Steve Stern / Stern Data Solutions

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Steven Stern has been doing technology stuff before that was a thing.

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  • CentOS, mod_ruid2, and PHP sessions April 10, 2015
    I ran into a small problem after installing mod_ruid2 on my CentOS 7 development server. mod_ruid2 allows the web server process, httpd, to run as a different user when accessing different websites on the same server. Why is this important? By default, the web server runs as the user apache and all files are owned by […] The post CentOS, mod_ruid2, and PHP s […]
  • LibreOffice 4.4: Fresh and friendlier January 29, 2015
    There’s no need to shell out big bucks to use Microsoft Office. A free, open source alternative is available. The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 4.4, which they call the most beautiful version ever. OK, if you’ve used LibreOffice or OpenOffice, you know that’s a low bar to exceed, but still…     The post LibreOffice 4.4: Fresh and friendlier ap […]
  • Sweet Home (Page, that is) September 7, 2014
    What should be the on front page of your website? If your focus is your blog, then make the blog the front page. If, however, you’re not posting regularly and frequently, go for a “static” front page. It doesn’t make much of a difference, SEO-wise, but when people visit your site and see an 6 […] The post Sweet Home (Page, that is) appeared first on Stern Da […]
  • Call The Grammar Cop August 27, 2014
    It’s a harsh and judgmental world out there.  When you’re making your presence known on the web, people have little to judge you by other than the quality of your writing.  Punctuation counts. Spelling counts. Using the right word (not just a correctly spelled one) counts.  Remember, the Grammar Cops are out there waiting to […] The post Call The Grammar Cop […]
  • Updated Hosting August 19, 2014
    We’re now at, a Centos 7 server at Digital Ocean. Prior to that, it was, a Centos 6 server at Digital Ocean. Before that,, Centos 6 at Linode.  Building servers is easy. Finding a new name that fits the  theme is hard. The post Updated Hosting appeared first on Stern Data Solutions. […]
  • How to paginate WordPress archives and blogs August 5, 2014
    At the bottom of a list of posts, WordPress puts navigation to newer and older posts. Typically, the linkage is “older posts” and “newer posts”, so your visitor can move one page at a time in either direction.  There’s a quick way to modify your theme to use pagination like this: Here’s links to the […] The post How to paginate WordPress archives and blogs a […]
  • Wordfence: Block Bad Logins July 24, 2014
    There are dozens of computers trying to login to this site over the course of a day. It’s not an important site, not a site that’s chock full of credit card information, and not a site that matters to anyone but me. (Yes, I put out my lower lip while typing that last one.) Nonetheless, […] The post Wordfence: Block Bad Logins appeared first on Stern Data Sol […]
  • Trying out Webkite July 24, 2014
    I met the guys behind Webkite at Wordcamp Chicago and didn’t really get the full impact of what they were showing. It turns out that they have a really nice interface for generating lists, maps, product directories, and a ton of other things. Each is managed by a Google spreadsheet. Here are a couple of […] The post Trying out Webkite appeared first on Stern […]
  • Converting a Drupal site to WordPress July 21, 2014
    I recently converted this site from Drupal 7 to WordPress. Here’s how. 1. Move data from Drupal’s database into a WordPress database. Liran Tal has posted a PHP script on Github that does the heavy lifting. Read the instructions carefully. I probably should have read them a couple more times. 2. Validate the data conversion […] The post Converting a Drupal s […]
  • Call via VOIP and save your minutes April 20, 2014
    If you’re like me (and, really, who isn’t?), you push the limits of your mobile minutes every month. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get around that?  Google can be your friend. If you use Google Voice, you can make and receive calls for free through your WiFi only devices (e.g., iPad, Kindle […] The post Call via VOIP and save your minutes appeared first […]

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