Enabling GZIP Compression on IIS 7/8.5 for use with Umbraco 7

Enabling GZIP Compression on IIS 7/8.5 for use with Umbraco 7

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in IIS, Technology, Web Development

Part of website optimization includes compressing website contents where possible. Here are some steps to get GZIP compression up and running on IIS for Umbraco.

An Example of Sony PlayStation Store Customer Service

An Example of Sony PlayStation Store Customer Service

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Gaming, Technology

So this happened today. I don’t blame the customer service reps, who were professional. I blame the product managers, system architects, business analysts, and lawyers behind the PlayStation Store itself. Inexcusable. They are asking for a class action lawsuit.

Gravity Forms Filter Example

Gravity Forms Filter Example

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Technology, Web Development, WordPress

RocketGenius’s Gravity Forms plugin for WordPress is arguably one of the best form builder plugins around. Support is great, licensing is simple, and the tool itself is exemplary. It’s GUI form builder is second to none, and even allows management of contact dropdowns, so notifications can be sent dynamically to the right person based on user choice […]

Modern.ie site helps with virtualized browser testing

Modern.ie site helps with virtualized browser testing

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

I’ve been using VMs for browser testing since the ’90s when Connectix still owned Virtual PC. Recently, Chris Morris introduced me to Microsoft’s own Modern.ie project. It’s an effort to help developers test against IE’s rendering issues, and a big part of that comes by way of provided pre-built VMs for common host platforms. The […]

Webinar: How to Start a Junior FIRST LEGO League Team

Webinar: How to Start a Junior FIRST LEGO League Team

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in FIRST, General, Jr FLL, Technology | No Comments

So back at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the Independence School District made a push to start Jr FLL programs outside of school. We got wind through one of our kids’ teachers, Mary Fritchie, and attended an informational meeting in September led by Bradley Drinkwater of FIRST Bots of Independence. We rounded up some […]

Some great ideas on web development workflow

Some great ideas on web development workflow

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Check out Paul Irish’s talk at the HTML5 Dev Conference from November 2012. Maybe there’s a little more Yeoman in our futures?  

Joomla 2.5.x Versions Module (mod_version) Not Showing Up in Administrator Modules List

Joomla 2.5.x Versions Module (mod_version) Not Showing Up in Administrator Modules List

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Have run into a couple of times recently and finally found the solution. The problem: The Joomla version isn’t being displayed in the admin footer while logged into the backend. The module also isn’t showing up in the admin’s list of admin modules. The issue: In one or more Joomla 2.5.x updates, the SQL to […]

Using MAMP with SQL Workbench

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

After various partial successes getting MAMP and SQL Workbench to work in peace and harmony, I found this HOWTO from Chance Garcia at phpprotip.com. Someone might also find this helpful from Frankie Inguanez.

Joomla Changes from 1.5 to 1.6, 1.7, and 2.5: $mainframe and jos_components

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Was looking to convert one of my Joomla 1.5 components into a Joomla 2.5 component and ran into a couple of show-stopping changes. 1) The jos_components table is gone. Just gone. This is the table that among many other varied purposes used to hold the admin component’s menu hierarchy. It’s now been rolled into jos_menu, […]

Joomla Plugin: EasierTube

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

I’ve got another post up over at Group 3 Solutions, this one discussing Joomla video plugins. First plugin up for discussion is EasierTube. The post gives some background on the problem of using video in Joomla posts and provides an overview of EasierTube’s features and issues. Enjoy!