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How to test your fax machine when nobody has a fax machine

How to test your fax machine when nobody has a fax machine

May 29, 2014 by Paul White

Recently I had to write a script that would connect to our VOIP provider and send a fax via their web form. The idea was to elminate the additional steps of logging into their system, navigating to the "Send a Fax" section then filling out the form and clicking send.  However once I had a script written I needed to test it.  Unfortunately nobody these days has a fax machine.  Thankfully I found a website that helped me out.


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Send a Text Message with Twilio using ASP.NET

Send a Text Message with Twilio using ASP.NET

Dec 4, 2013 by Paul White

I recently did a little integration with Twillio for one of my client's websites.  Along the way I had some learning experiences that I thought would be helpful to others.  I found Twilio's Sample code to be a little confusing, and the third party libraries and classes did not work for me.  So I wrote a simple function that sends a text message using twilio.  Hopefully this will help others.
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How to Fix MySQL Error 10055

Sep 5, 2013 by Paul White

This error recently caused me some stress.  However I found a solution.  If you are running MySQL Server on a Windows Box, I am pretty sure i have the solution for you.  So if your web server is kicking out errors like this

ERROR HY000 MySQLODBC 5.1 DriverCan't connect to MySQL server on 'localhost' (10055) ERROR HY000 MySQLODBC 5.1 DriverCan't connect to MySQL server on 'localhost' (10055)

Read this for the solution
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How much traffic can one server handle

How much traffic can one server handle

Feb 5, 2013 by Paul White

This has to be the most asked question by anyone who is thinking of either getting a dedicated server, or colocating their own box. Even though I can't give you an exact answer. I can shed some light on the variables that will affect what kind of load a single server can handle.
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How to make HTML emails look the same with all Mail Clients

Feb 1, 2013 by Paul White

When you start sending HTML emails, or Newsletters for your website to your subscribers, you are bound to find that many clients do not read your emails the same. What looks great in your email client, looks like crap in other email clients. Its bad enough developers had had to use hacks and tweaks to make their websites look the same across all browsers. Formatting emails to look the same is even harder. However using a few guides and analyzing the source from a few emails, I was able to determine how to code an HTML email that will make 99% of your subscribers happy.
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Facebook goes down

May 16, 2012 by Paul White

As we get closer to the lauch of Facebook's IPO. I have come to the conclusion that no matter what the banks tell you, this stock is going to crash. Here is my reasoning

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How to make money Blogging

How to make money Blogging

Feb 17, 2012 by Paul White

When I started this blog back in 2006, my main goal was to make money using the google adsense program. However when you start with a new website or blog, you are not going to start making money right away. Many people are deterred by this lack of instant gratification and give up. After all when you see that your daily earnings are only 12 cents, there is not a lot of reason to keep going. What you have to understand is how a blog works, and how to get your earnings up. There is no get rich quick scheme with blogging. But for those who are committed to spend a few hours a week to update their blog, the long term results are worth it. I have written this guide to help people understand how to blog
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What CSS rules work with All Email Clients

Dec 14, 2011 by Paul White

Recently one of my clients alerted me that the HTML newsletter I built for them is not displaying correctly on outlook 2010.  So with a little research I had to figure out the best way to rebuild the newsletter to ensure it displays consistently with all email clients.  If you are a developer that is used to using box model designs ( div tags ), then you might want to rethink that approach.  Here are my findings.

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How to setup 301 Redirects in IIS 7 for good SEO

How to setup 301 Redirects in IIS 7 for good SEO

Nov 14, 2011 by Paul White

Everybody knows that in order to properly preserve Google Page Rank when you are moving a page on a site, you need to perform a 301 Redirect to the new page, as this tells search engines this is a permanent move, and to record it into their index.  However few people realize the additional problem of duplicate content across multiple domains.  So if you have both your domain and your www subdomain pointing at the same site, its likely that google is penalizing you for this. So in this article I show you how to properly setup a website with multiple domains using IIS 7.5 and 301 redirects for good SEO.

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ABCPDF component HTML render is blank solution

Nov 7, 2011 by Paul White

Recently I had to migrate one of my clients from their VPS to my colocated box.  The Old box was windows Server 2003, and my server was Windows Server 2008 R2.  However after migrating the first of several sites, I noticed the ABCPDF component was not working properly.  Any request to generate a PDF would error with "HTML render is blank".  If you are in the same situation, then I have a fix.

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