How good are the abstraction layers?

Choosing the features based on the lowest common denominator of X number of database systems is not the right approach in implementing an ORM! https://github.com/laravel/framework/pull/8400 This forces us to question the value of database abstraction layers and other abstraction layers in general. If one database system does not support a feature, the abstraction layer developer … Read moreHow good are the abstraction layers?

To upgrade or not to upgrade XAMPP 1.7.3

XAMPP is just another package of: Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, PHP + PEAR + Zend Framework, phpMyAdmin, Perl, FileZilla FTP Server, Mercury Mail Server, OpenSSL, Webalizer, etc. like WAMP, EasyPHP (the first of its kind I’ve known), and others: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_WAMPs XAMPP 1.7.3 includes: — Apache 2.2.14 (released in October 2009) and PHP 5.3.1 (released in … Read moreTo upgrade or not to upgrade XAMPP 1.7.3

PHP FastCGI on LightTPD

Recently, I’ve been having issues with php-cgi.exe crashing on Apache 2.2 and IIS7 on Windows 2008. So, I’ve been searching for alternative ways of running my PHP application. I came across nginx and lighttpd. Let’s try LightTPD 1.4.28 and PHP 5.3.5. Get the Windows binaries for LightTPD from WLMP project: http://en.wlmp-project.net/downloads.php. I chose the ZIP … Read morePHP FastCGI on LightTPD

Class Library as DLL for Business Model to be used in PHP

Just an idea, possibly not a new one, and I promise, it is not another “framework”: Is it worth to create a class library as a DLL for a business model and use that DLL in PHP? What are the advantages and disadvantages? As soon as we say DLL, it is a solution that can … Read moreClass Library as DLL for Business Model to be used in PHP

New joint venture scam from Argos

A few days ago, one of my friends bought the cheapest laptop (netbook rather) in Argos catalogue: £199.99. It is called: Zoostorm Freedom 8.9in Mini Laptop catalogue number 508/1842 So far, it is all right. But he knows almost nothing about computers and speaks very little English. He did not even know that it was … Read moreNew joint venture scam from Argos

Another clumsy application from Microsoft: cisvc.exe

Also known as content indexing service, this process is part of Windows operating system, and it is supposed to index the files on the drive(s), which should provide faster file search and access using the indexing service catalog. Instead of speeding up your machine, it sometimes slows it down, which is probably because some dummy … Read moreAnother clumsy application from Microsoft: cisvc.exe

Give me my simple Windows Explorer back!

Fancy vista makeup comes with some loss of simple old features: Select All (Ctrl + A) items in a folder simply does NOT work anymore!? But why?! I cannot understand why Microsoft is capable of producing very popular software applications, and is still incapable of keeping usefull features ..or breaking the working parts!? Apparently, this … Read moreGive me my simple Windows Explorer back!