D&D, Where Have You Been?

I think I’m in love with Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve been playing it for maybe four months now, and I can honestly say that I enjoy it as much as playing a favorite video game. Now, there are things that can ruin a D&D session, such as picky, whiney, or annoying people. But I think I am very fond of the *idea* of D&D, where it is not restricted by the bounds of computer programming, and you can essentially do anything you want in the world your DM has created (with her permission of course).

Too Much Work Work

So I haven’t really been able to code anything lately as we’ve been quite busy at work for the past few weeks. Right now some of the big issues we’ve had with clients are e-mail issues. We’re still dealing with the remnants of the MyDoom virus (and it’s derivatives) causing problems with Exchange servers. I’m so glad I’m in the Linux camp, because Exchange is just not something I want to deal with regularly. I mean, come on, what kind of mail server has SMTP as an “option”?

Separation of Code and Data

I’ve been reading about the Smarty Templating Engine that so many PHP programmers are using, and it has been getting good reviews. Apparently the templating engine is supposed to help PHP programmers concentrate on back-end programming by providing standard UI’s for different types of dynamic data. This sounds cool, cause I hate programming idiot oriented user interfaces. If anyone has had some experience using Smarty, please give me some examples of the work you’ve done with it.

PHPCommunity.Org

For the last two weeks I’ve been getting involved in the PHP Community Website [www.phpcommunity.org]. This was a project started by Chris Shiflett to bring expert PHP programmers and novices together in order to share and expand on ideas. I’ve befriended Chris during this time, and he has put me in touch with the NY PHP User Group founder Hans Zaunere, along with a few others with whom I am looking forward to discuss PHPCommunity.Org, along with other interesting PHP related tidbits cropping up.

PHP Application Backup/Restore

Does anyone use php/mysql in way that is easy to backup/restore? Right now if I wanted to back up a php based website or web app, I’d have to tar the app directory, and the directory where the database is located. If I wanted to install the app on another system, I would have to create a mysql account on the new database server and give it access to read/write to the restored database. I find this inconvenient, and was wondering if anyone had a setup where all they had to do was tar up a single directory tree to transport an app (db privileges and everything). If you have any ideas on how to do this please let me know!

Personal Blog

Welcome to my personal blog.  This section includes several articles, many of which I’ve written personally; along with many articles of interest that I have discovered or have commented on at various points in time on the web.  The articles I’ve published are mainly focused on technology and software topics.  However I do write about other topics every so often, including science, philosophy and personal beliefs.

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-Bobby

Mounting EXT2FS under Windows

I found a cool utility that allows you to mount Ext2 filesystems under Win2k – it’s called Ext2FSD. It’s Open Source, and it works pretty well. I was able to play MP3’s nicely off the mounted partition while playing X-Tension (got tired of the in-game music).

I also found a nice Palm app called CryptoPad. Those of you who were smart enough to realize that information on your Palm is insecure because it’s all plain-text (pdb’s don’t count, they’re easily exportable), probably got a hold of SecureMemo from Certicom. Certicom was giving the app away for free, however they stopped development on it, and don’t support it or provide it on their web-site anymore. CryptoPad is better, since it’s Open Source, and it uses blowfish encryption (strong, clean, yum).

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