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PopUpWindow is popular!

Posted in Jquery, PopWindow by rip747 on March 27, 2007

PopUpWindow seems to hitting around 70 page views and around 30 downloads a day. Not bad for a plugin I whipped up in 20 minutes. If you haven’t yet taken a look at PopUpWindow or have never heard of it, go check out the post about it’s official return from the nether region. I recently (today) just fixed a bug reported by a user and uploaded a new version.

Why is it so quiet?

Posted in ColdFusion, Rants by rip747 on March 20, 2007

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that things are slowing down lately in CF land. Last year was so exciting with everything going on, it now seems dead. What’s going on with Model-Glue? Where is Reactor at? These were two HUGE news items last year and I haven’t heard anything juicy on either of these projects in sometime.

Last thing I heard was that Model-Glue was trying to “hire” people to continue development. Don’t know what that exactly means for the framework itself, but it could be anyone’s guess. From looking at the SVN repo, it still seems that it at Rev 286, which it has been for quite sometime.

Today I also went over to the Reactor camp and poked around seeing if anything was shaking. Not much going on over there either.

Obviously I’m not trying to hit on these projects as I know that life takes it’s toll on people and your priorities change with each waking day. I also know that doing a project for free and in your spare time can be exhausting. I just wish that something would come out of these camps telling us what is going on. Even if it’s a post saying that their just working on cleaning up code and fixing bugs.

Irish Humor

Posted in Jokes by rip747 on March 18, 2007

Ya ya, I know I’m a day late, but what the hell šŸ™‚

An Irishman who had aĀ  littleĀ  too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over.
“So,” says theĀ  cop to the driver, whereĀ  have ya been?”
“Why,Ā  I’ve been to the pub of course,” slurs theĀ  drunk.
“Well,” says the cop, “it looks like you’ve had quite a few to drink this evening.”
“I did all right,” the drunk says with a smile.
“Did you know,” says theĀ  cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, “that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?”
“Oh, thank heavens,” sighsĀ  the drunk.
“For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.”

Brenda O’Malley is home making dinner, as usual, when Tim Finnegan arrives at her door.
“Brenda, may I come in?” he asks. “I’veĀ  somethin’ to tell ya”.
“Of course you can come in, you’re always welcome, Tim. But where’s my husband?”
“That’s what I’m here to be tellingĀ  ya, Brenda. There was an accident down at the Guinness brewery…”
“Oh, God no!” cries Brenda. “Please don’t tell me.”
“I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I’m sorry.”
Finally, she looked up at Tim. “How did it happen, Tim?”
“It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat of Guinness Stout and drowned.”
“Oh my dear Jesus! But you mustĀ  tell me truth, Tim. Did he at least go quickly?”
“Well, Brenda… no. In fact, he got out three times to pee.”

Mary Clancy goes upĀ  to Father O’Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she’s in tears.
He says, “So what’s bothering you, Mary my dear?”
She says, “Oh, Father, I’veĀ  got terribleĀ  news. My husband passed away last night.”
The priest says, “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?”
She says, “That he did, Father.”
The priest says, “What did he ask, Mary? ”
She says, “He said, ‘Please Mary, put down that damn gun…'”

A drunk staggers into a Catholic Church, enters a confessional booth, sits down,but says nothing.
The Priest coughs a few times to get his attention but the drunk continues to sit there.
Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall.
The drunk mumbles, “ain’t no use knockin’, there’s no paper on this side either!”

Smith Project: Open Source version soon?

Posted in ColdFusion by rip747 on March 14, 2007

I’m following the developments of the Smith Project like a tween follows a boy band. Everyday I’m on the forums looking for something that will tell me when this project will go open source. It looks like from the sound of this thread that they are in the process of setting everything up to make the move really soon.

I can’t wait to look at the code and see how something like this is built. Not only that, but maybe it will finally be the kick-in-the-ass I need to get my Java skills up to par.

Automatically Slipstream XP with SP2 and All Post-SP2 Security Hotfixes

Posted in TechSupport by rip747 on March 14, 2007

The biggest problems about installing XP from scratch is the hours spent downloading all the updates for it. Even with an XPSP2 install cd, you still have a fair amount of work getting the machine up to par. Now someone has wrote a batch file that takes an XP cd and slipstreams it with SP2 and all the security updates saving up a ton of time.

read more | digg story

Carbonite saved my ass. Damn you Dell!

