Category: Windows

..contributing to IT in London since 2002..

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Minimum Apache/PHP, Maximum Performance

The idea is simple: why don’t we turn off all the modules of Apache HTTPD server and PHP which we do not use at all? Hopefully, we should get the light version of the application platform. Surely, there may be various ways to optimize Apache and PHP, monitor it, and then fine tune it again …

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 …

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 …

VAT Kid 2009

Argeus Solutions is now giving away a free database application: VAT Kid 2009. You can download and use it for free! It is useful for small companies to enter all sales and purchase transactions without any details and get VAT return form quickly and easily. Microsoft Office Access 2003 is required. Please contact me if …

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 …