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    Internet Explorer, HTTPS and file downloads: “The file could not be written to the cache”

    Published August 17th, 2011

    [Please see update below for a proper fix] Today I received an email from a client that had just moved their site over to SSL (i.e. HTTPS) — they were no longer able to download files in Internet Explorer. When they tried to do so, a message would appear: Unable to download…[file name] The file [...]

    PayPal Error: Sorry, an Error Occurred After You Clicked the Last Link

    Published March 10th, 2010

    I’m just coming to the end of a project that required checkout via PayPal. The system is to be hosted in an iframe embedded in a third party site’s page, but when redirecting to PayPal the iframe ‘pops out’ to take over the whole page (PayPal forces this behaviour). All was working smoothly using the [...]

    Converting latitude and longitude coordinates to map x and y values

    Published May 19th, 2009

    I’m currently working on a project to convert an existing Flash map, which uses location data that’s been manually entered and maintained, to use data that comes from a database and uses latitude and longitude values. The original data is stored in an XML file so updating it dynamically is not a problem but as [...]

    MySQL UPDATE with SELECT on the same table in the same query

    Published January 29th, 2009

    I’ve been having a week where there’s a ton of stuff to be done in a short time, yet everything seems to take much longer than it should and every task seems to present multiple unforseen obstacles.¬† Yesterday, for example, I was working on something that had already taken several days of my time when [...]

    Enhanced (‘encouraged’) blog commenting

    Published January 12th, 2009

    Here’s a great blog post¬†discussing a technique to simplify and encourage commenting on a blog, in particular by quoting text snippets. I might well try to find the time to implement it here on StickBlog.