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Windows Server 2012 – Where did my Start Menu go?

As you’ve probably heard or seen for yourself, Microsoft has changed the look and feel of Windows Server 2012 in significant ways. Some will see this as positive change, and many (if not most) will regard it as a strange and difficult step to take towards a more obscure design. Let’s just step back for a minute and realize what the …

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MySQL – Create database, user and privileges

This is a tip for the new MySQL users out there. A common and dangerous practice used by many new developers and admins is to use the root account to access databases. While this certainly gives you the access you need to manage your databases and data from your applications it also elevates privileges far beyond what you really want. Let’s …

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Xcode installation on OSX Lion – iTunes error

Having trouble installing Xcode on Lion? Having just updated my Macbook to OSX Lion (yay!) I found that there was an odd issue with installing Xcode which you may have run into. First I downloaded the Xcode app from the App Store; a process that I’m still getting used to from my laptop OS. That being said, it is pretty …

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The rebuild process – Recovering from my Macbook drive failure

You never see it coming, yet there it is staring you in the face. A perfectly frozen screen with no animation, no mouse movement, no keyboard response. The first thing you think is that it is just some errant process that ate up all of the resources and went off to chew on it in a tree somewhere. I took …