Setting up a WordPress site using EasyEngine 3.7

2017-02-28 computers, software No comments , , , , , site-speed 493ms – 2017-02-28_11.17.31

Creating WordPress sites on a $5/month VPS such as DigitalOcean with EasyEngine is incredibly rapid.

Installing EasyEngine is a single command and then setting up a WordPress site with the following features is another single command.

SSL A rating with SSL Labs

2017-02-24 hosting, software No comments , ,

Qualys SSL Labs A Rating for

I was getting a B rating when testing my newly Let’s Encrypted site with Qualys SSL Labs.

The solution was to add a strong DH group to NGINX (already had the correct SSL ciphers in the global nginx.conf).

Email before download ie8 test

2016-02-12 computers, software No comments

This is a test page for the Email Before Download plugin by M&S Consulting..

Download Monitor download: Gigabyte GA-X99M-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) M.2 Support List (24 downloads)

Run multiple Firefox versions simultaneously

2016-02-12 computers, link, software No comments , ,

When developing websites, I’ve found it incredibly useful to be able to run, or install, multiple versions of Firefox on the same computer, side-by-side, simultaneously, however you want to call it. When it comes to testing, it’s always sensible to see how things are going to be displaying in future browsers, but even more than that, when testing different permissions and profiles on a website, having multiple, separate browsers can really simplify matters.

I run with the following details: (more…)

Forcing Windows 10 to update to version 1511 (build 10586) and solving the “A language pack isn’t available” problem

2016-02-08 computers, link, software No comments , , , ,

Four blue, square panes of glass in a white, wooden window frame on a bright yellow wall.

A Windows 10 Pro machine at work, that had been upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro, was refusing the 2015 “November” update and also wouldn’t install the UK language pack. This greatly distressed the graphic designer since it swapped the ” and @ symbols around on his keyboard and stopped him from typing £ easily (thanks US input!). (more…)

Kawaii Emoticons

2015-10-20 link No comments

A personal reference copied from

(  ゚,_ゝ゚)
。◕ ‿ ◕。


Disable Windows 8.1 hot corners and charms bar

2014-01-21 computers, link, software No comments , ,

I just had a question of how to disable Windows 8.1 hot corners and the charms bar from a desktop user running multiple monitors. A quick bit of google-fu brought up the solution.

MySQL Search & Replace

2014-01-21 software No comments

This is just great: MySQL Search & Replace

Really very handy when migrating WordPress from .com to .org. Just be sure to grab the latest code link.

Thanks Eric Amundson!

Setting mixed Chinese/English in Adobe InDesign

2012-04-26 link No comments

Ever since they came out in CS4, I’ve been fascinated by GREP styles and the amazing things you can do with them.

The problem

One small part of what I do involves setting a mixed Chinese/English publication and I have been on the look out to find some way to use just one base paragraph style for both the English and the Chinese content. The problem is that a lot of Chinese fonts have absolutely horrible Latin characters, and so I need to be able to switch between two different fonts depending on whether the characters are English or Chinese.

The solution – GREP Styles

GREP styles are at least on the way to making this happen for me. After creating a Character Style for the Chinese font, I then assign it to the standard English Paragraph Style as the following GREP Style which I found on the Adobe Forums ad then tweaked with some additional goodness:


That even handles some of the slightly more obscure “non-Chinese” characters that I’ve only ever come across in Chinese text such as Fullwidth Colons (:) and Fullwidth Commas (,)!

So what this actually does is prevents any of the dreaded crossed boxes.

Better smartphone battery life please

2011-12-15 computers, hardware, software No comments , , ,

ZTE Blade battery drained to 22% in 7 hours on CM7 nightly

I used to think this is my own fault but really, I’m not that intensive a user on my phone. From the information provided below I’d say it’s more of a wifi hardware/software issue. I’m not complaining about Cyanogenmod specifically, as reading around it seems that a lot of smartphones (not just Android-based) suffer from battery life issues. CM7 is a massive step up on the ZTE Blade compared to Orange’s horrific 2.1-based stock ROM, especially once you replace the default CM7 launcher (ADW) with LauncherPro.