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Oracle VirtualBox VMWare Ubuntu Webserver: Fixing boot order defaults from install menu straight to system boot

For those who have installed Ubuntu on VMWare, you have to DISABLE the "CD/DVD" drive from your options or it will boot to the install menu each time. If you encounter the Ubuntu install menu after you install Ubuntu, you can bypass it by hitting the "Esc" key then move the arrows down and select…

Oracle VM VirtualBox sudden error caused by USB port conflict on host machine

On one of my virtual servers, I suddenly encountered this error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine CentOS. General failure - DON'T USE THIS!!!. (VERR_GENERAL_FAILURE). Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005) Component: Console Interface: IConsole {8ab7c520-2442-4b66-8d74-4ff1e195d2b6}   This Oracle VM VirtualBox error resolved.  The problem went away when I went to the VM server's…

Test your website’s performance and stay up on performance issues with Pingdom

When you are working on your website, you frequently visit it so your browser caches a lot of content.  If you're not careful, it's easy to assume what YOU experience on your browser is how the rest of the world will experience it.  NEVER assume and clear your browser's cookies and cache, also called "Temporary…

Three basic rules to ensure your website loads as fast as possible

Your customer's really happy with the latest website you deployed as their web developer.  One day, they contact you and complain the website is sluggish, it's even timing out. So you check the error logs and notice a few fatal errors, but those scripts were exceeding the timeout limit.  Probably because something else is slowing…

Create proper password for .htaccess log-in in “.htpasswd” file

Be careful when editing and saving an ".htaccess" file on your site, it is very fickle and one small misspelling will throw a "Server 500 Error" which is never pleasant. You may be apprehensive to go online and use an ".htaccess password generator", so here's a way to make your server secure without going on…