March 2013

Internet Explorer will not display some JPG Red X

A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer Question A jpg image opens in Firefox but not Internet Explorer. Answer Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 dropped support for jpeg images saved as CMYK and now only supports images saved in RGB mode. Below is an example and easy way to verify this issue. In the below example, we have two images; one saved in CMYK and the other saved as RGB. CYMK Image RGB Image If this issue exists, the CMYK image will appear as a red X or broken image in Internet Explorer. However, opening this page in Chrome or Firefox should show both images. If both images are visible to Internet Explorer, this is not the issue with your version of Internet Explorer. Out suggestion would be to use just about any other browser that IE 8. Update to Chrome or Firefox and use that browser.

Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2

Last evening I signed up for Amazon Web Services (AWS) free usage tier to test the features and available services. Another reason was to use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for storing my site’s backups. The services are available at fairly reasonable price. Especially, if you are using S3 then you are making a very good deal. Since, the free usage tier comes with 750 free hours of Amazon EC2 for each month for a year I thought of giving it a try and running WordPress. Here is a step-by-step guide to setting up and running WordPress on Amazon EC2. Sign up / Log in to your AWS Account: If you do not have an AWS account then you can signup for the free usage tier and login to your account. Setting up our server: After you have logged in to AWS account, click “My Account / Console”  in… Read More »Setting Up WordPress on Amazon EC2

Changing SMTP Port 25 to a non blocked port

How to Change Port 25 in your email client Sometime your ISP will block port 25 and prevent you from sending SMTP email on that port. Your email service provider may ask you to change the port being used to something other than port 25.   Most email programs have configuration settings like this: Where on the Advanced Tab or similar depending on the email program in question there are settings for the outgoing SMTP server. To change the SMTP port from 25 to 587 for example you just replace this: Click OK and you are done. Note: It should be noted that the port number to use must be provided to you by your Email ISP.