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Windows Apache (WAMP or XAMPP) OpenSSL Update to fix Hearbleed bug

Get the version that suits your needs OpenSSL for Windows (64 or 32)

Use the following link to get Win32 OpenSSL (64 or 32 bit versions are available)

http://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

Install the dlls to the “bin” folder for easy access

The copy following files:
bin\libeay32.dll
bin\ssleay32.dll
bin\openssl.exe
and paste files in to your Apache installation’s “bin” folder \Apache2.x.x\bin\
Restart Apache (WAMP or XAMPP) Services.

Want to create an Android or iOS Application?

Well you can learn how to do it your self at the Appscluster Academy http://www.appscluster.com

Or you can sponsor someone else to do it and own all copyright to it.

Find out more at http://www.appscluster.com

BT fault repaired but automated message is still on the line

This is how you can remove the automated message still on the phone line when people call you after BT engineers have fixed the fault. And, then you call BT customer services and they book you another engineer to fix it again.

1. Login to your online BT account

2. Find the fault that has been repaired

3. Then click on Accept the fault that has been repaired. Then after a few minutes the message should be gone.

Hope this helps someone!

How to Speed up Firefox or Tune hidden settings

If your firefox is consuming to much memory there are things you can do to change that Or if you simply want to speed it up a little some of the following 4 tweaks may  help.

First you need to load the hidden firefox settings:

Type about:config into your Firefox address bar and hit Enter.

1. To speed up running images:

Double-click image.animation_mode and change it to ‘none’ to stop all animated images, or ‘once’ to let them run once. You can revert to the default by setting it back to ‘normal’.

2. Change the browser cache settings

“Back-Forward cache” for recently visited pages. The default setting for browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers, “-1,” set it to “0” so it doesn’t store anything.

3. To release unused memeory

Right click at the content (anywhere) and choose New->Boolean
In the textbox, type config.trim_on_minimize and press OK
Set the value to true, and press OK
Restart firefox to take effect

4. Change the browser history to save only the last few pages not the last 25 or 50

Then, search for browser.sessionhistory.max_entries and change the value to 5 or 10.

Hope this helps.

UK Motorway Speed Limit Rising To 80mph in 2013

The motorway speed limit will increase from 70mph to 80mph in 2013, under Government plans – a move aimed at boosting the economy, the Transport Secretary has said.

Speaking to Sky News, Philip Hammond said: “This is a clear proposal from the Government to increase the motorway speed limit to 80 miles an hour.

“Principally this is about the huge time savings that would be available by improving journey times, hundreds of millions of pounds worth a year of time savings.

“And also the benefit of bringing millions of ordinary motorists, who are otherwise law abiding, back on the right side of the law because frankly the current speed limit has lost legitimacy.”

The current 70mph national speed limit was set in 1965.

Sky’s Martin Brunt on plans to raise the speed limit

Since then advances in vehicle technology and design have contributed to more than a 75% drop in the number of people killed on British roads.

The Department of Transport has been reviewing the 70mph speed limit for some time.

From its analysis, so far it has concluded that raising the motorway speed limit would generate “significant economic benefits, worth hundreds of millions of pounds per year, particularly from savings of travel time”.

A limit of 80mph would represent the best balance of costs and benefits, as well as bring the UK in line with other EU countries, it claimed.

Although the move may be welcomed by some, the head of the RAC Foundation Professor Stephen Glaister was not convinced.

Commenting on the proposal, he said: “Drivers travelling that 10mph quicker might reach their destination sooner, but will use about 20% more fuel and emit 20% more CO2.

Speed cameras watch over a road

Nearly 49% of drivers flout the 70mph motorway speed limit.

“There is also likely to be a slight increase in road casualties. And what about enforcement? If police follow existing guidelines, many people could do 90mph before action is taken.

“Local authorities already have the power to set 20mph limits, and that’s how it should stay.

“Before you change a speed limit, you have to know whether you are doing it for safety, economic or environmental reasons. Unfortunately not all of these are compatible.”

Source: http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16079703#CommentKey:467bd6fa-db8d-4340-86bd-67fbbc59e42d

Ban on automatic phone and broadband renewals announced

Source: http://money.uk.msn.com/blog/pounds-and-sense-blogpost.aspx?post=41d98855-8ebf-4cd9-a208-31ebd3972fa1

Companies had previously been allowed to roll customers over into Automatically Renewable Contracts (ARCs) when users’ original contract periods had come to a close, unless the customer actively chose to opt out.

That practice will be outlawed from 31 December, Ofcom announced today. The move has been welcomed by consumer groups, who complained that users had previously found themselves locked into deals that no longer suited their needs or offered them value for money.

15% of customers affected
The watchdog estimates that around 15% of UK residential customers are on these ‘rollover’ deals, with BT the largest communications firm currently providing them.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said: “Ofcom’s evidence shows that ARCs raise barriers to effective competition by locking customers into long term deals with little additional benefit.

“Our concern about the effect of ARCs and other ‘lock in’ mechanisms led to our decision to ban them in the communications sector.”

Adam Scorer, director of external affairs at Consumer Focus, said: “A rollover ban is extremely welcome for consumers. Rollover contracts can be confusing and penalise customers.”
He added: “Many people have been unknowingly rolled over into another contract. This has left them unfairly tied into a contract that they had to pay a penalty fee to escape.”