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My new Bitcoin mining rig “Newbie”

Given that I built this system 2 weeks ago it isn't quite "new" but it mines at around 750-800 Mhash/sec, or 1 bitcoin every 2 days (via deepbit). I think that's pretty respectable. Here's the rig that I've christened "Newbie": 2x ATI Radeon HD 5850 video cards (w/...

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TextMate: My favorite bundles and themes

On my first day at POWERSHiFTER I was greeted with a desk & chair to be assembled and a new iMac to be configured and while I had my chair built and desk organized in no time, setting up my iMac has been much more of a process. Sure, MobileMe automagically configured...

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phpMyAdmin installation errors

When installing phpMyAdmin 3.3.10 on my Nginx 0.8.76, PHP-FPM 5.3.6 (w/ APC + memcached) & MySQL 5.5.9 setup, I first encountered this problem: 2011/04/06 14:17:36 [error] 32174#0: *9366 FastCGI sent in stderr: "PHP Warning: Unknown: Unable to allocate memory for...

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Show current git repo in command prompt

Dan showed me at a snippet to slap into your ~/.bash_profile to display the current git branch in your prompt for the working directory (provided it's a git repo). Very cool stuff. Here is my version with colours changes to suit my tastes: function...

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Downloading Magento Connect Extensions for Manual Install

Did you know you can easily download plugins from Magento Connect without using the (terrifying) Magento Connect Downloader? Well yes, you can! Magento has a bash script named "pear" that will allow you to interact with Magento's Pear repositories. The script is found...

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A “Gotcha” When Installing Magento EE 1.8

I have been running various Magento Community Editions on my Debian servers with Nginx, PHP-FPM & MySQL without any problems for some time, but I today I ran into some trouble installing Magento Enterprise Edition 1.8! I really had no idea what was happening because...

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About Me

Mike Walker

Mike Walker

Web Developer, Technical Architect, Urban Beekeeper, Geocacher, etc...

Hello! Welcome to my blog where cur ista res digna odio est, nisi quod est in hac divisione rem ipsam prorsus probo, elegantiam desidero.