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Month: December 2005 (page 6 of 6)

ObjectGraph Dictionary

Take a dictionary, ramp it up with AJAX (it’s so fashionable), and you’ve got ObjectGraph Dictionary, a dictionary that displays results automagically with each keystroke (well it does eventually, the faster your link the better for this one). The interface works like Google Suggest

You geta choice of four different word sets:

  • Classical is the websters 1913 dictionary (which is rather amusingly out of date)
  • the freely available FOLDOC online dictionary (which should probably really be the default selection)
  • the periodic elements
  • a Thesaurus mode

All in all a useful addition, but the best bit is when you click on how it works they geive a really good explanation with code examples and all. Very cool.

Repartition Hard Drive without Reformatting

HardDriveWhen you buy a new computer, the hard drive partitions are usually already set up for you. If you put in a new hard drive, you need to decide on the partitioning at set up time. The problem with both of these situations is that things change. You may decide you don’t want everything in one big partition for a variety of reasons (you are finally going to try that Linux install), but Windows gives you no options for changing your partitions other than reformatting and losing all of your data. There are excellent programs, like Partition Magic, that will let you resize and create partitions without losing data. But Partition Magic costs around $60 and it isn’t a program you are going to use everyday.

Well,there is a way to change your partitions without reformatting and without buying any additional software. Have a stroll over to Help2Go – How to Repartition Hard Drive without Reformatting and see how to do it.

The Uniform Server

Awhile ago I mentioned Apache Friends Xampp as a nifty quick and easy way of installing Apache HTTPd Server,MySQL, PHP and Perl on a Windows PC. It still is.

But now there is a new mob offering the same ease of installation called The Uniform Server. It’s a WAMP package that allows you to run a server on just about any MS Windows OS based computer. It is small and mobile to download or move around and can also be used or setup as a production/live server. It’s the perfect system for both beginner webmasters and experienced developers, a fully powered webserver you can take with you on a USB Stick. Hmmm …. this I have to try out. Developers also use The Uniform Server to test their applications made with either PHP, MySQL, Perl, or the Apache HTTPd Server.

For the DIY’ers out there you may prefer to have a look at this site. Install & Configure Apache, PHP, JSP, & MySQL on Windows XP/2000
This is a quick guide to install and configure the Apache web-server with PHP and JSP support on a Windows XP Pro SP2 machine. It also includes PHPMyAdmin, MyODBC, and WordPress (woo hoo).

Versions used:
Application……………………………..Version

Windows………………………………… XP SP2
Apache…………………………………… 2.0.54
PHP……………………………………….. 5.0.5
Tomcat …………………………………. 5.5.9
Java 2 Standard Edition………… 5.0 Update 5
MySQL………………………………….. 4.1.14
MyODBC Connector/ODBC …. 3.51.11-2
PHPMyAdmin ……………………… 2.6.4 patch level 1
WordPress …………………………… coming soon

Sonnet iPod Replacement Batteries

This is for the iPod owners out there. Some of you will by now be noticing that you aren’t getting through as many of the 352 (allegedly this is the average amount of songs on iPods) songs as you used to.

Some of you will have made the heart attack inducing phone call to Apple to source a new battery ( my money says they told you to throw it away and buy a new one… hmm now that’s marketing) .

But an alternative is soon to be at hand.
iPod Sonnet iPod Replacement Batteries will reinvigorate your iPod with a new high-capacity battery and a video and the tools you will need to complete the upgrade.

Sonnet does not stress the fact that opening the iPod will void your warranty from Apple. But it notes that battery failure almost always starts after the standard one-year iPod warranty runs out. Let’s face it you don’t have much to lose.

All iPods use batteries that can only be recharged so many times, and their charge capacities get smaller as time passes. If your first, second, third, fourth generation iPod or iPod mini doesn’t play as long as it used to, you might want to give it a boost with one of Sonnet replacement batteries it’s a great, economical way to give new life to your player.

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