3 Keys To Making Corporate Websites Work

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Someone Is In Charge.

I once sent an email with a list of options essentially passing the ball over to a client who needed to make a decision on the direction we had to go. 3 weeks passed until I had to send another email reminding the client that the succeeding weeks marked the end of my consulting arrangement. This lit a fire under their behinds resulting in a long to – do list suddenly keeping me busy doing tasks I could have done at a relaxed pace if they had answered the first email I sent weeks ago. Continue reading “3 Keys To Making Corporate Websites Work”

Why You Shouldn’t Allow Microsoft To Download Windows 10 Until You’re Ready

The news broke a few days ago that Microsoft, to no one’s surprise, surreptitiously downloads Windows 10 into computers running Windows 7 and 8 so as to ‘prepare’ them for the update to Windows 10.

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I could think of three reasons why this isn’t ok:

  1. You might not have enough space – The most obvious reason is that your computer might not have enough hard disk space for the humongous Windows 10 installation files. Yes new computers these days have enormous hard disks to begin with but it’s irresponsible to make that assumption. The worst case that might happen here is that the computer will hang for lack of space leaving the user scratching his head wondering why and / or deleting more important files to make space.
  2. It Hogs Bandwidth – Anyone who’s ever downloaded gigabytes of files knows how much bandwidth it takes away from your internet connection. Those on a shared connection will suffer because everyone’s connection will slow down, but those on a metered connection – those who pay per kb. of data – will suffer the most. People argue over downloading 2gb. movie torrents will certainly not be happy knowing Windows 10 install files are up to 11gb.
  3. Trust – MS abuses trust on two levels. One, why does it assume it knows better than the user as to what they want installed on their computer? The argument that it is trying to ‘help you have a better Windows experience‘ doesn’t fly considering that it takes up valuable resources (disk space and bandwidth) without specific consent. And Second: Windows update calls the Windows 10 upgrade files as ‘updates’, such as here for Update no. 2952664, described as ‘..helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows‘. Masking Windows 10 as an ‘update’ is misleading. An update is a piece of software that supposedly updates / improves / enhances what is already there. It is therefore not updating Windows 7 or 8. Rather it is preparing it to UPGRADE to Windows 10. Two very different things.

Here are some resources to counter this measure. As per ghacks,

  1. Tap on the Windows-key on the keyboard, type programs and features, and hit enter. This opens the list of software installed on the system.
  2. Switch to “view installed updates” on the left side of the window.
  3. If you are using Windows 7, locate the following updates: 3035583, 2952664, 3021917
  4. If you are using Windows 8, locate the following updates: 3035583, 2976978
  5. Right-click one update after the other and select uninstall from the context menu.
  6. Select Restart Later when the prompt appears and remove all updates first from the system.
  7. Once done, restart the computer to complete the process.

Once you are done, it is important that you block these updates from being found and installed again by Windows Update. If you don’t do this and have automatic updates enabled, they may be installed again on the system.

To block these updates, do the following:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, and hit enter.
  2. This should open the Windows Update dialog.
  3. Select “check for updates” to find new updates to install on the system. Windows should find the updates listed above again.
  4. Click on the “important update is available” link.
  5. Right-click each of the listed updates above that are listed on the page and select hide update from the context menu.
  6. This blocks the update from being installed on the system.

To see if your PC has already downloaded the files, another article from ghacks also helps. This basically asks you to look for the folder $Windows.~BT. If it does, Windows installation files have been downloaded already even if you did not explicitly accepted it.

How To Upload the Drupal Government Web Template (GWT) Via CPanel

The Government Web Hosting Service (GWHS) requires all government agencies to host their websites on their servers and use a standardized Government Web Template. While there is a helpful User’s Manual the instructions to upload are meant for Windows users which is not applicable because the only way to upload is via CPanel. This How – To aims to help solve that issue:

  1. Download the gwt-drupal-3.4.3.tar.gz file meant for Drupal sites at https://github.com/iGovPhil/gwt-drupal/releases. It will be installing two items, the Government Web Template to be placed at ‘/sites/all/themes’, and a helper module to be placed at ‘/sites/all/themes’ (the User’s Manual neglected to mention this important fact for some odd reason).
  2. Login your CPanel and click ‘File Manager’, select ‘Web Root (public_html/www)’, and click ‘Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)’.
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  3. Copy and extract the gwt-drupal-3.4.3.tar.gz file onto the HOME folder.
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  4. Go into the gwt-drupal-3.4.3 directory, and right – click the ‘sites’ folder, then click COPY. On the area where it says ‘Copy File To’, enter ‘/public_html’.
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  5. To check whether it copied, you should now be able to see the gwt_drupal_helper module at ‘public_html/sites/all/modules/gwt_drupal_helper’, and the gwt_drupal theme at ‘public_html/sites/all/themes/gwt_drupal’. Login your website and you should also be able to see the new GWT theme at http://yourwebsite.gov.ph/?q=admin/appearance and the new GWT module at http://yourwebsite.gov.ph/?q=admin/modules.20150825_d

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  6. For theming and customization instructions you may refer to the User Manual mentioned above. You may now also optionally delete the gwt-drupal-3.4.3.tar.gz file and the gwt-drupal-3.4.3 folder it created.

These instructions are for Drupal but they are likely the same for WordPress, Joomla and static files too. If you need help email me at info@kaijuhost.com.

How To Fix the commerce_kickstart directory could not be found within the modules directory Issue

I recently came across this issue whilst trying to update a Commerce Kickstart installation via Drush. Error reads:

The commerce_kickstart directory could not be found within the modules directory at [error]
/srv/www/carmarket.ph/public_html/profiles/commerce_kickstart, perhaps the project is
enabled but has been deleted from disk.

There were several modules that needed updating below, so ./drush -u 1 up seemed the proper drush command to update them all in one go.

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Think Twice Before Upgrading To Windows 10 (Or Any Other OS)

Be aware this isn’t about Windows 10 per se. I’ve yet to try it and I only know of it from the few articles I’ve read. What this is rather is an attempt to make people approach the process of upgrading on a saner, more reasonable pace. I’ve used Windows (from version 1, 95, 98, ME, XP, and currently 7), two or three types of Mac OS and several Linux Distributions, so allow me to impart some hard earned wisdom.

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Thoughts On The Jeep Hack

Wired Magazine recently published a gem of an article where hackers managed to hack in to a Fiat Chrysler Jeep. Once they had complete control they managed to change the radio station, increase the volume, turn the wipers on, squirt wiper fluid on the glass, switch the air conditioning to full on, and finally disabled the transmission. Apparently they can not only do this they can also kill the engine, disable the brakes, tighten the seatbelt and even steer it at low speeds.

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I have to be honest up until the time I learned of this hack I didn’t actually know that it was to possible to stop let alone steer a vehicle remotely. I had heard of car tech that report on the state of their engines and electricals as well as of course navigation. But I never thought they actually also reported whether the a/c was being used or what radio station was being listened to and at what volume. Of course at the back of my mind I knew that information could be collected so car manufacturers can sell it to marketers who can then tailor fit advertisements to specific clients or god knows what else, but it still seemed all so detestable considering the tech being used is so amazing yet it is being used for such trivial reasons.

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Project Profile: Agtabeachresort.com

Agtabeachresort is a quaint, restful beach resort in picturesque Biliran, Leyte, Philippines.

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The website is a simple WordPress system with a custom theme. It’s main goal is to be the first point of contact between tourists shopping online for a place to visit South of Manila. Along with their active Facebook account it serves this purpose very well.