Fix For Windows 10 Preventing XAMPP From Starting

Recently, I received a new laptop and the first thing I did was to immediately upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.  I’m over-joyed by the more intuitive OS setup and have been having a time re-installing my apps and tweaking things to my liking.  Still a long way to go, but not before running into one difficulty after another!

Most recent was when I installed a fresh copy of XAMPP.  Upon application start up, I received an error stating I didn’t have the correct permissions.  Thus, I began the journey down my newest rabbit hole, researching deeper into new Windows 10 protocols and permissions, the new UAC, learning that my “Home” edition prevents me from accessing certain specific administration rights… and no where nearer, let alone clearer, to understanding how to fix my XAMPP starting dilemma.  I learned that most fixes were closed to me because of my Home edition, only frustrating me more.  Honestly, I tried everything…. until I found this:

This, this small little trick, is quite literally all it took.  Right-clicking and opening the executable file by selecting Run as Administrator was all that was necessary.  XAMPP opened, Apache and MySQL started up with no problems what-so-ever, and subsequent XAMPP starts operated as normal.

Bada-bing, bada-boom!

Really, Microsoft, I understand that user protection is important, but there is a degree of protecting one from oneself that becomes simply unnecessary and quite superfluous.  Does protecting the Administrator from the Administrator Rights really protect the User?

Now, to keep the program starting with no issues, I did have to edit a shortcut to the xampp-control.exe file.  To fix this, just right-click on the file’s shortcut -> select Properties -> select Advanced (on Shortcut tab) ->  check Run as Administrator -> select Okay.  You’ll always have to start the application via this shortcut, or right-click and run as each time on the .exe, but otherwise this is a simple fix to an unnecessary problem.

Jetpens, Where Have You Been All My Life?!

I just received my very first order from JetPens.  I was first introduced to waterbrushes at this past Animazement.  An amazing artist in artist alley had them sitting on her booth table and was so incredibly wonderful that she let me try them out!  They’ve been out for years now, but I had never heard of them before.  It took me a few months, but I finally was able to set about really looking into them and making a purchase.  And… oh…my!

Where have you been all my life?

I chose four brushes to start with in order to see which brand I might prefer, and all of the medium size variety.  I chose the Pentel Aquash, Holbein, Yasutomo Niji, and Kuretake brushes.  With the Niji and Kuretake brushes I had seen comments that they were similar, but no information on why, especially as they were two different prices.  So I bit the bullet and bought both to compare for myself and to put the information out there for others curious about their similarities and differences.

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Spring Cleaning on DiS!

Recently, I decided to do some spring cleaning with my blog.  I wanted to bring it more in line with a professional feel, and removing much of my older posts has brought it closer to the feel I want for it.  For my own sake, my old posts have been backed up and archived, but they are no longer part of the overall blog.  It’s fine; a little cleaning now and then never hurt anyone!

Once upon a time, at the early years of social blogging and before modern social network sites, I utilized this blog as much to keep in touch with family, friends, and classmates as it was a creative outlet for writing, art, and articles.  Those random posts made the site feel cluttered and no longer served a purpose, so out they went.

I feel the blog will be much better for my decision.  I’m much happier with it on the whole.

Thanks to all who’ve stuck by me through the years.  Here’s to many, many more posts and updates, sharing and caring, and love all around!

A Link in the Long Line of the Terrorist Chain Has Ended

For a good number of people here in the United States and across the world, today marks a historic moment in mankind’s history as we collectively breathe a heavy sigh of relief.  An individual who has consistently terrorized innocent individuals and whole nations, committed mass murder, and waged a personal war in the name of a religion while polluting the tenants of that religion has died.  Osama bin Laden  and his tyranny has ended.

Barack Obama gave a presidential speech Sunday evening to announce that the al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, had been killed by heavy fire at a mansion in Pakistan, near Islamabad.  Following the announcement, the internet began to go viral with commentaries on Bin Laden’s death.  People began gathering to celebrate.  Crowds gathered en masse in front of the White House to chant and sing, as well as in other cities.

It’s an odd occasion to celebrate a man’s death so joyfully, but when that particular man has created such heinous acts and his death means then end of his personal sphere of influence, then it tends to become understandable.  The proverbial head of the snake has been cut.  For my own part, I’m relieved.  I would have rathered he stood trial, but I believe many knew that in the end, that would never happen.

While we may yet have difficult trials ahead of us in the future, I believe this is one step closer to bringing a resolution to those of us in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Just a few moar arts, yo~

Okay, so, I couldn’t resist going ahead and showing off a few of the projects sitting on my comp atm waiting to be finished.  They’re in varrying states and have been sitting for various amounts of time.  =sighs=  I fail, really I do… But I’m getting closed to being caught up!  I have two Iruka fanart pics in this batch, but unfortunately they still have to sit on the back burner until I’m caught up with art owed to peoples… T___T  Irrruuuukkaaaaaa-senseeiiiiii~~~

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Buwahahaha!  So I might be back sooner than expected!  Been away for mooooonths due to a computer going down.  Argh >_<  But, setting up tonight and hopefully should be back in action shortly.  Soooo far behind. ^_^;

NO oil for the 1st time in 3 mo.! Tent. good news!

It’s about friggin’ time, is all I can say.  Even though I continue to sit on pins and needles as I await the end of the testing phase, for the first time in three months I had something to be hopeful towards in regards to the Gulf oil spill.  In viewing an article earlier today about the Indian Rupee finally getting it’s own monetary symbol, I clicked to go to the home page and saw their newest article, updated a scant 11 minutes before I’d seen it.

I quickly began searching other news articles and turned on CNN to see, with my own eyes, that the camera trained on the oil spill was, for the first time, void of oil spewing forth.

I almost couldn’t believe it, and of course, sobered as I heard it could be a temporary situation as pressurization tests are underway.  Ah, but that’s alright.  I don’t think anyone expected such immediately positive results so quickly, especially since it’s an integrity test.  What’s important right now is that true, positive progress has been made in containing the situation.  I know my nerves will be on end over the next few days as I await the final results of the testing and capping of the spill and I can only hope that it remains continually positive.

Because, quite frankly, we need to be over the containment process and move on to the pressing need to turn more attention to the massive clean up and, eventually, helping more people be able to go back to work.

I know I haven’t written any journals on the issue before today, so it may seem strange with this article coming out of the blue, but just chalk it up to the fact that I suck at writing journals consistently, lol.  I and my family have been very affected by the oil spill and I feel no shame in admitting that I cried today just at the thought that the spill had, for the time being at least, stopped.