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D-Link DSL-320B Setup as Bridge/Modem

Connecting a newly acquired Asus RT-N66U router to a standard 20CN BT ADSL connection has been a lot more complicated than it appeared to be at first sight. There is a cheap and effective solution in the D-Link DSL-320B modem but finding information on setting it up was not easy to find.

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Real Disks from Virtual Systems

Virtual machines are great way of setting up a new operating system in a controlled and user-friendly environment. But before the virtual system can be used on real hardware the virtual disk image needs to be transformed into a hard disk partition.

Methods for transferring a virtual system image onto a hard disk are difficult to find and often somewhat tortuous. However there is a simple and quick procedure for doing this under the Ubuntu (and similar) operating system.

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Phing Regex Replacement Notation

I recently ran into a problem while putting together a phing build script for Joomla extensions. The need was to automatically update version numbers and dates in the PHP files and XML manifest files. The problem arose as I was using regex replacement functions to carry out the updating action.

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Play XAMPP "Happy Families" on Your PC

XAMPP (http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-linux.html) is a great way of adding a LAMP stack to a Linux workstation for web design and development, coming as it does in packages covering a range of versions. However the XAMPP packages are designed to be installed in one specific location – /opt/lampp – making it next to impossible to use two or  more versions on one PC. However there is a way to get members of the XAMPP family to live happily together…

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Strip Metadata from Your Web Images

Publishing images straight from your camera to the web? You may be giving away more than you realise in the form of the metadata (EXIF etc.) buried within the image file. Not just the camera type and exposure settings, but with modern cameras you may be giving away the GPS coordinates of the the precious item your are shooting and much more besides. It's also really tedious to remove metadata picture by picture, but there is an easier and quicker way to do this with batches of images.

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