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A Sad Day For Open Source

Today is a sad day for open source. I found out only a couple of hours ago that Red Hat, like many other open source companies before it, decided to sell itself to a group that will likely do what Oracle did to Sun Microsystems. It's a damn shame. The …


Setting Up New Blog - Pelican Edition

I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and finally found the time/bit the bullet. Wordpress, while awesome, just wasn't cutting it for me - especially since I had to pay quite a bit for hosting and the like. For now, I'll use GitHub pages and go from …


MySQL Case

I was in the midst of developing a system to track OTIF (On Time In Full) deliveries to my employer's customers. I wanted to be able to take the data and use it with a nice open source sparkline tool found here.

To do that though, I needed to be …


When Adding Plugins To Your Symfony Project

Had the roughest time getting this one going - so therefore I'm posting just in case anyone else gets stuck.

Today, I started adding user security to the training database I've been developing in Symfony 1.1.  One of the great things about a strong framework like Symfony is the ability …


Magento Update: Backend Fun/Frustration

Seeing that there's been interest with Magento, I figured I would write up my experiences since the last time I published about it.

First off, Magento does a fairly good job about documenting the basics about the program.  As I found out last time, it will take a bit of …