Category Archives: Software

Setting up WordPress behind Amazon Cloudfront

You all know that feeling (well, I hope you do!) that when a spike in traffic occurs on your WordPress site, that the miniature server you have it running on very quickly runs out of resources. Apache’s good like that. Taking up all the resources with its large number of processes consuming oodles of memory each. How on earth can you possibly fix it, especially when you’re running on a tight budget and upgrading the server for that once-in-a-blue-moon you get a spike in traffic? Well, Amazon Cloudfront to the rescue!

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Creating products programmatically in Magento

Let’s face it – importing is hard. Especially if it’s from some other unfamiliar product, or something that doesn’t already have a Dataflow/import plugin for Magento already. Dataflow has its limits. I’ve actually found it easier to import manually (creating models for products) as opposed to writing Dataflow routines. However, one of my biggest bug bears is not just creating products in Magento programmatically, but creating them successfully. We always end up with stock or relationship issues between simple and configurable products.

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Outlook 2010 not storing passwords

I recently came across a problem with Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 on Windows 7 whereby it didn’t seem to be saving passwords when connecting to Microsoft Exchange (2007, at least). Now, I’ve used Outlook 2010 on Windows 7 before, and it saved the passwords a treat. Some people seemed to suggest it was architecture related (x86 Office on x64 Windows), but others seems to have the problem on x64 Office on x64 Windows 7 (which is where I came about the issue).

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