PHP is an amazing server-side scripting language! It is part of the group of tools that much of the Internet is built on… LAMP… which stands for “Linux,” “Apache,” “MySQL,” and “PHP.” This blog, for instance, is being hosted by one of our Linux servers (CentOS Linux, to be specific), using Apache as our web hosting software, and is written in PHP, with data saved in a MySQL database. It is everywhere! If you would like a great introduction to PHP… here’s a FREE On-Line Book! Yep! FREE!
Practical PHP Programming
PHP is our Geek Software of the Week! Learn it, use it! It is Open Source, and it rocks!
John C. Dvorak can give me a bit of a “run for my money” as a Computer Curmudgeon! I used to watch Dvorak on his TechTV program called, “Silicon Spin.” Even before that, I always read his articles in the computer industry magazines… even going back to my old VAX/VMS system days! But until recently, he didn’t GET Podcasting!
Dvorak Finally “Gets” Podcasting!
However, now that he is a part of the most popular podcast, “This Week in Tech,” he does “get it!” Way to go, John! Those of us that podcast appreciate your analysis of what we already knew! (By the way, The Spirit of Faith Podcast is available here:)
The Spirit of Faith Netcast
In the September 2005 issue (Issue 58) of Linux Pro Magazine, in an article called “Designed to Fit,” the magazine reports that Hewlett-Packard considered shipping the HP Compaq NC4200 laptop with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed! Ubuntu says that they are working with HP to come out with a version that supports “nearly 100%” of the hardware for the NC6120, NC6110, NC600, NX6110, NC6220 and NC4200. The customized Ubuntu version is available here:
Custom Ubuntu Linux for Some HP Laptop Models
Exceptions are the SD-card reader and the Broadcom wireless device. For both devices no Linux drivers are available. But the Broadcom wireless device can be run with ndiswrapper and the windows drivers. Way to go HP! Come on, go for it! Release a “production” laptop with Ubuntu packaged on it! I double-dog dare ya!
We just keep developing technologies that Star Trek predicted… and now… we have a REAL tractor beam!
Real Tractor Beams
For a Trekker like myself… this is just TOO COOL!
Coffee is good for you! Coffee is bad for you! Experts can’t seem to make up their mind on this one. But today, it is in the “good for you” category! Turns out that coffee has lot’s of antioxidants.
Think of a nail. You put it out in the weather and it rusts. It is “oxidizing.” Left long enough it would “oxidize” away to nothing. A similar thing happens at the cellular level in the body. Oxidants “eat away” at cells. Therefore, “anti-oxidants” keep your cells from being “eaten away.” (OK, a VERY simple analogy.)
Coffee as an antioxidant
So, go have a cup a’ joe and know that you are being healthy! (At least this week!)
Anti-Virus and Spyware are no longer the ONLY things that we have to fight on the Internet! Now there are hijacking programs, Trojans, Worms, dialing programs that â€œtake overâ€? your system, and keylogging programs that record your keystrokes and allow people to steal your personal info. Hereâ€™s another tool in your arsenal to keep your system safe! It will detect these programs and does not interfere with the operation of your current antivirus or Spyware removal program! And, it is FREE!
Ewido Security Suite
Get it, scan your system, and donâ€™t be surprised that it may find things that your current software didnâ€™t find!
Zowie! Talk about Science Fiction! Scientists have come up with a way to inject mice with a substance that then allows them to regrow all organs and tissues except the brain.
They say that it may later be workable for humans. Yike. This is weird.
I saw a report on TV this weekend on a local (Charlotte area) gas company that was bringing ethanol to the Carolinas. It is usable by cars that can use “flex” fuels. It is 85% ethanol and 15% regular gas. Let’s see… it burns better, your car gets better gas mileage, it is made from corn, which we have in surplus, is a renewable resource, and is grown in this country. The farmers in America get the profit, not the Arabs. AND, it is $2.09 a gallon, and gas is (as I write this) about $2.55 per gallon. Is it me, or is this just a no-brainer? Get it here in the Piedmont, somebody, and I will drive out of my way to buy it! And this from a guy that doesn’t even believe in global warming! Rock on.
Have you ever needed to automate something in the Windows GUI? (Graphical User Environment) You need to be able to simulate a “click this, enter that, run this” when you aren’t even there at your PC and you want it to run in “the background?” Well, here’s the answer! AutoIt is a “BASIC-like” point and click environment that allows you to automate Windows operations!
AutoIt Scripting Language
Very cool, very flexible… you will like it!
Sometimes an article comes along that just makes you shout, “Hallelujah! Preach on, my brother!” Can I hear an, “Amen!,” somebody!?!
Zotob Madness and the Real Cost of Windows vs. Linux
Read it, print it, spread it around at your IT shop! Heh, heh!