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C'mon apple. Get it right!

When macs share files over SMB they put in all sorts of " > ? and : characters, even though it's against the rules. So, I'm cleaning it up using a nice utility called Files Connect for my iPhone. I'm connected to the share on my Windows computer via SMB. I use my special command …

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Scheduled Tasks are Crap. Yes, they are.

So, when you remove a computer from a domain and a user from the domain has a scheduled task on your computer, you can't delete the task anymore…at least not through the Task Scheduler interface. "Error message: The specified account name is not valid," is the error I was getting. The answer lives in the …

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OmniUpdate, XSL, and ©

We use OmniUpdate as a CMS at my (new) workplace. I found a problem in one of our xsl templates in that it was outputting a unicode copyright character instead of the escape encoding for a copyright character. After much Googling and a call to Omni I've come to the conclusion that it's a problem …

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IIS Detailed Errors

Wanna see detailed HTTP errors in IIS? Here's how you do it in a web.config file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <configuration> <system.webServer>     <asp scriptErrorSentToBrowser="true"/>     <httpErrors errorMode="Detailed"/>   </system.webServer> </configuration>

Adobe CS3 on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

So, I got Lion at work and was going through the process of installing all my work programs including Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3). The install finished without any problems. However, when I tried to update it the Adobe Updater returned immediately saying that there weren't any updates. Now, I know this isn't true because …

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Holiday Calendar for iOS, the Easy Way

Get the iOS Holiday Calendar straight from Apple.

Force PDF to download

Real quick, in order to force PDF files to download instead of showing in the browser add this to your .htaccess file Works reasonably well for me. (EDIT) Except, then I realized that it doesn't work in my favorite browser, Chrome. So, here is the new code… For this I had to enable mod_headers and …

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Stupid SSL Certificates

So, we get our security certificates (for our Ubuntu web server) from Thawte, 'cuz they're cheap. Their instructions take you through every step to create and implement your certificate, however, for some reason, apache wouldn't restart when the server was restarted. typing apache2ctl restart gave a long error that goes something like "(98)Address already in …

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aMember old email confirmation messages fail

We use aMember to control access to some of our pay sites. One thing we noticed is that occasionally we'd get a call from someone saying that they say this error message when they tried to confirm their email address: Incorrect link – make sure you copy link from your email client correctly After a …

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Increase WordPress maximum upload size

WordPress allows you to upload images, such as the one on the left, directly from the new post page. However, on a default Ubuntu install, the maximum upload size is 2MB. It turns out the limitation is in PHP, and specifically in two settings that you can change in php.ini (/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini): upload_max_filesize and post_max_size. Set both …

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