Apache Solr 5.0 Install on Centos 7

Solr5.0 has been recently released with several new features. One of these is a service install to use with Redhat based Linux systems.  This install will walk you through an install and create two example cores to test with.

Many of the Solr install instructions include the installation of Tomcat.  This is not required. Solr 5.0 will run with the base OpenJDK. The server also does not need the Apache web server.

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Recover FileZilla Site Manager

I recently had a hard drive go bad which required me to re-install the OS and all my applications. The challenges with this is all the configuration files associated with various applications.

FileZilla is a great FTP client which I use daily. Once you have your FTP clients working, the last thing you want to do is to recreate all your settings. It is important to easily recover FileZilla Site Manager settings. This was one of the easier tasks in my hard drive recovery.

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Recover iTunes Library from an Old Hard Drive


My old hard drive started sending SMART errors.  I purchased a new hard drive and tried to clone it…but alas, it would not clone. So, I re-installed the OS. I am able to access files from the old drive, so I need to figure out how to migrate my iTunes library from the old hard drive to the new one.  Here are the steps I took.  My new hard drive is my C: drive and my old drive is my F: drive.

  1. Install iTunes.
  2. Do a shift-start of iTunes.  Press *AND HOLD* the shift key while starting iTunes.  Keep pressing until you get a prompt to choose a library as illustrated below.
  3. (If this is a new iTunes install you will be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions.)

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Dynamic Facebook and Twitter Meta Tags for phpBB

When the second person logged on to the internet, there was a discussion. For many years, the primary discussion method on the internet was forums. Forums allow people to group discussions around topics. There are numerous forums on a wide variety of topics on the internet.

Then came Social Media sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. These tools are great for quick, simple discussions.  These tools quickly become limiting when a detail discussion is occurring.  Detail discussions between multiple people is where Forums excel.

There is a place within the internet world for both social media and forums. They both need to be connected together.  This post is about the steps needed to add specialized meta tags to your phpBB forum for Facebook og tags and for Twitter cards.

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phpBB: Amazon CloudFront CDN Modification

As my forum, LotusElan.net, has grown and gone international, I have had to focus on performance. This is especially true for image attachments and avatars. My forum is an automotive forum and it is not unusual for us to have topics with 10 to 15 image attachments. For example here is a typical posting: What Does Your Elan Look Like?

I had looked at a variety of items, but kept coming back to a CDN. After investigating the cost and complexity, I decided to install Amazon’s CloudFront.

Why CloudFront?