Friday, 28 February 2014

How-to: Fix Untrusted Connections in Firefox

With so much of our daily lives now conducted via the Internet, from paying bills to accessing medical services, on-line banking, shopping; if you can't trust your browser to take you to the right site, what do you do?

And what do you do when it is the right site but the browser thinks otherwise?

It's all to do with certificates and identification

Saturday, 22 February 2014

How-to: Zip and Unzip Files under Linux

Windows has any number of programs such as Winzip, and in-built features - 'compressed folders'  - for handling 'zipped' or compressed archive files; anything ending in .zip.

Where various Linux distributions may come with Squeeze or File Roller, the zip format is not native to Linux and you will also need the compression routines to handle such files. Fortunately, Linux has both zip and unzip programs.

Friday, 21 February 2014

How-to: Fix Permalink issues in Wordpress

Wordpress is the most used blogging platform on the planet. It's easy enough to set-up your own site you understand how to set-up a web server (if not see here and here) and run the installer.

You can load up lots of content very quickly. And then you notice the page addresses are completely useless. So you change them - in Wordpress terms, the permalinks. You want something sensible like the page title at the end of your URL's Then you get:

/%postname%/ 404 not found

No, you're not going crazy, you're not a useless web master. But you may have missed a step. It can be fixed.

Monday, 10 February 2014

How-to: Choose a CMS Part One

I was recently sent a query about whether to use WordPress or Drupal.

It was from a non-technical person in the voluntary sector, so there was no point writing a technical article. I couldn't assume anything about their level of technical knowledge. I did throw in Joomla as well, as it's another website tool that is often mention in the same breath, often by the same kind of line manager (knowing just enough to be dangerous) who raised this question to my poor correspondent.

Which is why I told them this...

Sunday, 9 February 2014

How-to: Enable Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 11

Or perhaps I should have called this "where's that dam' button gone?"

In Internet Explorer 11, the compatibility view button is removed from the address bar; supposedly because document modes are now deprecated. But there's a long tail of development in which X-UA-Compatible meta tags are not or cannot be added to website HTML headers.

However, what if some sites still don't render properly?

Saturday, 8 February 2014

News: Full Circle Magazine no.81 escapes into the Wild

Full Circle Magazine #81 escapes into the Wild!

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Improve Security with Lynis .
  • Graphics : JPG>PDF, and Inkscape.
  • Review: LXLE Linux
  • Book Review: Super Scratch (Updated Edition)
  • NEW! Security Q&A

plus: Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, Ubuntu Games, and soooo much more!
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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

How-to: Understand Internet Nameserver records

(Nameserver) A name server is a computer server that hosts a network service for providing responses to queries against a directory service. It maps a human-recognizable identifier to a system-internal, often numeric identification or addressing component. (

Accurate but dull. Nameservers work behind the scenes to translate the web address that you type in to a machine address that will actually serve up the page.

Nameserver records are a rather complicated subject that we'll barely scratch the surface of here.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

How-to: Install Wordpress on Debian 7 Part 2

In Part 1, we started our Wordpress install by getting the Wordpress installable archive and setting our database permissions. In part 2, we complete our installation.  

Choose Wordpress Location
I put my Wordpress installation into the /var/www/ folder, which is my server root. You my have other software running on your server and want to keep your root folder tidy, so instead of the root directory of your web server:

Saturday, 1 February 2014

How-to: Install Wordpress on Debian 7 Part 1

This is a standard Wordpress install for many Linux servers; I've used it on Ubuntu Server, Debian, also Mint and Lubuntu.

The description below is largely taken from the detailed instructions for installing Wordpress over at the Wordpress Codex. You could in confidence use the Famous Five Minute Install at the same place, but I prefer to step through manually and do it the long way to ensure everything is sound. I am not a server admin, and with my limited expertise, I'm not into 'short-cuts' that I can break...