Smarty template tricks for OG:tags with international charsets

TL;DR version: if you use opencart or prestashop and your shares on facebook don’t look good, you have product images missing or product descriptions missing, read the article completely, to learn how to properly og: tag your templates. – Some of my Prestashop and Opencart customers, especially French and eastern-europeans use in their product and

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Quick apache .htaccess rules writer in PHP

Sometimes it’s good to have a quick .htaccess rules writer for your server / host, to block a larger number of IP addresses from accessing stuff on your site, like spambots, or people (bored kids ?) who try to hack into your site or blog. If you use any kind of statistics plugin on your

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Trick to use against idiots who try to hack your site

TL:DR version: some examples of how some lifewaster hacker-wannabes try to gain unauthorised access to sites and blogs and how you can simply and effectively block them — Obviously, some people have too much time on their hands, and don’t appreciate life enough in order to do something useful with theirs, so they spend hours

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How to fix the Gimp floating toolbars bug in KDE/TDE trinity

The TDE Desktop environment is an extraordinary piece of software that allows one to keep working with the computer as KDE used to look and feel like before the switch or “upgrade” to KDE 3 and before that, and as the project’s maintainers themselves state, with ” … a primary goal of retaining the function

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Debian, Q4OS, TDE = the holy trinity in linux !

Finally, I can say wholeheartedly, that after having tried and tested very thoroughly, more then 200 linux distributions found on distrowatch.com, I have found the best, fastest, simplest, most complete, most user-friendly, efficient, task-oriented linux distro to date ! Last time when I was so excited and so pleased about anything in computer technology, was

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The anti-efficiency paradigm

You might think that with all this technology around us, that not only makes our lives easier, but supposedly makes us more comfortable, human society (I won’t dare call it a civilisation, until it becomes one) at large has become more efficient in whatever goals it’s pursuing, but the truth is, that if we compare the

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Getting more exposure for your articles from already existing visitors

One of the challenges of every blogger is obviously, bringing traffic to the blog, but most bloggers using the “generally accepted” methods for doing that, forget that there are simple, policy-compliant, easy-to-implement, and easy to overlook solutions. While some of the social media sharing specialists like addit, sharethis, and others, do offer some form of

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How to add a feedburner subscription popup to your blogger blog

The Blogger platform, operated by internet giant Google, is actually a quite complete blogging solution, and currently millions of bloggers use it to publish anything from poetry to rants to tech news ans gossip, basically, if any topic is decent and useful, you can probably find a .blogspot blog about that topic. But even though

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Skype is becoming a useless, shiny bloatware

I always wonder how is it that a perfectly working, useful program with a nice, tidy interface, made by a small, noname company starts becoming a shiny, error-prone, useless piece of bloatware after big, hotshot companies buy the product or the entire company that used to make it. And I wonder why the hell do

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Another “nice one” from yahoo – expired security certificate !

Yahoo mail is inaccessible from Firefox, because of it’s invalid/expired security certificate. Very nice, yahoo, keep up this path and you’ll end up with a worse version of your mail service then you had 10 years ago…. Oh, wait, it’s already worse !   (Click on the image for a higher resolution) Screenshot was taken

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When the customer says “that damn computer just won’t work”

TL;dr : check these, if you think your customer’s pc is clogged ; Some of the regular challenges of being an IT support person are listening to heavy cursing, accepting some foul language from your customer knowing that it’s directed towards “that damn machine” and not you, and from time to time, cleaning a PC

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Blogger thinks 2+2#4 (two plus two is not always four !)

I sometimes wonder how is it even possible, that software and service giants like google, yahoo, microsoft, and other companies their size can even exist in a technology world presumably dominated by pure, hard-core mathematics, and yet, fail to respect even the simplest arithmetic rules, such as 2+2=4. Blogger now “thinks” that math should not

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Closing other services may affect yahoo mail ?

Has closing several of its services started to adversely affect Yahoo mail ? I wonder if the reorganising and closing of several services that is going on at Yahoo, is affecting the stability of its mail services, or it really is, as they just say, a temporary error. I’ve seen this error several times last

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Disallow visitors with adblockers to see your content

After following a very interesting thread on google plus with regard to people using adblockers while visiting sites on the internet, I’ve realised that so many people simply don’t understand that some of us actually make a living, as humble as it may be, by displaying ads on our sites. And according to some of

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