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October 21, 2019
Microsoft Office Deployment Tool "Couldn't Install" Error

While helping to install Microsoft Office 2019 on a client's computers, I came across a horrific error message that kept me baffled for nearly an hour as (it turned out) the error returned by the Microsoft Office Deployment tool was not at all accurate. The Microsoft Office Installation Tool error returned a window that stated, […]

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October 21, 2019
How to Download and Install Microsoft Office 2019 Products Requested from TechSoup

I often help with IT at a local non-profit, Foster Kinship. I help them with many of their technical needs, from network issues to installing cameras, to remotely helping solve individual computer issues, and I often even install software on their computers. Foster Kinship recently purchased a bunch of copies of Microsoft Office 2019 from […]

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August 6, 2019
Understanding OAuth 2.0 Directly from the IETF RFC 6749 Specification

Authentication and Authorization are two big concepts that are required for almost every application. Authentication deals with verifying who the current user is and whether or not that user is currently present. For example, when Bob Smith logs into an application (i.e. Facebook), the application needs to know that the user is "Bob Smith" in […]

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May 3, 2019
VueJS Authentication with Auth0 - Using Vuex & Vue Router

User Log In / Authentication for a Project These days, just about every project that isn't a simple basic website requires its users to log in for some reason or another.  From the developer's vantage in creating the app, "logging in" is more appropriately termed "Authentication".  The application needs to authenticate or verify the identity […]

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June 21, 2018
Real Time Database with Vue.js + Vuex + Vuetify + Firebase (Authentication + Firestore)

Background As a consultant, I was recently brought into a project to develop a web browser application using Vue.js. Having been primarily a PHP & jQuery developer for the last 10 years, it's been an awesome experience to be contractually brought into one of the most recent, advanced and growingly popular new frameworks for advanced website or […]

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February 20, 2018
Advertising & Graphic Design: Helping a Local Non-Profit Get Focused

Along with financial contributions, Dedicated Managers, Inc. often donates resources to help a local non-profit, Foster Kinship.  Recently, Foster Kinship asked for some help with their announcement for an upcoming fundraising event. Here is the organization's original flyer, created by one of their volunteers in Microsoft Word. Their flyer had a great start.  It was […]

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January 11, 2018
Submit Your New Website Page or Blog Post To Google for Instant Inclusion in Search Results

You just finished your new web page or blog post. Unfortunately, however, depending on how often Google crawls your website, it could be a short while or a long while before your hard work finally shows up in Google's search results.   You don't want your high-performing business to miss out on valuable potential business from […]

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December 18, 2017
Distributed Brute Force WordPress Login Attack Mitigated by WordFence Security

One of our servers was recently hit by a distributed brute force login attack on WordPress' login page (wp-login.php).  The distributed attack, coming from many different ip addresses, attempted gain access through brute force guessing of username & password combinations. The attack was simultaneously run on many of the websites on the same server that […]

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November 28, 2017
"Error establishing a database connection" - WordPress XML-RPC Denial of Service Attack Error

Often times after taking over management of a client's website, we'll put the client's website on a sever managed by us, Dedicated Managers, Inc.  Last week a client's server started having database issues.  When the website was accessed from a public computer, the message "Error establishing a database connection" was returned by the server.  It […]

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November 7, 2017
Does Your WordPress Theme Waste Storage Space When You Upload Images?

Whether uploading images directly in the WordPress Media Library or by uploading and inserting an image while writing a blog post, WordPress allows the theme you install to change the way WordPress handles images when you upload them to the Medial Library.  If you happen to pick a theme where the theme designer/programmer decided to […]

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