Category Archives: Computer Stuff

Another Bad Experience With Edge Browser

Microsoft has been trying really hard to jam Edge browser down everyone’s throats. Kind of reminds me of the old days with Internet Explorer. As a web developer, in the old days (really not too distant a past), we had … Continue reading

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Quick And Easy Music Command Generator In PHP

I won’t go in to the convoluted reason why I needed to write this script, but I will tell you that I recently used it to convert over 540 music files (using FFMPEG) from wma to mp3. You see, when … Continue reading

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MySQL Difference Between Dates In Days, Hours, Minutes

I was researching how to make a JavaScript countdown timer for a personal webpage, because that’s the only way to go if you want interactivity (client-side scripting at its best), and I thought, ‘how can I do this in MySQL?’ … Continue reading

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No WMC No Windows 10

With a push to get everyone back on the Microsoft wagon, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 for free to Windows 7 and up users. I was initially excited while simultaneously worried. I mean, nothing in this life is free. There’s … Continue reading

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Working With XML/XSLT, JSON, And PHP

So, this tale, which for your sake I will attempt to make brief, is typical of my experiences in web development. As one of my old bosses used to say (and I’m paraphrasing), “if there’s a hard way to do … Continue reading

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Arrival At Pluto

New Horizons is scheduled to arrive at the PLANET Pluto (don’t give me any of that dwarf or minor crap) on: select DATE_ADD(date(‘2015-06-02’), INTERVAL 42 DAY) as ‘Arrival at Pluto’; Kind of sad that I thought it would be easier … Continue reading

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Having Conversations With Javascript

Have you ever wanted wanted to animate inanimate objects? I think we all have. Well, that’s a lot of work. A cheat that you can employ, however, is relatively easy with javascript and or jquery. No, I’m not talking about … Continue reading

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Graphing With Flot

I was working on one of my personal projects, graphing data with PHP, when I ran into a wall. Sure, with PHP, you can get all your data (in the words of some famous poet: database, oh database, how do … Continue reading

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Install A Linux Web Server On Your Windows 7 PC With Vagrant

First, I’d like to reference an excellent video tutorial that I used for my initial foray into the Vagrant world. Click here to see that tutorial. Disclaimer: This blog entry does not necessarily follow safe computer/networking procedures. Use this only … Continue reading

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MySQL Query Using Derived Temp Table And Left Join Against Self

An example (for a personal project) where I’m using a derived temp table (designated ‘x’) and a table joined against itself, used to find the max timestamp. Thanks, Martin! select tt.*, fkid, max(fldTimeStamp) as `maxTimeStamp`, (count(*)-1) as `calcCount` from tbl_todo … Continue reading

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