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New PowerBook G4 15 Inch

FEBRUARY 23, 2004

I've decided to buy the new PowerBook G4 15" Apple laptop today. My current PowerBook G4 will be sold and it currently retails at about $1,300, not bad for a 1.5 year old computer. It runs fine, I am just a sucker for new machines with added features...

Slow Windows Machine

FEBRUARY 20, 2004

A few days ago, one of my wife's friends called me with a computer issue. Her machine was taking a very long time to load and wasn't working very well. She has a 1.8 GHz Dell running Windows XP. She was also getting these annoying pop-ups. So I went by and did my usual "slow machine maintenance" routine...

PHP, GD, and XML

FEBRUARY 19, 2004

Have a complex, dynamic image to produce? The best way to describe it's content is to use XML. XML inhibits expansion to the feature set of the image. One main issue with XML is that it is annoying to deal with. The solution is to define a class that describes the image and can produce XML...

Yahoo! Search Debuts - Google Left Behind

FEBRUARY 19, 2004

A couple days ago,

Infinite Depth

FEBRUARY 18, 2004

A client wanted to have his products broken down into sub categories. Instead of creating Tables for each layer (i.e. a sub category table) I created a single table with a parent id field which points to the id of the parent category (which is the primary key on this same table)...

RustyBrick Basketball Team Starts New Season

FEBRUARY 17, 2004

After a mediocre first season for the first RustyBrick basketball, being in 3rd place of a total of five teams, the

Poor Data Entry of Phone Numbers

FEBRUARY 17, 2004

How many of you out there have phone number fields without any validation or formatting? I did. Today, I wrote a script to go through a database of contacts and "clean up" phone numbers and fax numbers. The script works as follows:

Setting up Symantec VPN 200R On Mac OS 10.3 with VaporSec

FEBRUARY 16, 2004

We finally got the Symantec VPN working with Mac OS X. Symantec sent us a beta firmware update that seemed to do the trick. Here are the instructions on setting up the Mac OS 10.3 VaporSec VPN client to work with the Symantec Firewall/VPN 200R model. 1. Download the VaporSec software from

Campaign Management - Awakening Old Leads

FEBRUARY 16, 2004

A client came over today and we had a long discussion on how to build a module on to his current application that will help him managed his campaigns for each group of prospects his company targets. Currently we set certain canned but yet customized responses to occur on a set interval through cron jobs...

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