Modern.ie site helps with virtualized browser testing

Modern.ie site helps with virtualized browser testing

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

I’ve been using VMs for browser testing since the ’90s when Connectix still owned Virtual PC. Recently, Chris Morris introduced me to Microsoft’s own Modern.ie project. It’s an effort to help developers test against IE’s rendering issues, and a big part of that comes by way of provided pre-built VMs for common host platforms. The […]

Webinar: How to Start a Junior FIRST LEGO League Team

Webinar: How to Start a Junior FIRST LEGO League Team

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in FIRST, General, Jr FLL, Technology | No Comments

So back at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the Independence School District made a push to start Jr FLL programs outside of school. We got wind through one of our kids’ teachers, Mary Fritchie, and attended an informational meeting in September led by Bradley Drinkwater of FIRST Bots of Independence. We rounded up some […]

Heartbleed OpenSSL Issue Description and Remediation

Heartbleed OpenSSL Issue Description and Remediation

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Web Development | No Comments

Great article over at StackExchange.com on the recently announced Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL. The bug allows any client who can connect to your SSL server to retrieve about 64kB of memory from the server at a time. The client doesn’t need to be authenticated in any way. By repeating the attack, the client can dump different parts […]

Coda 2 Hangs on Launch with Large File Open

Coda 2 Hangs on Launch with Large File Open

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in General, Web Development | No Comments

So you made the mistake of opening a giant text file (probably SQL) in Coda 2. The program has hung up and you have the friendly spinning Beach Ball of Unresponsiveness, and it won’t go away. So, eventually you decide to kill the program and start over. Aha, but Coda 2 is helpful and opens […]

Shadowrun 5th Edition Character Sheet PDF

Shadowrun 5th Edition Character Sheet PDF

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Gaming, Journal, Shadowrun | No Comments

By now most Shadowrun players and fans know that Catalyst Game Labs released the Shadowrun 5th Edition this past week, and are currently taking pre-orders for the printed book coming in August. My good friend Bob Iliff has created an editable character sheet form PDF for Shadowrun 5th Edition, based on the character sheet provided […]

Some great ideas on web development workflow

Some great ideas on web development workflow

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Check out Paul Irish’s talk at the HTML5 Dev Conference from November 2012. Maybe there’s a little more Yeoman in our futures?  

Joomla 2.5.x Versions Module (mod_version) Not Showing Up in Administrator Modules List

Joomla 2.5.x Versions Module (mod_version) Not Showing Up in Administrator Modules List

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Have run into a couple of times recently and finally found the solution. The problem: The Joomla version isn’t being displayed in the admin footer while logged into the backend. The module also isn’t showing up in the admin’s list of admin modules. The issue: In one or more Joomla 2.5.x updates, the SQL to […]

Using MAMP with SQL Workbench

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Technology, Web Development | No Comments

After various partial successes getting MAMP and SQL Workbench to work in peace and harmony, I found this HOWTO from Chance Garcia at phpprotip.com. Someone might also find this helpful from Frankie Inguanez.

Joomla Changes from 1.5 to 1.6, 1.7, and 2.5: $mainframe and jos_components

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Joomla, Technology, Web Development | No Comments

Was looking to convert one of my Joomla 1.5 components into a Joomla 2.5 component and ran into a couple of show-stopping changes. 1) The jos_components table is gone. Just gone. This is the table that among many other varied purposes used to hold the admin component’s menu hierarchy. It’s now been rolled into jos_menu, […]

The Brothers Barbarian Web Series Prepares for Conquest

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in Gaming, General, Movies | No Comments

My old friend Ken Whitman and crew (e.g. everyone he knows who agreed to be an extra, plus half the old-guard TSR talent) have put together a fun new web series called The Brother Barbarian. The trailer is now online and we’re all waiting anxiously for the release in August!