Zend Server CE 5.6 Feature Content

When you upgrade your Zend Server CE 5.5 up to 5.6 than you will notice the featured content in the Zend Server Dashboard. It will show you all the features you could have had when you bought Zend Server (commercial or developer edition). This way they want to try to sell it to you, CE user.

It’s not really bothering me but Zend did make an option to disable the feature. Go to your dashboard, click on Administration and at the bottom you find the option Zend Server Feature Content. Set this option to no and you will only see those options that go with the CE version of Zend Server.

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Zend Server CE: Fancy Directory Listings

When you are a Zend Server CE user and regularly have to browse directories from within your browser you probably noticed an unusable and ugly interface. Directories and files are not easily distinguished. This behavior is caused by Zend Server CE default of not including the httpd-autoindex.conf file. Well actually the file is not included by the Apache 2.2 configuration. The httpd-autoindex.conf file sets up Apache to use icons and tables for directory listings.

When left default the directory listing looks as following:

Zend Server CE Default Directory Listing

To enable the fancy directory listing, as it is being called by Apache, you will have to alter the httpd.conf file of the Zend Server CE’s Apache 2.2 setup. For this example I will assume that your Zend Server CE setup will be in C:\Zend\. Change this location to your own needs. Default Zend will try to install in C:\Program Files\Zend.

The httpd.conf file is located in C:\Zend\Apache2\conf\. Open the file in your favorite plain-text editor (notepad.exe or notepad++.exe for example) and goto line 407 and 408. Here you will find the following content:

Now remove the # in front of line 408 so it will look like this:

That’s all! The only thing left is to restart apache and you are done! This should be your result:

Zend Server CE Fancy Directory Listing

This post has been written with Zend Server CE 5.5 in mind. The settings made in this post should also work in older versions of Zend Server CE.

TweetDeck Installation On Ubuntu 10.10 64bit

TweetDeck Download Now buttonSomething I was struggling with before, was installing TweetDeck on my Ubuntu 64bit. Normally I would go to the TweetDeck website, hit the “Download now, It’s free” button and it would start installing TweetDeck!

Clicking this button under Ubuntu 10.10 64bit didn’t work! So why doesn’t it? Saving you from some boring text, the problem goes with Adobe Air, the platform on which TweetDeck runs. When you click this button, it (don’t ask “who”, I haven’t checked) is supposed to check for Adobe Air, and if it ain’t installed, it should start the installer. This actually works fine on MS Windows (32bit and 64bit), but the 64bit Ubuntu version doesn’t. Clicking it does actually “noting”.

TweetDeck Adobe AIR UbuntuYou can solve the problem by installing Adobe Air from the adobe website, and choosing for the .bin option. So do not choose the .deb version, as it is a 32bit package. If you still feel the need for choosing it, apt will trow you an error complaining “wrong architecture”. You can get Adobe Air from this link. At step one, choose “Linux”, and at step two, choose “Adobe AIR {version} for Linux (.bin)”.

Click on “Download now”, change permissions of the AdobeAIRInstaller.bin to allow execute, run the installer and you’re good to go! Go back to http://www.tweetdeck.com/desktop and click on “Download now, it’s free”. Open the tweetdeck.air file, and have fun using TweetDeck!

Set AdobeAIRInstaller.bin Execute Permissions to install Adobe AIRClick on open to start TweetDeck installation

TweetDeck Icon Tray On Ubuntu 10.x

TweetDeck Account Settings

As regular Twitter user, I really like my TweetDeck. One of the more practical arguments in favor for TweetDeck, is that I like the fact that I can use it cross platform. TweetDeck runs smoothly on MS Windows, Apple OS X and last but not least, Linux! Not to forget, TweetDeck is actually also very handy when you like to post your message on more than Twitter alone.

Another nice TweetDeck feature is that it is capable of minimizing itself to the icon tray. So, it stays running on the background! This means less pollution on my taskbar (indeed, just moving the clutter…)! Anyhow, a problem with TweetDeck I have since I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04, is that the icon in the notification area draws itself with an ugly white/gray border. And I just don’t like that.

TweetDeck Ugly Icon

As you can see in the image above, it displays the TweetDeck Icon tray image with an ugly gray or white box arround it. I haven’t found a solution to this yet (so if you do, please let me know!). Only hint I got, was that Ambiance, the Ubuntu theme, uses SVG format for its icons, and TweetDeck uses PNG. So, just change it then? Right! TweetDeck is build on top of AdobeAir, and just replacing the images simply won’t work. Again, please let me know if you’ve got any idea!

I’ve put a forum post on TweetDeck support forum over here: http://support.tweetdeck.com/entries/259224-notification-icon-background-on-ubuntu-ambiance-theme-is-light-grey

Ubuntu Bash Completion

When you use Ubuntu on a daily basis, you probably know there is something there called “The Terminal”. Ubuntu Desktop users should know the gnome-terminal in particular. If you are Ubuntu user, but have no idea what I’m talking about, check Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal. Keep in mind that within this terminal, the ease of destructing stuff is enormous!

When working inside your terminal, a feature that quickly becomes inevitable usable, is the bash completion. All it does is completing your commands in an easy way, speeding up your productivity enormous. Beside this speedup, perhaps it’s most valuable function is that it can help typing. And by saying it can help, I mean that the terminal makes your sentences complete! So it minimizes type errors, and long command line arguments become more “fun” using!

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My Website

My first real post is about my own website. Many years ago, I got my very own domain name for free! I didn’t had any intentions whatsoever to put stuff on it, but the idea of having your own domain, and for free at first, was “cool”. Back in those days I was trying to teach myself PHP. I build some basic stuff, like a guest-book, and dynamic pages, page layout in table design and so fort.

None off the code mentioned above ever saw the light on my public domain. Without any reason actually. Just didn’t put it there. At some point, I did feel some happy feelings about putting my thoughts, idea’s, opinions, findings or whatever else would be bothering me, online. I did and do like to read stuff other people put online, so why not do it myself?

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