How To Connect to SQL Server From Unix

One project I’ve had to work on recently requires me to pull data from Microsoft SQL Server from a Linux machine. It took me a lot of time to search the internet to find the proper software to install, configure, and get everything running. To save time for everyone else who may need to accomplish this task in the future, I list out the steps below:

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Adsense For Mobile Now Available

If you have a mobile website, you have just gotten a new way to monetize your site today, as Google has made Adsense for Mobile to its publishers.

To use Adsense For Mobile, your site needs to be in wml, xhtml, or ctml. You can put one mobile ad unit on each page, and each unit can contain one (single) or two (double) ads. You can also customize your color scheme and select a channel to track, just like Adsense for Content. Adsnese For Mobile requires server-side scripting, and at this moment the following languages are supported:

PHP v4.3.0 or greater
Perl v5.8 or greater
JSP v1.2 or greater
ASP v3.0 or greater

How To Add Category RSS To Your Blog With Feedburner

Some blogs cover multiple categories, and your readers may only be interested in only a few of the categories, not all of them. You can offer your readers feeds that only cover specific categories. WordPress does offer this capability out of the box, but it’s not the default. Furthermore, you will want to burn all your category RSS feeds with Feedburner. Below I list the steps for adding category RSS to a WordPress blog using Feedburner:

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How to Put Site Search on Your Website Using Google Custom Search Engine

A good practice for websites is to include a site search functionality on the site, so your visitors can locate the information they are looking for quickly. But how to set this up? And how can I keep the search results on my site so that the visitors don’t leave? In this post, I will discuss how to set up a site search using Google Custom Search Engine, with the result pages hosted on your own domain. The two key steps are 1) create your custom search engine, and 2) place the code in your website.

Create Custom Search Engine

First login to your Google account, then go to your Google Coop page. Click on the My Search Engines link under the Create your own search engine header, and click on the New Search Engine link. You’ll see the following screen.

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Browser Market Share, August 2007

Here is the browser market share for August 2007, based on traffic to my top site:

IE: 65.66%
Firefox: 30.99%
Opera: 1.83%
Safari: 0.70%
Mozilla: 0.57%

In August, IE continued its comeback, moving up 0.26% during the month. Firefox decreased by 0.14% during the same month. The smaller browsers all saw small losses: Opera lost 0.04%, Safari lost 0.03%, and Mozilla lost 0.03%. Looking forward to September, schools will be back in session, and we will see if that makes a difference to the browser market share.