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How to connect to a MySQL or mariadb database with PHP

Php Connect Mysql Output Data

This tutorial will require a mysql database set up with a database user and password and a web development environment using mysql or mariadb, apache and php and a simple text editor. The tutorial takes you through establishing a mysql connection using php on a web page, connecting to a mysql table and retrieving the…

Tweaking RunCloud Servers After Deployment

Tweaking Runcloud Servers

Here are some references for various fix ups or tweaks that I apply to  servers with a RunCloud control panel. These are not all done inclusively, depends on the need. Change root password You root password initially generated by your host provider might be on the weak side always best to change and strengthen it….

Installing Gulp on macOS BIg Sur – Intro guide to Gulp

Gulp Macos

Installing Gulp on macOS Big Sur, macOS Sierra and earlier OS versions requires Nodejs and npm (Node Package Manager), so get that installed first following the linked guide. Gulp is an easier and slightly more modern javascript task runner than its sibling Grunt, which helps you automate numerous tasks in your workflow. You need to…

Installing node.js on macOS Big Sur and earlier macOS versions

Nodejs Macos

node.js allows you to run javascript in the Terminal as appose to a regular browser which makes for a modern workflow in web development, with both node.js installed and a package manager called npm (Node Package Manager) also installed, which can manage other packages that work with node.js, one of the main ones being gulp.js…

Query dns/domains in macos using dig and nslookup via the command line

Macos Dns Domain Query Nameserver

In macos you can query a domain via the command line via default nameservers with a couple of DNS querying tools, notably nslookup and dig, how that works is on the command line: dig domain.com or nslookup domain.com The results are returned to you on the command line. Query from a different nameserver To query…

In macOS, show the difference of 2 folders / files in the Command Line

Macos Folder File Diff

In macOS, you can compare and show the differences of files in two folders in the Command Line by using the diff command. With folders you use rq as an argument and pass in the 2 folder names on the command line like so… diff -rq folder_1 folder_2 You will get notifications on what same…

Where are the Safari Web Developer Tools and how to show and dock them in a browser window

Safari Dev Tools

The Safari Developer Tools for the macOS browser can be enabled and displayed in Safari > Preferences > Advanced > “Show Develop menu in menu bar” for Safari version 14 and earlier.   Then from the Safari “Develop” menu select “Show Web Inspector” or use the keyboard shortcut Option+Command+i When opened the Safari developer tools…

Generate SSH Private and Public Keys in macOS Big Sur

Macos Ssh Keys

This guide goes through setting up SSH keys on macOS Big Sur 11 and olfer macos’es back to Mac OSX 10.11 and also a secure password-less SSH connection between a local macOS workstation and a remote server also running a Linux variant operating system. The process requires generating a public and private key on the…

Reset Forgotten Admin Password on macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina

Macos Forgot Password

The passwords for all accounts on macOS Big Sur 11.2, Catalina, Mojave, macOS High Sierra and Sierra, OSX 10.11 El Capitan, OSX 10.10 Yosemite, OSX 10.9 Mavericks and OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion including admin and standard user accounts can be reset and changed when booted from the Recovery Partition on macOS. Boot into Recovery Partition…