Rip's Domain

Who is RIP747?

So what is it about me that’s interesting?

Well I’m a tech junkie by birth. I’m currently employed as a ColdFusion programmer, however I also perform other tasks such as network administrator (which I have my MCSE for, like that means anything today), database administrator and project manager.

When I’m not working for the man, I LOVE helping out in the opensource community. I have a github page with a couple of projects going on and I’m a member the lead developer of the ColdFusion on Wheels core team.

I’m opinionated but fair, outspoken but know when to be quiet.

How did I get the name RIP747?

A lot of people have asked me this over the years and I’ve heard some really creative guesses. The truth is that WAY back in the day I used to play lot of video games and enter into tournaments for them. Back in the 90’s it was very common for high score lists to only allow you to enter in 3 characters. I figured I wanted something that would be recognizable, so I started entering in RIP (Rest In Peace) whenever I got a high score. It also sounded cool when entering in tournaments: RIP vs so-and-so. After a while, it stuck, and that was my nick name.

The 747 part came during the age of pager. People needed to know who was paging them so everyone I knew had a code that they entered after the number they were paging the person with. RIP translates to 747 on a phone pad, so when I paged people I would do,  4075551212#747 or something like that so my friends knew it was me paging them.

When the internet started, I put them together and started using RIP747 to try to distinguish myself from everyone else. I soon found out though that I wasn’t the only RIP747 out there in the world :P Guess great ideas can come from more then one person after all.

— Start Hack from Charles —

Doesn’t it stink that you and I are twins and share everything together…like our passwords. HA HA HA!!!

So that is suppose to be a something about you that all the people in your community can take with a grain of salt. Well, what can I say…

1) You know you stuff when it comes to computers
2) You’re probably the best CF programming I have ever seen
3) You can’t play Street Fighter for crap (Guile will always win again Blanka)
4) You have the best twin brother in the world, except when he hacks into your WordPress account
5) You have 4 of the most dumbest, but cute as hell, dogs

There’s plenty more, but I don’t want to bore everyone. I was going to make a post, but I know your blog is published on many sites. Anyway, let’s see how long it takes for you to realize I changed your profile and yell at me. luv you bro!!!

— End Hack from Charles —

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  1. fernando Lopez said, on December 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    @rip is this for real? you have a twin brother?

    and did you already realized he added content to your About page?

    that would be too funny.

  2. rip747 said, on July 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    for those wondering. yes i have a twin brother and yes he did hack my wordpress account back then and left that message :)

  3. Bob Greene said, on January 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Rip747– There is one area where twinship terminates– you can write and even spell (for any programmer, that is remarkable), and your brother failed remedial English grammar (with determined effort).

  4. Bob Greene said, on January 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Rip747, Part II– What is your opinion about the future of Cold Fusion, now that even Adobe Flash is feeling heat from HTML5? Will Adobe dump Cold Fusion eventually?

    Adobe is on record trying to have it both ways– (1) Yes, Adobe will continue to evangelize Flash and (2) Yes, Adobe will embrace HTML5, etc. Adobe is so well established, it may well be able to pull off both policy directions.

  5. rip747 said, on February 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    @Bob Part 1

    we live up to the definition of “mirror” twins ;)

    @Bob Part 2

    Personally I wouldn’t care if they dropped the product. It’s no secret that I’ve never liked what Adobe has done with the product and not participating in the CFML Advisory Committee proved that they are more for profit then the community; very sad indeed for such a wonderful language. For all future CFML work, I’ve switched over to using Railo and I’m in the process of converting all my Adobe CFML sites over to Railo as well. Though Railo a little bit more to setup and configure with IIS then Adobe, the speed and stability increase is worth it. Railo has also impressed me with their responsiveness to fixing bugs and their community involvement (especially on the open source end). I will also say that once OpenBD sorts out a few bugs so that CFWheels runs on it, I will give that a try as an alternative engine.

  6. Ray Ford said, on November 27, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Does rip747 refer to the good old days of the Boeing 747 jet plane?
    I have fond child-hood memories of travelling on 747s in the late 70s.
    They were so big.


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