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Enable Apache Rewrite module on Ubuntu 13.04

By default, Ubuntu 13.04 doesn’t enable the rewrite engine module after installing Apache. The rewrite engine for Apache allows for on-the-fly URL rewriting/changing. This allows for the use of urls that are human readable, and SEO friendly. The rewrite engine is capable of capturing a website request, running it through a series of expression checks, and if a match is found, it will pass on the rewritten request to the web server. The end user would not notice anything different…

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Installing NGINX, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 13.04

This “how to” guide will step you through the process of setting up Nginx, PHP, and MySQL on Ubuntu 13.04.…

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Disabling TCP Auto Tuning

If you have a application that uses TCP network communication and it seems to be running slow, you may find that it is because of a feature in Windows called TCP auto tuning. TCP tuning can be used to speed up network communications, but it can also greatly effect performance if not done correctly. By default, the TCP auto tuning feature is enabled in Windows, and in most cases this will work fine, but there may be times where this…

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Windows Virtual Store Location

Since Windows Vista was released, Windows has had a security feature called the Virtual Store. Some legacy applications will try and read/write configuration files in a location that would require administrative privledges (eg. C:\program files\<application>). The Virtual Store is used to allow these applications to continue to be able to read/write files in this location (virtually), but they get stored in the Virtual Store. They just appear to virtually be under their original location. This happens transparently to the application.…

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View listening UDP ports on Windows

This guide shows you how to view a list of all the listening UDP ports on a Windows machine. This is useful for knowing if a service is listening on a specific port. View all listening UDP ports on Windows: Open the command prompt. Run the following command: netstat -an | find “UDP” | more Example output: UDP *:* UDP *:* UDP *:* UDP *:* UDP *:* UDP *:*…

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