- Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 15:57
I've been trying to back up this site in preparation to nuking it and loading Drupal in place of Joomla (having concluded that Joomla is likely to be more suitable for my needs). Akeeba backup had been working pretty well (though I have never yet tried reloading one of the backups on my local XAMPP instance(s)). Now it seems to have stopped working, the updater doesn't seem to be willing to update it to the latest and it is getting very, very frustrating. I'm going to try a few more things and then if it still isn't working I'll probably manually FTP off what I can and nuke the site from orbit to get things moving forward...
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 18:36
Well...rolled over to 2013. Messing with HDR photography stuff and having fun with it. Still working for GE and chafing a bit at the bureaucracy of the big company but getting by ok otherwise. Want to get around to moving the 3D printer forward but that's a low priority. Moving slowly but deliberately forward to some real photo archive management software to keep track of what I have archived to DVD and what needs to be made safe. Just got hardwood flooring that we need to figure out how to successfully install in two rooms (getting the information gradually, got most of the tools, the rest we'll either buy (table saw) or rent (flooring nailer)). Going to go on a Disney cruise this summer for the first time...love the parks, still unsure how much I'll like the cruise.
Finally...I still am holding back from pulling Joomla off of here and loading up Drupal. It still looks like the right move, just a big one and one that would be hard and time consuming to reverse. We'll see where that fits into things in the next couple of months...
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:12
It has been a while since I posted something here. Things have been bouncing around a bit in the interim. Work related stuff has gotten me off looking at GNU microhttpd as an embeddable way to expose functionality of a body of code. This has put the transition of this site to Drupal and my work on web interfaced games stuff (and the RepRap) on hold for the moment.
I've got a lot more reading and experimenting to do with Drupal before I commit to scraping this hosting clean and reloading with that CMS...I am pretty sure I'll eventually head over there, but not idea when. Interesting things get layered on top of interesting things and the stack gets kind of deep at times.
I've been using GIT for source code control for the last several weeks. So far it is the first open source version control system that I like and find I'm comfortable trusting to do what I need (the caveats, limitations and know flakiness of the others I've looked at has tended to scare me back to VSS in the past...not that VSS is great, but I know where it falls down and can steer around those areas). GIT is turning out to be a great way to keep multiple systems in sync and make certain that I don't lose things that matter. I'm still coming up to speed on the branching model it uses and the relevant commands to make that play. I do think that if I didn't use emacs as my editor that I'd be less fond of the GIT command line than I am. I've been keeping several GIT repositories on a very small (physically) flash drive that acts as my conduit for information between several systems I use regularly. I've also been using DropBox a bit for less sensitive things, but since GE seems to have firewalled that service out it has become less useful
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:06
My friend Ed has finally given up on FaceBook (which is too bad...I find that it works pretty well for keeping in touch). He suggested that we kick some political issues around here on NineCrows (and he mentioned citizens' united in particular). I have the best of intentions of digging into the decision and posting some opinions (and links to information related to the decision) up here, but have not found the time yet. I haven't forgotten and I hope to get something up in the mid-term future. Too many other things swirling about at the moment (and I'm hoping to switch the site to a different content management system which will really throw a wrench in the works).
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:05
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:58
Today at lunch time I'm going to look at putting a bit of PHP back end code behind the Apache URL rewriting settings that I messed with last Friday. I'm calling this 'part 1' because I expect that this work will take a while and go through a number of phases of evolution before it is done. It seems that a (really pretty simple once it is working) rewriting rule sends all requests under a specific path to my PHP code. Now if the PHP code can fetch the real URL (and I'm pretty sure it can) and parse that for the pieces it needs to figure out what the request really is then I should be able to prototype a bit of this work.
- Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 13:23
I've been following the Oracle vs Google court fight around Java and Android for some time now. The descent into insanity that Oracle has been taking in order to try to wring money out of Java (and Android) in this action is really pretty terrifying.
As long as they were primarily suing over patent claims and claims of actual copied code in Android (and particularly in Dalvik, the virtual machine that runs Android code) they were at least on familiar ground. A win here would hurt the Android platform (which I think would be bad as Apple needs some competition) but would not change the intellectual property landscape all that much. I think these things tend to be damaging to innovation as they are currently put together, but folks have figured out how to manage them in their current form.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:57
I'm starting to think about the details of hosting and coding board game content.
I've long loved board wargames, but once I graduated college the people I used to play with stopped being available on a regular basis and the few attempts I made at gaming with folks generally foundered on the rocks of scheduling conflicts and travel time. I've been thinking about putting something together that could host and manage these sorts of games for some time. I'm finally looking at the details and I'll keep blogging about progress here as I find time to make progress.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:38
I've been taking a serious look at GIT as a source control system for personal projects. Until recently I've used VSS for this sort of thing...between the fact that VSS is very long in the tooth and that it is a commercial product I've been looking for a good alternative.
- Last Updated on Monday, 09 April 2012 17:32
Given that I'm finally getting some of the framing cleaned up on this site, I'm going to try to start writing a bit more regularly. I expect that at first it will almost certainly be somewhat rambling, bumping around various aspects of what is going on and things I'm messing with or that have caught my attention. At this point I'm thinking that getting something written and posted every few days is better (even if it winds up being less than crisp) than posting once a month when I find time to sit down and write a well focused article (and this is likely to remain the difference between my blog entries and things that get called 'articles').
There are so many things that I want to get done Been a bit fuzzy for the last of the winter...partly a bit overloaded with cruft going on, partly just winter stuff I think. At this point though I want to get some of this stuff rolling again. This is likely a partial list, but I've got to end the ramble at some point...