SOLVED: phpBB Errors Out With – mysql_connect function does not exist, is mysql extension installed

If you have a phpBB bulletin board and have recently changed host companies, upgraded your hosting package or changed your PHP level, you may see: General Error SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ] mysql_connect function does not exist, is mysql extension installed? [] An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists. In this case the likely problem is that your phpBB is running a command the no longer…

SOLVED: Is HPE Killing Aruba & What is The Main Difference Between Aruba 2930F and 2930M Switches?

I recently decided to move a client away from my beloved Juniper EX series switches because of quality issues.  A networking buddy suggested Aruba so I dug in and found a lot of half-information or just misinformation.  Below are the facts I was able to determine as of March 2019: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) bought Aruba in 2015 and recently decided to kill their own “HPE FlexNetwork” switch lines.  HPE is rebranding any remaining HPE…

SOLVED: Updating phpBB “No input file specified”

We have struggled with upgrading phpBB (php Bulletin Board) for years now.  Today was our most difficult upgrade yet, simply moving from 3.2.2 to 3.2.5 we received the dreaded: No input file specified. We wrote up a solution to this that worked for us in mid-2018 that you may find useful HERE.  However, to get it working in 2019, we required three far from obvious processes: 1 – Copy ALL Files From Latest phpBB &…

SOLVED: Where Is PHP.INI on GoDaddy Shared Hosting and How Do I Modify It?

It can be quite a challenge to find your and edit a PHP.INI on GoDaddy because php ini may not be where you think it should be and is not likely named what you think it is named. 1: Determine the PHP.INI Your Site Is Using: Create a new text file named info.php then open it with a plain text editor like Notepad Copy / Paste this command  <?php phpinfo(); ?> into your info.php then save it…

VIDEO: HP All In One 27″ Unboxing, Disassembly, Change to SSD & Benchmarking

In recent years it has become common for home PC users to use large laptops, considering them more like “small PC’s”.  This trend led computer manufacturers to build the laptop computer into the back of a screen and then provide and external keyboard and mouse.  This innovation is the “All In One” Computer.  All in Ones eliminate many of the cables and mess you get with traditional desktop PC’s. Acer was the first company we…

SOLVED: How To Easily Ad Google AdSense Adverts Into Your phpBB

Now that Google has Auto Ads, you no longer need to struggle to get advertisements onto your phpBB bulletin board. To Add Google Adverts To Your phpBB: Login to your Google AdSense account and expand CONTENT > AUTO ADS > SETUP AUTO ADS (blue text link in top right corner), the copy the code snippet if you don’t have Auto Ads setup, set it up! Using your favorite FTP tool (we like FileZilla) download and…

SOLVED: phpBB Upgrade Errors: No input file specified and Fatal error fix_user_styles.php

UPDATE 2019: The processes below were very helpful, but we just upgraded from 3.2.2 to 3.2.5 and needed more effort than what is described below so if if this does not work for you, read our new NO INPUT FILE SPECIFIED fix. I just finished struggling through updating phpBB 3.1 to 3.2 on a GoDaddy hosting plan which required me to get through two seemingly complex errors.  Before you get started there are three things…

SOLVED: How to Add Google Analytics Code To a PHPBB

If you are using PHPBB, the most awesome of all the Bulletin Boards, you will likely want to add in your Google Analytics tracking code.  The question is how?  Well the answer is, in the same place you add in Google AdSense advertisements.  Open the following file, using a text editor (like Notepad++ which is a free download): phpBB-3.1.xxx\phpBB3\styles\prosilver\template\overall_footer.html and just before the </BODY> tag (near the very bottom of the file) just paste in…

SOLVED: How to Change the COPYRIGHT Line At the Bottom of a PHPBB 3.1 Site

This is a touchy subject because the good people that write PHPBB want to receive credit for their hard work… and I personally agree with that.  However, I wanted to add in my own Copyright and owner information on each page so and the easiest way to do that was to prepend my text to the PHPBB Copyright text. The file you want to edit is: phpBB3\styles\prosilver\template\overall_footer.html and you want to change the {CREDIT_LINE} to…

SOLVED: How to Center A Google Advert in PHPBB

If you are using PHPBB (PHP Bulletin Board) you likely want to make some money using Google Ads.  If you are using the latest branch of PHPBB 3.1.x you likely have already figured out that you need to add your Google AdSense code to: phpBB-3.1.xxx\phpBB3\styles\prosilver\template\overall_footer.html but now you can’t figure out how to center that advertisement.  The answer is to add a CENTER command around the AdSense text like: <div align=”center”> Insert your Google AdSense…

HP Completely Flips Its Position on Windows and WebOS

Five months ago, HP announced that it would be shipping WebOS (from Palm, which HP bought in 2010) on ALL of its computers, tablets and phones.  Yesterday HP termination of their only Tablet, the TouchPad, just 6 short weeks after its North American debut and just 4 DAYS after its Australian debut.  HP also announced the end of WebOS on cell phones. These leaves WebOS, no-where.  This is disappointing. A few years ago they split the…

HP’s New Boss

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In Simple Terms: What is a Permanent Denial of Service (PDoS) Attack?

Put simply, a Permanent Denial of Service (aka PDoS) attack is a hack that intentionally causes physical damage to a device.   WHY WOULD SOMEONE PDoS? DoS stands for “Denial of Service” and usually that means an attacker wants to temporarily block access to your system so they can extract money from you.  PDoS attacks are by definition permanent so why would someone do that do you? 1 – Governments & Corporate Competitors Governments and…

SOLVED: Download Legal Copies of Windows Server

In most cases servers from Dell, HP/Lenovo, and other big OEMs ship with the Windows operating system preinstalled and often they come with a “media pack” to allow reinstallation.  The problem is that you can easily misplace that media pack (DVD or USB stick) between the time the server is new and when you have a hardware failure or want to wipe it out to sell it. If you Google search for Windows Server ISO…