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Media Temple Grid-Service… ehhh, not so much

I’m starting to feel like I’m bitching and complaining a lot on here instead of documenting steps towards resolving issues. Today’s subject, Media Temple’s Grid-Service hosting. I personally don’t have a Media Temple account (for reference, I am currently hosting on a dedicated box with ServerBeach) but have a few […]

Super massive content update

Gutted just about every page on the site. There’s more of a focus on trim information without a lot of BS. No more links to friend’s sites and software and shit that didn’t really matter. Rewrote / updated the text on some pages to update their accuracy and revamp based […]

Intel Graphics Regressions in Jaunty, say wha?

A piece of me died after I upgraded from Ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04. Apparently, and serves me right for not reading up on it before the upgrade, the Intel Graphics drivers are completely crippled by a bug in the code. Wow, and this made it to the final release? I’m […]

Yoville Needs To Die

– layout: post title: I wish YoVille! would just die category: Personal — So my wife loves this ridiculous online / Facebook game called YoVille!. It’s basically a silly point system tacked onto a chat room. Even worse, it’s formal equivalent would be Animal Crossing, which I shelled out like […]

New Feature, an RSS Feed!

Sadly, I failed to add an RSS feed to the site when it initially launched. Even sadder, the “system” I have been developing for the last year (it’s called PICKLES and is about to make it to revision 100 in Subversion!) has a nice display module for RSS feeds, so […]

Nintendo Wii Won’t Power On

This is the second time this has happened to me in the last 6 weeks, my Nintendo Wii simply will not power on. No lights, no anything. The last time it happened, I unplugged everything, unplugged the power adapter from the wall and proceeded to pop the side doors off […]

Pidgin Issues Revisited

Welp, the mysterious Pidgin I was receiving a while back popped back up. For those that don’t remember, it was “Oops, father has gone, wait for me, wait…!” and then a segfault. Well the issue magically corrected itself the last time, so I was at a loss for what to […]

File Usage Reporting Script

In retrospect on writing this Python script, I probably could have pulled it off in a short Bash script. Maybe another day. Anyway, this latest utility script of mine takes a variable number of arguments, the first being the “needle” directory. The needle directory are the files you want to […]

Smarty Function: State Drop Down

Today is the last day I will have to dig around for a drop down of states to use on a web site. I’ve finally stopped being lazy and added a Smarty function to PICKLES to allow for easy insertion of a state (50 + DC) select box. Later enhancements […]

Using SQL’s IN syntax to search multiple fields

This may not be something new for anyone, but figured I’d post it anyway. I needed to check for a certain date in multiple fields, instead of listing each one out, I used IN but used the value on the left side, and listed the fields in the parenthesis. Before […]

Nonogram Demo in PyGTK

So a while back I had gotten 3-in-1 Sodoku Garden on my cell phone because I like Sodoku even though I’m not that great at it. I figured, 3 games for the price of 1, wicked cool. Turns out one of the 3 games would later steal my heart. It […]

Oops, father has gone, wait for me, wait…!

So out of the blue last night, Pidgin (version 2.5.2) crashed on me and when I tried to relaunch it, it would only stay open for a brief moment. I hadn’t done any updates to my system since my last reboot, so I couldn’t imagine it was some new busted […]

All Music Guide (AMG) Tagging Script

So recently I decided that I hated how my music collection was tagged. I try to break apart the genre’s but ideally most of my music falls under multiple genres. Well All Music Guide (AMG, allmusic.com) does a pretty good job of classifying everything. They use broad genres, and then […]

PHP Warning: Module ‘mcrypt’ already loaded

So the other day I realized that my concert spider stopped running. To my surprise I had a lot going wrong on my local machine (which runs the spider). First and foremost, MySQL wasn’t running. Still not sure why, but I manually started it to get it going. It ran […]

Bash script to flatten a directory

I just came across an old CD of Fonts that I had purchased before I knew better. Well I didn’t want to throw the disc out without copying all the fonts to my system. All the fonts were broken up into directories that corresponded to the first letter of the […]

Why I still use GNOME instead of KDE

When I first started using Linux a decade or so ago I had no real preference in desktop environment. I used KDE, I used GNOME, I even ran command line only depending on the distribution. Once settling on Slackware as my distro of choice, I found myself using GNOME on […]

Upgrading from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS to Ubuntu 8.10

Well after a few days of not being able to run any upgrades on my installed copy of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, last night things started moving. The upgrade process from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS to Ubuntu 8.10 took all of last night (I started it around 9PM) and on through this […]

“My Computer” hangs when accessing it

This just started happening to my work PC (Windows XP SP3) about a week or so ago. It was very annoying, mainly because I rely heavily on the CTRL+E hotkey to access “My Computer” on the fly. Well today I had enough. First stop was Google. My searching resulted in […]

Recursive grep (grepr) for Solaris

So if you’re a Linux user that’s ever used Solaris, you know that a lot of the commands don’t translate exactly the same. One such issue is the lack of a recursive flag (-R) on the grep command. Not a problem though, bash is a powerful thing. Here’s my solution […]

Firefox 3.0.1 on Mac OS X weirdness

So I ran into an interesting problem today. A site I built (validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS level 2.1 and runs in Standards-mode instead of Quirks-mode in Internet Explorer 6.0) renders great in Firefox 3.0.3 (tested on both on Linux and Windows), Internet Explorer 6.x (tested in Wine […]

Issue with SQLyog Job Agent on Ubuntu

No error message, it just says that the sync had started. What sucks about this issue, is that I ran into it with a previous version of SQLyog Job Agent (sja) but was able to troubleshoot it faster because the program would dump an error message. I have been messing […]

Re-establishing my web presence

So it’s been a while since I’ve had a dedicated web presence for myself (roughly August 2005 was the last time). That’s not counting the short lived static content site I had up on joshtronic.com prior to this site. Anyway, long story short is, I’m re-establishing my web presence under […]