Posted January 1st, 2013 @ 07:14pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Is there any compelling reason to get a Wii U? Any "console maker" games?
Our Wii hasn't seen much action lately (like in a year or two), while the Kinect sees regular action, but it's also been overheating or something as it will freeze sometimes after boot-up, so it could also be considered an "updated replacement" that let us keep playing our existing Wii games. Rarely.
Posted December 31st, 2012 @ 10:44pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Does anyone know of a relatively easy way to watermark a multi-page PDF via PHP at the time of download?
I'll do my usual research, but if anyone knows of a quick way that works, I'd love to hear it.
Posted December 30th, 2012 @ 11:56pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 29th, 2012 @ 11:26am by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm working on a site for a tech-unsavvy friend, and I'd like to let him look at the site. Normally (as I do on my machines) I'd have the guy set the non-www. domain name in his hosts file to point to the new IP address, but he's unable to do that.
So what are my options? Again the domain.com is currently pointing elsewhere for everyone, but I have some spare domains I can use. I'm surely brain farting on how to use them, because I've set one up as an alias and that's not worked, and on the server side I've tried symlinking the public_html folder on one domain to the other.
Again, I'm surely brain farting, but why? What's the easiest way to point someone to a site that's pointed by all DNS elsewhere without actually moving the files and database to a new domain (which may break some of the links, particularly in a WordPress powered site)?
Posted December 28th, 2012 @ 01:00pm by Erik J. Barzeski
The APC Back-UPS RS 1500VA LCD that I got in July, 2008 (product page) has served me well. It's an 865 Watt, 1500 VA unit that gives me around 18 minutes or so of battery powered backup when it's new.
A few weeks ago we lost power, and my computer didn't last very long. When power came back I noticed the battery was behaving poorly, and due to its age, I bought a replacement from ATBatt.com.
I left the batteries to charge for over 16 hours (per the manual), and booted the computer to find this:
NSLog(@"Finish Reading %d Words", 535); »
Posted December 27th, 2012 @ 02:33pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Ugh, the modern world of forums is a real pain in the rear.
I'm looking to start a new (small) forum for disc golf technique and instruction.
XenForo (I use this elsewhere) hasn't seen an update since March. phpBB and MyBB are small and have hideous themes. Vanilla Forum charges a lot and their host-it-yourself version lacks a LOT of features. vBulletin and IPB are costly (which might be okay) but awfully large.
Seriously, what gives? What's a good, lightweight forum package with a reasonable feature set?
Posted December 26th, 2012 @ 06:24pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I'm developing a small site for someone and I've already hacked together a custom widget to show recent posts on every page of the site (the "blog" is more of a "news" thing while the main site uses pages), but I haven't yet found a good solution for an "Upcoming Events" widget.
If it were me, I'd just read in a PHP file with arrays in it or something and spit out the data. No muss, no fuss. But the guy who will be managing this will want a nice GUI for everything.
I found one plugin and widget that works with .ics files but I don't know that I can rely on the customer being able to create a .ics file.
Plugins like this one seem like massive overkill.
Update: In the end I hacked up a copy of External Events Calendar, which since the site is new and began after WordPress 3.5, required the Links Manager plugin to expose the links capabilities within WordPress again.
Posted December 25th, 2012 @ 10:58pm by Erik J. Barzeski
That is all.
The bulk of our day was spent watching some guy who shouts "Live action!" every four minutes.
Posted December 24th, 2012 @ 04:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Turn crossfading off. You might even be able to turn it on again after you quit and re-launch iTunes, but turning it off fixed the problems right away.
P.S. I have an "Unrated/Unplayed" smart playlist that contains songs I haven't played OR haven't rated, and it was frustrating to play 20 songs in the list, rate them, and have them play again because they weren't disappearing from the playlist.
Posted December 23rd, 2012 @ 02:11pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I only see loser's here.
I award 72 :doh:s to LongHorn Steakhouse.
Posted December 22nd, 2012 @ 02:10pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Found this GIF while cleaning up my Downloads folder.
It's interesting how many little changes took what was the first icon (inspired by actual pulp fiction) to the final icon.
PulpFiction and its replacement Cyndicate remain two of my most favorite applications I've developed (including some I've never released but which I use weekly).
Posted December 21st, 2012 @ 02:06pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted December 20th, 2012 @ 09:28am by Erik J. Barzeski
The traction drive spring for the Husqvarna 10530 SBE is part #532180926.
Posted December 19th, 2012 @ 09:15am by Erik J. Barzeski
I heard this trivia question while on hold:
What King became President of the United States of America?
Gerald Ford, who was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. before being semi-adopted and changing his name on December 3, 1935.
Posted December 18th, 2012 @ 09:03pm by Erik J. Barzeski