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phpBB 3.0.11 released

It is time to upgrade the forum powered by phpBB.
New maintenance version 3.0.11 released.
I have a small forum just upgraded from 3.0.10 to 3.0.11. It is easy to use Automatic Update Package.
There are tons of bugs and improvements made on phpBB 3.0.11.
And one new feature:
[PHPBB3-10616] – Add template inheritance by default
When I login as administrator into ACP, there is one warning shown as below:
The version of PHP on this server will no longer be supported by future versions of phpBB.
Click the details and find the answer.
phpBB 3.1 “Ascraeus” to require PHP 5.3.2

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AMD ATI video card driver Autodetect tool

There is a easy way to download the latest and correct video card driver.
Click the link to download the tool.
Or download it from here. Release on 7/17/2011.
It will run on most of Windows OS. It detect the OS version and your ATI card.
Then it will find the latest driver for you.
Download it and install the video card driver and control panel.
It is Official tool from AMD. Not third part tool. So it is safe.

Custom PHP.INI on Dreamhost PS

To use custom PHP.ini on DreamhostPS or Dreamhost VPS, I did a lot of research. Actually search, or Google.
When I working on the Dreamhost Virtual hosting, I get the answer from Wiki of Dreamhost. But there are not enough information of PS on it.
The best answer from Google is here, from Dreamhost Scripts and Tips.

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Auto Time Sync is not working with RPC error

I am working on one Windows XP which is belong to my parents in law. The clock runs faster. I would like to enable the automatically synchronize with an Internet time server. The problem is it is always give me the error.
The RPC Server is unavailable.
I Google it and find some one has this problem before.
I have to enable the service called, Windows Time.
But I can not find it. It is not in the list of services.
The way to get Windows Time in is to run following command.
To restore the Windows Time Service if it has been broken. Open a command
prompt…
Start | Run | Type: cmd | Click OK |
Type: net stop W32Time hit your Enter key.
Type: w32tm /unregister hit your Enter key.
Type: w32tm /register hit your Enter key.
Type: net start W32Time hit your Enter key.
Type: sc query W32Time hit your Enter key.

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How to close current window without alert pop-up

I have an batch file in the task schedule. It runs every night. The main purpose is to launch an IE window.
The problems bother me is when it finished loading, it is still there. So after one week, there are seven windows on the desktop. I forgot to mention, it is on one Windows server.
To make the task perfect, I do a search to find the way to close window without alert popup dialog box.

<!--
window.opener = null;
setTimeout('window.close();', 10000);
-->

To disable alert popup box.
window.opener = null;
Close window in ten seconds.
setTimeout(‘window.close();’, 10000);
This Javascript script do the job correctly.

Upgrade phpBB by Automatic update package

I have a phpBB board with some modification.
To upgrade it from 3.0.0 to 3.0.1 is not that difficult.
Previously, I have to record all modification I made on it and backup everything and upgrade it through a patched package or changes package. After upgrade I have to do all modification again, because they are all gone during upgrade processing.
Now Automatic update package is released with phpBB 3.0.1.
It is a good news for me.
This update method is the preferred method for updating. This package allows detecting changed files automatically and merges changes if needed.
The automatic update package is holding – contrary to the others – only the update informations for updating the last released version to the latest available version. These package is meant for use with the automatic update tool.
To perform the update, either follow the instructions from the Administration Control Panel->System Tab – this should point out that you are running an outdated version and will guide you through the update – or follow the instructions listed below.
* Go to the downloads page and download the latest update package listed there, matching your current version.
* Upload the archives contents to your phpBB installation – only the install folder is required. Upload the whole install folder, retaining the file structure.
* After the install folder is present, phpBB3 will go offline automatically.
* Point your browser to the install directory, for example http://www.example.com/phpBB3/install/
* Choose the “Update” Tab and follow the instructions
During update, it will compare the difference between current files and new files. Then it ask the FTP information and do all the changes for you.
It is easy and fast.

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