Hello, I am calling you from Microsoft’s Technical Department

May 7, 2014

The past couple of weeks I have received three phone calls from Microsoft’s Technical Department. They were scammers. How do I know? Well let me give you some advice.

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The MySQL and MariaDB function GROUP_CONCAT explained by example

May 5, 2014

I this article I will explain how you can use the MySQL and MariaDB aggregate or group function GROUP_CONCAT to reduce the number of queries and database connections from your app.

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Review: Instant Nginx Starter by Martin Fjordvald

May 2, 2014

Learn Nginx in an instant with Packt Publishing’s Instant series. Written by Martin Fjordvald it gives you a quick tour of some of Nginx’ features.

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Review: WordPress & Nginx – The Ultimate Guide for Server Administrators by Joshua Parker

May 1, 2014

Review of the self-published book Wordpress & Nginx – The Ultimate Guide for Server Administrators by Joshua Parker

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How I bought my first bitcoin

December 17, 2013

I wanted to buy a bitcoin. I knew I was late to the party as usual, but I wanted to feel what it is like to go through the process of signing up, buying one, and storing it in a wallet on my desktop. This may seem simple enough, but it took 12 frustrating days before I was able to download my first bitcoin.

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Ubuntu 13.10 PHP problem: JSON and Mcrypt missing in action

October 29, 2013

Yesterday I wanted to install PHPMyAdmin on an Ubuntu 13.10 LEMP web server, when I encountered the following two problems: JSON and Mcrypt were missing in action.

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Ubuntu, PHP, PDO and SQLite: a first hurdle.

October 18, 2013

I am relearning PHP after years of not programming and thought it would be a good idea to combine studying PDO with using SQLite for the first time. My first attempts ended with an empty page and no error messages in the log files. What could have gone wrong?

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Two Google Reader alternatives: Tiny Tiny RSS and selfoss

July 30, 2013

Google Reader is no more, but I have found and tested two Google Reader alternatives: Tiny Tiny RSS and selfoss.

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The trouble with Digg as a Google Reader replacement

June 29, 2013

Google Reader is shutting down. I am looking into 2 DIY solutions for replacing Google’s free service, but then I saw Digg presenting itself as a replacement with an iOS app ready and an Android app in the works. It sounded too good to be true.

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Review: Python for Informatics by Charles Severance

May 5, 2012

A free book for those who want to learn how to program in Python with a data-oriented approach.

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