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Time To Say “When”

This last year or two has been a pretty crazy one in my life. Some of you know a bit more than others,  but there have been a huge number of things going on. And until recently, I was blissfully unaware of the impact of them.

There comes a time when we have to look around and take stock of what we have, and responsibility for what we have and don’t have.

Vague? You betcha! But I’ll get to all that. First of all, I wanted to let you all know that I’m stepping down as Editor of BlackBerryOS and Gadgism this weekend. It’s a decision I’ve been wrestling with for some time and I hate to go out this way but I believe that it’s for the best.

If you care for the full story then read on.

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XMLDom::Save() Permission Problem

I had been hitting my head against the wall when I couldn’t get an edited XML file to save due to file permissions, even though I know that it was OK.

For some odd reason, when I went to save the XML file, it would try to write the file to the root directory, instead of the current working directory (where the file is read from).

As such, using realpath() to keep the complete system path to the XML file when you load it will make sure that DOM isn’t trying to save to the incorrect directory:

$myfile = 'myxml.xml';
$myfile = realpath($myfile);
$doc = new DOMDocument('1.0');
$doc->load($myfile);

// Let's just add a couple of elements for good measure
$root = $doc->documentElement;

$title = $doc->createElement('title');
$title = $root->appendChild($title);

$text = $doc->createTextNode('This is a title');
$text = $title->appendChild($text);

$doc->save($myfile);

Getting Started With Amazon As a CDN – Part 1

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Content delivery networks are all the rage now, so I’m looking at creating a CDN that will work nicely with my WordPress installation.

Rather than just blindly use a plugin, I want to make the code trustworthy and reusable among other blogs that I manage. Certainly the easiest way to get a CDN working on your blog is to use the Jetpack plugin from Automattic. This transparently turns the content on your blog into a CDN-delivered bowl of web content.

Some people might not want the full weight of the Jetpack plugin or to use the WordPress CDN so here we go. I’m going to step through the process that I used to get a CDN working myself. Continue reading

Ugly Font In NetBeans on Ubuntu

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A couple of times I’ve hit an issue whenever I install NetBeans on Ubuntu.

The fonts in the menu and explorers become bold. This is mostly not an issue, but when you are editing files the font changes from normal to bold so that you know that you have unsaved changes.

This appears to be a bug with the Oracle JDK, but it’s Ubuntu’s fonts that are triggering it. The easiest way to fix this until there is some proper resolution is to run the the following command to remove the fonts.

sudo apt-get remove fonts-unfonts-core

This will remove the fonts causing the issues. Restart NetBeans for the changes to take effect.

See the bug report at NetBeans for more information

Other Places

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I’ve been somewhat busy latey so this isn’t the typical technical blog post, but rather a pointer that my regular readers can find me posting semi-frequently on here but also in other places.

That’s right, I’ve joined the ranks of the unpaid professional blogger and so you can find me writing with my friends over at BlackBerryOS.com about BlackBerry news.

Keeping with the BlackBerry news, I’m also the co-host over at QuickBerryPodcast.com where we record weekly.

So, business should resume as normal over time here as I’m steering clear of posting more RIM or BlackBerry related content. Instead, I’ll be sticking with the dry technical ideas and how tos.

Enjoy!

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