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Browsing Posts published in October, 2011

Great. This has been pissing me off all day. Now fixed.

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If you have a Dell Precision 470 they can’t use more than 4GB of RAM because Dell annoyingly put in a setup that requires a RAM Fan be installed. Now this system is old, the fans are rare and are being sold for £150+

Now there maybe a reason for the RAM fan. As this is an old server system maybe Dell assumed the system would be under heavy load and could get hot and unstable without one. Or could of just been a money making scheme as they don’t come with the fan as far as I’m aware.

Anyway. Someone at work uses one as a desktop rig and recently we have to put 16GB in it and couldn’t due to lack of a RAM fan. Got round it by Richard reading this forum post

And creating this jumper switch, simply ripped off from an old machine.

Pins 1 and 3 need to be used, expose the top of the cable

Then twist the ends together

Then tape it up with insulation tape (Richard actually cut the wire down hence looks smaller than above images)

And that’s it


Direct link to last two images as don’t fit on the site properly

£150+ cut down to £1.19 (cost of the insulation tape).

Seems to work fine. System will be monitored to see if it causes issues or gets overly hot, but should be fine.

Ran into this. Seems quite good

You need a SSL certificate first. I have Comodo one, hence the SSL site seal (will be given when you get your certificate).

Once the certificate is setup, as I found, if you want SSL through the whole WordPress site, you’ll run into issues in IE. This issue is only if your site contains none HTTPS stuff. Stuff means embedded images from elsewhere or embedded videos. Mine were the embedded YouTube videos and some of the image links at bottom of site. Because they link are based at HTTP sites, IE will give the user a warning that some of the content is insecure and do they want to only view the secure content. If the user clicks Yes, half your site might not be visible to them.

Sadly, as we are aware a lot of people still use IE, this might cause issues. Although this blog is only meant for my IT notes, I like other people to view it. So I’ve had to annoyingly turn off HTTPS across the whole site. Waste of a certificate maybe, waste of the dedicated IP on my hosting maybe. But I was just interested in how SSL worked.

Anyway. I’ve now just put it to use on the login page instead. The admin login page for me now displays as HTTPS. So if on a hotel network, I can login to the site knowing the password is being sent over HTTPS and encrypted. So MUCH less chance of the password being sniffed. Yes, I’m well aware of SSLStrip but it’s less of a risk than plan old HTTP.

Thought I’d have to hunt down where the link to the login page was in the code to change the link the login page to HTTPS but turns out you can just put this in the wp-config.php file.

You’ll probably see

define(‘FORCE_SSL_LOGIN’, false);

Just change that to TRUE. And I’ve also added this ADMIN line.

define(‘FORCE_SSL_ADMIN’, true);
define(‘FORCE_SSL_LOGIN’, true);

That will now force all SSL logins but ALSO Admin sessions to be SSL.

Work this out myself?

No 🙂

Info is here