Downgrading PHP 5.4 to 5.3 on Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal)

I recently upgraded one of my staging servers to Ubuntu 12.10 (aka Quantal). That’s great, except my production servers are still on Ubuntu 11.04. The idea behind having a staging environment is to match production as closely as possible. So, my choices are (a) upgrade my production systems, which is a good idea but risky, or (b) downgrade PHP on my staging servers. For various reasons relating to time and cost, I decided it would be best to temporarily downgrade PHP on my staging servers.
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Visual Studio 2010 and Emacs

I’ve posted about this issue before in previous versions of Visual Studio, which received a very helpful response. The newest version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 didn’t ship with emacs support. This was later remedied by Microsoft with an emulator. Great.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m very happy about the emacs support. I [...]

Steam sucks — cripples good games

I was shocked and delighted today when I found an ad on cnet.com for Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 (who says nobody clicks on ads)! Who know it came out about two weeks ago? I didn’t.

I’m not somebody you would call a “gamer,” but I do enjoy my fare share of strategy games. I’ve been a long [...]

Josh Gabriel pres. Winter Killers – Deep Down

I had such a hard time finding this song that I thought I’d provide a download for the masses here. Hopefully it doesn’t stir up any issues; it’s a great song.

[ Josh Gabriel presents Winter Kills - Deep Down ]

They say, they say
We should have known better than to
fall so deep down, deep down
into this rabbit [...]

Michael Jackson Dies; Twitter Fails

In other news today, Michael Jackson is reported as dying at age 50. It’s very sad, but neither his death nor his ownership of the Beatles’ music is the topic of this post (although hopefully with his death, the latter will be transferred to somebody who plays well with Apple, Inc.).

Michael Jackson: Trending

After TMZ reported [...]

New Job

I’m very happy to announce I’ll be starting a new job this Monday, June 8th, 2009! For my own job security, I’m not going to mention which company. I will say that it’s one of the largest manufacturers of computer hardware components in the world!

I’m very excited! I’ll even get [...]

When Windows Cleanup Goes Bad

I fished this out of an old blog of mine. It still generates hits (believe it or not) after it’s original posting on September 10, 2006. I lost the images associated with the post, but was able to recover the body.


Last night I noticed that my C: drive (Windows 2000) was getting a little cluttered. So instead of going through and deleting temporary internet files and the Temp folders myself, I decided to run Windows Cleanup. While I was at it, I decided compressing some old files couldn’t hurt anything either. Bad choice.

BOOTMGR is compressed.
Press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

At least this error occurs without data loss. Bootloader problems are pretty easy to fix, especially the Windows 2000+ bootloader.

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Moving Day

I moved over the weekend. Moving is a lot of work! I’ll get back to posting soon. In the mean time, wish [...]

My First Spam!

This is a note worthy day! I received my first comment SPAM! Exciting, no? Well, ok, not really. But it does mean that search engines are returning my posts. [...]

Another Day, Another Blog

Ok, ok, I know. Another blog?

At this point I’ve probably had 6 blogs. I’ve had a few technology blogs, personal blogs, and blogs with no content. One of my technology blogs got a fair amount of traffic, but alas, years of server shuffling caused the content to be lost. So, here I am again. I’m trying [...]