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Cheapest stock photos

If you’re looking for the cheapest stock photos available, here’s a quick list to get you started…

Search and replace line breaks using Notepad++

Do you need to insert or replace line breaks into a document? A really BIG document? I did. I needed to manually create multiple sitemaps for a site with 250,000 pages, based on a 20MB csv file. I needed to remove the junk, and replace each line break with the required tags for each url in the sitemap. After realizing that Dreamweaver 8′s search and replace function was going to take all day to complete (it’s good, but not fast), I decided to find a better way. That better way is using Notepad++.

Simply select the extended search mode in the search and replace window, and then use \n or \r in the search or replace field. It’s an incredibly simple and elegant way to do it. And the best thing is, Notepad++ breezed through my 20MB csv file in seconds, and I had my monstrous sitemaps done in about 10 minutes.

Shocked by HostGator hosting

Six months ago one of my clients asked me to set up some *cheap* US hosting for them. I didn’t have much time to research US hosts (try 20 minutes), and ended up going with HostGator simply on price – thinking that I’d take my time to do some research, and move my client to a better host at the end of the month…


Long story short – I didn’t bother. In fact, I ended up moving a few more accounts over to HostGator. I was expecting HostGator to be cheap and nasty, but so far, the up time and support (which I’ve used several times) has been as good as any other host that I’ve used in the last 10 years – but at less than half the price. I’ve now been hosting several of my clients’ domains (and a few of my own) with HostGator for nearly six months, and for the price, I couldn’t be happier.

FoxClocks – useful FF addon for citizens of the world

Regardless of where you are right now, if you do business with “the rest of the world” then you need to know what time it is everywhere. I do a lot of business with people in the UK, California and New York, and since my internal clock can only (just) deal with one time zone, I wanted a clean and elegant way to display several city times at once. The answer is Andy McDonald’s brilliant FoxClocks addon for Firefox. You can put it just about anywhere in any of your Firefox toolbars, and it can be easily customized to suit whatever time zones you need to keep an eye on.


Firefox 4 font rendering sucks

Just when I was getting used to the horrible way that Windows 7 renders fonts, Firefox 4 has gone and made my life even more miserable. The default font rendering settings on Firefox 4 are jaggy and washed out, but luckily can easily be fixed by turning off hardware acceleration. To turn if off, untick the box in Options > Advanced > General > Use hardware acceleration when available, then restart Firefox. Here’s a before and after screenshot:

Firefox 4 font rendering

OSX on VirtualBox

OSX on VirtualBox

If you want to run OSX on a Windows install of VirtualBox, you need to do 2 things.
The main reason that I installed VirtualBox in the first place was to test a few different Linux distributions before setting up a dual boot Windows/Linux system. After realizing that I could happily run Linux as a virtual OS under Windows 7 instead of dual booting, I started messing around with the idea of running OSX inside my Windows 7 machine. After hitting several deadends, I discovered that the later versions of VirtualBox SIMPLY DO NOT work with OSX unless you have Mac hardware. So after restricting myself to VirtualBox 3.2.10-66523, I finally managed to get OSX running from within Windows 7 on an Intel PC. And it works really really well. Do it. It’s fun.
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