Category: Web

If Apache Won’t Start on WAMP after configuring Virtual Hosts…

…try using forward slashes for the paths. Although Windows paths use backslashes for some backwards reason, Apache only seems to run if the paths use forward slashes for the DocumentRoot and log paths.

For example:

ServerAdmin webmaster@dummy-host.example.com
DocumentRoot "C:/wamp/www/drewmaughan.com"
ServerName dev.drewmaughan
ErrorLog "logs/drewmaughan-error.log"
CustomLog "logs/drewmaughan-access.log" common

should work.

Don’t forget to enable vhost_alias_module, and uncomment the line that includes conf/extras/httpd-vhosts.conf, in httpd.conf.

Bad UX: “Confirm” fields

It’s been a rough few weeks, and I’ve been incredibly uninspired to do anything as of late – but let’s get this bugbear out of the way first.

If you’ve used the Internet for any length of time recently, you’ve probably come across a form where you have to enter – and then confirm entry of – a new password.


In most cases that’s good practice: since you can’t see the contents of a password field (because all the characters are replaced with either asterisks or bullets), the confirm password field is a method of making sure the password you want to use is the right one.

However, some places on the Net take this concept way too far.
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