fixing xampp security checkapache no such file or directory workaround

There is a bug in the XAMPP installation security tool for Mac preventing updates to the .htdocs for the dashboard.

By: Quentin Meulepas

There is a bug in the XAMPP installation security tool for Mac.

Seems like they changed the xampp tools from XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/xampp to XAMPP/xamppfiles/htdocs/dashboard and didn’t update the XAMPP/xamppfiles/share/xampp/checkapache file.

I noticed this when I ran the XAMPP/xamppfiles/xampp security utility and noticed it wasn’t making my xampp pages require a password from the browser.

Turns out the command line dumps the error out and I didn’t notice it. Here’s the output (note the “No such file or directory” messages):
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Simplify OBS .flv video conversion to .mp4

If you use OBS to make your desktop recordings on your Mac, you’ll notice it creates .flv files by default. But .flv files aren’t playable in QuickTime.

There are ways to change the settings to create .mp4 files, but there are really good reasons to use .flv.

A better approach is to record in .flv and convert to .mp4 afterward using ffmpeg and a little shell script to make the commands easier.

By: phsymyst

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Install ffmpeg on a Mac

Installation instructions for getting ffmpeg on your Mac, which donn’t assume you know how to use Terminal or how to execute commands. Every step is outlined below with screenshots and some explanations of what the commands are, for the curious.

To convert video file formats on your Mac, you’re going to want a great piece of open source software called “ffmpeg”. But, once you have it, it may not be clear how to get it working in your Mac. Here are the steps to get ffmpeg downloaded, placed into a folder so your system can find them, and how to make them executable and usable.

By: GotCredit

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Disable iPhoto opening automatically

Every time I connected my iPhone or iPad to my Mac, iPhoto popped up with an import dialog. Then I figured it how to disable it for good.

Every time I connect my iPhone to my Mac, iPhoto pops up with an import dialog. I tried turning it off, but it keeps coming up every time my iPhone or iPad is connected. Then I figured it how to disable it for good.

iPhoto automatic import iPhone and iPad
By: Sean MacEntee

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Kickstarter overachiever Legend of Dungeon out now for PC, Mac, Linux with Android and Ouya to come

Legend of Dungeon
Legend of Dungeon

Legend of Dungeon was one of the cool games I saw at Pax East 2013. I like quirky indie style games. I hadn’t heard about LoDs successful kickstarter campaign, so it was a gem of a find for me.
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Setting up Virtual Hosts with XAMPP on a Mac

Sometimes, putting a website into a subdirectory just doesn’t cut it. You need to have the website act like it’s on it’s own first party domain. But how do you do this with XAMPP? XAMPP uses Apache web server and to do this with Apache, you would create virtual hosts.

To create some XAMPP virtual hosts on our Mac, we need to

* create a virtual hosts entry for each virtual host
* include the virtual hosts file in the httpd.conf
* add an entry in your hosts file for each virtual host

By: Procsilas Moscas

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Getting a larger virtual monitor with a Mac hosted VirtualBox and Ubuntu guest

Ubuntu with 1024x768 screen in VirtualBox
Now that's a respectable 1024x764 Ubuntu view in VirtualBox on my MacBook.

I use VirtualBox on my Mac for “other” operating systems.

I was recently creating a new Ubuntu guest OS for doing some work with PostgreSQL on Linux. I like a GUI, so I was using pgAdmin. Normally I don’t care if the window is 800×600, but when I started using pgAdmin, I couldn’t see all of the window.

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Show the UINavigationController Root View Controller in UITabBarController

A method for showing the UINavigationController Root View Controller in UITabBarController using introspection to determine class membership.

When programming on iPhone or iPad, it’s common to have a UITabBarController mixed with UINavigationController.

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Wireless Keyboard: Connection Lost

This is the most vexing problem I am having with my MacBook. Some OS update seems to boned my bluetooth keyboard connection. Can placing a pea sized piece of aluminum foil into the battery well be the solution?.

This is the most vexing problem I am having with my MacBook. Some OS update seems to have boned my bluetooth keyboard connection.

This keyboard thing has a “sort of” fix where you put a pea sized piece of aluminum foil into the battery well before putting in the batteries. This has made the problem less frequent for me, but I still see my connection coming up and going down intermittently.

What the hell kind of fix is that?

(Thanks to Mathew Cropper for the image.)

Getting accustomed to Mac: a short list of peeves

Switching to a Mac has been unexpectedly easy. I can do almost everything I would want to do with the exception of watching streaming NetFlix movies – and that will hopefully be resolved soon. Besides that one nagging issue, here is a list of things I need to get used to.

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