JIRA Linux Installation

JIRA is a product created by Atlassian which provides issue and project tracking for software projects. While Atlassian offers a cloud-based solution to their products, there are a number of reasons why an individual or a company might not want to purchase a subscription. It might be because a local instance is required, because of […]

Firefox Does Not Display Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

The issue is that on some systems Firefox displays the checkbox and radio button controls without an outline. These controls can still be selected and functional, but they are difficult to see and sometimes this can cause problems with completing forms. I have run into this issue a number of times, especially on Linux-based systems, […]

Fix Outlook Categories

Sometimes the categories are no longer valid and appear as white squares. Also, each category cannot be assigned unless it is re-created. If there are a lot of categories, then this process can take sometime. Microsoft provided a solution to resolve this tedious behavior, but it is one of those hidden features. 1. Ensure that […]

SQL Server XML Data Retrieval Using XQuery

SQL Server allows that storage of XML in table columns. The XML can be stored in either a plain text data type or as valid XML. The most efficient way of accessing the XML is using a temporary table to store XML data. The main reason is that the column may not be an XML […]

Linux LAMP Installation Guide

LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. However, over the years LAMP refers to any deployment stack involving similar components such as the replacement of PHP with Python. Additionally, the component does not necessarily have to start with the same letter such as MySQL can be easily replaced by PostgreSQL. The following is a […]

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux

The following describes how to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux. NOTE: The following bash commands were tested on Ubuntu and may differ depending on the guest Linux OS. 1. Select from the menu Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD Image… to mount the ISO. 2. Run the following command to download the per-requisite […]

OpenShift Cron Jobs

WARNING: This post was written when OpenShift 2 existed and is no longer relevant. The following is a guide to using Cron in an OpenShift application. OpenShift gives a simple out of the box solution to setup Cron using existing bash scripts. Requirements The following are required before reading the rest of this guide. OpenShift […]

Windows Command – setx

Setx creates or modifies environment variables in the user or system environment, without requiring programming or scripting. The Setx command also retrieves the values of registry keys and writes them to text files. Setting Environment Variables Set environment variables permanently, Setx can be used to set Environment Variables for the machine (HKLM) or currently logged […]