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The Best Android Launcher

Submitted on Nov 16, 2019, 11:56 a.m.
While hardware has progressed in leaps and bounds, in my opinion, the basic interface and launcher metaphor for the Android operating system has remained woefully behind the times. I've frequently...

Transitioning to Layout Builder in Drupal 8

Submitted on Oct 01, 2019, 6:11 p.m.
The Drupal 8 team have done a brilliant job of getting Layout Builder stable in core. Here's a tip on how you can transition to a layout builder-based theme while keeping your existing region-based...

Installing ImageMagick for use with PHP and IIS on a Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows 10

Submitted on Apr 22, 2018, 11:35 p.m.
Full disclosure: This is not my guide. This is a repost of a Stackoverlflow post - https://stackoverflow.com/questions/46960358/installing-imagemagick-the-oct-2017-version-for-use-from-php-in-iis-on...

Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Service Preventing Windows from Sleeping

Submitted on Nov 13, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Here's a public service announcement for those of you fighting to a) prevent the Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology application from popping up after every login, and b) prevent the Intel(R)...

Synchronizing Default Images for Image Fields in Drupal 8

Submitted on Apr 13, 2016, 2:38 p.m.
The new Configuration Management system in Drupal 8 is excellent. When combined with our current Git/Capistrano workflow, it means that all content type and view definition changes can be exported...

Microservices - An Architectural Pattern

Submitted on Feb 19, 2016, 11:09 p.m.
In the mid 2000s it was all about 'Services Oriented Architecture'. The hype machine is now squarely focused on microservices. SOA and microservices aim to solve two different problems, and as with...

Installing Windows 10 on an External USB 3 Hard Drive for Boot Camp

Submitted on Jan 01, 2016, 9:22 a.m.
**UPDATE**: Aug 05 2016: Surprisingly, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607) installed on this installation okay, although only via the VM (running under VMWare Fusion). It would NOT...

The State of Malware

Submitted on Apr 20, 2015, 10:11 p.m.
I've been spending a little more time looking at general computer and network security recently. One of the things I've been looking at is the current 'state of affairs' where malware is concerned....

Munin Virtual Host Configuration on Ubuntu 14.04 and Apache 2.4

Submitted on Jul 09, 2014, 1:26 p.m.
Having switched to Nginx a while ago, I was recently asked to use Apache for a client installation. There have been some significant changes in 2.4 from 2.2, include the 'Requires' option.  I also...

How to Upload a File using PHP cURL

Submitted on Jun 13, 2014, 8:14 p.m.
Here's how to upload/transfer a file server-to-server using PHP cURL (this is not a 'client' web form upload). The receiving server requires the top level key in the post data array to be 'file'....