Telling Bob’s Story

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[video_player type="embed" width="560" height="315" align="center" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="20"][/video_player] Bob wasn’t unique on the Internet, he had a problem and he wanted to get the word out that he had a problem.  So he looked across the Internet, found that his hosting provider, Applied Innovations, was able to resolve his issue and was happy.  So happy in fact that he looked to me to help tell his story.  This is how I did it. First, Bob is a fictional character I made up.  Read more [...]
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The Five Essential Tools For (cloud powered) Productivity in 2014

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As we embark on a new year we’re all full of enthusiasm and energy and are chock full of new years resolutions on how we’re going to do something better, faster or more efficiently. We’ve all heard about the cloud and how the cloud will help make us more productive, but how many of us are really leveraging the cloud to do just that?  Well, to help you along with your quest to success in 2014 I wanted to share my 5 must have cloud tools that I think every business/tech person should be Read more [...]

Upgrading from Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 Release

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I admit it, I live on the dangerous side  … when it comes to my desktop.  When a new beta is out, I’m usually in line to load it up and Windows 8.1 was no different.  I’ve been running the preview since it was first announced and like anyone with a new desktop I had all my apps and settings just the way I liked them.  So the thought of starting over fresh with the release version of Windows 8.1 was not something I was looking forward to.  Fortunately there’s an easy Read more [...]
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Automated Desktop Collages for Windows 8.1

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Recently I started uploading all of my photos on my home computer to PicasaWeb I mean Google+ Photos at a smaller size (maximum of 1200px wide or high) and with all of the images going up there I wanted a way to rotate my desktop wallpaper on my computer such that each day I’d have a new wallpaper.  Sounds easy, Right? Well it wasn’t.  I couldn’t find anyway to just point WIndows at my Google+ photo library so I started searching for 3rd party applications that can do this and what Read more [...]

Getting PHP CURL to Call HTTPS URLs on Windows

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So Windows Server is a fantastic environment for PHP, it has only improved and will only continue to improve.  However, CURL no longer bundles the root certificates in any builds and this causes problems when you look to leverage curl to do something like call an API with HTTPS in the URL.  Some will recommend you disable the verifyhost option in CURL by adding these two lines: //WARNING: this would prevent curl from detecting a ‘man in the middle’ attackcurl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, Read more [...]
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