Magic letterhead tray - making preprinted stationary automatically on plain white paper

Posted on Tue 19 November 2019 in WebDev & Code

A couple of years ago I stopped buying letterheads for my business and instead created a special print queue that merged any document sent to print with a PDF letterhead template.

Last month, it stopped working on just my PC. I'm not quite sure if it broke from a Windows …


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Google Chrome " Failed – Network Error." on downloading files greater than 5MB (ish) - solution for me = Disable QUIC

Posted on Mon 24 April 2017 in WebDev & Code

For the last few weeks I've had trouble downloading from Google Photos files. It only happened on large files; videos & zip files of multiple images. The problem only affected Chrome - the files would download fine using Firefox. For single images the download would work so I decided it must be …


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Blog traffic

Posted on Fri 30 September 2016 in WebDev & Code

sep2016_cloudflare_traffic According to cloudflare, my blog traffic this month.

sep2016_analytics_trafficAccording to google analytics, my blog traffic this month.

The difference?
a) Cloudflare is counting requests to my server (each image, each file, each style sheet) whereas Google Analytics is joining requests from the same visitor into a session.
b) Hackers don't …


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Upgrading my server to PHP7 broke wordpress admin interface (cloudflare)

Posted on Fri 30 September 2016 in WebDev & Code

wp-cli, a command line interface for WordPress, just saved me a big headache.

It all began when I updated my server to the latest ubuntu LTS. That removed PHP5 support and replaced it with PHP7. That meant several of my sites stopped working as the nginx configuration had to change …


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Migrating from phpBB to Google Groups

Posted on Tue 03 November 2015 in WebDev & Code

For many years I've run a tiny web site for the village we live and work in. 8 years ago (or maybe more) I added a forum to the site using phpBB, as they say about themselves 'THE #1 FREE, OPEN SOURCE BULLETIN BOARD SOFTWARE'.

It's been very good software …


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