Remote Internet Solutions, Inc

Web Development with a Personal Touch

The capabilities of .htaccess are incredible. Among some of the goodies are protecting directories (even with a username and password), filter bot traffic, block IPs, and my newest favorite… masking files!

I’ve had the pleasure of upgrading some old HTML files into a CMS with dynamic content. No problem! But what about all the search engine traffic that is still going to the old HTML pages? That stuff is gold and we don’t want to mess with redirecting it.

Only 4 lines in my .htaccess file is all I need!

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Working with the USPS Shipping API is not fun. The fact that it requires at least one (1) phone call to USPS Internet Customer Care Center (ICCC) to get activated is a show-stopper in my opinion. If you aren’t in a hurry to get anything done today, you can email for activation instead of calling.

A long time client of mine is using OpenCart, which is a favorite open source shopping cart. He acquired a USPS shipping label module that needed to be installed to make his life easier. Not sure if he had to pay for the module or not, but it needed a little tweaking before it would work properly…

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PHP Upgrade

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Today I updated my version of PHP to version 5.3.6 since I needed to update my PCRE. Did I have to? No. But while I had my hood open I figured why not knock them both out together. One of the main reasons is this very friendly error message:

this version of PCRE is not compiled with PCRE_UTF8 support at offset 0

The server wasn’t lying. When I did a PCRE check…

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