tips&tricks

Accessing US only content

Hotspot Shield is my new favourite application. Its main aim is to make your public web browsing more secure by connecting you to a VPN (virtual private network). Sounds pretty normal, however while doing this, it very nicely provides you with a US IP, which means that suddenly you are able to access all the US only content on sites like Hulu and Pandora! I’ve spent the weekend catching up on a few US shows and watching a lot of…

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Save login info in a cookie using CURL (PHP)

At work I was using a simple script that connected to a secure API, logged in and saved the result. This seems simple enough and is fast enough when calling it a few times, however one of the tasks I was then assigned was actually running this script for different values over 60,000 times! Each call (including the logging in) would take a little over a second, so calling it 60,000 times would take a while. It was then decided…

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SEOmoz – The Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet

SEOmoz, is a blog I have started reading recently to get my regular fix of what is happening in the SEO world. If you haven’t heard of them, I suggest you check them out as they write some really great articles with a lot of useful information. (SEOmoz, I’ll email you the details on where to send the cheque ) If you’re a web developer, you should really check out their Web Developer’s SEO Cheat Sheet, which has some really…

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Forgot Your XP admin Pass? Reset It For Free!

A friend (who shall remain nameless) managed to log himself out of his computer because he forgot his Windows XP admin password! He’d been overseas for a couple of months, came back and realised he could not remember his admin password anymore. While looking online for something that could help him (without dishing out a few hundred on recovery tools and without reformatting his drive). I came across this ‘great’ article, which talks about using a little known access hole…

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Getting Rid Of The Default Gravatar

I’ve been playing around with WordPress 2.5 and a new theme on the blog over the last few days, and must say that I am quite impressed with all the new bells and whistles. One of the newer inbuilt features, Gravatar has been especially interesting. The Gravatar site has this to say when defining a gravatar A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when…

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Windows’ ‘No To All’ Option

This is a pretty useful trick I cam across today on Lifehacker. If you’re using windows and if you’ve ever tried copying a lot of files from one place to another, chances are you have come across the confirm file replace dialog which generally gives you three options, ‘Yes‘, ‘No‘ and ‘Yes to All‘, however there was never a ‘No to All’ option. In the past I have sat there clicking No forever, however there is a hidden ‘No to…

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