Filezilla errors on IIS self-signed certs

If you’re on Windows, and you use Filezilla to connect to an IIS server using FTPs to a self-signed certificate, the latest versions (3.24+) will throw the following error:
GnuTLS error -48: Key usage violation in certificate has been detected.
Could not connect to server.

Check this thread on Filezilla’s forum for more details.  Basically, either turn off those self-signed certificates and use plain FTP, or, revert back to an earlier version of Filezilla.  (Or, wait until Microsoft issues an update… [tumbleweed])

(Older versions of Filezilla here.)


Drupal 8 released – D6 support ending February 2016.

Content Management System (CMS) Drupal 8 was released today.   Several nice changes, like “Views” is now part of core. Learn what some some of those changes mean here: “What’s the (real) big deal about Drupal 8?” And, here are some tips on migrating from 7 to 8: “Simple Drupal 7 to 8 migration


I haven’t had the chance to test D8 migration with any sites yet.  Let me know in the comments what you thought.

Sites still on Drupal 6 core will get security updates until 3 months after today’s release.  The announcement explaining that decision can be found here.

Source: Drupal 8 is here. Build something amazing, for anyone. |

Update your Amazon account with two-factor authentication

Finally, Amazon has added 2FA (two-factor authentication) onto accounts.  It takes just a minute or two, and you can add your cell phone on as the second-factor for verification (after your password).  Choose from SMS messages or use something like Google Authenticator app to generate the codes you’ll need.

Source: It’s time to secure your Amazon account with two-factor authentication

Handy iPhone Apps For Staying Connected

If you are like me, you’ve got to live in a mixed OS environment, at home is Mac and at work is Windows. And, you’ve got an iPhone or iPad which works great with Mac, but doesn’t play quite so nice in a corporate environment. Here are some great apps for your iPhone that will help you bridge the gap between those worlds.

DropBox: FREE — sync files — with this iPhone app, you have access to your files on the go. And since the storage is cloud-based, and dropbox works on both Mac/Win you can have your files synced effortlessly. See my previous Dropbox article about the software versions and how to download and install on both platforms with FREE 2GB + 250MB of storage.

Evernote: FREE — sync notes — while the iPhone app isn’t as robust as some other Note applications, it will sync with their incredibly handy Mac and Windows application. So, if you’ve made notes or clipped screenshots at home for your big presentation at work, you can edit it on the way with the app, and then have it synced and ready on your work PC. See my previous Evernote articles for more details.

LastPass: FREE (requires $12/year subscription) — sync passwords — there you are visiting a favorite website at home or on your iPhone, but you can’t remember what password you used. Not any more with LastPass. LastPass works as a browser add-on that will store and sync your login information. Plus, anywhere you travel, you can log into the site to find those passwords. Find out more about LastPass with my previous article on it.

Skype: FREE — cheap talk — sure iChat is great on the Mac, but it’s limited to the Mac. Skype works on both platforms and even on your iPhone. With Skype, if you subscribe to one of their unlimited talk plans (US = $3, Japan = $6), you can not only talk all you want at home, at work, and on your phone. (NOTE: Skype currently requires you to use WiFi to make calls on your iPhone. To get around this limitation, you can use the FREE Fring application, which allows you to make Skype Out calls over the 3G network.)

Pandora: FREE — cheap music — if you love music, this is one app you need to have. Set up “stations” of your favorite music and let Pandora stream that music to you via this iPhone app. works great in Firefox and Safari also, so you can listen to those stations at work or home too.

Toodledo: ($3) — sync to-do’s — with this iPhone app you can edit/add/delete your To-dos. Toodledo’s website offers links to sync your account with both Mac and Windows, so those changes you made will be reflected wherever you go.

Photo apps: — see your photos — there are several good apps to show and upload your photos to a photo site, including Shutterfly (FREE), Flickr (FREE), Eye-fi (FREE), and Picasafoto ($.99, for Picasa) . If you take a lot of photos and want to see them on the road, these apps will help you stay connected to those images.

Yelp: FREE — great tips — Yelp’s iPhone app can help you find local businesses quickly. The “bookmark” feature is really great for keeping your favorite places’ phone numbers handy. So, you can order your favorite Thai dish in advance for quick pickup. User reviews can also give you tips what to order or avoid.


AirMouse: ($2) — control your Mac with your iPhone. This app will work with your local WiFi network to become a trackpad to control your Mac wirelessly. Much more robust than Apple’s free Remote app, and cheaper than a Magic Mouse.

Prowl: ($3) — get PUSH notification on your iPhone from any Growl messages on your Mac. If you have Growl installed to display notifications on your Mac, Prowl allows you to send those notifications to your iPhone. You can be notified of things like disk errors, completed downloads, or whatever you want.

Well, I hope that’s helped you with some cool apps for you iPhone.

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Try Dropbox to share your files with ease

I’m someone who works in both the PC and Mac worlds. My home machine is a Mac. But at work I use the Windows machine. There are plenty of times when I need to share files easily between machines.  I can email them to myself to get on the other machine, or, I can use a “dropbox” solution — drop files in and get them later.

Dropbox allows you to easily set up a “cloud” storage space that you can see on ANY computer, anywhere in the world. That’s 2GB of FREE storage that you can share, backup, or even sync files.

I’ve tried many solutions and found that Dropbox is one of the easiest. Dropbox is similar to Syncplicity and Humyo but for me, Dropbox was easier to set up and use.

Once you’ve signed up for a free account, you download the install and run it on your home machine that you want to sync up. It installs on PC, Mac, and Linux with a mobile version, including a iPhone app.  And you can visit their website to upload/download your files.

You can set up “hidden” (only for you), or “public” folders — public if you want the world to see files without logging in.   You can also set up “shared” folders that allow several people you designate to collaborate on a set of files.

If you are looking for a fast, easy, CROSS-PLATFORM and FREE solution to file storage and syncing, check out Dropbox.

Right now Dropbox is offering an extra free 250Mb to their free 2GBs of storage!

Send large files in 5 easy steps:

When I’ve shown some people just how simple is and they’ve been really impressed. For fast, free emailing of a LARGE document, is pretty great!

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Step 1: go to

Step 2: fill out the To: and From: email addresses,

Step 3: browse to find your document, and hit uploadIf the file is really large (but under 100MB) you might be asked to create a free account by entering in a password.

Step 4 (optional, but recommended): add a subject and message into the email — like, “here’s that file you requested from our conversation yesterday.”

Step 5: Then click SEND and away your file goes.

Your recipient will get an email notification about the file to download. Fast and free, check it out:

WolframAlpha is more than search

If you’ve never visited you are in for an interesting treat.   This site is called a “computational knowledge engine”.   It’s kind of like a mix of a scientific calculator, Wikipedia’s knowledge, and Bing.   There is a goodintroductory video to help explain all the various things this site can do for you.   Their site is also available as an iPhone app and Firefox plugin.

In this example photo, I compared the life expectancy in India (69.9 years) to that of Japan (82.1).  While it might take a little time to learn the syntax of asking questions on WolframAlpha, there are LOTS of examples to help you.

Got a question? Get it answered at:   (Just don’t ask if it’s an ALIEN!)

Microsoft Security Essentials — free anti-virus for Windows computers

Looking for an anti-virus software for your home PC? Want a great application for FREE? Try out Microsoft’s Security Essentials. This program will run in the background protecting your computer from all the nasties out there that might come your way on the Internet.
After suffering from years of bad publicity about how susceptible Windows computers are to viruses, Microsoft came out with this free software for users. And, it works really well.
So, goodbye to the those other free anti-virus programs like AVG Free and hello MSE.