How To Manually Install Zend Server License

Since the release of Zend Server 7, Zend has remove the Free Edition of Zend Server. But don’t worry! If you need Zend Server for developing web application you can request Developer Edition license. For free. Provide you have once request free edition license in the past.

Step 1: Acquire license

Head over to Click on Request License button. You will be prompted to login using your Zend account and the requested license will be sent to your email.


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Fix Civilization V Sudden Start-up Crash

I have been playing Civilization V lately, already more than 24 hours now. But yesterday all of sudden the game crashed when I’m using DirectX 10/11 version. Tried DirectX 9 but still no luck.

After googling for more than 3 hours (so many turns wasted!) here are the following that I assume has fix it.

Verify Game Cache

Right click in Civilization V and select Properties. Navigate to LOCAL FILES tab and click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE… . It will take awhile and you cannot do almost anything else with Steam while doing it (duh!).


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Things Android And SteamOS Have In Common

SteamOS has quite make a news when it announced a few week ago by Valve. For those who didn’t know, SteamOS is the operating system that powered up Valve’s Steam Machine, to be announced next year. It supposed to be Valve initiative on conquering the living room.

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So what those two open source OS have in common?

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How To Enable PHP’s ssh2 Function On Zend Server

In one of my project, I had to execute shell script on remote machine using SSH protocol. At first I was using simple PHP exec which executing ssh command on the local web server, but it’s requiring apache user used to running web server to be unlocked, which is very difficult to do on production server.

Then I stumbled upon on ssh2_connect which is exactly what I actually looking for. It can authenticate using password or public key and have few basic function such as scp and chmod. It’s part of PHP which mean any Zend Server installation can configured to use it.

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Android, Stepping Stones For iDevice Ownership?

I read two interesting article yesterday.

Both showing the pattern that I have been wondering for a while. Are Android just viewed by general population as a cheap way to get a smartphone? And when you have saving enough money it’s time to switch to iDevice.

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Or perhaps it not just Android, but any open source or free (cheap) alternatives is used nothing more than stepping stones for getting a more desirable device.

In my work environment, I know at least one person switching from Ubuntu notebook to Macbook. He still installing Windows as virtual machine since some of his tool work can only be run on Windows.

Why is this happening? It is that hard to break Apple image as desirable brand? It is even possible for Google to change this?

Fix blank screen when installing openSUSE 12.2

So a while ago when installing openSUSE 12.2 on HP Pavilion g4 (I forgot the model number), I got blank screen after choosing Installation menu, prevent me from continuing the installation.

I’m suspecting the hybrid graphics card to be the problem (Intel and AMD GPU on one machine), so I reboot the machine, hit F3 upon facing DVD boot menu and choose No KMS.

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After that, the installation can proceed normally.