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April 26, 2018

The SaaS (r)Evolution

How to do SaaS differently Since our founding in 1999, Red Olive expanded by 31 employees, broadened our efforts, and expanded our capabilities. But we’re nowhere near finished. Our team is continually pushing the limits of digital design, development, and marketing. But one area we’ve seen the majority of growth in over the last year […]

October 4, 2011

4 things Microsoft can do to improve pc growth rates

Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ keynote is underway today. And in typical Apple fashion, they are starting with statistics. The big stat that caught my attention was the ‘Year over Year Growth’ chart showing PC at 4% and Mac at 23%. So I thought I would come up with a list of a few things Microsoft […]

October 18, 2010

How to fix UTF-8 charset problem with IIS 7.5 and PHP FastCGI

The performance gains from using the FastCGI version of PHP 5 are obvious and the preferred method.  If you build apps that require encoding the page in UTF-8 character set you may have noticed that IIS7.5 overrides your settings. You may have tried explicitly stating  it in your php/IIS config or even on the page […]

August 3, 2010

Youtube mobile development team acts on your feedback, sweet!

YouTube has been building an HTML 5  mobile version of their site which offers videos in native H.264 format, which if you have paid any recent attention to Apple are both technologies that will render Adobe Flash obsolete. Not a chance mister Jobs, but it is a cool and very clean technology, and very useful […]

January 2, 2010

Setting Up Email With Droid 2.0

We all know that iPhones are for people who just think they need one to be cool, am I right?* Does an iPhone scream “DROID!” at you everytime you get a text though? No, it doesn’t. Therefore a lot of people are making the correct change to the open source and lovable phone, the Motorolla […]

June 23, 2009


Ever searched around looking for the mime-type for the newer Microsoft Word .docx file type?  Search no more. It comes in handy for web development when you have an uploader app in PHP or ASP and need to determine the file type. Tested in PHP and works perfect. Hope this saves someone some time searching. […]

August 25, 2008

Bye Tetris… Hurry and download iPhone Tetris before wednesday!!!

Noah Witherspoon creator of the free iPhone app “Tris” is being sued by the Tetris company over his app. He announced today that he has to take it down due to him being a student with no resources for a court fight. Hands down the best free app in the appstore is now going away, […]

August 22, 2008

Automated fix for SQL .ldf file growing out of control

If you work with MS SQL server and have databases that handle lots of transactions then you no doubt have encountered the .ldf file growing to insane sizes if left unchecked. A large LDF file will result in the web application running extremely slow or most likely just timing out, not to mention affecting the performance of other databases setup on […]

February 14, 2008

AS3 Event Troubleshooting

Alright to kick this off I will warn you; I’m a terrible writer. That being said let me get down to what this post is really about, the AS3 MOUSE_LEAVE event. Generally the syntax to add and use an event would be as follows: stage.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_LEAVE, someFunction); function(event:MouseEvent):void { trace(“Your mom goes to college”); } Because […]

January 23, 2008

Fun with WSH – How to write a vbs file to check a directory, count the files, and restart a service. Then email your cell.

You might wonder how a windows script host app like this could possibly be of use.  Well it has many uses like checking a mail server queue and restarting a service that may have hung.  Or a web development application that allows clients to upload files for print projects but no body ever goes out and […]

November 17, 2007

How to run a php or asp file on a schedule with windows XMLHTTP object and scheduled tasks

If you do alot of web developmentyou may have come across a project that required reports or emails that need to run on a schedule.   You could do it all with web code by tracking the intervals your routine should run but that has one major flaw, it requires a visitor to trigger the event. If […]

October 5, 2007

Lots of Apples, do they call it a bushel?

So in a earlier post I mentioned that I bought a Macintosh 7100 in college. Do you know all the Apple products you have owned or used in the past years? The other night I found this image of Apple Form Factor Evolution 1976 through 2007. Lets see how many I have owed and used […]

August 5, 2007

WordPress 2.x Spell checker Error “could not execute AJAXcall, server didn’t return valid a xml” How to fix

I was having a hell of a time getting the spellchecker in WordPress 2.2.2 to work properly and could not find a solution online anywhere so I decided to post what worked for me.  Two hours of searching online resulted in nothing so when all else fails you are left to your own devices.  To preface […]