29 Jul 2011

Ubuntu 11 - Creating a LAMP sandbox to play with

Deploy an Ubuntu LAMP server on your old PC, plug it to your home network and start web developing. The following guidelines were tested on a Pentium III x86 CPU processor, Ubuntu 11 Desktop edition and Windows 7 as the complementary primary PC. This is not a detailed tutorial, it is a notepad of necessary software and Ubuntu 11 specific solutions.

01 May 2011

Use Photoshop 32bit with Lightroom

You want more RAM, therefore you have installed a 64bit OS.
In this case I am talking about Windows 7 64bit.

Adobe Photoshop comes in two versions, 32bit and 64bit. Both of them are being installed at once on your system. The 32bit version can utilize almost 2GB RAM for each session. The 64bit version can utilize almost all your RAM... But not all your necessary third party plugins have upgraded yet to 64bit.

Lightroom comes in two versions too. If you are on Windows 64bit, the Lightroom 64bit will be installed. The problem is that you still mainly use Photoshop 32bit (cause of the plugins) but Lightroom opens the Photoshop 64bit for further editing. It is a normal behaviour, the 64bit version is the default one, you are on a 64bit OS afterall.

25 Mar 2011

Firefox 4 font rendering

The much anticipated Firefox is out in the wild waiting to be downloaded. The feature list is long and exciting. Lifehacker has a nice article about what’s new and awesome in Firefox 4.

One thing I didn’t like was the Opera-like menu button. Opera is a respectful and innovation leading browser, it doesn’t look good to replicate exactly the Opera’s menu button changing only the color. Anyway, I can live with that, I love Firefox, I use it everyday. But… there is another thing… that is really annoying, the font rendering. Yep hardware acceleration support (Direct2D and DirectWrite is only available on Windows 7 and Windows Vista SP2) made the fonts blurry that in some cases causes astigmatism.

04 Feb 2011

HTML5 video codecs


HTML5 video is an element introduced in the HTML5 draft specification for the purpose of playing videos or movies, partially replacing the object element. The current HTML5 draft specification does not specify which video formats browsers should support in the video tag. User agents are free to support any video formats they feel are appropriate.

365 days ago, I found a nice article from an x264 developer. He successfully pointed out the Adobe mistakes about Flash and analyzed the future of internet video, including Google’s VP8 opening. That article led to another, The first in-depth technical analysis of VP8, and its response, An analysis of WebM and its patent risk – updated.

01 Feb 2011

Social Networks - desktop clients

Seesmic Desktop 2

I usually don’t like software that resembles a website’s functionality. Let me explain. I don’t find a good reason to use a facebook desktop application just to have that website’s links in a different order. Well, if that application has some offline functionality, dial-up is a part of science history today.

25 Jan 2011

2011-year problem in Watchdog

If you have a linux - Plesk server along with the Watchdog module you have certainly noticed that. Since January 1rst, 2011 you are receiving email notifications (I suppose you are the administrator of that box) from Cron Daemon describing an WDExc error.

01 Dec 2010

Read that info later and sync your browsers

If you have more than one computer or a smartphone, you found/will find yourself at least once into the situation bellow:

“You found something interesting in the web. You do not have the time to read it now. Whether you want to bookmark it or just keep it in mind to read it later, you have another problem to solve. Where are you going to read it later, on your notebook at home, on your smartphone or on any other of your computer/internet devices? The time factor (when are going to read it) may also indicate the computer/device you will use. What is the easiest way to note it down and read that note on any of your computers?”

30 Nov 2010

Firefox profiles tip!

I like Firefox. Not because it is the fastest or it has the smallest memory footprint. I like it because I like it...

Ok, I have other reasons too. One main reason is its customization abilities. It can be a simple whitespace with an address bar or a web developer’s toolkit or everything you can build with the thousands of Firefox plug-ins (now called add-ons – extensions)

My daily/casual internet browsing requirements differ from the web developing ones and one thing for sure is that I hate bloated software. Too many extensions installed equals to “bloated” for me.

27 Jul 2010

Batchrun – the easy way to do your batch jobs

Batchrun is a graphical script creation tool that eliminates the need for knowledge of arcane scripting languages to execute batches of commands. With Batchrun .brs batch files you can launch any number of programs or dialup connections with just a simple click. You can control the starting process with many properties like priority or run mode and control their behavior a tad.

24 Jul 2010

Install and configure APF and (D)DOS-Deflate

A supported website has recently been under a distributed vulnerability scanning that has similarities to a DOS attack.
Countermeasures had been taken and that leaded to this post, "A detailed tutorial on how to install and configure APF (Advanced Policy Firewall) and (D)DOS-Deflate"