Apple Mail – Archive IMAP Emails

I get about 3000 emails a month (a lot of them are server notifications if you are wondering) and I like to keep all my email because I do frequently refer to older emails. I think of my emails as a database that I can search for conversations, attachments and personal history. Gmail is a […]

Suppress Test::More Output For Use In Nagios

I needed a quick way to check for XML well-formedness in a Perl Nagios script and I found that Test::XML has a test called is_well_formed_xml($xml) that does the job nicely. The only problem was that as part of the Test::More framework, Test::XML outputs test results (as it should). In my case though, I just wanted […]

Updated WordPress, PayPal IPN no longer works

I recently updated a client’s WordPress to 3.9.2. There was a page on that WordPress that served as the PayPal notify_url and it had been working fine up until I updated. The page simply used a shortcode that I created in the functions.php file to process the incoming PayPal parameters. After the update, what I […]

South Napa Earthquake Surface Rupture Mapped

Mike Oskin (@mikeoskin) from U.C. Davis tweeted on late Sunday that PhD students Alex Morelan and Chad Trexler had gone out in the field in the Napa area and mapped several surface ruptures related to the South Napa earthquake of Aug 24, 2014. Additional tweets showed pictures of the ruptures. 16 km of rupture, max […]

Poor Design – Yahoo Asks You To Upgrade Firefox Within Safari

Every so often I have the opportunity to help a friend with a seemingly intractable computer problem. More often than not, the problem is not really a problem at all, it is just plain awful design. Case in point: My friend was using Safari and this appeared every time he wanted to access his email. […]

Nginx with php-fpm generating blank page

I struggled a long time trying to figure out why my nginz + php-fpm setup was not working. I could tell that the gateway was fine and I was getting a HTTP 200 OK response, but the output was blank and there were no illuminating entries in either the nginx or php-fpm logs. After a […]