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10 Activities that help techies burn calories at work

  1. Making mountains out of molehills                         500 calories an hour
  2. Flying off the handle                                               375 calories an hour
  3. Jumping on the bandwagon                                    300 calories an hour
  4. Beating your head against your monitor                 350 calories an hour
  5. Climbing the walls                                                   400 calories an hour
  6. Jogging your memory                                              100 calories an hour
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Oppsie! How to stop a Drupal 7 Simplenews Newsletter from accidental send!

Ooooppps! My bad!

Testing some Simplenews theming emails, I accidentally pressed send to all our subscribers... 

I stopped cron from running but the was still no simple (no pun indended) way of stopping the newsletter from the Drupal CMS from going out with the next cron run.

Enter http://purelocke.blogspot.com/ to save the day.  You need to be able to get into you MyPHPAdmin but it does the trick. (Sorry content editors you will need to talk to someone else if you cannot or should not touch the database)

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Lync Sign on error

Lync error on sign in:


Change to manual:


1. in Lync go to setting, sproket icon.


3. Change sign in address

4. click advance

5. Select Manual Config

6. Internal address: sipdir.online.lync.com:443

Extrernal Address: sipdir.online.lync.com:443

7. OK

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Changing you host file to view your site on your godaddy linux virtual private server in windows 7


I came upon a situtation where our shared hosted godaddy account could no longer handle the traffic of the website. Their suggestion was to migrate over to a Virtual Private Server... Sounded good, it has way more bandwidth and we were also having an issue with our web mail crashing from all the site notifications going out. (Post, password resets, new account creations, etc...) So the VPS seemed like a solution for that as well. (Still remains to be seen if the mail server will handle that much outgoing mail. Fingers crossed)

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Setting up Godaddy Virtual Private Server settings- When you put the wrong domain name. LOL

Sometimes I just do "bone-headed" stuff.  I had set-up a virtual private server web server with the wrong domain name. Ugggg!

As you can imagine this messed up my FTP and took me a couple of hours to figure out what the heck was going on.  I left one letter out of the web domain. So as I looked at my FTP info I was concentrating on my username being wrong or my password.  Did look down the line at the domain.

So here is where you go to correct the domain name.

From your server dashboard go into the WHM or WebHost Manager.

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Login blocked after 5 failed login attempts - Drupal 7 adjust user_failed variable

Oh no I am locked out!

Drupal default is if a user tries to log in with the wrong password 5 times within a one hour timeframe from the same IP,  that user's account will be blocked for 6 hours from attempting to log in again.

One hour to try five times and six hours locked out if you fail.  Drupal 7 will give you an option to reset your password and you will temporarily be able to get in. But if you log out and log back in before that initial six hour lock out is up, you will continue to be locked out.

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Drupal 7 Forums EntityMetadataWrapperException: Error

This error> EntityMetadataWrapperException: Unable to get the data property format as the parent data structure is not set.


Can be resolved by turning off the Message Notify Example Module.


Works for me!

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Re-direct only your homepage. Not the entire DNS

I just want the homepage to go to a happy place

Here is how you re-direct only your home page and not the whole server.

in your htaccess file add this:

RedirectMatch ^/$ http://whatyouwant.com


That's it!

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register_globals is set to ON? No they're not! Drupal 7 install

How to turn register_globals off

This is the code I use in my GoDaddy php.ini file.

register_globals = off
allow_url_fopen = off

expose_php = Off
max_input_time = 60
variables_order = "EGPCS"
extension_dir = ./
upload_tmp_dir = /tmp
precision = 12
SMTP = relay-hosting.secureserver.net
url_rewriter.tags = "a=href,area=href,frame=src,input=src,form=,fieldset="

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#2002 Socket Error XAMPP MyPHPAdmin - McAfee

#2002 Socket error on Xampp MyPHPAdmin needs permissions from McAfee

I hate that screen!  If you have McAfee installed on your machine, you need to give Apache and MySQL permissions by unblocking them in McAfee's Internet applications. 

Just get into the McAfee App and goto Internet Applications, find all the apps related with XAMPP, check the box and click approve. (Can find it in the system tray on botton right)

It's a simple fix but to find the answer on the web took a few hours... 

McAfee also blocks TeamViewer but TeamViewer will say it a proxy error.  



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