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Gimp Highlight Region of Image Screencast Tutorial
Last edited on: 18/09/2016 - 13:24

Here's my YouTube screencast tutorial on making a region of the image highlighted.

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Drupal 7 Feeds XPathParser RSS Import Screencast Tutorial
Last edited on: 17/09/2016 - 18:54

Here's a screencast tutorial I have made for importing RSS feeds into Drupal 7 websites using the Feeds and Feeds XPathParser modules and fetching the data from Scalemates

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Configure XDebug with PuPHPet, Vagrant, Apache, Ubuntu, PHP-FPM and PhpStorm
Last edited on: 21/06/2015 - 11:07

PuPHPet is a terrific GUI to set up virtual machines for Web development and will build your orchestration script with Vagrant and Puppet. It now comes with a facility to include XDebug in your Vagrantfile meaning there is no longer an excuse for print_r() and error_log() debug traces in your code.

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Drupal Critical Update SA-CORE-2014-005 - How to Fix an Infected Site
Last edited on: 30/11/2014 - 18:17

The issuing of the security advisory SA-CORE-2014-005 - Drupal core - SQL injection on 15th October, and designated the status of Critical sent shock waves through the Drupal community. The inference being that unless the security fix was applied within seven hours of the advisory then a Drupal site owner should expect their site to be subjected to attack.

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Building a MythTV HTPC - Bill of Materials
Last edited on: 18/04/2014 - 09:10

It would not be correct to say that money was no object with my MythTV HTPC build, but I did want something special, something I would be proud of, and a HTPC that performed well as well as looking good. Therefore keeping costs down wasn't my primary objective. I bided my time and got the most important part - the chassis - mint in box off eBay after waiting for the correct one to turn up. The hardware was selected to be good enough to do a job whilst having headroom to spare and to have all the functionality I will need for the foreseeable future.

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Building a MythTV HTPC - Motherboard + CPU + RAM
Last edited on: 01/04/2014 - 19:43

I elected to go for a motherboard and CPU combination that would balance performance against budget and provide all the functionality I need for the MythTV HTPC build. Having scoured around the Internet and read numerous reviews, the best I came across was the ASRock H77M board combined with an Intel i3-3225 3.30GHz Ivy Bridge CPU

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Gitlab 500 Error on Login
Last edited on: 21/01/2014 - 12:43

If you run your own Gitlab server sooner or later you will be confronted with the message '500 We're sorry, but something went wrong. We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly.'

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openSUSE 12.3 Installation of GitLab, Nginx, Apache and Drupal PHP
Last edited on: 02/10/2013 - 10:46

This tutorial blog is intended for those who wish to run concurrent instances of Nginx and Apache web servers on Linux openSUSE 12.3, the Nginx server being used for the Ruby on Rails GitLab application, whilst Apache will co-exist for serving pages from my PHP-based Drupal sites. Of course, the exercise is valid for Wordpress and Joomla and other PHP-based CMS frameworks.

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Install Dual Boot openSUSE 12.3 and Windows 8 on Acer Aspire v3-772G Laptop
Last edited on: 19/09/2013 - 15:36

This tutorial goes through the steps of installing openSUSE 12.3 on a brand new Acer Aspire v3 772G laptop which came with Windows 8 pre-installed, with the need to retain Windows 8 and have a dual boot system. Anyone wishing to undertake such a project should familiarise themselves with the concepts of secure boot, UEFI and GPT.

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tottenhamturfies.com: The Drupal game-changer
Last edited on: 16/08/2013 - 13:47

Traditionally the open source Drupal CMS has been the mainstay of the corporate / NGO and charity market since it lends itself perfectly to the rapid development of websites in those sectors. It also has traction for social media sites, being possibly the best equipped CMS using contributed modules for that functionality; and in addition for news portals and blog networks too.

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