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  • New Funny T-Shirt of the Day – The Censored Swearword Tee

    Posted on July 16th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    Funny New T-Shirt Design

    Get your Censored Swearword T-Shirt Here
    FeelGoodGear.com

  • The Official Emoticon Database T-Shirt

    Posted on July 11th, 2010 phpguru No comments

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    The Official Emoticon Database Tee
    At FeelGoodGear.com

  • funny tee shirt of the day – No Bull****

    Posted on June 13th, 2010 phpguru No comments

    No Bull S*** = Bovine Excrement Free

    Warning… this zone is 100% guaranteed
    Bovine Excrement Free.

    Get it at FeelGoodGear.com

  • How to Avoid Identity Theft and Protect Your Credit Free

    Posted on March 13th, 2010 phpguru 2 comments

    ATTORNEY’S ADVICE – NO CHARGE

    Not A Joke!!   Even If you dislike attorneys… You will love them for these tips.

    Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:

    1. Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIRED.’

    2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the ‘For’ line. Instead, just put the  last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it.

    3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do no t have a PO Box, use your work address.Never  have your  SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.

    4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc.. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.

    I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

    Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.

    But here’s some critical information to limit the damage  in case this happens to you or someone you know:

    5. We have been told we should  cancel our  credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

    6.  File a  police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

    But here’s what is perhaps  most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)

    7. Call  the  3 national credit reporting organizations  immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number.. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name.

    The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit..

    By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves’ purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has be en done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in).. It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks..

    Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen:

    1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

    2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

    3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289

    4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):  1-800-269-0271

    We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.

    If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone that you care about.

  • Famous Pairs (how to name two dogs)

    Posted on December 18th, 2009 phpguru 3 comments

    With a little help from Factacular, We compiled this list of famous pairs, in preparation of the potential arrival of two pugs we might be getting tomorrow.

    Abbott and Costello
    Ben and Jerry
    Cheech and Chong
    Bill and Ted
    Black and Decker
    Ernie and Bert
    Gilbert and Sullivan
    Hall and Oates
    Lenny and Squiggy
    Lewis and Clark
    Mario and Luigi
    Ren and Stimpy
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    Romulus and Remus
    Siegfried and Roy
    Siskel and Ebert
    Starsky and Hutch
    Tom and Jerry
    Simon and Garfunkel
    Wallace and Gromit
    __________________________
    Edit December 29, 2009
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well, we ended up with a boy and girl, brother sister from the same litter of 8 pups. We decided to name them Daisy and Duke.
    pug photos

    pug photo

    pug photo

  • Boundaries for Open Source Software

    Posted on November 25th, 2009 phpguru No comments

    This is the best and most succinct guideline for participating in open-source software I’ve ever read.

    http://trac.handbrake.fr/wiki/IsIsnt

  • How to convert fonts from .pfb to .ttf on Mac OSX

    Posted on November 7th, 2009 phpguru No comments

    http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.html

  • PHP from the command line

    Posted on November 3rd, 2009 phpguru No comments

    I was just reading about how to write PHP scripts specifically for the command line.

    points of interest:

  • Developing Websites Using Mac OS X Snow Leopard

    Posted on November 3rd, 2009 phpguru 2 comments

    The latest Mac update, Snow Leopard, comes with pre-bundled with Apache 2.2, and PHP 5.3.

    Here’s what I did to enable it and start making websites.

    1. Turning on Apache
      To do this go to System Preferences -> click the checkbox by Web Sharing
    2. To check your Apache install
      You might like this post about how to create a quick document for testing.
    3. Editing Apache Virtual Hosts
      Paul Kukiel shares how to
    4. Turning on PHP
    5. Loading MySQL
      Before you rebuild MySQL, double check your processor speed. If you upgraded to Snow Leopard from an older install on an older PPC or Intel Mac, be sure to know which processor type you need to build MySQL for. These instructions are for my Generation 5 Macbook Pro, not one of the brand new 64-bit models. Download the installer from MySQL.com. Then follow this post that shows how to build MySQL from source.
    6. Loading phpMyAdmin
    7. Using Terminal

    I found this post useful. Here is another similar post.

  • Apple.com is Great but Lacks Support Features

    Posted on October 31st, 2009 phpguru No comments

    Apple, I love you. Your overpriced computers are so well crafted. I don’t mind (over) paying you guys every few years for a new system. My MacBook Pro serves me well.

    I was just visiting Apple Support to how to upgrade RAM on a MacBook  Pro though and found these features strangely missing.

    1) My Systems
    Let me store my info. I’m running in Bootcamp right now and there is no ‘About This Mac’. Dell.com has a nice Manage my systems admin panel.

    2) Login and Session?
    Why not let me login right on the home page? I have to find a buried link on the support page to reset my Apple ID, get to the forums… put an optional website widget everywhere that tracks my forum posts, alerts me of updates.

    3) Let me edit my iTunes playlist?
    Sure would be nice to be able to add songs I have streaming on a radio station, running in Safari on Bootcamp, or from my iPhone.

    4) Google voice/wave type interface?