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Trillian Secure ICQ And AIM Messages With Off-The-Record Messaging

One thing most people do not realize is the fact that sending Instant Messages over the Internet is not secure. Every time you speak with someone you risk the chance of someone listening in on those conversations. Especially now a days with so many wireless networks hackers can easily join networks and grab all of the data off those networks. There is any easy way to encrypt your AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ by using a plugin for Trillian. You can also encrypt either one if not using Trillian which is briefly discussed below. Follow these steps to install Off-The-Record Proxy and configure Trillian to use it to encrypt your messages to other users who also have the software installed. The below steps were performed on a laptop running Windows XP Professional 32-Bit.

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Add CSS Per Page With Joomla – Page Class Suffix Not Working

I think with the template I have installed for Joomla that the Page Class Suffix is broken for some reason so I cannot easily add CSS changes that way. I was amazed at how hard it was for me to locate how to do this. I searched forever on Google and could not find the correct answer as most people discussed using Page Class Suffix which again was not an option for me. Anyhow when it came down to it I took the following steps to do this and was really surprised at how easy it was.

In Extensions >> Template Manager you can assign pages to different templates with Joomla. So the easiest solution for me was to copy my current template over to a new directory as described below.

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ClientExec: Type: User Error (256): billingtype

I recently upgraded a customer management software called ClientExec from a very old version (2.4.9__2.5beta4) to the latest stable version (ClientExec 3.1.4).  It had been a long time since the administration type settings had been updated but it was time to clean things up. One area lets you manage billing types which I was about to attempt. You can either delete or edit current entries or add a new entry. First I attempted to add a new entry and was greeted with the error below.

[quickcode:billingtype]
An error has occurred with the given operation

Type: User Error (256)
Description: QUERY: INSERT INTO billingtype (id, name, description, detail) VALUES(‘2147483648′,’Test’,’Test’,’Test’) – ERROR: Duplicate entry ‘2147483647’ for key 1
Request: POST /client/index.php?fuse=billing&action=AddBillingType
Script: client/newedge/classes/NE_Mysql.php
Line Number: 154
Stack:
client/modules/billing/models/BillingType.php (50) : ne_mysql::query
client/modules/billing/actions/AddBillingType.php (16) : billingtype::update
client/newedge/classes/NE_Controller.php (200) : addbillingtype::dispatch
client/newedge/front.php (74) : ne_controller::processaction
client/index.php (4) : unknown
[/quickcode]

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WP Block Admin Add Author To Have Admin Interface Access

I have a couple people who write articles from time to time sand after installing WP Block Admin they were unable to get to wp-admin anymore. Since we are only using three user levels on this site which are Admin, Author, and Subscriber. On install WP Block Admin is set to only allow Admin and Editor access to /wp-admin so you have to modify wp-content/plugins/wp-block-admin/wp-block-admin.php. Find the line like this:
[quickcode:noclick]
$wpba_required_capability = ‘edit_others_posts’;
[/quickcode]

Change it to this:

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isn’t numeric in numeric gt (>) at /usr/sbin/vlogger line 456

This error was displayed in Apache’s error.log after an ISPConfig installation. Initially the problem was thought to be with perl’s DATE::FORMAT however that ended up not being the case. Somehow the httpd.conf file in /etc/httpd/conf/ got corrupted on the LogFormat line as shown below. [quickcode:corrupt-httpd.conf] LogFormat “%v||||%b|||||%h %l %u %t \”%r\” %>s %b \”%{Referer}i\” \”%{User-Agent}i\””…

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