I’ve just found a handy free tool for managing partitions really easily in Windows 7.
I’d used the built in partition manager in the Windows 7 Disk Management tools to shrink my primary volume and make the second drive, but then I realised I’d made it too big and needed a couple of extra gig added back onto my C drive. The only way I could see to do that using Windows would have been to copy all the files from D to C, delete D, expand C and create a new D in the remaining space!
Partition Wizard 5 let me just shrink D, move D along into the blank space and then expand C. The interface is very much like that of good ol’ Powerquest’s Partition Magic which makes it very easy to get comfortable with.
The home edition of the software is completely free, it works with Windows 7 64-bit, and it took about 2 and a half mintues finish the job!
(By the way, I’m not at all affiliated with this software or it’s author, I just found it on Google and thought it was really good! )
If you’ve ever had to design/build HTML emails for work or fun or whatever, you might have run into a bit of an issue getting your email to display consistently in the multitude of email clients out there. I tend to just test my emails in Gmail, Outlook, Windows Live Hotmail and occasionally Mac Mail.
I used to only test in Windows Live Hotmail using IE as I was resigned to the fact that it never worked properly in Firefox – until now! I finally got hassled into finding a solution for the only issue we had left – a 3 or 4 pixel gap appearing in between all the images.
It turns out the problem is the way the browsers in quirks and standards mode align images to the text baseline – the 3 or 4 pixel gap is there to allow room for the descenders of lowecase letters like “p” and “y” – even if there are no letters in the <td> with the <img> in it.
There are 2 things you can do to resolve the issue – force all the images to be aligned to the bottom of the <td> rather than the default (text baseline):
<img src="something.gif" alt="..." style="vertical-align: bottom;" />
Or you can take the issue out of the rendering engines hands and fool it by making all the images block-level rather than inline:
<img src="something.gif" alt="..." style="display: block;" />
I prefer the second option, but the first one should work fine too!
I’ve been trying to update my wordpress blogs from various versions like 2.5 and 2.7 to the newest 2.8 for a while now, but was never able to do it automatically.
Every time I pressed the “upgrade automatically” button, it told me it was downloading the latest file from WordPress, but it never got any further than that. I logged in to my site using my FTP client and found a 0KB sized file called wordpress2.8.zip in the wp_content folder, so I thought I’d found the issue – maybe the script can’t actually download the file and save it to disk because of permissions. I chmodded the file and then the folder to allow write access, but no joy.
Of course, I could have just downloaded the latest install from wordpress and done a manual upgrade, but there’s about 8 million files in the zip file and I didn’t want to have to upload that to 5 different sites!
After a bit of research, it turns out that the problem is that the auto-upgrade script requires PHP5 to run, and as my sites are hosted on 1and1 servers which default to php4, the script was failing!
So if you’re having the same issue, all you need to do is make sure your wordpress is running on PHP5 instead of 4! If you’re on a shared server and you can’t change the server’s config, you can still tell apache to run your scripts as PHP5 rather than 4 by adding the following line to your .htaccess:
All that does is tells apache to to parse all .php files with the PHP5 parser rather than whatever the server’s default is! So just throw that in the .htaccess you find in the root of your site – put it just after the “# END WordPress” line – save it, upload it and try doing the upgrade again – it worked first time for me!
If you’re still having trouble after that, or you’ve got a different solution, please post a comment here and let others know!
Someone posted these links in a resources thread in one of the programming forums I contribute to.
It’s about 2 hours long so it’s a bit of an investment, but it’s been broken up into 4 half-hour-ish videos for your viewing pleasure.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4