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Palm Pre unlocked from O2 and working on T-Mobile for voice, data and 3G

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Oct 22, 2009 in How To, Technology

After many months of waiting for the Palm Pre to get a UK release and the heartbreak of seeing it with an O2 exclusive contract, the Pre was released last Friday.

I went to my local phone shop and managed to buy a shiny new Palm Pre, without a contract, but locked to O2 figuring sooner or later someone should be able to unlock it to work on T-Mobile (who I have a monthly contract with).  After seeing so many people asking, but only one mention of someone in the US unlocking it for voice (no data) I started worry a little.

Then I came across the Rebel Sim Card which has worked a treat.  I now have my Palm Pre, unlocked from O2 and working for voice, data and 3G on my T-Mobile sim!

Thanks a lot to the guys at Rebel Sim Card for unlocking the Palm Pre!!!

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How to preview websites in Internet Explorer 6 on Vista with IE6 Emulator

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 23, 2008 in Development, How To, Testing

We are often asked how we test our sites in IE6 and earlier on our Vista x64 development machines as it is not possible to install IE6 - even as a standalone browser - on Vista.

We did - for a while -rely on various sites (Netrenderer for example) to take a snapshot of pages under construction.  While this allowed us to view a page in IE6, we were unable to “use” the site to check for those oh-so-frequent IE6 CSS bugs.

The best method of testing in older browsers on older operating systems is to run a browser on that operating system, but having several machines purely for testing is expensive and takes more space that we would like.

Having a dual boot machine is an option, but switching between operating systems gets to be time consuming and frustrating.

Our weapon of choice for testing is Windows Virtual PC. Virtual PC for windows allow you to run a windowed version of Windows 98, NT Workstation, 2000, XP, Vista,  NT Server, 2000 Server, Server 2003, Server 2008 and even OS/2 with various configurations.  This means full testing in IE6 on an XP machine, through a Vista machine.

You can download the Virtual PC from Microsoft here.

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Making Search Social with Google SearchWiki

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 15, 2008 in Digital, How To, SEO

Google are now allowing users to annotate their search results and make their comments public as well as rearranging thesearch results.

First, a quick search for Outside5 Blog returns our blog:

Google Search Result

Google Search Result

Clicking the speech bubble icon oppens a text box to add comments

Google Search Result with Text Box

Google Search Result with Text Box

Adding our comment and pressing “Make a Public Comment” shows our comment on the SERP.

Google Search Result with Public Comment

Google Search Result with Public Comment

Clicking the up arrow will move that result to the top of your results, and the cross icon will remove the item from your results.

The Google Blog says that this function will not affect the google rankings for anyone other than yourself when signed in to your iGoogle account.

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How to use Wordpress SEO Friendly URLs on Windows Server using ISAPI_Rewrite

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 1, 2008 in How To

The SEO friendly URLs in Wordpress don’t seem to work natively on a Windows server as Windows doesn’t support URL rewriting without addons.

You can download ISAPI_Rewrite 2 here.  Just install it and add the following regular expressions into the httpd.ini file:

[ISAPI_Rewrite]

# Wordpress Rewrites
RewriteRule /([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/ /index.php\?year=$1&monthnum=$2 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/(.*)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom|rss2_comments)/?$ /index.php\?feed=$4&name=$3 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/(.*)/trackback/?$ /wp-trackback.php\?year=$1&monthnum=$2&name=$3 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /category/(.*)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom|rss2_comments)/?$ /index.php\?category_name=$1&feed=$2 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /category/(.*) /index.php\?category_name=$1 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /tag/(.*)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom|rss2_comments)/?$ /index.php\?tag=$1&feed=$2 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /tag/(.*) /index.php\?tag=$1 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /author/(.*)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom|rss2_comments)/?$ /index.php\?author_name=$1&
amp;feed=$2 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /author/?(.*) /index.php\?author_name=$1 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/?(.*) /index.php\?name=$3 [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /feed/(.*) /wp-rss2.php [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /comments/feed/(.*) /wp-commentsrss2.php [I,U,O]
RewriteRule /about/? /\?page_id=2 [I,L]
RewriteRule /page/? /index.php\?paged=$1 [I,L]

The above rules will rewrite your urls to work with the following mask:

/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/

to output http://blog.outside5.com/2008/12/how-to-use-wordpress-seo-friendly-urls-on-windows-server-using-ASAPI_Rewrite

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How to add a SQL Server Express datasource to ColdFusion

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Jul 31, 2008 in How To

At last, a definitive method of that troublesome task of adding a SQL Server Express 2005 datasource to Coldfusion.  For anyone else facing the same frustrating situation, see the instructions below.

What you will need:

How to add a SQL Server Express 2005 datasource to ColdFusion 8

  1. Enable TCP/IP connectivity.
    1. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager (Start > All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2005 > Configuration Tools > SQL Server Configuration Manager).
    2. Expand SQL Server 2005 Network Configuration and click Protocols for SQLEXPRESS.  In the right panel, right click on TCP/IP and choose enable.
    3. Restart SQL Server Express.
  2. Add SQL Server as an exception to the firewall rules.
    1. Open Windows Firewall (Control Panel > Windows Firewall).
    2. Click on the Exceptions tab.
    3. Click on Add Program, then locate the SQL Server executable, which on our dev machines is under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Binn\sqlservr.exe).
    4. Click OK to close Windows Firewall.
  3. Confirm the port that SQL Server Express 2005 is running on - Not all installations use the default of 1433.
    1. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager (Start > All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2005 > Configuration Tools > SQL Server Configuration Manager).
    2. Expand SQL Server 2005 Network Configuration and click Protocols for SQLEXPRESS.  In the right panel, right click on TCP/IP and choose Properties.
    3. Go to the IP Addresses tab, scroll to the IPAll section and note the TCP Port displayed.
  4. Open CFAdministrator and add your datasource using your SQLEXPRESS\WHATEVER as the server, your database username and password as username and password and desired datasource name as datasource name.

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