Feb 172014
 

So I’ve recently switched from Ubuntu back to Debian, and am using Debian 7 Wheezy for all of my day-to-day Linux business.  I must say I’m quite pleased with the changes, and almost any package I find missing can be built from source in mere minutes.  That said, There’s no Enlightenment repository and no packages available.

With that in mind, I have taken to building a repository for Enlightenment E17, and plan to add future packages as they become available.  Right now, I’m building E17 and the EFL from Testing, as if it were a standard Backport.  You can find my repository configuration and directions below.
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Mar 122013
 

So as a part of my move I’ve opted to use Uverse by AT&T as my internet service provider and have included Television as part of my package.  I placed my order online and scheduled an installer to come to my house on the 5th.  That’s the day after I moved in.  I scoured the site from top to bottom, clicked every link available and explored every corner of the interface, but there was no option to specify that I wanted to include a package of 8 static IP addresses.  Additionally, because I was receiving $150 in discounts for placing my order “entirely online”, I couldn’t call a representative either.  This left me with only one possible recourse:  The notes field.  I stated clearly in my account notes that I intended to have the 8 Static IP address package, and wanted the installer to ensure it was properly working before he left.

Well clearly this worked perfectly.  The installer arrived and had read the notes.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t something he could do.  I would have to call AT&T again.  The installation was quite pleasant.  The installer did an excellent and professional job aside from that static IP issue.  I enjoyed fast, responsive internet service all night, until I went to bed.  As he left he informed me that the installation and service logs can sometimes take a few hours to clear out , and it was already end of day.  I decided to call about my static IP addresses the next morning.

Then things got interesting.

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Nov 272012
 

So I moved a while ago, and the site more or less stagnated once I did.  I’ve been deathly busy since then, what with school and Disney and a bunch of other issues, suffice it to say there’s a lot going on, and a lot to come here soon!  I do apologize for the all the delay, and I hope that most of you still check back periodically!

Aug 302012
 

So as you may or may not know, I’m planning a big move soon!  I’m moving from Sacramento, CA down to Irvine, CA to attend the University of Irvine, California.  It’s a beautiful school, and the programs there are wonderful.  But the point of this post is that the move is impending.  As in I leave on Tuesday.  (As I write this, it is wednesday.)  I have a lot of work to finish before I leave, and a bit of light packing, and a lot of planning to do.  As you know, I posted an article on planning a big move, and I’ve been following it, but even so, it’s still stressful.

In the weeks after my move, I plan to write some more articles, posts, and other stuff for you guys, so keep checking back!  When school starts in a few weeks, I expect to have a lot of stuff in the life category, and a lot more in the programming category, so keep an eye out ;)

See y’all soon!

Aug 152012
 

We’ve all been privy to the news with regard to Samsung and Apple.  The two have been locked in an epic battle for months now, and not a single customer anywhere has benefited from it, though many have been harmed in one way or another.  I could go into great detail to discuss who’s right and whose wrong, but that would be nothing but opinion, and there’s plenty of that to be found on the internet elsewhere.  I suggest you google Samsung vs Apple if you want opinions.  What I want to bring to light is the underlying issues. Continue reading »

Aug 092012
 

Lets be clear, This is NOT a tutorial.  You don’t NEED another tutorial, you don’t WANT another tutorial.

I’ve recently acquired a pair of bicycles for my wife and I.  They came fully assembled, but the boobs who threw them together at the store didn’t know much about bikes, so pretty much everything has needed adjustment.  First I had to adjust the derailleurs, the things that make the gears shift.  Doing this is easy, there are guides all over YouTube.  I watched several, then I just did it.  took about fifteen minutes and required flipping my bike upside down.  Then the brakes were too loose.  I had to tighten them up.  Loosen a bolt, squeeze the calipers together, tighten the bolt again.  Quick and easy.  Well, then I had to replace the “Twist shifters” with something that didn’t break regularly.  I bought some beautiful Shimano shifters on Amazon, and the installation was very simple.  I just mounted them to the handle bars and ran the cable, then readjusted the derailleurs as before.  This most recent piece was a bit of a chore though.

I got new bike seats.  Look at the bottom of your bike seat, it’s probably got two metal rods with some sort of kerjigger between them, all held together with bolts.  The idea is simple: Loosen the bolts, swap the pieces, tighten the bolts.  In practice, getting in to the bolts was nigh on impossible, and I didn’t own any wrenches the right size.  I had to use a pair of pairs of pliers.  It was still really easy.

All around, bikes are VERY easy to maintain and service and adjust and repair and..  well, you get the idea.  I haven’t found a routine maintenance or simple upgrade task that can’t be done by YOU, the rider, after watching a YouTube video, or even more easily, by simply examining the parts to see how they fasten.  Don’t pay the guys at the bicycle store for the easy stuff, grab a wrench and a screw driver, and achieve some independence!

Aug 072012
 

Moving is always a difficult task.  You have to plan, pack, move, unpack, then there’s the hard stuff.  In about one month, I’ll be moving from Sacramento to Irvine for school.

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Aug 052012
 

What do you run on your website?  Do you have a LAMP stack?  That’s Linux, Apache, MySQL and P{HP,erl,ython} for the uninitiated.  I normally run a LAP/LM app stack duo.  This allows me to separate the MySQL database from the web stack, and use it for other purposes as well.  I include such services as xbmc and MS Access/Libre Office Database as MySQL clients as well.  It makes sense to isolate the MySQL server.

There are also several web servers, or LAP stacks in my home.  I keep one instance for my production site (this page here), and a handful of others for testing and development.  They all share the same LM stack.

Recently I was required to produce a WIMP stack, that’s Windows, IIS, MySQL, and php, for development purposes.  The architecture is almost completely different, but it’s now using my LM stack for database as well.

There are a few things to consider when you’re deciding between a single LAMP stack (or multiple LAMP stacks) and a LAP/LM stack.

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Aug 032012
 

I recently applied to the University of California Irvine, and was accepted to the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science as a major in Computer Science.  After years of hard work and dedication I had achieved one of my life’s goals!  I nearly had this robbed from me, because of something bad from years ago in my past, from when I was too young to even control it.  I was a student in the California Non-Public School system. Continue reading »