Posted in Rants by rip747 on March 9, 2007

My computer died last night. This happened to my brother about 6 months ago. Kinda weird that I had the same thing happen to me. My guess is that there must be something wrong with the harddrives that they are puttting in Dell computers nowadays. I always thought that Seagate Barracuda drives were top notch, but I guess I was wrong.

Anywho, the thing is that about the time that my brother’s computer went down hill, I started to notice some ads on the internet for Carbonite backup. For those that don’t know, you pay $5 a month for unlimited backups over the internet. To me it seemed like a no brainer at the time, so I signed up. I’m one of those idiots that doesn’t have the time to set up a proper backup solution, so this thing fit the bill.

Who knew that that moment I was actually doing something right for once.

So last night I’m watching pron programming and I noticed that Eclipse was really really slow. It took 4 minutes to close a file I was working on. So I just chalked it up to Eclipse acting like itself. Not more then 5 minutes later the whole machine started to become really unresponsive. I though to myself that something had to be wrong with the drive as I could hear it thrashing. I managed to somehow tell Windows to run a chkdsk on the next startup and was able to shutdown the system properly.

Low and behold, on the next reboot chkdsk does it’s thing….. it starts to find bad clusters…. fixes them and moves on…. it hungs for 30 minutes checking file integrity at 11%…. I’m screwed. At this point I couldn’t do anything but just shut the machine down (it was 4:30 am by now) and just go to bed and deal with it when I got home from work.

Right after work, I went to CompUSA and bought a new drive and got my trusty old XP reinstall CD and reinstalled XP. Once I got XP up and running I got on the internet and went to the Carbonite’s site and logged in. I told it that I needed to restore my files and downloaded the application. After installing it, it started to restore my files. I’m happy to say that the restore is going great. It just got done restoring my outlook.pst so I now have all my emails from Wednesday.

Thank GOD this service worked as promised. I would have shot myself if it didn’t. Thank you Carbonite….. fuck you Dell.

Digg: 1 Miiiiiillion Users – I say Bullsh*t

Posted in Rants by rip747 on March 7, 2007

Itā€™s now been more than two years since the first story was submitted and dugg on Digg. Since then you guys have helped Digg move from a personal project amongst a group of friends to a huge online community. Now, your contributions in submitting, digging, and commenting on content have propelled Digg to a point I never dreamed of ā€“ as of today Digg has one million registered users.

Let me not be the first by saying that I think that this is a completely over inflated number. I would bet that if you take a look at the number of user that user Digg on a regularly monthly basis, that that number is really around 20K or less.

I believe that Digg is trying to make themselves look bigger than they are for an investor or buy out.

If you really think about it, how many times have you signed up for a Digg account just to digg a story that one of your friends posted and to never return? I know this sort of thing happened when i submitted the story of the Smith Project going open source. Just read the comments for the post, they say it right there.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Digg and wish them all the best. But I think that Kevin and team need to scrub their database every once in awhile.

read more | digg story

The return of PopupWindow jQuery plugin

Posted in Jquery, PopWindow by rip747 on March 2, 2007

This project has now been moved to Github.

DONATE: If you find this plugin useful, consider donating to the jQuery project directly. I personally do not accept donations, I do it all for the community.

RVD2 is out!

Posted in movies, YouTube by rip747 on March 2, 2007

If you don’t know what Ryan vs. Dorkman is, then you’re not a fan of lightsaber duels. The sequel to the greatest duel is now online. Do yourself the favor a download the divx hi-def version. Youtube just doesn’t do this movie justice.

I stayed up until 1:30am EST to get a first glimpse of this movie. I will say that they completely out did themselves. The special FX are on par with anything that ILM can pump out. I still can’t believe that normal people can do this sort of stuff with Adobe After Effects.

With that I’m sure that you will be equally impressed by this movie as I was. There any some lightsaber moves in this movie that I haven’t seen anywhere. Enjoy!