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How To: Insert New Line / Line Break in Microsoft Word using VBA

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 10:15 -- James Oakley
New paragraph / new line?

In Microsoft Word, there's all the difference in the world between a new paragraph and a new line.

To insert a new paragraph, press the Enter key. If you have "show all characters" turned on, you'll see each paragraph break with its "backwards P" icon. Each paragraph in Word has its own properties. It can have extra space above or below, it could be indented from the left / right margins, with the option of different indentation for the first line.

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In favour of encryption

Wed, 05/04/2017 - 11:15 -- James Oakley
Can you keep a secret?

The week before last, tragic events unfolded in London. It seems that a man drove a car at nearly 70 mph into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman on duty at the entry to the Parliamentary Estate. 5 people died, including the attacker.

Not long after the event, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary said this:

It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide.

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How to secure a Drupal website

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 10:45 -- James Oakley

OK - I'll hold my hands up. The title of this post is misleading. I'm not going to give you an ABC on how to secure a Drupal site (maybe another day). I'm responding to a post on the Reseller Club blog entitled How to Secure Your Client's Drupal Website.

There is some good advice in that article, but it's mixed in with some bad advice, and in other parts it's just plain confused. In the hope that it helps people, I'm going to try and untangle things.

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Say hello to PHP 7.1

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 17:20 -- James Oakley

This is just a short post:

PHP released version 7.1 yesterday. Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to get this version out of the door. Especial congratulations to Davey Shafik and Joe Watkins, the release managers, and to Anatol Belski who mentored them.

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How To: Install QuickTime engine without the Application

Fri, 04/11/2016 - 12:59 -- James Oakley

Apple no longer supports its QuickTime player. Both the player and the browser plugins were found to have security flaws which meant a malicious website could trick you to playing a doctored file in the player / plugin, which would then allow those vulnerabilities to be exploited.

The answer is simple: Install another player. Like VideoLan's VLC Player.

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Solving the error: "ANOMALY: use of REX.w is meaningless"

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 12:39 -- James Oakley

I'll post this here in case anyone else is searching for this issue

Since my computer updated to Windows 10, build number 1607 (also known as the "Anniversary Update", because it was a feature release timed to coincide with a year since the first release of Windows 10), I've been getting an error when I try to run any command in a command prompt window:

[0x7FFCF5BB70E3] ANOMALY: use of REX.w is meaningless (default operand size is 64)

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Tech Tips: Be Careful Forwarding Mailing List Messages

Tue, 04/10/2016 - 10:58 -- James Oakley

Here's a simple tech tip for you.

You're signed up to some mailing list. It could be for special offers from a business you shop at. It could be a newsletter for a charity. It could be just about anything. In comes something that you think is particularly helpful. You think "I'll forward this to my friends".

Just pause before you do so.

All (well, almost all - I'm sure there are exceptions) mailing list software will rewrite any hyperlinks within the email.

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Mod Security: SecRemoteRules causing Apache timeouts

Tue, 06/09/2016 - 12:38 -- James Oakley

A techy post - we haven't had one of those here for a while.

The Problem: Apache 2.4 timing out

I noticed occasional timeout messages coming back from monitors keeping an eye on Apache 2.4 on a server. (Centos 7.2.1511 and Apache 2.4.6 if it makes any difference).

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