In the old days, sticking a 16x16 pixel favicon.ico file in your site's root was enough. Today it's a bit more involved, read on to see how to make Joomla 3 show the correct icons for most browsers and devices.
Take two servers into your rack? Not me, I like to virtualise and go! Except I don't really like the idea of simulating entire computers, running whole operating systems just to keep Apache separate from Postfix, and to keep hackers out of my media server. In this situation it's fun to use containers. This is how I set up Linux Containers (LXC) to separate the different things my home server does (hint, one of the things it does is let you read this!).
Would you believe shops sell special downpipes and guttering to attach to greenhouses? The alternate and cheaper method is to buy some cheap overflow piping and silicone sealant.
I play roller derby, as does my other half. Between us we have a lot of skating gear that is slowly taking over the house. Or it did until I built a Mario themed cabinet to store everything in.
Let's see how complicated I can make watering tomatoes in a greenhouse. How about Arduino powered, solar charged, electric pump complicated. With a float switch to turn the system off when the rainwater-fed water barrel is empty? Plumbing, electronics and plants.
High power LEDs are great, I bought a solar powered floodlight from Costco to light my back yard at night. It worked really well, for about a week. After that it stopped working. Probably because the solar panels cooked the batteries (along with the baking sun), so I removed the batteries and replaced them with a small mains PSU. Here's how I did it.
I hate floppy disks, they’re so fragile. Here’s how I converted my Atari ST so that it uses SD cards.
Disclaimer – Many things were harmed in the construction of this, specifically a floppy drive, a PC PSU and the home of a spider. Never mind though, considering the amount of fluff in the floppy drive I’m surprised it even worked at all.
If there's one electronic component guaranteed to give problems in retro hardware, it's the capacitor. Usually they leak their juice and cause circuit boards to corrode, and the electronics they're filtering to go a little bit weird. When the main power filter cap in a BBC Micro's PSU fails, things are much more exciting. It seems that a mains filter capacitor's designed failure mode is to eject large amounts of smoke - to let you know it's failed. Reparing it is quite easy though...
If you swap batteries in a UPS, it needs recalibrating for the new batteries. If your UPS is made by APC and you just want to fix the UPS without installing lots of junk software, go here http://apc-fix.com/apcfix
Back in the 1980s when computers came with floppy drives that could hold 100s of kilobytes, or even worse, audio tapes that took tens of minutes to load the idea of storing megabytes of data on a small card was total science fiction. So let's add some scifi magic to a BBC Micro so that every piece of software made for it, ever, can be stored on one piece of silicon.
It sounds as crazy as trying to download the whole Internet.
Sometimes, when doing a wash I would find my washing machine - an Indesit IWC8123 - stuck half way through the wash cycle with all its status lights flashing, but with a few videos I managed to repair it.