading to Snow Leopard

        Mon, 03/08/2010 - 02:47 -- Kyle Skrinak
        I'm slow to upgrade my OS as I prefer stability to running the latest version of code. As of 2 days ago, however, I have taken the leap to Snow Leopard (now at 10.6.2) and I am very pleased with stability and the reduced footprint of the OS. Also among my upgrade concerns is my MacPorts installation. I have a few ports that I need to have available. This time, my MacPorts migration was the smoothest yet, too.

        Quickly noted: Phusion Passenger & PHP files

        Thu, 02/04/2010 - 06:53 -- Kyle Skrinak
        There's so much more to this, but the details of such are outside of my normal scope; so I'm simply noting this: If you have a apache 2.2.14-served directory from which you intend to have PHP script interpreted within your *.html files, you must except this directory from your Phusion Passenger environment. The head-scratcher for us was this: http://www.website.com would show the HTML with the unintrepreted PHP code, BUT http://www.website.com/index.html would properly interpret.

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