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Internet Explorer 9 is Here

Touted as being faster, more streamlined and simplified, is Internet Explorer 9 gonna make me spurn Firefox? Ah.  Not so quick.  Just went to download for Windows 7 x64.  Downloaded.  Ran the install. “Internet Explorer 9 – Downloading required updates…” “Internet Explorer needs an update before installing……go online and install Read the Rest…

Top Tip For Customising Magento E-commerce

Trying to find the right file to add / edit your latest Magento e-commerce website? Login as Admin, go System > Configuration Top left you see ‘Current Configuration Scope’ – choose ‘Main Website’ assuming you have a default installation. Then scroll down on the left till you see ‘Developer’ – Read the Rest…

Netbeans 6.9.1, Netbeans 7 beta, Scanning Projects….

If like me you use Netbeans 6.9.1 as your IDE, you probably already installed Scan on Demand to stop Netbeans choking up while scanning projects… That (unfortunately) stopped working today.  So I downloaded the 7 beta – this is reported to have much more ‘unobtrusive’ scanning of projects. Still, my Read the Rest…

Measure It and FoxGuide Firefox Plugins

Handy little plugin for Firefox that allows you to drag on the browser window to check the width and height of your layout. Measure It – useful if you want to quickly check widths to tweak your css without retyping / guess-timating 3 times…… FoxGuide – handy rulers ala Photoshop.

How to Create Symlinks In Windows

Nice and easy step to help with those of us on Windows / Wamp / similar setups.Works nicely for me with Wampserver 2.0, Win 7 x64.See the post here

Symfony Tests: Enabling Color (colour) Output for Windows

I’ve seen many confusing posts on how to enable colour output for Symfony testing on Windows. This was pretty straightforward in the end for my Windows 7 x64 machine. First, download and install Cygwin.  Windows command prompt just won’t do it. Then go to http://adoxa.110mb.com/index.html and download ANSICON (I used Read the Rest…

Auto Adjusting Screen Lighting by time of day

If you’re like a lot of people who work on the web and end up developing, programming, or fiddling with graphics until after dark, then the likelihood is you’re giving your eyes a hard time, and/or the odd headache. Handy little (free again) tool called flux that adjusts the colour Read the Rest…

Copy More than 1 piece of text in Windows at a time

Ever needed to copy/paste 2 or more strings of text in Windows, and find yourself Alt-Tabbing, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V’ing all over the place? Well, this free little clipboard manager from xNeat allows you to copy multiple items, then paste from the list. Dead handy if you need to copy database names/usernames/passwords Read the Rest…

StExBar – Easy Command Prompt for Windows

Among other things – this makes it easy to right click any folder from Windows Explorer, and kick off your command prompt window from that directory, without too much keywork. See it at Tortoise Tools.

Version Control – Tortoise SVN book available

New Tortoise SVN book available for us Windows users.  If you’re a Windows user, and need a handy (context / right-click ) interface for version control, this gives a good run-through. Alternatively, go to Tortoise documentation for free manuals.

Ajax Animated Gif Creator

Need an animated icon to feedback to your users that something’s actually going on before they start cursing your latest project? See the Ajax loading gif generator – loads of options, and as quick as a flash to get what you need. 3 steps and your done – Select the Read the Rest…

Oblivion Revival Colour Scheme for Netbeans IDE

Love the Oblivion Revival colour scheme for Netbeans IDE. Go check it out – very smooth.

Set Up Skype and Wamp

If you’re having an issue or problem starting or restarting Wamp Server, and you’re also using Skype, then Skype could be the problem. Close Wamp Open Skype Go to Tools > Options > Advanced > Connection Uncheck ‘Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections’ Save and restart Read the Rest…

How To Set Up Zend Framework With Wamp For Local Testing And Web Development

If you’re trying to install Zend Framework with Wamp for local development, then hopefully this will help.  I’m assuming you’ve already got Wamp up and running, then tried the Zend Framework Quickstart and it had a head-fit on you… We’ll keep it simple. Either extract/install as I do below letter Read the Rest…