LAMP Stack for Humans – now available on Amazon

Lampstack-SoftcoverMy book LAMP Stack for Humans is now available on Amazon, as Paperback and for Kindle Devices!

In this 284 page guide I’ll walk you through the process of turning an old laptop into an always-on server. You can use it to run web applications in the comfort of your own home or office – no “cloud” required.

Together we will configure the entire server: you will learn how to install CentOS, Apache, PHP and MySQL (or MariaDB) and WordPress. I will show you how you can reach your server from other computers on the network and how to create regular backups.

Perfect for the Linux newbie and those who want to get started with web applications without spending money “in the cloud” (in my opinion THE WORST expression for describing remote computers).

If you’re an avid reader of this site and have always wished that some instructions would be presented in a more cohesive form rather than in snippets, then LAMP Stack for Humans is perfect for you.

Grab your free sample today, or read the entire book for free via Kindle Unlimited!

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How to login to the Google Play Podcast Portal

Google have done a fantastic job at hiding the option for us to submit new podcast feeds on Google Play. It’s easy to login and listen to music and podcasts, and seemingly impossible to login to the section in which to submit either.

I usually get there somehow by looking at my history, but I can imagine that’ll be lost at one point – so I did a bit of URL testing and tweaking and found out. Here’s how to find that mysteriously hidden URL.

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The RUIPU 121 – 24000 mAh LED Power Bank Review

I can’t get enough of the RUIPU series of power banks. You can never have enough charged-up external batteries around, especially during hurricane season. Hence I’ve decided to invest into another model by the same company, namely the RUIPU Model 121 as pictured above.

Like my other RUIPU power banks, the 121 is a 24,000 mAh large and heavy external battery, with a micro USB input for charging and two USB outputs to power other devices. It’s about the size of an iPhone Plus / Max or equivalent smart phone with a 5″ screen, just over 1cm or half an inch in thickness. It weighs about one pound, so it’s on par with the other RUIPU models I own (such as the solar Q90 or the white quad-output Q80), maybe even slightly slimmer.

The noticeable and interesting difference with this unit is that it has a large blue LED panel at the top instead of the small blue dots, which lets us take a more accurate look at the remaining amount of power in the bank. That’s a very nice touch. Continue reading The RUIPU 121 – 24000 mAh LED Power Bank Review

How to fix the greyed out option for Scheduled Videos on YouTube

For several times I’ve experienced an issue with the YouTube Creator Studio Classic, in which I can’t seem to schedule new videos. The error manifests after hitting upload, with all appearance options available except for Scheduled (so Public, Unlisted and Private are all available, but Scheduled is greyed out).

So what’s going on here? I already know that once a video is made Public, it cannot be scheduled anymore for obvious reasons. But both Private and Unscheduled videos, if they’ve never been Public should still be schedulable, right? If that is a word…

Turns out there’s an easy fix to this glitch. I’ve discovered it by accident so I thought I’d share how to rectify this:

  1. choose Private from the menu
  2. hit Save Changes
  3. examine the previous menu
  4. the Scheduled option is now available 🙂

That was easy!

Here’s hoping the issue will have been eliminated by the time YouTube Studio Beta goes live in 2019. Until then, we can use the above workaround.

Beauty meets Endurance: Ruipu Q80 Power Bank Review

Ruipu have released a new 24,000mAh Power Bank. Being extremely satisfied with their other Solar Power Banks, I though I’d give this one a spin. It has some interesting features that I though were worth exploring.

First of all, the Ruipu Q80 is a thing of beauty: it’s made of white plastic with a faux leather pattern ingrained. It even has “stitches” embossed on the sides, as if it’s made of white leather. It’s not though – it’s standard plastic, but it just looks gorgeous.

Features

The Q80 has FOUR USB outputs, and all of them can be used at the same time. That’s right!  You can charge up four devices at once. Even better, ALL ports support fast charging, delivering up to 2.1A if a capable device can handle this much power. The iPhone 6 and above for example and several other gadgets all support fast charging.

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Western Digital My Passport Ultra Review

After several months of use, here’s what I found out about the WD MyPassport Ultra external USB 3 hard drive. Mine is the White/Gold edition with a whopping 4TB of storage.

In the box was a matching white USB 3 to SATA cable, a leaflet with extremely small writing on it, and the drive itself contained some software to do backups and encryption – all of which is available from the Western Digital website.

I bought this drive in May 2018 from Amazon to exchange large amounts of data between my Mac and my Windows system. Therefore, I chose to format the drive in exFAT so that both operating systems can read and write to it without issues, and to accommodate long video files in excess of 2GB.

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How to download older versions of macOS after Mojave was released

My good old MacBook Pro from 2011 can only supports macOS up until 10.13 High Sierra. It’s been purring along nicely with macOS 10.12 Sierra for the last couple of years, and I didn’t see the need to upgrade just yet. Why risk breaking things that are working, right?

A couple of weeks ago, macOS 10.14 Mojave was released, with which my MacBook is sadly no longer compatible (not officially at least). So when I searched for “High Sierra” on the Mac App store, I was surprised to learn that it didn’t come up. It appears that only the very latest macOS release is available to download from the Mac App Store.

So now the $100k question is: How can I get an official copy of macOS High Sierra, now that Mojave is out? I’ve never downloaded it before, therefore it doesn’t show up in my “previous purchases” tab either. Have I missed my 12 month window to download the last operating system that’s compatible with my hardware?

Lucky for us, Apple have made some contingencies. I did some research and found several older Mac operating system for ya’ll’s enjoyment. Might come in handy 😉

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Blue Yeti vs ZAFFIRO – Microphone Comparison ASIN B07BVRQD8G

I was looking for another desktop USB microphone for my second desk. Currently I’m using a wonderful Blue Yeti with my Mac on my main desk (or Studio A as we like to call it), and every time I do a screencast or podcast on my Windows workstation (or Studio B as we’d like to call it), I have to bring over the Blue Yeti.

So I discovered the ZAFFIRO Desktop USB Mic, for over $100 less. I thought I’d give it a spin – and I really like it. Here’s what I found after a couple of weeks of working with it.

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Ruipu Power Bank Review: 24000 mA⋅h with Solar Panels (and how to use it)

Last year, in September 2017, I ordered a RUIPU 24,000 mAh Solar Power Bank in preparation for Hurricane Irma here in Florida. I’ve had a whole year’s worth of experience with this gadget and decided to buy another one.

This thing rocks! Let me tell you all about it, and how to use it in this review.

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