Enable TRIM support on Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8

November 28, 2017

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By Cris

With the introduction of solid state drives (SSDs), Apple began enabling TRIM support only on its OEM supplied drives to ensure a predictable compatibility with the TRIM protocol as some 3rd party drives weren’t fully supported. To manually override and enable this feature on a new SSD supporting a proper implementation of TRIM, the following […]

Lenovo Y580

June 29, 2017

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By Cris

Lenovo Y580 Windows 10 Update with Driver Guide The Lenovo Y580 Laptop was released in 2012 and shipped with an OEM version Windows 7 Home Premium. When Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10, it offered a free upgrade to their latest O/S. Unfortunately, the Y580 (and many other) laptops featured many small conveniences like OneKey […]

How to upgrade php 5.6 to 7.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

October 27, 2017

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Upgrade your server’s php installation from 5.6.x to 7.0.x on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Continuing with the php upgrading series, this guide will show you how to bring your standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server installation to 7.0.x. The 7-series PHP releases focus on speed. You can read about the latest new features. Begin by adding ‘s […]

How to upgrade php 5.5 to 5.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

January 22, 2017

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Upgrade your server’s php installation from 5.5.x to 5.6.x on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS The standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server installation maintains PHP 5.5.x. Upgrading your PHP installation potentially speeds up your installation and provides the latest new features. Begin by adding Ondřej Surý’s newest (as of 2016) PPA repository and updating sources as follows: sudo […]

Compaq Presario 2200 Desktop

August 28, 2017

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Compaq Presario 2200 Restoration Prior to its acquisition by HP, Compaq produced a wide number of desktop PCs. The Compaq Presario lineup was a small form factor desktop lineup and included the 2200. It was produced between 1997 and 1998. The original Presario 2200 specifications were as follows: Cyrix Media  180 MHz CPU (66MHz Bus […]

Apache2, PHP and MySQL configuration files

October 8, 2016

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Each component in a LAMP stack has its own configuration file. Apache 2 also has configuration files for virtual hosts (one for each site hosted), modules and additional configurations. In Ubuntu, the default installation locations are as follows: Apache 2 configuration file locations /etc/apache2/apache2.conf /etc/apache2/apache2/sites-available/ /etc/apache2/apache2/mods-available   PHP 5 configuration file location /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini MySQL 5 […]

How to upgrade MySQL 5.5 to 5.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

August 27, 2016

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Does your SQL installation meet minimum requirements? The standard Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server installation installs MySQL 5.5 by default using the following command: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mysql-server However, certain new web applications and services require at least MySQL 5.6. This includes the latest version of Magento 2.0.4 Community Edition. After following a […]

Let’s Encrypt free SSLs – Apache on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

February 12, 2017

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Thanks to the efforts of the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), the Let’s Encrypt project was developed and successfully launched! What does this mean for internet users? The Let’s Encrypt project provides server administrators with a “free, automated, and open certificate authority”. The recommended linux client is called certbot and offers full integration with apache […]

Static DHCP router settings for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server

August 18, 2016

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Having set up your Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server installation, you will now need to allow incoming connections to your installation. This portion of the tutorial series will cover basic and advanced DHCP router settings for your local area network (LAN).This guide assumes that you have a router (Eg. Cisco Linksys, D-Link, Apple AirPort, etc) between […]

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server Setup

October 7, 2016

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This page is intended as a starting point for anyone wanting to host a single (or multiple) websites on their own linux server running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server. Having set up the latest (currently 14.04) long-term-support (LTS) release of Ubuntu server, I’ve decided to cover everything from local network settings to basic server hardening tips. For […]

Mac OS X 10.6.8 – x86 Legacy Apps

October 17, 2017

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By Cris

The Intel Core Duo and Solo processors used in the first generation MacBooks and MacBook Pros offered no 64-bit support. These are now no longer supported by Apple, nor by app developers – makes sense after 10 years. But what do you do if you still have one lying around? Well in the case of […]