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Verify PHP Compiled With curl And libcurl Support On A CentOS Linux Server

Every now and then you will probably install an application that has a certain amount of prerequisites that you should verify on your server before beginning installation. Today I needed to verify that PHP was compiled with curl and/or libcurl support to install an application on a CentOS Linux server. I also needed to verify that PHP safe_mode was set to off and PHP register_globals was also set to off. The easiest way to verify PHP settings is to create a temporary PHP file that calls the phpinfo function and displays the results on a web page. Use the information below to verify that PHP is compiled with curl support on CentOS Linux or any other Linux server.

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Turn Off Skype Pop Up Advertisement Messages As Well As Skype Tip And Help Messages

By default the Skype application enables two annoying configuration items that can be in the way when using Skype. The first item is labeled Skype Promotions and will pop up an window over the top of your Skype friends list that offers deals typically on Skype services. The second item is labeled Help and Skype tips which is less annoying than the Promotions pop over however it still can get in the way and visiting the Skype support site will provide the same results. Both of these items are configured in the Skype client under Alerts & messages. An example of a Skype Promotion is displayed below and as you can see it will hover right over your Skype friends list.