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Use the Rotate View tool for more fluent image editing (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 9/13/18 10:26 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop

If you’re looking for a handy tool to make your image editing easier, try the Rotate View tool. With the Rotate View tool you can rotate your image preview (but not the image), so you can access your image from different angles, making touch up work less cumbersome. To try it out, select the Rotate View tool from the Tools panel. (It resides in the same tool spot as the Hand tool, so if you don’t see it, click and hold the Hand tool then choose the Rotate View tool from the pop-up.) Click on the image and drag in a circular motion to rotate the image preview. Notice the preview in the Layers panel is still in the original position! Edit your image, clicking and dragging the image to rotate more if needed. When you want to put the image back to its original position, press Escape. Or, if the Rotate View tool is still selected, click the Reset View button on the tool options bar.

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Mac users: Don’t run Windows VM for .NET work; instead find a Windows machine (.NET)

Posted on 9/13/18 10:22 AM by Get Schooled in .NET

Mac users enjoy lots of system perks, but if you’re trying to make changes in a .NET app, you’re out of luck. The go-to recommendation for Mac users who need to perform .NET Framework development is to run a Windows Virtual Machine (VM) on the Mac system.

Unfortunately, developing .NET in a virtual environment can yield a big mess that requires later debugging as a result of vagrant VM. Furthermore, the performance of a Mac running .NET, while simultaneously running a Windows VM, can be frustratingly slow.

The best solution for Mac users who need to develop .NET is to find a separate Windows machine and perform the development on the system in which it was designed to operate.

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Use a Mediator instead of a Command Bus for superior code (PHP)

Posted on 9/13/18 10:16 AM by Get Schooled in PHP

A Command Bus is like a carrier pigeon dispatching a message, which it then delivers to the Command Handler. Like many functions in code development, there are multiple ways to execute the same command— with some being preferable over others, depending on the context. In most situations, a Command Bus results in emulated procedures, overcomplicated code, and loss of discoverability.

A Mediator is a superior alternative. Both a Command Bus and a Mediator can be overtaxed with too many responsibilities, but the Mediator shows its data in clear sight and can be easily monitored. For example use: $mediator->wakeUp(); instead of $commandbus->dispatch(new wakeUpCommand());.

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Getting Ready for National CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Posted on 9/11/18 7:57 AM by Get Schooled in cybersecurity

Like changing batteries in your smoke detector on the change in Daylight Savings Time can save lives, National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) comes around every October to remind us that so much is at stake in keeping our networks and data safe. To prepare you for CyberSecurity month, we review many of the activities you’ll want to be doing to “celebrate” this annual rite.

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Attend SpecTECHular – The Search Engine for Your Career

Posted on 9/4/18 7:38 AM by Get Schooled in SpecTECHular

With 9 distinct tracks, 60 seminars and a newly introduced certificate of participation, this year marks the 10th Annual SpecTECHular New Horizons Virtual Summit on October 12, 2018. Here’s all the great reasons why you must mark that date on your calendar and let nothing deter you from attending!

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CompTIA  Launches PenTest+

Posted on 9/1/18 8:43 AM by Get Schooled in CompTIA

CompTIA PenTest+ is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management.

Public launch on August 21, 2018.

CompTIA PenTest+ joins CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) at the intermediate-skills level of the cybersecurity career pathway. Depending on a student’s course of study, PenTest+ and CySA+ can be taken in any order but typically follow the skills learned in Security+. While CySA+ focuses on defense through incident detection and response, PenTest+ focuses on offense through penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.

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Adjust settings to stop Outlook from requesting logon credentials (Exchange Server)

Posted on 8/31/18 12:12 PM by Get Schooled in outlook, in exchange

If Outlook is harassing you with prompts to input your logon credentials whenever you use your Exchange account, it’s most likely because of the way your Outlook is configured. Unlike people, Outlook doesn’t take pleasure in your inconvenience, but it will (usually) follow its configurations to a T. Fortunately, changing this setting is simple and will prevent the logon prompt in the future.

To find and adjust the logon credentials setting:

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Split large SQL files for data that can be successfully uploaded (SQL Server)

Posted on 8/30/18 11:49 AM by Get Schooled in SQL Server, in PHP

Just like parents tell their children to take smaller bites when they eat so they don’t choke, by default, phpMyAdmin can’t swallow file sizes larger than 2mb. This can cause quite the headache when you need to import a long SQL file that ends up too big.

Rather than breaking up the SQL file manually and possibly loosing vital information, run a simple command line script to take care of the heavy lifting for you. Not only will it improve accuracy, but it will also be completed in less time.

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Redirect “Page Not Found” misdirect with error handling (PHP)

Posted on 8/24/18 9:45 AM by Get Schooled in PHP

When you change the main server and the hostname, it’s almost guaranteed that bookmarks will break and URLS will take users to a “Page Not Found” (404) error page. When handling a significant volume of redirects, it may be faster to simply setup a line of error handling that takes care of redirecting users for you during the transition.

To put this into action, add this entry to your httpd.conf: ErrorDocument 404 /redir-404.php3. Then, on your DocumentRoot redir-404.php3 write: <?php $redir = getenv(“REDIRECT_URL”); header(“Location: http://web2.your-domain.com/$redir”); ?>. This will send users to the old server so they don’t face a 404 error page while you implement a long-term solution.

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Use basic HTML to add a title or caption to the top of GridView control (.NET)

Posted on 8/24/18 8:37 AM by Get Schooled in .NET, in html

Most everyone has at least heard of the GridView.Caption property which lets you use text in an HTML caption so your page is more accessible to assistive technology devices. What you might not have learned is that you can go beyond basic text and add full HTML. This facilitates significantly more opportunity for captions to be creative and appealing design-wise.

For example, this code utilizes HTML tags to add a border and background color: <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" ... Caption='<table border="1" width="100%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="yellow"><tr><td>Grid Heading</td></tr></table>' CaptionAlign=“Top”>.

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