SSL Certificate Expiry Warning Script

With the increasing trend of SSL on the web, where Google values SSL sites higher and you can have your site be added to the HSTS preload list (the browser will first try HTTPS before trying HTTP), it is a good idea to start using SSL yourself. The downside: you need to get a certificate […]

Add a Rate Limit to Your Website

Suppose you have a ressource on the web (for example an API) that either generates a lot of load, or that is prone to be abused by excessive use, you want to rate-limit it. That is, only a certain number of requests is allowed per time-period. A possible way to do this is to use […]

preg_match, UTF-8 and whitespace

Just a quick note, be careful when using the whitespace character \s in preg_match when operating with UTF-8 strings. Suppose you have a string containing a dagger symbol. When you try to strip all whitespace from the string like this, you will end up with an invalid UTF-8 character: $ php -r 'echo preg_replace("#\s#", "", […]

Restoring single objects in mongodb

Today I had the need to restore single objects from a mongodb installation. mongodb offers two tools for this mongodump and mongorestore, both of which seem to be designed to only dump and restore whole collections. So I'll demonstrate the workflow just to restore a bunch of objects. Maybe it's a clumsy way, but we'll […]

trac Report for Feature Voting

I use trac for quite a few projects of mine. Recently I tried to find a plugin for deciding which features to implement next. Usually trac hacks has something in store for that, but not this time. I wanted to be able to create a ticket and then collect user feedback as comments for the […]

iOS 2011 Alarm Clock Bug

Just to add to the speculation about the causes of the 2011 alarm clock bug of iOS where the one-time alarms would not activate on January 1 and January 2, 2011. My guess is that the code that sets off the alarm takes day, month and year into account when checking whether the alarm should […]

Debugging PHP on Mac OS X

I have been using Mac OS X as my primary operating system for a few years now, and only today I have found a very neat way to debug PHP code, like it is common for application code (i.e. stepping through code for debugging purposes). The solution is a combination of Xdebug and MacGDBp. I […]

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Upgrade WordPress Script

Whenever a new version of WordPress comes out (as just WordPress 2.6 did), it is somewhat of a pain to upgrade it. But not for me anymore, because I have created a small (and simple) script some versions ago which I would like to share with you. $ cat wget mv www wordpress […]

bash completion for the pear command

I am only scratching my own itch here, but maybe someone can use it or expand from it. I just always found annoying that pear run-tests tab gives all files instead of just *.phpt. This is what this snippet actually does. Paste this into the file /opt/local/etc/bash_completion on OSX (for me it is just before […]