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How to Change the Apache Port in XAMPP

These instructions are for XAMPP 1.7.3 running on Windows XP. They should be similar for other configuration combinations, but no guarantee is made. These instructions should also work for an Apache Server install that is not part of a XAMPP install (specific details regarding file locations and restarting of the Apache Server will differ). NOTE: […]


Estimating Your Web Host's Limits

Many low cost web hosts advertise “unlimited bandwidth”, “unlimited storage”, etc … Of course, it is not unlimited. If you read the terms of service, you will find some definitions or rules setting out “reasonable” use. For the typical website the average user or small business is going to set up – these are more […]


How to Turn Off 'display_errors' in XAMPP

If you are here because: (1) when you try to run Joomla 1.5.x, 1.6.x, or 1.7.x under XAMPP 1.7.4 or 1.7.7 you get lots of errors like Strict Standards: Accessing static property JCache … or (2) you are running a popular PHP application and gettings errors when installing or running it out-of-the-box then see this […]


Getting w.bloggar to use your site's theme

I finally figured out how to get w.bloggar to use my site’s style settings to give me a more accurate preview. Turns out the options for controlling the preview rendering are located under Tools → Blog Properties (or F2 using the keyboard shortcut): Under the Preview tab, there are 6 edit areas to help you […]


Understanding Pi

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is a constant. The familiar value is 3.14159. It is irrational – it cannot be written as a fraction using 2 integers, although, some approximations, like 22 / 7, are used. It is transcendental – this means there is no algebraic […]


Understanding Radians

A formal definition of the radian is: One radian is the angle subtended at the center of a circle by an arc that is equal in length to the radius of the circle. – Wikipedia A better (simpler) definition at Math Open Reference is: One radian is the angle made at the center of a […]


Day 2 with w.bloggar

So far, I am pleased with my decision to change over to w.bloggar. Sure, it is not fancy, there is no WYSIWYG editing (but there is a basic ‘preview’ function), no incorporating your site’s theme, no “live” spelling grammar checking (you can invoke a spellchecker), and it hasn’t been updated in over 3 years. On […]


Why I Switched From Windows Live Writer to w.bloggar

I’d been using Windows Live Writer (WLW) for about two years. There is no question that it is probably the best desktop client for writing articles for your website. Yesterday, I discovered it has a serious problem – as do most blogging clients. All comments about Windows Live Writer refer to Build 14.0.8117.416 en. This […]


Installing WordPress Under XAMPP

This tutorial describes how to install WordPress version 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.2.0 and 3.2.1 under XAMPP version 1.7.3 on Windows XP. The procedure should be the same for other version combinations, but no guarantee is made. Assumes you have already installed XAMPP. (Installation instructions can be found here.) created a MySQL database. (Creation […]

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Determining the last time Google indexed your website

You can always log into your web service provider and check your visitor logs, but if you are running a site where you don’t have access to these logs (for example: wordpress.com, blogger.com, posterous.com, etc), then you are out of luck. However, you can always let Google tell you. (1) Go to Google search and […]

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Adding a New User to a MySql database in XAMPP

This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure should be the same for other versions of XAMPP. A XAMPP installation procedure for Windows XP can be found here. Click on images for full sized versions. (1) Enter http://localhost/phpmyadmin into your browser’s URL field. This will bring you to the phpmyadmin main page. […]

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How to Add a Password to the XAMPP root User

This is NOT recommended! By default, databases in XAMPP are created with the user root having a blank password. This poses a security risk if the computer or database are publically accessible. However, for local development and testing, this should not be a problem. This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure […]