My problems with .htaccess

The idea of setting up this blog came about me being able to do a review on the new iPad, however, for this to be the case, I had the task of resetting up a blog website before I got home from college to open the box. This left me with no choice, in order to set it up, I would have to set the blog up in college.

Since I was setting my blog up in college, due to the locked down policies you’d expect and the locked down firewall ports, there would be no way for me to access the website directory of my website via FTP, therefore, I would have to use the webspace explorer found in the control panel of my website host.

I took the lazy route to installing wordpress, instead of uploading the files and setting up databases by myself, I thought I’d let a cgi script do it for me,  a similar concept to Fantastico for those using cPanel. However, it failed to install onto the main directory and was complaining that it wasn’t empty, which obviously it wasn’t due to the folders of my sub-domains. In a blind panic, it lead to me deleting the previous index.html file and also the .htaccess. Doh!

However, it was not to be my day, the cgi script sill wouldn’t install onto the main directory, so I thought it’s time for plan b. Install inside a directory and then change the settings inside the wordpress settings to change the URL. This lead me to copy a new .htaccess from the wordpress installation into the public_html folder of my domain. Success, the blog would now be displayed at even though it was installed at a different directory.


Skip a few days forward, I’m working on a website for someone, and I upload the modified version to one of the sub-domains that occupied space in my public_html directory which may have been the reason why the wordpress cgi gave me troubles. However, when I came to view the website on a browser, I would get “error 403″  instead of being greeted by the homepage (index.html), I thought it was just an error with that sub-domain so, I tried a different sub-domain to find the same results uh oh… I’ve messed something up!

I concluded it was down to the .htaccess that I had deleted the day before which has lead to my websites not displaying properly, after a google session, I’ve now made a new .htaccess file and inserted it into the directories of all the sub-domains.

Here is the .htaccess of the one in the public_html folder:

# Switch rewrite engine off in case this was installed under HostPay.
RewriteEngine Off


DirectoryIndex index.cgi index.php

# BEGIN WordPress

# END WordPress

And this is the .htaccess that I’ve inserted into all my sub-domains:

DirectoryIndex index.rhtml index.html index.htm index.php

Here’s a question: Is it possible for me to merge them to into one in the public_html folder, or will it cause me problems?

Please, if you have any idea’s, comment below or contact me on twitter.

The new iPad

Unveiled by the new CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, the new iPad was launched on the 7th March 2012, this then lead to the Apple store being down to around 12am on the 8th March 2012.

Released today, 16th March 2012 at 8am, my pre-ordered new iPad arrived at 9:30am , shame I was in college. However, now I’m home and I’ve been asked by many people to do a review, and as said in the about me page, this was one of the main reasons for me to start up this new blog.

The packaging of the new iPad is the same as the previous models of the iPad, with a white box and picture of the iPad on the front, with the usual designed by Apple in California and manufactured in China. It’s funny how they don’t talk about the factory that it was made in *looks at foxconn*.

From first looks, the new iPad for me is pretty epic, but then again, for me it is my first iPad, so it would differ compared to those who has had an iPad before, some of which have said that they have struggled to see much change in the new iPad, even with the screen, it’s hard to notice any difference, however, I’m going to try to compare the iPad 2 to the new iPad when I’m in college and see if I can notice much difference. However, I have to say, the graphics look absolutely amazing, the only thing that I think is a downfall is that there isn’t many sources that are do the insanely high resolution on the “retina” display any justice, so, despite the high screen quality, some videos, especially some of those on youtube.

One thing that really annoyed me in the press is about the mass of the new iPad, honestly, you can’t tell much of a difference, the improved battery to support the A5X processor which has lead to the use time staying at 10 hours. The mass change of the iPad from the second generation is only something small change of something like 51g, so can we all stop please moaning about the weight change.

The new iPad has been married to a new camera with the set up as that available in the iPhone 4s but with a 5mp sensor which for me atleast, is more than plenty, who will seriously go around using their iPad to take pictures? When people say size doesn’t matter, in this case chaps, I’m afraid it does. However, the pictures produced by the back camera are of a really good quality, and you never know, I could be eating  my words with a new craze of iPad snappers. However, as to be expected, there are some problems with the camera. One of these issues being that the digital zoom on the iPad, as with most cameras, leads to what I’d call quality suicide. Another thing, that was to be expected with the camera is that the noise that appears on the camera when you use it with low lighting conditions, it just ruins it. However, providing you’re close to the object and have some good light, the camera should be fine. I’ll try and and get some pictures during a day and post it on here.

I think this is enough to write for a first time review, as I’m not sure what to write and I’m not sure if what I am writing is just waffle, however, if you do have any questions or anything you’d like to know, please post a comment or contact me via twitter.

Testing voice dictation with the new iPad

Testing new iPod voice dictation system. So far it’s working very well. However only short sentences (here however, the sentence was supposed to say “however I’m using short sentences”).

This is just a test post, I’ll post a full review later.



Welcome to my new blog! Please, bare with me on this, just started on the blogging scene, so please give me some time to acclimatise.

As you’d expect from any new blog, there isn’t much in terms of content on at the minute, however, I aim to change that, so please check back frequently, in the mean time, have a look around the website.

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