I finally got tired enough of all the database problems that Blogger has been having to switch my site over too Wordpress. I picked Wordpress because it seemed the most light weight and flexible. I was able to easily edit only the index.php to change the look of my entire site and since Wordpress is standards compliant, it was easy to get my altered version to validate as XHTML 1.0. Several similar types of things have some crappy inflexible theme engine hard coded, and most of the rest where you can actually change stuff are so poorly written it's hard to tell what fuck is going on if you didn't write it yourself, and even then it still won't validate as any thing on the W3C website. Besides getting away from Blogger's problems, I at least have the option of expanding my site if I ever wanted to since now all the code is running on my server. Probably the best part was the simple import of my old blog which went flawlessly. If you have a blog I would highly recommend Wordpress. My blog is here
Well I finally graduated tech school, so now I'm officially a 3C031, and now I can leave the training bases behind. I'm at home on recruiters assistance right now, and I'll be reporting to Wright-Patterson Air Force base on the 11th. While I won't be a student any more, I still have to do my on the job training and my CDCs to get my five level, but at least I'm not a student any more, and don't have to put up with all the crap,
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I've been gone for about 2 months now. I've been gone to Air Force basic training. I just graduated to day, and the first thing I did on my base liberty afterwards was go to the AT&T cyberzone at the BX mini-mall, and read my e-mail. Now that I'm out of basic, I'll get some of my freedoms back, although I'll still be restricted some in tech school, but the restrictions ease over time, until I can get back around to a more normal life. Well, I don't want to wast my whole base lib writing, so I'll write more about what basic was like later.
Is it just me, or has any one else has trouble with Slashdot comeing up all wrong. By wrong, I mean the stuff in the middle over lapping with the left sidebar stuff, and some times on comments the page doesn't render any data at the top at all. just green and grey bars going aross the page at the , although the comments usually still render then. I've only had the problem with Firefox 0.8 om Windows XP, although the only other browser I've used is Safari on Mac OS X, but it hasn't ever messed up.
While I'm talking about Slashdot, I submitted a story about prelimianry suppory for a native version of AbiWord a few days ago, and it's still pending. I with they'd make up their mind, since they won't approve or dissaproved it and there still hasn't been anything in the Apple section about this story either. Maybe they're waiting for a slow news day.
Finally, I've moved my blog to junetech.com, incase anyone cares.
I finally got a story submission on the front page, it was the one about KOffice on Mac OS X. My only other accepted story only got to the Apple section.
In other news, I've moved my blog to here
After reading Squidgee's journal entry about his blog, I decided to find my old blog. Since his was at blogspot, i tried there first. I used my most common username/password combination, and it turns out I do have a blog there. I guess I'll try to keep up with it this time. While I've been making websites since around 1996 when I was about 12, I haven't really gotten into more recent internet culture stuff like blogs or even instant messaging that much. I'm still stuck in the 90's with web pages and e-mail.
Edit:Oh yeah, it's at bsharitt.blogspot.com
When I started my website, it was intended that it would lean towards Apple a bit, with other interesting articles, and other interesting or important news. It was like that that for the first few weeks, but now I've gotten lazy and it's gotten to the point that it's just an average Slashdot clone with links to a bunch of News.com articles. In the coming weeks I hope to turn it around, but my biggest problem is that I don't have any help, and even a small site as it is it can be a big job looking up all that content. To that end, I'm taking applications for a coeditor or two. Benefits include, a share of the profits(if there are any), and unlimited mod points. Another problem with the site is that PHP-Nuke doesn't do all I need it too, and it does a lot more than I need(read: it's bloated). I am learning a little bit of PHP, but reshaping nuke is a big job, so I'm also looking for a part time PHP hacker. Benefits are the same as that of a coeditor. It's a young site and it would a be a shame if it died at such a young age.
I have done what many may see as impossible, my site has been running for nearly a month with over 4000 page views, and I haven't had a single troll to post in the comments. Even more impressing, three of of my four members have Slashdot karma high enough to post with a one point bonus.
I think the new site is turning out nicely. The still aren't any comments yet, but I do have one member. Since it is early on, I'm trying not to post to much stuff that gets on Slashdot (unless I find it really interesting) so I can at least attain my own identity first.
Now that I've been using it for a couple of days, PHP-Nuke is starting to grow on me, so I may just keep using it, although it still needs some changes.
Since PHP-Nuke has the framework for banner advertising built in, I'm thinking of dump my old advertising structure. It was Linkshare and I only got paid by commison. Now I just need to work out a payment rate. Since I can manage the number of impressions down to very small numbers I hope to offer ad space to small sites or small software companies and opensource projects for a low cost. Now I just need a reasonable rate, any suggestions?
I've just launched my new site using PHP-Nuke. The site aims to be like Slashdot, except a slightly different flavor. There will be things like more Apple stories on the front page, and less anime. The site is a junetech.com
I have released a new article on my site analyzing the AOL's settlement with Microsoft. You can read it here
On my site Junetech.com I have gathered recent rumors and news about Apple and formulated what I think to be a good strategy for Apple. Take a look and tell me what you think. It's right here
I've come to the conclusion that Mandrake Linux is the buggiest distro avalible. I'm using 9.1 now and it has a few critical flaws. One is the the next preview thing in nautius. It just doesn't work at all. Another it OpenOffice, it takes a very long time to start and crashes as soon as the first Windows comes up. I installed the version from openoffice.org, and it starts much more quickly and stays running. Unfortunatly the fonts aren't as nice as they are in the Mandrake version when it works. The only version of Mandrake that I've used and was relativly bug free was 8.2. Maybe 9.2 will work.
I got Mandrake 9.1 RC2 to run about a month ago, andknow I'm on the 9.1 release. I still have my Windows partition for games, although I see no indication I'll be going back for everyday use. I've got WineX to play games in linux, but it's not good enough yet. Right now I've got a CVS build and I think that may be causing some problems since Warcraft III is supposed to work well. Although my problem may be lack of memory since I have the minimum requirements for Warcraft III and I'm guessing Wine needs more memory. I'll probably get some more RAM within the next few weeks and I'll see if that fixes it. Starcraft plays flawlessly, I can't tell a difference between playing in WINE and nativly in Windows. While I can't install it, I can play Red Alert from my Windows partition. The sound and cut scene videos are really fast and it shows up in kind of widescreen leaving a 1 inch black space at the bottomof the screen, although thats better than in XP where it won't even play. I got the Linux version of Unreal Tournamet, and it won't work, although the Windows version will work in WINE with garbled delayed sound. At first my biggest problem was that my printer didn't work in Linux, but now thats okay since it's dead altogether. I guess next I'll get an Epson, or at least make sure it has up to date Linux drivers.
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