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By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

My beloved Firefox has been doing something strange when it tries to view websites that have certificate problems such as expired certificates.  For some reason my desktop computer would pop up a bland dialog box whining about the site uses an invalid security certificate.  My laptop doesn't seemt to do this.  Apparently no-one on the internet has ever experienced this problem so I felt it would be useful to share the solution with folks. 

 

Here is the alert box:

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I use a device called an OBI100 with google voice to make and receive phone calls when at home.  This allows me to use the same phone number for voice/cell/texts etc. It only cost me about $30 btw. Recently, I hit a snag. 

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I'm struggling with a peculiar little problem.  My old faithful windows 10 computer will never eject the USB thumb drive.  It doesn't ever show any errors.  Its quite puzzling.  I have several usb devices currently working including a 4TB usb hard drive, usb keyboard and mouse and a Fujitsu USB scanner.  When I plug in the usb thumb drive, Windows makes the familiar boing noise and I can view the contents of the drive, but when I click the bottom right icon to eject, all goes well but explorer still sees the drive.  I can manually remove the thumb drive from th

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

Using Drupal 7, I needed to programattically add a useragent field (webform calls these components) and a url field to my webform nid 7477.  The url field is a hidden field of type: Hidden element (less secure, changeable via JavaScript.)  If you leave off the extra array in the url definition, it will be the normal hidden type.  You can see this when you click the edit button for this component.  I hope someone finds this useful.

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I've been noticing these messages lately on some of my Drupal 6 sites. These popped up any time I saved any content.

warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/polycotassociates.com/modules/node/node.module on line 814.

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

Recently, one of my clients let their subscription to AVG anti-virus lapse and all 8 computers on their network were complaining about the subscription having expired.  I purchased a new license key and went about putting it into the AVG's that were running. Strangely, the field for the license number was grayed out so I couldn't paste it in. 

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

Hi All,

We had a great organizational meeting this past Saturday, after the work part of our day, at Posse East in Austin, Texas. 

Our objectives for meeting were to, 1) make sure we keep up our gardens after they are installed, 2) create work teams and team leaders for upcoming permablitzes, 3) plan the August permablitz, and 4) visit Kealing Middle School and begin the design process for the September permablitz.

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

If you check Drupal 7 module updates and you get messages indicating no available releases found for modules that you know are legitimate.  It usually looks something like this.  The URL is ../admin/reports/updates  There is a quick fix:

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

I recently found a very cool service called Wuala which is a cloud backup/sync solution.  I think it is really cool because it gives you 5GB free storage initially and all files are fully encrypted on your computer before they go to the cloud.  I've been testing it for a while and I think I'm going to give it a try at some of my clients too.  It allows you to share a folder with someone dynamically.  Very cool!  Check it out.www.wuala.com

 

By Selwyn Polit, 25 August, 2021

Well I am once again reminded at how useful Terabyte's Image for Windows is.  I upgraded my main computers hard drive and using Image for Windows, I installed the new drive and copied Windows to it, pulled out the old one and voila.  What a nice reliable piece of software. I wish all software were this good.  Love it!  Can't recommend it enough. Buy it and they'll send me $5 woo woo!

http://www.austinprogressivecalendar.com/tech-products/image-windows