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How to Add a Password to the XAMPP root User

This is NOT recommended! By default, databases in XAMPP are created with the user root having a blank password. This poses a security risk if the computer or database are publically accessible. However, for local development and testing, this should not be a problem. This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure […]

Web Tools

Deleting a MySql Database Under XAMPP

This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure should be the same for other versions of XAMPP. A XAMPP installation procedure for Windows XP can be found here. Click on images for full sized versions. (1) Enter http://localhost/phpmyadmin into your browser’s URL field. This will bring you to the phpmyadmin main page. […]

Joomla

How To View Module Positions in Joomla 1.6

Joomla! 1.6 is now obsolete. Joomla! 2.5 is the newest release with long term support. Instructions for installing Joomla! 2.5 can be found here. Instructions for viewing module positions in Joomla 2.5 can be found here. In Joomla! 1.5.x you would append ?tp=1 to the end of the URL to view your module positions. For […]

Joomla

Installing Joomla 1.6 Under XAMPP

Joomla! 1.6 is obsolete. Joomla! 2.5 is the newest release with long term support. Instructions for installing Joomla! 2.5 can be found here. This tutorial describes how to install Joomla! version 1.6.0, 1.6.1, 1.6.3, 1.6.4, and 1.6.6 (skip 1.6.2 and 1.6.5 because they broke some things) under XAMPP version 1.7.3 on Windows XP. The procedure […]

Blog

Why I switched from Joomla! to WordPress

This website previously used Joomla! (version 1.5.x) as the backend CMS, but I switched over to using WordPress (version 3.x). The two main reasons were: Comments Ability assign an article to multiple categories Comments Comments are built into the WordPress core, but you need to install a third party plugin to allow visitors to leave comments […]

Writing

Are you a Writer?

Many people talk about writing, dream about writing, fantasize about writing, wish they were writers. There is nothing wrong with all that – it shows great passion for writing, but … If you want to be a writer, then you must write. Imagine you want to be a gardener: talking about it is good, dreaming […]

Joomla

Getting Windows Live Writer to Detect Your Joomla! Theme

This assumes you have installed and configured Windows Live Writer to work with your Joomla! site This is for Windows Live Writer running on Windows XP. There is a new version of Window Live Writer for Vista and Windows 7 (it is called Windows Live Writer 2011). Since I run XP, I can’t test test […]

Joomla

Installing the Movable Type API plugin for Joomla! 1.5

The installation procedure is for Movable Type XML-RPC 2.3.3 for Joomla! version 1.5.x. It is likely the same for other version combinations, but there is no guarantee. This installation procedure is NOT compatible with Joomla 1.6. Instructions for installing the Movable Type API for Joomla 1.6 can be found here. There is version 2.3.4 of the […]

Electronics

What is Electricity?

Electricity is electrons – the negative charge which orbits around the nucleus of an atom. Coulomb The Coulomb is the measure of the quantity of electrons. Just as litres or gallons is used to measure the quantity of a liquid, Coulombs is used to measure the quantity of electrons. A Coulomb contains approximately 6.24 × […]

Web Tools

Creating a MySQL Database using XAMPP

This tutorial assumes that you have XAMPP 1.7.3 installed. The procedure should be the same for other versions of XAMPP. A XAMPP installation procedure for Windows can be found here. Click on images for full sized versions. Many applications, such as Joomla! require an SQL database as part of their setup. With XAMPP installed, this […]

Mathematics

What is a Function?

In mathematics: Unknown things are often written using x, y, or z. Known things are often written using a, b, or c. Functions are often written using f, g, or h. A function is an abstraction. Just as using a variable lets you talk about an unknown value in an equation: x2 + 2 = […]

Mathematics

Why Division By Zero is Forbidden

In general, mathematics disallows division by zero because the resulting answer is indeterminate. This is because division is not a fundamental operation in mathematics – it is defined as the inverse of multiplication. If we say: 12 ÷ 4 = 3 we mean precisely the same as if we had said: 12 = 3 × […]