Unix::ServiceConfig released

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In 2004 I started working with multiple FreeBSD servers for multiple clients, that needed to be administered by non-admin users. I know you are saying “you idiot” and “why would a non-admin user need to administer the server?” I was hired as a consultant and they wanted to be able to add users, web hosts, … Continued

Value of IT certifications

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The other day the COO, a co-worker, and I were talking about things happening at the Company, and a quick side trek into the value of IT certifications came up. My original stance on the subject was that certifications weren’t valuable and that the skills we end up sharpening are better. After talking with them … Continued

Converting Ubuntu VM from VMWare Fusion to VirtualBox

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I’ve recently been converting some VMWare Fusion VM’s to VirtualBox and part of that process I had to re-remember how to do after having done it before. This serves as my memory, and some documentation, on how this is done.

jQuery 1.9+ event toggler plugin

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With the release of jQuery 1.9 using .toggle() as .toggle(handler(eventObject),handler(eventObject)) was deprecated and removed. Last year one of my clients needed to use this functionality as they had other triggers happening at the same time as the content being shown or hidden. To assist with the upgrade I wrote a plugin for jQuery called ToggleEvent … Continued

PHPUnit and certainty of test cases with random data

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Recently I was testing a function that generated slugs for an application. In order to make the slugs unique we would append the microtime to the slug if needed. After updating my data provider to account for using the microtime version of the slug I was receiving intermittent success for the test cases. Using microtime … Continued

Redux: PHP5 cronjob in Debian packages

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After running into “session could not be started because it was already started with session_start() or session.auto_start” on a project, I realized that removing the cronjob is not the only thing that needs to happen to let PHP manage it’s own sessions. chmod www-data:www-data /var/lib/php5 update /etc/php5/apache2/php5.ini and set session.gc_probability = 1 I’m assuming that … Continued

FirePhp and Zend_Db_Table

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While working on a project I kept receiving a blank screen after enabling a function that used Zend_Db_Table_ResultRow’s findManyToManyRowset(). The log file showed the following error, with a long stack trace of the FirePhp plugin looping on encoding the object. PHP Fatal error:  Allowed memory size of 134217728 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 83 bytes) … Continued

MySQL “Natural Sort” in ORDER BY

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I just recently had a client whose data import requirements changed mid-project. We started off with an INTEGER field for this particular value because it made the most sense. Once I got the real data from the client I found out that that there are duplicate pages (representing multiple items on a page) and some … Continued