Andrew Sirianni

I design & develop software that runs on the Internet. As a qualified analyst, accountant and real estate agent, I can deploy systems that improve performance.

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Running QuickSynergy On Ubuntu
Synergy is a great way to allow you to extend your keyboard and mouse across multiple computers - you can even share your clipboard between these computers! QuickSynergy provides the UI to allow you to quickly use Synergy. But I found it a little cumbersome to understand at first ... so here's the tip that helped me get it up and running quickly!

Parse XML to an Object with PHP
This script is a simple way of reading an XML file (or XML web address) and parsing it with PHP into an object. In this way you can then easily read the data within the XML and use it in a web application.

Run a PHP File from the Command Line
Sometimes you may need to run a PHP file from the command line - this may be the case if you're running your PHP file as a cron job.

Finding DNS Records for a Domain with Linux
Recently a client came to me with a Domain Renewal invoice for their domain name. Before proceeding, I was keen to find out a little more about their on-line presence. Unfortunately, the client wasn't aware of where their email was hosted, their website, etc ... Fortunately, Linux has a nifty tool that can allow you to find these details - dig.

Wiping A Hard Drive Before Disposing of a Computer
Part of owning a computer is also the process of disposing of that computer. However, before disposing of a computer, it is important to ensure that your hard drive has been wiped of all your data - simply deleting/re-formating a hard drive will simply hide your data, but will not delete it. So before looking to dispose of your old computer, take these extra steps to help you ensure that all your data is truly gone.

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