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Will Warren

Password protecting folders with .htaccess


I always forget how to do this, so I’m posting it on here for posterity. Sometimes it’s useful to password protect a folder or files on your web server. If the web server is Apache, then you can use a couple of files - .htaccess and .htpasswd - to achieve this.

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Length: 206 words or 1 min Tags: sysadmin

Asynchronous Programming in .NET - The quick and easy way


When working on a program that has a GUI, it’s very important to make sure that the UI is fast and responsive. If your program is performing a lot of long-running actions (writing to a database, making network calls etc.) you should always make sure that the code that is performing those actions is not being executed by the same thread that the GUI is on.

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Length: 307 words or 2 min Tags: dotnet, coding, projects

An ASCII needle in an Extended ASCII haystack


I was tasked with writing some code to pull all the research project data that we’d collected over the past 10-15 years into our new J2EE-based product, Kuali Coeus. The legacy system ran off SQL Server which is a lot more forgiving of character encodings and string data in general than the new system (which runs off MySQL).

It had taken me a while to figure out a way to map all the old data onto the new data structures, but I felt like I had done a pretty awesome job. The few batches I had tested it with all passed its tests with no problems. However when I unleashed it on a full dataset (some 6000 rows), about 60% (roughly 2 hours) of the way through, it crashed, and rolled the ENTIRE thing back.

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Length: 687 words or 4 min Tags: java, coding, database

Earthquake!


So there was a 5.9 earthquake outside Richmond, VA yesterday and we felt the tremors all the way up here in Ontario, Canada.

I didn’t personally feel it, but Facebook was instantly saturated with people talking about it. Reactions varied from

OMFG AN EARTHQUAKE

to

Did anyone else feel that?

to

Oh no, I hope noone was hurt :(

to my personal favourite

Sweet, an earthquake!

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Length: 233 words or 2 min Tags: irl

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