PayPal IPN sends requests with no User Agent string set in the HTTP header
Came across this issue today while troubleshooting problems with PayPal payments on a site. PayPal kept sending the “PayPal Instant Payment Notification Warning” messages and eventually sent a “PayPal Instant Payment Notification Disabled” one and obviosuly no transactions could be automatically
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Disable Federated Media spambot using CSF or other firewall software
Well, what do you know: the big guys in the blogging business are not averse to stooping this low! I’m checking referrer logs on all my sites from time to time for any signs of irregularities – break in attempts and the like. Lo and
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Facebook hid the logout button (again!)
Have to leave this computer but cannot log out of Facebook because the logout option is gone? You are not alone! The option is still there, Facebook has just hid it from view, here’s how to find it (2012 edition )
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Sitemap Mod for SMF 2.0.2
I’ve been supporting a few forum sites based on SimpleMachines.org SMF 2.0.2 software and it’s kind of hard to miss that an off-the-shelf SMF install is missing an essential feature – a sitemap script.
There are surprisingly few modifications (mods) adding sitemaps to SMF installs (in contrast with WordPress) and
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cPanel log rotator fills up the server HDD with useless junk files
One of cPanel-based servers (cPanel/WHM 22.214.171.124) I administer has thrown a tantrum tonight. A cPanel log rotator has stuck (in fact, multiple instances were running at the same time) and the end result was very not pretty. The server was extremely sluggish
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End of a month is a perfect time to look at a Web site’s logs – many servers are setup to archive and file away the logs at the end of the month and some servers don’t even keep more than the current month worth of logs. So, it’s November 28th and I’d like to
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Yup, it’s one of those days today. A db_mysql.inc.php – based script spitted out this error:
Incorrect key file for table ‘mytable’; try to repair it
Note to self: db_mysql.inc.php library has this parameter:
var $Halt_On_Error = “no”; ## “yes” (halt with message), “no” (ignore errors quietly), “report” (ignore errror, but spit a warning)
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cPanel / WHM comes with a sleek (in a geeky way) Web interface. Which you don't have to use.
cPanel is a ubiquitous Web site control panel, one of the most commonly offered by Web hosting companies. If you have a VPS (Virtual Private Server) or a dedicated server account and you’ve ordered cPanel
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This is a quick follow up to my earlier post on Google stopping sending referral data for logged in users and users of Google’s SSL host at https://www.google.com/.
There have been various values for the number of affected searches floating around. Matt Cutts has mentioned “single digits” for example. I though it would be useful
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Back in mid October 2011 Google announced that they will stop sending referral data for searches originating from their secure SSL domain – https://www.google.com. Here is their original announcement @ googleblog.blogspot.com . Since then most webmasters that care to look at their referral data noticed that great many Google referrals now look as if they
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