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Drupal 8 Development / Deployment Workflow

Mon, 05/08/2019 - 12:52 -- James Oakley

I've been putting off learning how to build sites in Drupal 8, and migrating my existing Drupal 7 sites over to Drupal 8. Why? Drupal 8 uses a lot of new tools. I want to learn how to set up a Drupal 8 site in the "right" (optimal) way so that I don't incur technical debt for myself later on. That means I have a lot of tools to learn. That takes time, which I don't have a lot of. So I've procrastinated.

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How To: Free up space on low storage cheap Android phone

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

I've owned a number of Android phones over the years. Some have been relatively high-end, with good RAM and storage space for their day. Others have been budget models, that come with the bare minimum to get things done. They're slightly slow and laggy to use, you can't install everything on it, but they do the job.

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Supertuxkart

Sun, 12/05/2019 - 10:30 -- James Oakley
Supertuxkart

After over 10 years of development, SuperTuxKart has released version 1.0.

It's been a long road. In December 2009, the long task of porting over to an entirely new codebase, Irrlicht, was complete. In December 2014, a new version was released with a new graphics rendering engine that made the 3d graphics faster and a lot more realistic. But still the versions were numbered 0.x.

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How To: Install Volume-Licensed Office 2019

Wed, 13/03/2019 - 14:37 -- James Oakley
Office 2019

This article offers a simple tool and some instructions to help anyone with the following problem: You've obtained a copy of Microsoft Office (for Windows) via Microsoft's charity donation scheme, only to discover that you have to use their Volume Licensing system to install it. This means that you don't get a nice, easy setup wizard to follow; instead, you find the process less than straight forward for those who don't live and breathe technology.

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Farewell Swype + Dragon

Mon, 04/03/2019 - 11:06 -- James Oakley
Swype

On 31st January 2014, I paid £2.42 to Google Play for a copy of Swype Keyboard. (That link is broken, unless you too bought it). At that time, it was by far the best onscreen Android keyboard that lets you trace the word you're typing with your finger.

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Manual Server Backups (without control panel)

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 10:41 -- James Oakley
Hard Disk
Image Credit: OpenClipart-Vectors

Control panels make a web server a sinch to use. If you sign up for shared web hosting, you'll be given a login for the control panel to manage just your account. Even if you run a whole server (virtual or dedicated) there are great advantages to using a control panel. Some control panels are free (like VirtualMin), and others you have to pay for (like cPanel).

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Adding SSL / https to lighttpd

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 10:30 -- James Oakley
Lighttpd

After my earlier post on setting up Lighttpd for simple sites, I thought I'd follow up with how to add SSL / TLS / https to your lighttpd setup. Increasingly, search engines and browsers are encouraging the use of https for all websites, so this is becoming more important. These instructions continue to be for Debian (or suitably similar) flavours of Linux.

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Setting up Lighttpd for Simple Sites

Mon, 21/01/2019 - 10:29 -- James Oakley
Lighttpd

From time to time, I want to run a simple website on a server as cheaply and simply as possible.

That usually means running on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) with as little memory as possible. It therefore means not using a web hosting control panel such as cPanel, because that comes with its own RAM requirements (usually, 1 GB as an absolute minimum) and may have license fees as well.

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