Creating LAMP VM – Apache

This is part of a series of posts on creating your own LAMP virtual machine for development purposes. Here we will cover the initial installation of Apache, building it from source. Estimated time (this post only): 15 minutes Prerequisites First Read More …

Creating LAMP VM – Initial Setup

I decided to create a new test server for my PHP projects building the latest versions of Apache and PHP from source. And it occurred to me there are few (if any) all-in-one guides on how to do this out Read More …

Fragmentation of Dynamically-Expanding VHDs Under Hyper-V

Most of us are aware of how inefficient the NTFS file system is and the massive amount of fragmentation that can easily result. But this week I saw a prime example of how crucial it is to make defragmenting part Read More …

Groupware for the SMB

I have researched groupware/collaboration software for years in search of the ideal solution for the SMB (see my previous post regarding a Zimbra turnkey solution). I can’t say there is any cookie-cutter solution for all small and medium businesses. The Read More …

DRM Insanity

Legal stuff: don’t take any of the following to mean I am in any way condoning or promoting taking any illegal action. This is simply my observations on the evolution of DRM and its effect on the future of the Read More …

Free Collaboration Appliance For The Linux Noob

Collaboration suites are becoming more and more common in even the smallest of businesses. Email, calendars, tasks, etc. are integrated even on cheap cell phones now so it is not unheard of for an IT consultant to be asked to Read More …

PHP Security

This is more a rant than an actual How-To guide. I recently tried to upgrade my version of phpBB on one of my websites and ran into a 500 error. Not a big deal since I could upgrade manually but Read More …

MMCSS and Windows 7

Haven’t been blogging for a while (here or on my personal site) but I thought I should give all of you a heads-up regarding my last post. Windows 7 made great improvements to the MMCSS service so it is unlikely Read More …

Multimedia Class Scheduler in Windows Vista

When they designed Windows Vista, the Microsoft programmers were concerned about how high-quality multimedia content put a strain on the then-current computer hardware such as single-core processors, so they created a service called “Multimedia Class Scheduler” (MMCSS) that is constantly Read More …