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MySQL update complete…

Remembering the saying:
    It if ain’t broken, do not fix it!
I left my server untouched as pretty much everything on there is in use so wrecking stuff might be a problem 🙂

ImageHowever, after 9 months or so I decided it was about time to update the server and make sure everything works as expected (again). I extracted the database content as the update guide explained and started the mysql compile for upgrade. 15 minutes or so in the compile I discovered that the SQL export file was empty… After cursing and some frantic Googling I decided to stop the compile, copy the raw database files back and keep my fingers crossed as I fired up the incomplete mysql server.

Although I saw loads of errors it seemed to come online – sorta.
I tried extracting the data once more, copied the backup, backed up that one once more, moved it off site and then made the whole collection read-only – just to be sure, ya know 😛

After 3 more hours of compiling (why did I shut down the compiler again?!) it was finally done and after some agonising moments after entering the startup and import commands I was relieved to see the whole shabang coming back to life.

I was planning on doing the apache server next but for now l think I’ll leave it at this 🙂

Cyberwizzard signing off at 4:31 AM…

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Team Speak plugin for LCD Smartie

ImageI found a plugin for LCD Smartie for people who want to show TS data on their display. Unfortunately the original plugin couldn’t show one speaker for each line – which looked the coolest in my opinion. So I started coding in the plugin and after 30 minutes I got a modified version ready to go 🙂

Download the the binary version of the dll using the download menu or grab it on the next page.

Continue to the main text for instructions, source code and downloads.

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Ooohhh I just came up with yet another extension for this site: a list of my publications.
You see, I work freelance for a dutch computer magazine called PC-Active. Although the list of publications isn’t world shocking yet I thought it might be nice to record it anyway – perhaps even re-release my writings online (after a while offcourse – I can imagine my boss getting a tad pissed off when I publish in his magazine as well as online).

Ahh well – lets see if I can set this up Tongue out

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And we’re live!

Its official – the new lair is online and viewable by the public!

Use the guestbook to tell me what you think or use the contact form to drop me a note.

Well, time for more alcohol and some deserved R&R 🙂

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Almost going public

After hours of fiddling with settings and some basic skin changes I’m confident enough to make the switch between Etomite and Mambo. WIthin a few minutes I’ll flip the switch and this baby will be put public.

Here goes nothing….

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Almost done setting up

After 4 hours of fiddling tweaking and adding modules I’m almost done with the basic setup. Now I need to think about some skinning issues and add a bit more content.

On a side note I just realized it would be really handy to be able to add blogs from one of my internal systems – would kinda speed up the blogging so I might actually post more. Ah well, we’ll see 🙂

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What this is all about

I received a few emails from people who wandered onto this site (no clue how they got here or what they were looking for) but the question was the same: what is your site about?

To keep it simple: nothing in particular.

Now  that may seem like a useless answer but its accurate, at least at the moment. I run my own web server and somehow people seem to visit the root to see whats on here. I had only an empty home page to have an index but the hits kept coming and I wondered why.

Then I discovered that some people used the url from the gallery that I was running for personal use to find out what was on here. That gave me the idea to put a page at the root so visitors would have at least something to look at.

After a first attempt to build my own CMS I gave up when I found out how complex this could be and in the light of hundreds of out-of-the-box solutions I started out with phpNuke. For some reason I got hacked twice in 3 weeks and after I found out the database was flooded with racist slogans and nazi propaganda I gave up on phpNuke (yes I followed the manual to the letter so I don’t know what went wrong but I was pissed like hell and just got rid of it all).

Next was Etomite as I explained in one of the first news postings. Although a nice CMS, its hard to skin and the project died a few months ago from this writing date.

Finally I settled for Mambo, the current CMS. It looks nice, its high customizable and although having a steep learning curve I’m giving it a go with all my good ideas in mind. I’m still planning on adding useful content and Mambo can be altered to provide support for reviews, programming examples, articles – you name it.

So far I have nothing ready yet but in time it will be added 🙂