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Site Refresh

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It has been a while since I posted.  Life has been pretty busy.  I had switched to Joomla and I’m not sure that helped my posting.  So, I’m giving WordPress a shot.  The install was easy.  And so far the learning curve has been pretty nice.  I haven’t had to do much referencing of the documentation to get this bugger setup.

It will be a little bit before I get completely moved in.  The photo albums are getting moved to pathfinder.rsbauer.com.  The bandwidth is slower over there, but I can abuse it so much more.

The “look and feel” is not 100% set.  I like the general layout but will likely tweak the header image when I get settled in.

Hopefully the features and functionality presented in WordPress will make it even easier (and faster) to get around my site.

Green Card Application

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Olessia was approved for her green card! 

We had the interview on Thursday and it went good.  We were in for probably about 20 minutes.  A lot of the questions where standard "what is your name?" type questions.  Only about 2 or so were a bit more personal (who did we meet?  what is your husband's birthday?).  I'm glad that's over! 

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New Look

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Rsbauer.com is back with a new look.  It has been a while since I did a redesign.  I cheated here and swiped the design work I did for Tekro.com.  The news has been ported over and you can find them by clicking News or Blog.  There's a log of static content that got bumped offline.  The TI files seemed to be pretty popular so I'll bring those back. 
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Update and Stuff

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Its been a while since I’ve posted here.

Tekro.com had a hard drive replacement which took a bit of effort to get settled. The timing worked out to be pretty good and everything is back online and working great. Whew!

This ties into the gallery situation. In an attempt to update the gallery, I really hosed things up. It was so bad, I just installed it on Pathfinder (pathfinder.rsbauer.com) and decided to call it a day. Well, Pathfinder can’t keep up with the image processing. So all the old albums from rsbauer.com will still stay on Pathfinder (see the Photo Archive link) and new pictures will go in to the gallery on rsbauer.com (the Gallery link).

School starts next week. Calculus 2. This will be try number 2 for calculus 2. tutor + hard work + water = passing grade? Hopefully!
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Gallery moved

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Well, the plan was to upgrade the gallery to the semi-most recent version so I could move it over to my home machine to make some room on tekro.com. I hosed things up a bit. All the pictures did get moved to the new machine though.

Now the machine only has an Intel 233MMX processor with 256mb of RAM and an 80gb drive. Server web pages it can do, but performing image manipulation it can’t do (in a timely fashion at least). So if you’re browsing the gallery, and its really really slow, don’t worry. Just give it some time. Its working on generating the images. Once the images are generated, it’ll go a lot faster.
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Subversion

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Last week I installed Subversion both at home and at work. Subversion? Subversion. Its an open source revision control application, like CVS or SourceSafe.

I figured at some time I’d be forced to use a revision control system. Hasn’t happened yet. Its weird, but I had all sorts of fun sticking things in Subversion. I persuaded it to play with Apache which isn’t overly straight forward (especially on a Windows box – its much easier on Linux).

What does it all do? Well, it allows you to manage stuff you create/edit. In theory, if there is ever a problem, you can revert back to when the problem wasn’t there. Its also handy if you have multiple people working on the same stuff (not a problem yet, but hopefully sometime in the future). Its just Good Stuff.
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Tekro

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Tekro now has a new billing software installed. Sadly, we don’t yet have credit card processing. In theory, sometime this weekend or the beginning of the week we should be credit card enabled. In the mean time, we still accept PayPal and checks. Tekro Web hosting.
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X10 trick

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My X10 setup is rigged to control some lights and that’s about it. The important task my X10 setup has is lighting my lizard’s house. When the sun rises, his lights need to go on and when the sun sets, they need to turn off. I have a Linux box figuring out when sun rise and sun set is and turns the lights on and off accordingly. Many times the sun is up, the lights are not on. And every now and then, I’d go to bed and his lights would still be on. This had been a problem I didn’t know how to work around. I think its an interference problem. My working work around has been this:

issue X10 command

sleep 3

issue X10 command

sleep 3

issue X10 command

If there’s a way to setup for looping in a shell script, this would be ideal, but I didn’t look into it (yet).

By adding sleep, the script takes a nap for 3 seconds before trying the command again. There’s no harm done if the lights get toggled on the first command. But if they don’t, then there’s 2 more chances. So far its been working great!

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Gallery v2 hosed on server migration

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Ugh. Migrating to a new server doesn’t go very well with Gallery v2. I looked around the ‘net and didn’t find much on how to work around a couple of the errors I was having (it complained about the thumbs and not enough space or too many). Oh well. I figured it would be quicker to blow away the archive and database and build from scratch. I think I’ve got all the images back up. Now they’re a little out of order.
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Getting started with PHP

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I whipped up a little document to aid those looking to jump into PHP and already have some coding experience. Here’s the link: Getting Started with PHP. Its not going to teach you how to code in PHP. What it will do is show a couple of the tricks and techniques unique to PHP. For the ultimate in PHP documentation, check out PHP.net and read through the user comments. There’s some really good stuff in there.
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