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Automatic virtual hosts on dev machine

Genius bit of apache conf code is an automatic vhost conf setup.

With above in place, I can now place any folder in ‘/var/vhosts/’ and it will be automatically mapped to http://.dev

Only thing to do is place .dev in your hosts file.

If you are using a .htaccess file you will need to add a rewrite base to it, otherwise this wont work.

You can also use Acrylic DNS proxy and stick a wild card in its host file like:

Tell facebook to rescrape your web page

Like any page  preview system out there.. facebook cache’s the content of web sites. This is to improve the UX for the user sharing a page… faster service equals better service.

This is not so great though for the guys and girls who’s job it is to get great, rich and beautiful content on the sites and blogs we frequent during our daily time wasting rituals.

Much like Google’s webmaster tools however, Facebook have a page to wipe the cache of a given url..

Important note: Do not use protocol-less url’s for your og:image tags. Facebook cannot handle it yet.



A Decentralized Internet?

I believe that the internet is truly the most important invention the world has ever seen. It gives the world of knowledge to the masses and is not controlled by any one person.

The last remaining problem with the internet is that all traffic routes through internet servrice providers (ISP’s). Each and every single request you ever make to the world wide web at some point routes through your ISP, and ISP’s are controlled by whom?

ISP’s are the last blockade to true freedom of speech and knowledge.

I recently stumbled across something called Maidsafe.

Is this a solution?

Net Neutrality – Join the Internet Countdown

I cannot actually put script tags on blogger, but if i could i would.

“Telling everyone about the vote is a key part of winning real net neutrality. We need your help to do just that. If you use twitter, click “Join with Twitter” below, and you can sign up to tweet once a day from now until the vote, or just once right before the vote. It’s your choice. If you don’t have twitter, then sign up with your email and we’ll send you a list of different ways you can help.”

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Google links you might not have known existed…

So it seems that the most popular mobile phone handset these days is either run on Android or iOS. They both offer amazing time saving apps, they monitor our sleep they alert us of news events and remind us when our friends birthdays are… they also track us. They don’t just track us a little but they track us a lot, unless you actively restrict features on your handset they track almost everything we do with our handsets. Do all your students know that access to all their activity, from what they search on the internet to where they have physically been in the world is stored in a data centre and easily accessible…

Have a peak at this post for the links:

Hump day!

Referring to Wednesday as “hump day” is a fairly modern tradition in English. The term represents the idea that a week can be visualized as a mound or hill that a person climbs, with Wednesday typically being the middle or peak of the week. There is some disagreement over which day of the week should be the “hump,” since it varies depending on when a person works and how a week begins. There are other sources for negative associations with Wednesdays, and few holidays are regularly celebrated on this day….

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Enjoy more of your free time:

About working too much and what you can do about it (well, if you’re a teacher that is)

In 2012 teachers worked a total of 325 million unpaid hours!

A big factor increasing these hours is report writing. Although there are some generic tools available to create reports these often produce non student specific reports which offer little insight to the people that matter… the parents and the students!

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