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  • Android

    Written by Ian on 30/08/10

    What is the difference between Androd and Linux?

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  • Dynamic creation of HTML select menu from PHP arrays

    Written by Ian on 26/08/08

    Sometimes you have a PHP array and you want to use this to create a pulldown select menu in a webpage. Of course you can do it manually - but why not use a simple function to do all the work for you? In addition, we will add the ability for the selections you have made to be 'remembered' whenever you refresh or return to that page

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  • Graph plotting on the web

    Written by Ian on 26/08/08

    Did you even need to plot graphs dynamically in a webpage?
    • Not sure how to draw lines in HTML or Javascript (you can't really), and don't want to learn Java or Flash?
    • Well this is the open source tool for you

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  • Secure Linux the easy way with iptables

    Written by Ian on 20/08/08

    Worried about network security?
    • Did you know most linux machines are wide open by default after installation?
    • Find out here how you can easily fix that.

    Click to read complete article

  • Windows 2000 Command Shell Completion: How to enable

    Written by Tom Scott on 09/07/08

    Ever miss the auto complete tab function in bash? Here is how you can get it in your Windows 2000 Command Shell

    Click to read complete article

  • XP Vista file sharing tutorial

    Written by Tom on 04/04/08

    Ever had a simple task made differcult by MicroSoft? Well here is one getting an XP and Vista PC to talk to each other

    Click to read complete article

  • Just upgraded to OS-X Leopard and found your printers stopped working?

    Written by Ian on Wednesday 28/11/07

    Did you just upgraded to OS-X Leopard and discover all your printer configuration was removed? If you're like me you would try to add it back again, finding that the configuration utility no longer works. What you need to do is...

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  • What is a winmail.dat file?

    Written by Ian on Wednesday 28/11/07

    So some kind person/idiot sent you a mail attachment which you receive as winmail.dat and which your computer does not recognise. Here is how to decode it...

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  • How to remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

    Written by Tom on Wednesday 10/10/07

    I have come across several people who have installed the XP update that kicks off the "Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications".


    These annoying prompts never go way.

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  • Need a wiki? Check it out.

    Written by Tom on Wednesday 12/09/07

    How do you chose from the many, many wikis out there...

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  • PHP DOM and XML: An Overview

    Written by Tom on Monday 03/09/07

    The DOM extension allows you to operate on XML documents through the DOM API with PHP 5.


    It is fully featured and fully object orientated

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  • PHP simpleXML: An overview

    Written by Tom on Wednesday 22/08/07

    SimpleXML is a simplified set of functions for manipulating XML data.


    The basic functionality is demonstrated below. For the full documentation click

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  • How to debug a VSAT system.

    Written by Tom on Monday 11/06/07

    The other day the Downstream SNR of our VSAT broadband internet system dropped from 9.9 (good) to 4.5 (bad) the Tx indicator on the iDirect 3100 router was flicking on and off intermittently. So what’s the problem? Here is a step by step account of the debugging process

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  • Problems living behind NAT/proxy, Email and Remote Access to PC’s.

    Written by Tom on Thursday 31/05/07

    Originally the ISP allocated a 10.0.0.0 private IP address to our iDirect router. Our traffic is beamed via satellite to the ISP NOC and then it passes through a NAT/proxy and the IP address is translated to one of their public IP addresses.


    This creates two problem;

    1 Email being tagged as SPAM and

    2 no access to PC's via VNC

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  • IP Addresses, NAT/proxy, IP masquerading SPAM and blacklisting.

    Written by Ian and Tom on Tuesday 01/05/07

    Our ISP providers out here on the edge of the Internet in Pakistan are stingy with their IP addresses. They as many providers do, use a NAT/masquerading proxy to conserve on IP addresses

    Click to read complete article

  • XAMPP u beauty.

    Written by Tom on Monday 30/04/07

    I had my share of troubles getting Apache 2, PHP5, MySQL and phpMyAdmin working on my desktop windows box. Downloading the correct installs was a mission in itself

    Click to read complete article

  • SSH, SCP, FTP, SFTP, PuTTy, WinSCP and FileZilla (Linux/XP) tutorial.

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 17/04/07

    When administering web sites and back end databases it is necessary to transfer files, create back ups of databases and even replicate databases on different PC’s.


    This is where SSH, SCP, FTP, SFTP, PuTTy, WinSCP and FileZilla come into their own

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  • How to align iDirect VSAT to PakSat1 tutorial.

    Written by Tom on Monday 02/04/07

    What you will need over and above the VSAT equipment:

    C Band receiver.

    Free to air TV decoder and TV.

    Laptop with iSite installed on it

    Click to read complete article

  • Basic Network diagnostics, ping.

    Written by Tom on Friday 30/03/07

    Yesterday afternoon the internet stopped working. Of course in this internet dependant world this was a disaster

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  • RealVNC, Windows, Linux tutorial.

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 27/03/07

    With our new satellite connection I had to physically shift the Linux (firewall, content filtering) box to the other end of the campus. This is where realVNC comes into its own

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  • VSAT terminology.

    Written by Tom on Wednesday 14/03/07

    I have just got a VAST Internet connection installed and running at the school I’m working at.


    There was a bit of a learning curve involved in getting my head around the complete system. Here is a list of new TLA’s and others

    Click to read complete article

  • Upgrading to PHP5?

    Written by Ian on Friday 02/02/07

    Upgrading PHP version on a server here has revealed some surprise issues and problems - the upgrade jumped from v2 to v5 skipping v3 and v4. Here are some hints and tips about what we had to change.

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  • Windows Server 2003 DNS debugging tutorial.

    Written by Tom on Saturday 20/01/07

    Where I am working currently in Pakistan there are regular issues with providers and connection reliability. Some of the issues encountered had to do with the DNS provider, here is a brief tutorial on how to test that the DNS provider is up and running

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  • Prominent CPU Manufactureres

    Written by Ian on Sunday 14/01/07

    From the results of some of our industry serveys, this article presents a commented list, of the worlds top processor companies for embedded and low power CPUs.

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  • Need to Repair a Toshiba Laptop.

    Written by Tom on Monday 08/01/07

    IT people are always being asked to take a ‘quick look’ at other peoples laptops.
    Here in Pakistan, travel and dust are killers

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  • Win Server 2003 Disk Quota issues.

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 12/12/06

    I have had troubles implementing disk quotas. I believe it has to do with Group Policy Objects (GPO)

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  • Do you count on Email?

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 12/12/06

    From Godzone.net.nz:
    The events of the last week have highlighted the dependence that some
    people have on email and also the expectation that email will be
    delivered almost instantly.


    A leading British Spam authority

    Click to read complete article

  • Have You Got What it takes: IT manager of the year.

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 12/12/06

    Here’s an interesting article on what it takes to be a great IT manager.
    Have you got what it

    takes
    ?

    Click to read complete article

  • Will SPAM kill email.

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 12/12/06

    The last months have been bad for SPAM, to the extent that our mail provider has
    now said that they can no longer provide their services for us. We have one hundred
    or so email accounts and as we all know a large proportion of the email

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  • SPAM tips and tricks on reducing it.

    Written by Tom on Tuesday 12/12/06

    There has been a significant increase in SPAM in the last couple of months. We all know that clear text email addresses are easy fodder for the netbots. The increase of SPAM has been blamed on a virus called 'SpamThru' which

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