XAMPP Slow on Windows 10

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Is XAMPP slow? I’ve used XAMPP for pretty much as long as I’ve been doing web development. It makes it trivial to get Apache, MySQL, and PHP set up.Since upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 though I’ve noticed it was running much slower. I just assumed that XAMPP is slow. There was also an… Read more »

Failed upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04

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Logged in this morning to a small VPS that I have hosted at DigitalOcean and saw a notice that Ubuntu 14.04 was available, and that I should upgrade from 12.04 that was currently on the box. Did a bit of research, and figured I’d go ahead and do the upgrade. Nothing really critical was on… Read more »

Blocking Baidu

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Went through this a year or so ago. The Baidu spider was hammering a forum and I blocked it because after hundreds of thousands of hits they sent me a grand total of 1 visitor. Let it sit for a while and then removed the block to see what would happen. Today I noticed that… Read more »

How to change the MySQL password in MAMP

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Reinstalled MAMP last week because the version I was using didn’t have PHP 5.3 which I needed for a project I’m working on. Had to do some Googling to find the default password for MySQL and how to change. First, the default username is root and password is also root. To update to a password… Read more »

Missing httpd.conf in WHM / cPanel

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Came across an error after mistakenly clicking a link in my hosting control panel. At the time, WHM was working but none of the sites on the server would load. Trying to restart httpd manually from PuTTY resulted in an error that httpd.conf couldn’t be found. Fortunately, there was an easy fix. It’s a script… Read more »

Should I block Baidu?

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Well, I am for now. I noticed Baidu pretty much on a forum of mine 24/7, but I didn’t recall ever seeing them show up in the referrer logs.  Over the past year, across the sites on my server, they’ve made almost 35,000 requests for pages; chewed up 337 megs of bandwidth, admittedly not a… Read more »

Enable mod_rewrite on Ubuntu

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Looks like Apache2 is installed in Ubuntu with mod_rewrite, but it’s disabled by default.  Fortunately a quick drop to the terminal followed by restarting Apache2 and it’s fixed.