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If you’ve used the WHMCS software billable time feature you know the invoice is created, sends email, and sets the same day as due date after generating the invoice from billable time entries.

The problem with this is it provides a negative user experience because it will be jarring to a customer receiving an invoice with no explanation AND due the same day received.

I have been looking for a solution or work around for a long time now.

  1. Mark all your time entries to invoice on next cron.
  2. Visit the clients’ profile and click “Generate due invoices”
    1. WHMCS  will ask if you want to send emails right now or no.
    2. Choose no and visit the invoices tab.
    3. Each billable time entry will be it’s own invoice.
  3. Visit the invoices tab for the client. Fortunately invoices can be merged.
  4. If you have a lot of time entries filter by invoice status unpaid.
  5. Select all invoices that should be merged
  6. Click the merge invoices button.
  7. This will have pulled all the items in to a single invoice.
  8. Change the due date to something more appropriate before sending the invoice to the client.

I hope this helps someone who had the same issues for me.

Source: WHMCS Forum

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Before graduating if your school allows Alum to signup for an email address they can keep do it! There are many valuable reasons to keep a .edu address, discounts and freebies. Most perks are only temporary. Everything from Apple discounts to free web hosting. The idea behind providing perks to students are getting the students acclimated with products. Assuming the products are good this will entice the student to continue using and maybe pay for the product. Generally if discounts are offered online the single requirement is a .edu address.

If discounts and freebies sound good here are a few:

Discounts

Freebies

This is a fraction of what exists for students. If you have your .edu address handy search online for student discounts before buying something. Even if the discount or freebie is small in most cases it is worth it. As mentioned above sometimes simply finding the student site will yield discounts as some places don’t require proof at all.

Note: It may be against the company’s policy if not currently enrolled in school.

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I had an issue where I installed Ubuntu 14.04 in VirtualBox and apt-get kept hanging at 0%.

I noticed it was automatically attempting to use IPv6 because normally apt-get says connecting to us.archive.ubuntu.com the IPv4 address (eg 0% connecting to us.archive.ubuntu.com 111.111.111.111). This time the address looked like version 6.

To force apt-get to use IPv4 exclusively

  1. Create a file in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99force-ipv4
  2. Add this line to newly created file Acquire::ForceIPv4 false;
  3. Apt-get will now use IPv4 exclusively

 

This article on StackExchange helped me find the right answer!
Convince apt-get *not* to use IPv6

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I fell into the trap while installing Ubuntu in virtual box to only give Ubuntu 8gb for the hard drive because it was recommended. I quickly realized that this wasn’t big enough. While searching on the internet I found the commands for virtualbox to increase the VDI size. I ran the command and started Ubuntu. Everything appeared normal until after logging in. Ubuntu just sat and didn’t do anything. After realized that the resize likely caused this issue I searched online and found a great article  Growing a hard drive partition in a VirtualBox ubuntu guest. The article mentions resizing Ubuntu’s partition after resizing the VDI. I resized the partition and everything is working as expected!

Steps to resize VDI

  1. Run VBoxManage modifyhd <absolute path to file> –resize <size in MB>
  2. Boot the VM to either gparted cd or Ubuntu live CD
  3. Resize Ubuntu’s main partition (You might need to delete the swap partition and readd to move main parititon)
  4. Restart
  5. Enjoy :)
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Laravel 4 is capable of running on a shared hosting environment. It’s a lot easier than you probably think.

  1. Login to your host and go to your home directory. This does not mean your public home directory, they are separate.
  2. Upload all the contents Laravel project EXCEPT the public folder to your home directory.
  3. Upload the contents of your Laravel public directory to your public directory on your host. The public directory is sometimes called public_html.
  4. Edit file paths.php located in the bootstrap folder so the public path matches the path to your public directory on your host.

After completing each of those steps you should now have a working Laravel 4 project on a shared hosting environment. This assumes the shared host has all the PHPmodules required to run Laravel as well. I was able to accomplish this on HostGator.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) an inevitable part of using a windows machine.

Today I received a BSOD with an error CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION while working on my Android homework. The error wasn’t very descriptive and I wasn’t hopeful to find a resolution. I thought maybe this was random, but searched and fortunately Google lead me to  StackOverflow.

In the post it outlines the cause is possibly due to Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager  (HAXM) software which is used to speed up Android emulators. The post also mentions to download the new updated Intel HAXM software through Intel and not necessarily Android SDK Manager. I had just updated through the Android SDK Manager prior to the blue screen with version 1.0.6. I thought the most recent version was just installed, but I was wrong. Intel’s site has 1.0.8 which apparently fixes the BSOD issue.

Here’s the link to Intel’s site for the most up to date version.
https://software.intel.com/en-us/android/articles/intel-hardware-accelerated-execution-manager

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I did an unboxing and initial thoughts video on YouTube check it out.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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The following is the .gitignore file for my Android development in Android Studio.

This is what worked for me, but if anyone has additional input that’s welcome too.

# built application files
*.apk
*.ap_
 
# files for the dex VM
*.dex
 
# Java class files
*.class
 
# generated files
bin/
gen/
 
# Local configuration file (sdk path, etc)
local.properties
 
# Eclipse project files
.classpath
.project
 
# Android Studio
.idea/
.gradle
/*/local.properties
/*/out
/*/*/build
/*/*/production
 
# Possibly need
*.iml
*.ipr
 
*.iws
*~
*.swp
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For some reason my server started displaying code instead of actually processing or rendering the code.

After playing around with the server I noticed the php5 module was missing from Apache.

If your code is displaying and not rendering you may have the same issue.

To install and enable it run the following command.

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5
sudo a2enmod php5

Then restart your apache. The restart command is different depending on the distro you’re using.
A simple Google search will help you.

 

This is the forum post that helped me fix my issue.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1546116&p=9681081#post9681081

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I had a problem where I want to push my branch and overwrite what was the on the server.

I kept receiving an error telling me to merge. I did not want to merge and found a way to force push a branch.

In general you don’t want to do this unless you absolutely have to.

git push -f origin <branch>

 

This Stackoverflow question and answers helped me.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10298291/cannot-push-to-github-keeps-saying-need-merge

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