Increase the Max_Input_Vars in PHP For IIS WordPress Install

Installed WordPress for a client, they wanted a particular theme. The theme has some sort of Server Health page which showed the Max_Input_Vars was set to 1000 and it was recommending to go higher. I searched hi and lo for  how to change it. All the websites I hit said add a php.ini with the settings you want or update the .htaccess file.  Neither worked.  But what did work was this (if you’re running wordpress on IIS):

  • Open up Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  • Select the server name in the left side Connections pane
  • In the Features View, select PHP Manager

  • Click on Manage all settings

  • In the Filter box type max_input_vars and hit Go

  • Right-click the max_input_vars and select Edit
  • Change the value to whatever you want (I set it to 3000), then hit OK.

That’s it!  You can verify by creating a test.php file with the following line:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Open up that test.php page in a browser. There, search for the max_input_vars and it should show you the updated value.

Convert Unix [Epoch] time to human readible form

Ran into a situation where I needed to read logs that had Unix time stamps. So I needed something that converted the time stamps to standard date/time format. I wrote up a small VB widget to do the job. Hopefully it can be useful for others. It’s a work in progress : )

You enter in the Unix time, hit the Convert button, and it gives you the Human Date/Time. Head over to the Downloads page if you want to try it out…

Internet Explorer 8 Crashes on Manage Add-Ons

Problem: In IE8, when you click to Tools –> Manage Add-Ons, Internet Explorer crashes with a Data Execution Prevention error.

Symptoms: Application Event Logs show Event ID 1000 – Faulting Application iexplore.exe

I tried reinstalling IE8, but that did not help

Solution: For me, the problem was due to a faulty ActiveX control or Java applet. Go to C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files and check the status of the controls There, I found one add-on that had a status of “Damaged”. Some were also “Unknown”. Others were “Installed”. You can right-click on the add-on and select “Remove”. I actually removed them all, then reinstalled my Java.

Can Authorities Force You to Give Up Laptop Password?

cnet – Verizon Wireless: Yep, that’ll be $2 to pay your bill online

There’s news out that Verizon Wireless wants to charge me $2 every time I pay my bill online using the single pay option. That means, when I get my bill, I’ll be charged a “convienence fee” of $2 for going online and paying on their website. However’ if I pay by check, through the mail, or sign up of auto bill pay, I won’t get charged.

Whaaat???? What kind of nonsense is this?  So you’re saying that it would be cheaper for me to send in my money, as a check, through the mail?

This ranks right up there with Netflix’s price increases…and the nickle & diming airlines…But it makes little sense since they’re giving other options to pay.

Update (12/30/11):  Now according to CNN, Verizon is scraping the $2 due to “customer feedback”. What kind of feedback did they expect from customers?!?

Update (01/16/12):  Got my Verizon Wireless bill. It’s up $1.75 anyways due to “administrative charges”, Fed surcharges, and taxes. What a crock.

Read more on cnet — Verizon Wireless: Yep, that’ll be $2 to pay your bill online | Signal Strength – CNET News.

Dilbert – Stay Out Of The Data Center!

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Dilbert – Firewall Issues

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Install Sun Java Plugin For Firefox in Ubuntu

I loaded Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Remix onto my Dell Inspiron. And though it comes with OpenJDK 6, I wanted to load Sun Java 6 Plugin. You can see what versions of java are on your system by typing the java -version command in a Terminal window.

Here are the simple steps I followed [writtern for Ubuntu 10.10]:

Download and Install Sun Java

  • Open Ubuntu Software Center
  • From the menu bar, select Edit > Software Sources, then click on the “Other  Software” tab
  • Enable the Partner repository

  • Click “Close, at which point it should reload
  • Search for sun-java6-plugin and Install

That’s it!

Now, if you go check out the Plugins tab in the Firefox Add-Ons list, you should see Java listed:

And, if you visit this Sun Microsystems Java page, you can run a quick test to see if your Java is working. If it is, you should see a result like this:

Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Got myself a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 a while back, for work. I travel from office to office and I use it to remote into my main desktop at homebase. The netbook came preloaded with Windows 7 Starter, which is fine for what I needed to do. I’m not a Linux expert. Far from it. But I recently ran the Windows Update, downloaded and installed Service Pack 1, and basically blew up my netbook. Hey, s#!t happens. Sooo, after I reloaded Windows 7, I decided to also install the Ubuntu Netbook. So I figured I write about my experiences with it here.

Epsilon e-mail Marketing Breach

By now, you may have heard of the security breach at mass email marketing company Epsilon, where the names and email addresses of thousands, if not millions, of people have been stolen. The current list of companies include:

  • 1-800-Flowers
  • AbeBooks
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Barclays Bank
  • Best Buy
  • Brookstone
  • Citibank
  • Disney Destinations
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Kroger
  • Lacoste
  • Marriott International
  • McKinsey Quarterly
  • New York & Company
  • Robert Half
  • Target
  • Tivo
  • US Bank
  • Verizon
  • Walgreens

The warning emails are starting to role in. This one from Target:

When will it become Standard Operating Procedure, and an industry standard, if you are storing customer info, to store it in an encrypted database! It can’t be that difficult!! The money you are spending on the resulting PR, could probably have been used to secure the database.

I blame, not only Epsilon, but also the companies that dealt with Epsilon for not making it a requirement that the customer info be encrypted.