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10 Things You Probably Didn’t know How To Do On Your Mac by Xptiger

10 Things You Probably Didn’t know How To Do On Your Mac

This article/tutorial will show you how to do some pretty epic and useful stuff with your Mac (providing you have a Mac and are running Mac OS X 10.6). In this article/tutorial we will be covering some security features of your Mac, How to snaz up you’re working environment and some generally useful tips.

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Creating a basic blog using php and mysql Part 3 by FSherratt

Creating a basic blog using php and mysql Part 3

View part 1 here

View part 2 here

Creating the create.php page

In the last tutorial we created a dynamic page to display our blog entries but we couldn’t test to see if it was working or not as we didn’t have any entries, so in this part we’re going to build a form so we can submit our entries.

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Creating a basic blog using php and mysql Part 2 by FSherratt

Creating a basic blog using php and mysql Part 2

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Creating the index.php

The index page is the homepage for your blog, for this tutorial the index page will display your blog entries. Why is it called index not home or entries? It’s called index because when we stick it in the root directory the index.php bit won’t appear in the URL so out URL will only be http://www.yourdomain.com for example. This keeps the URL tidy, because a tidy URL is a happy URL. This page is where we start to use php to its full potential. We are only going to have one page to display all our blog entries, how are you going to do that I hear you asking, well I will explain below.

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Creating a basic blog using php and mysql Part 1 by FSherratt

Creating a basic blog using php and mysql Part 1

Introduction

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to create a very basic blogging site. This tutorial will be covering:

– Setting up a database and then connecting to it with php

– Setting up your dynamic page to display your blog entries

– Setting up a html form to create new blog entries

These will be covered in detail with all the coding explained and detailed instructions, this tutorial also includes all the source files I’ve created in the process of making this tutorial, these are available to download under the creative commons act (See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/uk/ for licensing agreement).

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Blender Particle Tutorial by FSherratt

BLENDER PARTICLE TUTORIAL Thursday 2nd April

Blender particles one of easiest but most effective ways of making things look more realistic. They are possibly the simplest thing to learn but fairly tricky to master. I recently spent a couple of weeks messing about with particles with some surprising results. In this tutorial i’ll briefly go through some of the basics of particles.

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Create normal maps in blender pt2 by Xptiger

BLENDER GLSL PT2 Saturday 21st March

This tutorial is going to tell you the second method of creating a normal map in blender. You need to have done the normal maps part one tutorial before starting this one. Part 1

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Create Normal Maps In blender PT1 by Xptiger

BLENDER GLSL PT1 Monday 16th March

This tutorial is going to tell you both methods of creating normal maps. Normal maps are images or textures that give an object the appearance of a high vertices object while being a low vertices object. There very useful for games and renders, especially if you have a low power computer. There are two methods of creating them in blender. The first involves giving the object a material and then rendering and saving the image, and the second requires you to unwrap the object then bake a normal map. both give similar results and it depends on what you need to do to which one will work best for you. Hopefully in this two part tutorial I should give you the knowledge venture into the world of creating normal maps for everything.

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