Creating Linux dot files in Windows

Ever tried creating a file Linux style dot file like .htaccess or .gitignore in Windows Explorer? It gives you a “You must type a file name.” error message. This might lead people to think that Windows doesn’t support these file names. If you use a command line, you know that this is definitely possible in Windows. In fact, you can even create dot files in Windows Explorer quite easily with this little know trick. To create a filename that start with a period “.” but has no extension, like .txt, simply add a period to the end of the filename. For … Continue reading

Should I upgrade to Windows 10 Now?

Microsoft is about to launch Windows 10 for Free to most folks using currently using Windows. With this, my clients have started asking whether it is a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10. My recommendation? It depends. Here’s why… What version of Windows are you currently using? If you are using Windows 7, I would wait… and will. I like Windows 7. It is stable, and I am familiar with it. However, if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 8.x, you might consider upgrading. If you still have Windows XP on your computer, you should definitely upgrade — as … Continue reading

Upgrading Moodle packages for Windows (XAMPP Control Panel, PHP, phpMyAdmin, Apache, MySQL)

Moodle 2.3 to 2.6.1+ for Windows comes with pieces of XAMPP 1.7.4. Although it works well, the version of PHP that comes included with it is buggy, lacks some key features for development such as a modern control panel and phpMyAdmin. Here is how you can fix some of the problem and upgrade your environment. Upgrading PHP What prompted me to look into this was that Apache was constantly crashing and the following message appeared my Apache error log: [notice] Parent: child process exited with status 3221225477 — Restarting. Here is how to upgrade PHP: Download PHP 5.3.29 — be … Continue reading

Reparing Windows 7

Here are a few links to tools and help to guide you through repairing Windows 7. IMPORTANT: Use at your own risk. Always backup your computer before trying these as they can potentially make the situation worse or even impossible to use your computer. At the very least, create a system restore point. Fix Microsoft Windows 7 Windows 7: System Restore Windows 7: How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7 Windows 7: SFC /SCANNOW Command — System File Checker Windows 7: Repair Install Windows Repair Windows 7: Service Pack 1 New cleanup tool for Windows old Hot Fixes… … Continue reading