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Testing web application with Internet Explorer via virtual machine and port forwarding

Hacks Web Design
Create tunnel from Windows machine into your Mac

Create tunnel from Windows machine into your Mac

For all of you front-end developers out there, this could be a rare but very good find. It saved me time when working on styling of a web application and I am sharing it with you here today.

How many times have you thought about seamlessly testing an application you run on the localhost under Windows’ most favorite browser – Internet Explorer? While many of you test by running virtual machine and pointing browser to the host Mac’s IP (e.g. to load the page, sometimes the application running on the host does something (in my case SSO – Single Site Sign-on) that redirects you back precisely to localhost server name only. In addition, your front-end application might use REST endpoint running on the same machine under a different port. To address this, we are going to create a tunnel between Windows virtual machine and your host Mac, so that Internet Explorer would feel “integrated” into Mac OS.

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What I have learned recovering Linode slice on the weekend

Hacks Reviews

Don’t be afraid to break things nature of which you don’t yet understand. As my recent experience shows, the more you break – the more you learn.

Since I started using Linode, I’ve never actually dealt with the Linux much mostly running “apt-get install” or “apt-get upgrade” to make new things available in the environment, and occasionally changing .conf files to tune things up. As setups were getting more complicated (or so I thought by adding more and more to .conf files) a fear of all this being down one day and inability to restore it quickly grew on me.

I mean what if you have nginx/php/MySQL setup on your Linode and as a result of some system issue slice is no longer bootable? What do you do? Who do you run for help to? continue reading »

On New York City life brokers

Hacks Thoughts

New York City is a fun place to live and work, and absolutely anyone can make money here with professions you would never imagine could pay well.

Some of those occupations don’t even require much education, with compensations, mostly percentage based, shooting up to the sky.

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Fleet tracking with AT&T location API

Hacks PHP Web Design

When I got approached by a client to deliver GPS tracking solution for an upcoming “Cloudy 2 With A Chance of Meatballs” foodimobile tour, I must admit I wasn’t sure where to begin. Building a website with map showing current location of the tour truck was something I haven’t done before and with due date looming I had to carefully think before making any decisions.

One of the first things I’ve thought of was a GPS device itself. What should it be, and how will I communicate with it?

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