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Printing Blues

What I learned today....

Back when there were only two types of printers, parallel and serial, it was a lot easier. But even then, there was this annoying issue of incompatible interfaces. Today, the three dominant interfaces are ethernet, wifi, and usb, which takes over the role played by parallel cord interfaces.

PHP DOM to Implement a Form Class with Pure HTML Templates

So, I had this painful gout attack today and was mostly bedridden. It sucked. But I got some reading done, which was nice. My mind wandered and came up with this idea (and a headache).

Languages, IMC Keywords, Zend Framework, and Bad Data (random caffeinated thoughts)

I'm getting back to setting up Drupal for LA IMC, but keep hitting little walls. I've decided I definitely want to extract proper nouns and keywords from the articles.

Set up a Personal bin/ for PowerShell

In Unix, people often create a folder, ~/bin and save their own programs and scripts there.

Permalink Design Strategies

I've been working on a big news/imc website for ten years, and we're going to change software. This raised the issue of "porting or archiving". My sense is that we should do both, really.

What is a Cat5 HDMI Extender?

More to the point, what the hell is a cat-5 HDMI extender?

File Naming Anti-Pattern

Click this link to see why you should not name your PHP files *.inc.

I still see people naming their files "something.inc". The problem with doing that is the server won't interpret .inc files as PHP files. By default it treats them as text. So if you have your database password in a file named config.inc, it might accidentally get exposed.

Managing and Displaying External Links in WordPress

I've been having a helluva time figuring out how to manage and display a list of links in WordPress. The program has a links feature, but it's aimed at managing the list of links in the sidebar.

Saved by an Old System (Disaster Recovery Story and Case Study)

I had an email spam filter machine (which also did other things). When we got new computers, I figured on replacing the machine. What we did was, basically, copy most of the configuration from the old system to the new system. It wasn't identical, but very close.

Roff, Groff, and the Roots of Computer Typesetting

Today we take it for granted that computers can set type, but from the 60s to the 80s, most computers used either teletypes or character-based screens. The Xerox Star and Apple Lisa and Apple Macs, and PostScript changed this, but before them, typesetting was done using weird command languages that would send pages to special typesetters. The most well known setup was troff, which lives on in groff and in Solaris. The troff system used a computer typesetter called a CAT, and it wasn't a bitmap laser printer. It has these fonts that were spools of film that were photographs of letters. The font sizes were created by projecting the image of the letter onto the page at different sizes. I believe the rest of the process was like a photocopier - the toner goes on, and then is transferred to the paper, and fused.

Does software get old and wear out?

This isn't addressed to anyone in particular, but it's a common question: does software get old and wear out. They ask because their computers have gotten slower, or features have stopped working.

Hashcash Anti-Spam

A ten second calculation to deter comment spam. It's an old technique called "hash cash" and has nothing to do with drugs.

Database Libraries versus Database Servers

MySQL on my server is fading out more often than in the past. i wonder what's up.

Expensive Barracuda Anti-Spam Appliance... looks like Spamassassin

This is interesting. These headers are from an email I got. It passed through someone else's Barracuda Networks anti-spam appliance (starting at $700, plus annual fees).

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