Apache+SSL for Windows

There's a site called Apache Lounge that has put together a collection of binary files for Apache for Windows. What's notable about these is the inclusion of the SSL module, which the Apache Foundation don't distribute in their Windows binaries anymore. Along with the core Apache install they also have some some plugins/modules for Apache that are worth using - a log rotator (so that the traffic log doesn't fill your drive), an interesting looking security plugin, and updated plugins for PHP and Perl.


MySQL + Rails on Cygwin tip

Here's a really quick tip for anyone using Rails on Cygwin. If you want to connect to a MySQL database the understood practice is to compile MySQL and go through the hassle of getting it all working within Cygwin itself. After what I've gone through with it all, the best way of getting this combination to work is to:


IE bug - background images, floating blocks

There's a bug in all versions of Internet Explorer, including the latest IE7, whereby if you have a floating block in a block inside another block which has a background image (possibly also background colors), text will disappear. I was hitting this at work where we had two columns created using floating blocks, inside two separate blocks that each had a background image, and just above the columns was a heading - the text within the columns showed up but the heading always disappeared after the images finished loading.


Free enhancement to NTBackup

NTBackup is a free backup application that comes with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows XP Pro (and also runs on XP Home..) that is great for simple stuff. There are a few limitations to it though - you can't do multiple, concurrent backup jobs, you can't set it to delete old backups if the destination drive is getting full, and other bits. One step towards making NTBackup more useful is a free tool called Enhanced Windows Backup that works as a replacement GUI to fix some of the limitations.



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