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Troubleshooting WAMPServer Won’t Start on Windows 10

WAMPServer doesn’t work. I launched the application from the taskbar in Windows 10, but the “W” in system tray doesn’t turn green, it just stays red. There is also an error when I hover over the W: Local server – None of 2 services running SEARCH TERMS I TRIED Here are some search terms and […]

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Windows 10 Update Hangs (KB4480116 version 1809) with Solution

For several weeks now I’ve been bouncing between using two different Windows laptops because Windows Update has felt the need to force itself on me, though I’ve already tried disabling windows update through various online suggestions. But, Windows wouldn’t budge. For some reason Windows Update kept locking up my computer, no matter which laptop — […]

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Developer Journal: Error Windows 10 October Update Deletes 300+ Files (1809)

Before I even knew about the infamous “October Update” I suffered data loss on an external hard drive due to this horrible Microsoft update. I lost a lot of time trying to figure out what had caused my files to disappear. A corrupted Master File Table error on a different hard drive made me realize […]

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Contact Form 7 Broken on WordPress – GoDaddy, MS Exchange Email Spam Issues Likely Cause

Picture this. You just finished building a very basic WordPress website using any one of several popular contact form plugins including WPForms, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, Pirate Forms, or the old stalwart (and arguably the easiest contact form plugin to set up and configure), Contact Form 7. Maybe you’ve designed a detailed custom contact form […]

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Zemanta Puts Unwanted HTML Comments In Pre-Formatted PHP Code (Sourcecode) In WordPress Posts

PROBLEM: I  have recently determined through trial and error and process of elimination that Zemanta is responsible for adding extraneous HTML comments to my pre-formatted (with “pre” tags) PHP code that I have placed between “sourcecode” tags to activate WordPress.com’s built in programming code syntax highlighting. Here is a screenshot (fig 1.) that demonstrates the […]

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Powershell – Executing commands which require quotes and variables is practically impossible!

I’ve spent the last 2 hours reading an interesting bug report/forum thread about how executing commands which require quotes and variables in PowerShell is difficult (this was originally posted on Microsoft Connect, which no longer exists; replaced with archive.org link). I’m trying to understand how to properly quote commands with parameters and interpolated paths so […]