Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Speeding upYourInternet with a Local DNS Table

In this article I look at how you can use the hosts file on your windows computer to speed up access to sites that you visit a lot. How it works is that the hosts file converts that domain name into the appropriate IP address for you so that the request can be sent straight to the correct server rather than having to go to a Domain Name Server first to look up the address from there.

Speeding up Your Internet with a Local DNS Table

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Copyright andtheWeb

Many people do not understand copyright properly and unintentionally steal web content. Here’s some info on both what there is on the web that you might be allowed to copy and also how to reduce the chances of someone unintentionally stealing your content.

Copyright and the Web

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Web BrowsersforTesting

There are thousands of web browsers out there but only a few that are used by a lot of people. When you create web pages you will want them to work for as many people as possible but will not have time to test thousands of browsers. Here’s how to select which browsers you are going to test in for the best coverage.

Web Browsers for Testing

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Is My Web PageFullyOptimized?

People’s expectations on how fast a page should load changes as they move from dial-up to slow broadband to fast broadband. While a page might have been considered to have an acceptable load time if it took 20 seconds to load on a dial-up, two seconds might be considered to be too slow on a fast broadband connection. Until internet connection speeds become significantly faster than current broadband speeds, I therefore stand by what I said several years ago about 40k being a good target size for web pages and 100k being huge. My suggestions on how to optimise a web page to get it to fit within these limits are therefore just as appropriate today as when I first wrote them.

Is My Web Page Fully Optimized?

Optimising your web page will only cease to be important once the slowest internet connection speeds are measured in gigabits.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Editing WordFilesOutside of Word

Word documents use a proprietary format. That means that without your spending an extensive amount of time to reverse engineer their file format, any edits that you do have at least the potential to corrupt the document.

Enter the proprietary format that Microsoft based on HTML which they designed for transferring files between their programs. This format has the advantage that it is entirely plain text making the proprietary tags much easier to identify when you want to edit the file outside Word and it can be imported back into Word restoring the original file perfectly except for your changes.

Editing Word Files Outside of Word

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

PHP 7 Quick Scripting Reference

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Array Methods

I am not really sure why the person who I saw originally asking for help with this question was struggling with an historical answer involving lots of for loops as the question only makes sense in terms of knowing which of the various modern array methods need to be combined together to give the answer. Much simpler questions would test knowledge of for loops without needing to create lots of them.

Array Methods

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

PHP and Algorithmic Thinking for the Complete Beginner: LearntoThink Like a Programmer (Part 1 of 5)

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Sunday, August 21st, 2016


Internet Protocol uses what are called “port” numbers to identify different types of communications on the web. Programs ‘listen’ on particular ports to identify the traffic that is intended for them. This article provides a brief introduction to what port numbers are all about and identifies the ports used by some of the most commonly used server programs on the internet.

Internet Port Numbers

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

What is aMainframe?

Judging by the number of computer questions that I receive where the sender has selected the mainframe category that in fact have nothing whatever to do with mainframe computers, I’d say that there are a lot of people who have no idea what a mainframe is.

Well one of those people finally decided to ask the question giving me the opportunity to explain how to tell if the computer you want to ask a question about is a mainframe. So now there is no excuse for anyone to make that mistake again is there?

What is a Mainframe?

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Active Form Fields

It isn’t actually the active form field we want to have styled differently but many people do refer to the form field that has the focus that way. Here we look at how you can make that field stand out from the rest.

Active Form Fields

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Have Fun with PHP and MySQL Quick Start Workbook

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