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Long-time DNS Timeout Issues Resolved - Part II

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DECEMBER 1, 2004

It seemed that I still had issues with the DNS. So I decided to track it down to the source... BIND. For some reason, BIND was taking too long to query addresses not in my DNS server. So all I did was enable the following configuration settings in the named.conf file:

Making web content disappear based on a passed db parameters

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OCTOBER 15, 2004

I had a task a few days ago where I wanted to make web content appear and disappear depending on some backend DB constraints. So CSS/DHTML was the obvious choice!! By setting "style.visibility " to either 'visible' or 'hidden' you can reveal or hide web content with ease. so off I went and coded............

Microsoft AutoUpdate for AutoUpdate Program

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2004

I found this funny, when opening up a Microsoft program, it began to run the autoupdate from Microsoft. This is the first time I have ever seen a Microsoft autoupdate program launch. So then I looked at what was being updated, and guess what? Microsoft was updating the auto-update program...

MySQL vs. Postgres

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

I've always loved MySQL. It's fast, simple, free and there are plenty of resources on the web covering every topic. But there is much more to databases then MySQL. A client of mine asked me to do a job using Postgres to enable compatibility with existing systems. I installed Postgres pretty easily...

Hebrew Requirement for PHP5

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2004

I was programming in PHP one day when I saw the weirdest error message. "Parse error: parse error, unexpected T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM, expecting T_STRING or T_VARIABLE or '$' in /sites/client_site/edit/d_stock.php on line 313 So I stared at it, and I kept thinking it looked familiar...

More Javascript Issues

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2004

Before I came here I tended to avoid Javascript like a sort of scourge. I found out that this was a terrible idea in some instances and Javascript can increase the usability and performance of some web-based applications enormously...

JS VS Server Side

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2004

When to use Java Script? When I first started Web Application programming I was told to try to use client side scripting (Java Script) only for input validation. That is because it seems to cause problems since different browsers handle it differently...

Tracking emails

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2004

On one of our projects here, there was a need to track whether the emails and faxes being sent out by our client where actually being read/send or not. For faxing, we are using a fax service that allows us to track the exact status of our faxes (we use HTML faxing), but emails don't have such a feature...

Windows XP and multiple wireless access points.

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2004

I ran into a problem the other day. I was asked to help set up a wireless network for a friend of mine and said sure and set aside an hour to help him out. Man, was my time estimation out!!! I thought it would be straight forward, but it turned out to be a major headache. The issue turned out to be as...

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