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CSS: Make text bold on hover without size of component changing

Say, for example, you have a button where you wish the text to become bold on hover. However, as you hover, the button becomes slightly wider – as the component expands to fit the larger text. One method of avoiding … Continue reading

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AngularJS: How to turn on and off $log.debug

If you’re using $log.debug() for your AngularJS debugging, there’s a very easy way to stop those messages appearing in your browser console when you are ready to release – without commenting out every line. Simply add $logProvider.debugEnabled(false); to the config … Continue reading

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Linux: Using “Screen” command

This is a very useful tool I only discovered today. Screen is a full-screen window manager that allows you to manage multiple shell sessions from one terminal window or console, view multiple shell sessions at the same time, and even … Continue reading

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Python: View what file is currently being extracted from a tar file

As part of a Python script, you are extracting a tar file. But you want to output the name of each file in the tar as it is being extracted (for logging, etc). How to do this? Below is a … Continue reading

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The Spotify engineering culture

Interesting animated videos from Spotify that describe their engineering culture. Self-promotional or inspirational? You decide… https://labs.spotify.com/2014/03/27/spotify-engineering-culture-part-1/ https://labs.spotify.com/2014/09/20/spotify-engineering-culture-part-2/

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How to know what version of Linux is being used (Red Hat)

Some commands to find out what version of Linux is running on a system, along with kernel and CPU types. Note: These commands have only been tested on a Red Hat environment. 1) Get Linux version: # cat /etc/issue e.g. … Continue reading

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How to save the layout of Desktop icons (Windows 7 and XP)

(Updated to include Windows 7 solution) We’ve all been there. Your Desktop icons have been lovingly and painstakingly placed into specific locations –  work spreadsheets top-left, links to cat videos bottom-right – then BANG, your screen resolution gets changed and … Continue reading

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Saving an SSL Certificate to a .CER file

To save an SSL certificate to a file, follow the steps below: Firefox (17.0.1) Navigate to the secure website (https) in your browser. Click on the lock icon to the left of the Address Bar. Click on the “More Information” … Continue reading

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Eclipse Errors: “Missing requirement: Maven Integration for Eclipse”

When attempting to install the Maven plugin for Eclipse (m2eclipse) from the following location… http://download.eclipse.org/technology/m2e/releases …I was encountering the following error: Missing requirement: Maven Integration for Eclipse (Editors) 1.2.0.20120903-1050 (org.eclipse.m2e.editor 1.2.0.20120903-1050) requires ‘bundle org.eclipse.wst.sse.core 0.0.0’ but it could not be … Continue reading

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Transferring pictures and videos from iPhone using Windows XP

There are many, many articles and blog posts out there devoted to this topic – but none had worked for me.  Below is my eventual solution (that finally allowed me to transfer 1326 pics & vids collected over 3 years), … Continue reading

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