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Learn JavaScript

How to learn JavaScript Properly.

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Pretty good is a choice

Most pizza is pretty good. Pretty good is a choice.

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Backup because only the paranoid survive

I first heard the quote “only the paranoid survive” about 1999 or 2000. But it’s only recently I’ve heard the full quote. Which is: Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. For more Quotes from Andy Grove visit this quote page. This thinking applies to so many things, but one I often […]

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Apple Mac Firewall

I do use the Apple Mac builtin firewall, I’ve started with the default settings and only changed what I need when I need.

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Do you use the Apple FireVault to encrypt your drive?

Do you use the Apple Mac FireVault? I’m not. At least, not yet. Given the warning it gives prior to turning it on I’ve not yet turned it on. Should I? or should I not? This is the warning that appears: WARNING: You will need your login password or a recovery key to access your […]

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How I use Evernote on the Mac

I’m a big fan (BIG) of Evernote. I started out using the free service but couple of years ago upgraded to the paid service. How and why do I use it? Evernote for me is basically my online and offline, on every device I own, digital filing cabinet. Anything I want to come back to […]

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So you bought an Apple computer…

I know two people who have just bought themselves new Apple Mac computers, one a behemoth desktop, the other a 15″ MacBook Pro. Both have been immersed in “Windows World” and are essentially new to the Mac OS (one did have a Mac years ago). So, where to start? Here are my initial tips: Be […]

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The five levels of delgation

I’ve been pointed to Michael Hyatt’s site which lists the five levels of delegation. Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do. Level 2: Research the topic and report back Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options and make a recommendation. Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what […]

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Create UAC elevated shortcuts on Windows

Create UAC elevated shortcuts on Windows (Hat tip to Jared).

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SQL JOINs explained

SQL JOINs? Go read the article from the source (Visual Representation of SQL Joins)¬†and it’ll make even more sense.

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Everything Bill knows about business in one minute

“Everything I know about business in one minute.” – Bill Drenttel. Via John Gruber.

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Backup WordPress to Dropbox

Backup your WordPress site to a Dropbox folder.

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Locate on CentOS

How to install locate on CentOS.

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What version of MySQL is running?

On a CentOS 6.x linux box, typing the following will show the MySQL version mysql -v or if not the root user, then mysql -u root -p -v (Which says user the root user, prompt for the password, then get the version).

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New Act! emarketing to arrive soon

Act! (now owned by Swiftpage) will have an updated emarketing platform builtin to the next release of Act! 16.1. I know many who will be eager to test this out.

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Australian Privacy Law Reform Changes

There are changes to the Australian Privacy Laws. Details here: www.oaic.gov.au. This does raise some questions around where you’re hosting data. If you’re using the ‘cloud’ (Google Drive/Apps, hosted CRM, Virtual Servers etc) then you may want to read up and make sure you’re not setting yourself up for a problem.

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The Perfect Web Development Environment for Your New Mac

The Perfect Web Development Environment for Your New Mac. Great set of instructions, worked for me.

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Zapier on how to run a remote standup meeting

Zapier on how to run a remote standup meeting.

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How to resolve a Talend Execution failed due to access is denied error

Have Talend Open Studio running on a Windows server, however, when we run a job, it gives an error similar to the below: Execution failed : Failed to generate code. [No .class file created for file org\talend\designer\codegen\translators\processing\TMapMainJava$1.class in C:/Talend/TOS_DI-Win32-r111943-V5.4.1/workspace/.JETEmitters/runtime because of an IOException: C:\Talend\TOS_DI-Win32-r111943-V5.4.1\workspace\.JETEmitters\runtime\org\talend\designer\codegen\translators\processing\TMapMainJava$1.class (Access is denied) It turns out that the windows file permissions […]

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Sql snippet to show just opportunities from current month

I’m needing to do a sql query to show just the opportunities from the current month, the sql snippet for the WHERE clause to do this is the following: WHERE MONTH(opportunities.date_closed) = MONTH(NOW()) and YEAR(opportunities.date_closed) = Year(now())

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