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Starting MAMP’s Apache and MySQL Servers at Login

Starting MAMP’s Apache and MySQL Servers at Login

Having MAMP’s Apache and MYSQL servers start at login is as simple as checking the Start Servers when starting MAMP option in MAMP’s preferences and adding MAMP.app to the Login Items.

However, some user intervention is needed if using the standard ports for Apache: 80 and MySQL: 3306 instead of MAMP’s default ports. In this case MAMP will require a password when it starts as port 80 is a privileged port.

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Changing the MySQL Root User Password in MAMP

Changing the MySQL Root User Password in MAMP

Having recently changed my local testing server environment from XAMPP to MAMP v2.x I wanted to change the password for the MySQL root user. By default it’s set to root.

Changing the MySQL password for the root user was straightforward enough, but locating and editing the files to reflect the new password was a little more challenging.

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Resolving a Static Hostname to a Dynamic IP Address Using DynDNS Free

Resolving a Static Hostname to a Dynamic IP Address Using DynDNS Free

There are occasions when we want to make a computer on a home/local area network (LAN) accessible externally on the Internet. For example, remotely connecting to a networked computer using SSH or remotely accessing a web site residing on a networked computer.

Before seeing how to overcome any potential challenges this creates, let’s take a look at a typical home network and how it communicates with the outside world.

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Assigning a Locally Networked Computer a Static IP Address in Mac OS X

Assigning a Locally Networked Computer a Static IP Address in Mac OS X

Each device connected to a local network is assigned a dynamic IP address. There are occasions though when a a static IP address is needed instead. For example, port forwarding requires the destination computer on a local network to have a static IP address.

Using Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1, here are two ways of assigning a static IP address to a computer on a local network.

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Re-opening Full-Screen Applications in OS X Lion. Hit or Miss?

Re-opening Full-Screen Applications in OS X Lion. Hit or Miss?

A much touted feature of OS X Lion is the ability to use some applications in full-screen mode.

It’s easy enough to make an already open application full-screen, but with the initial public 10.7.0 release of Lion I’ve had limited success re-opening applications full-screen.

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WordPress.com Stats and Jetpack Plugins and WordPress Page Navigation

WordPress.com Stats and Jetpack Plugins and WordPress Page Navigation

I never did get to the bottom of the issue I was having with the Jetpack plugin and page navigation in WordPress. It seemed I would either have to do without site statistics provided by the Jetpack plugin or this site would have to forego page navigation.

That was until I discovered that the WordPress.com Stats plugin, the predecessor to Jetpack’s Stats module, could still be downloaded. Would using this plugin this fix the issue?

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