Monthly Archives: June 2008

Uploader Updated

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The uploader has been redone completely, making it version 2.0 of the uploader. The script was graciously provided by Dannyisonfire. The uploader works perfectly now, and it can reject filetypes, as well as list the files. Now it should easily be able to handle heavier loads from my newly done forums.

Today I also accomplished something that seems impossible. I installed Windows XP on my old IBM Aptiva (13 years old). The Aptiva has 32mb of RAM, so I have no idea how I got past the installation. It works as slow as hell, but Pinball works well enough on it. The built-in CD burner (this computer was really ahead of its time when bought) is the real reason for salvaging it. The standard monitor only has 16-bit color, so the desktop looks like one big .gif, with stripes and such. Of course, Windows XP started up with all of its activation crap, but I ignored it. A simple registry edit removes the annoying nag bubbles that appear every few minutes. The Windows OS is the only product I encourage pirating, because Microsoft doesn’t gain anything from it. Everything else you should go out and buy.

In other news, I still haven’t gotten a job. I went out looking today, but everywhere I get more or less the same basic reply- “Sorry, no open positions.” This is no doubt due to the economic recession the US is going through right now. At this point, I’m sort of hoping this recession evens out before it turns into an all-out depression.

Speaking of politics, the candidates all suck. McCain is a war-loving conservative, who will probably send even more troops to Iraq (and possibly Iran). I’m a bit worried that he might enact a military draft, which would really suck for me. He’s probably going to win, because people generally vote for Republicans during times of war. I might be wrong, though.

Barack Obama’s even worse than McCain. First off, the guy’s black! Not to be racist or anything, but control of the US has always been in the hands of white men. Even scarier, Hillary Clinton (woman) is backing Obama, and that would be downright terrible if Clinton came into office as Obama’s Vice President. The country would go down the gutter if Obama came into power. Good thing that Canada’s only a 6-7 hour drive from Brooklyn, NY, because that’s where I’m going if either Obama or McCain come into power. Then again, the UK’s a nice place to live, also.

Gasoline prices have also reached record highs, with gas in NY being above $4.00 a gallon. By the time I get a driver’s license and a car, gas will probably be over 5-6 dollars a gallon. What sucks even more is that the retard named George Bush secretly suppresses any attempt at alternative fuel sources. Remember the General Motors EV 1? It was doing really well, with a lot of public interest, but then GM suddenly pulled the plug on the program, and crushed all the EV-1’s, with no clear explanation. I think the real reason is that the oil-owning giants (ex: Bush family) pulled some strings along with some bribery/blackmail. The EV-1’s were removed and crushed in 2003, with only a few donated to colleges. When those few EV-1’s were reactivated by students, GM threatened with legal pressure. Whenever any serious electric contenders come out onto the market, they are almost always suppressed by the government. You know how all new vehicles have to get “approval?” Well that “approval” is really a way of making sure all the cars on the road are gas-powered. Hybrids get approval because they still use gas, and are not such a threat. Currently, the Tesla roadster is in active development, and it seems to be going strong. I have a feeling that it’s also going to be put down after a few years or so. Hydrogen vehicles are also not going too well, thanks to a lack of government funding. I’m just hoping that the world’s supply of oil will run out soon. Then it’ll be pointless to put down any alternate fuel sources.

Also, I finished making a site for my client. When they asked for a domain and hosting, I recommended MediaTemple. They host a Sony’s and Adobe’s websites, so they have to be pretty good. The price for grid hosting was pretty good, and it took like 3 minutes to buy hosting and a domain. Account info arrived, and the domain was activated, after about an hour. So far, I’m impressed with their services.

The future of this website looks good, but the future of the world looks bleak.

Bleh…

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2:32 am right now, and I feel dead. My fingers just seem to fly over the keyboard with no guidance. It feels like I’m floating. Spelling properly is hard, as I am sleepy as hell right now.

Complaints aside, I have two important announcements to make.

The site has been freshened a little, but I’m not calling it a redesign because this update simply replaced a few images and relocated some links. The old header has been replaced wih a newer header that matches the site just a bit more than the old one. The RSS feed, Contact, and Uploader links have been moved to the upper right part of the header, as they are not important enough to warrant a position on the sidebar. A new contact page has been made, and the forms and buttons have been customised. Various other errors and CSS errors have been rectified.

Now on to the bigger news. The “forum” link is back! Except that now there is a new, more customised, cleaner looking forum than the clunky old SMF forum I had a few months ago. This new forum is based on punBB, which is simple enough for users and has just enough features. Besides, even though SMF has a ton of features, most users do not use them, so those features just end up taking up hard disc space. Before I went over to punBB, I tinkered with phpBB. PhpBB is feature-packed, but that makes customisation an utter bitch. The hardest part was making the forum nav have rollovers, because I am crazy about rollovers. Head on over to the forums and join in on the fun! By the way, if you were one of the few users who had an account on the old SMF forum, just go and make a new one.

Due to the forum’s use of [img][/img] tags, users have to uplaod a picture to storage in order to link to it. For that purpose I am promoting my uploader. Due to the expected influx in uploader use, I will be upgrading the uploader to a more secure version.

Also, Ralph at ForTheLose made a new version- 3.0. Head on over and check it out. Maybe leave him a comment or two.

End of the Year!

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School finally ended for me… Here are my report card results:
AP Euro- 75 (My advice: NEVER take an AP class unless you are prepared to spend 4 hours on HW.)
English- 85 (That’s the class where I do most of my drawing.)
Chemistry- 65 (I barely passed that one… not to mention my teacher was a complete asshole.)
Chemistry Lab- 95 (All I had to do was hand in one project.)
Digital Photography- 95 (I would have probably gotten a 100, but 95 is the highest allowed.)
Math B- 95 (Easy.)
Gym- 95 (I didn’t even come to class half the time.)
Spanish- 85 (Really easy class, I would have gotten a 95 had I come to class all the time and actually done any work).
English 2- 85 (Meh.)
Regents scores:
Spanish: 96 (So easy that a brain-dead person could pass it in their sleep.)
Social Studies: 98 (Cake.)
Math B: 85 (Meh.)
Chemistry: 76 (Fuck Chemistry.)

The year has ended pretty well, and the summer’s looking pretty good. My web design business is going well, and my “empire” of sites keeps growing.

Speaking of web design, this site will receive a slight facelift today.

Just a quick little heads-up…

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I’ve been messing around with MooTools for a little while now, and I’ll be putting them to use on this site. If things start getting a little screwy, it’s not the hackers, it’s Javascript. My first “improvement” will be to make the comments form to slide out gracefully without having to reload the page. It seems like a good idea at the time…

Hacked Again!

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The Kosovan hackers are at it again… I wonder how they got in this time? Ah well… I’ll just have to upgrade everything and try to beef up security. What I wonder is why they are so persistent in hacking my site? Is it to piss me off, or to actually do something?

Hacked!

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Just an hour or so ago, I went onto this site to make a blog post about the regents exams. Then, suddenly, instead of my usual page, I see a page with a black background and red/white text, saying “Hacked!” According to access logs, it was a hacker from Kosova, who probably got in through either a WordPress or SMF exploit. I deleted the forums (they weren’t of much use, and they were already out of order), and a bunch of other files, and that seemed to have solved the problem. Due to this hacking, I upgraded to WordPress 2.5.2, and although I don’t like it as much as 2.1, it has better security, so hopefully I won’t be hacked any time in the near future.

The regents was okay, I guess. It was a bit harder than the other regents, but I think I did well on it. All that’s left is the Spanish regents, which isn’t a real threat.

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