January 13, 2003

Of work, vampires and various other things …

I stayed at home since I felt like a little bit of rest since I’ve not been feeling too well the last few days – plus, I’ve been at work for almost everyday for the last month or so. So it was time for a little break :p Incidentally, I need to learn to keep my mouth shut – or at least not be totally honest all the time <vbg> This friend of mine from work asked me about my site since he’d seen some of the PhotoShop work I was doing for the SM layout and I gave him the URL – I didn’t realize till after I’d given him the URL that I talk about work and the current situation with the boss etc. here. Of course, it’s no big deal since he’s a very good friend but the problem is that there is the possibility that somebody else from work will visit next and then somebody else and so on till the site becomes an open secret and before I know it, the boss himself will be reading it :p Ah well …

Since I was at home today, I actually managed to get a lot of work done on this new project that I got started on. It’s basically a tagboard system which runs on your server but anybody can sign up for their own tagboard off your server 🙂 The source is based off an existing system called QBoard but they decided to opensource it and put it up as a project on SourceForge. I had picked up the source a while back but couldn’t install it at first because the installer was a bit clunky – I began cleaning up the installer to suit my need, then spoke to the main developer and offered to give him my changes and he added me to the SourceForge project and so I actually sat down today and wrote a full-blown installer for it in PHP :p It all seems to work pretty well but I’ll probably have to do a little more testing and then it’ll probably get released on SourceForge.

Other than that, I’ve been watching the DVD collection of "Kindred: the Embraced". When I first saw the show (must have been five or six years ago) I thought that it was pretty cool but when I saw it this time, I was struck by how bad the show looked and how cheesy the acting was :p At first, I wasn’t sure if it was the second viewing or if it was just the mood I was in but now I think maybe it was just the original show which was so bad. I don’t think I’d seen the original the first time but it was on the DVD collection and I watched it. Of course, I watched the original yesterday (when I was feeling really bad) and I watched three more episodes today (when I was feeling better) and so I am not so sure if my frame of mind had something to do with it or not :p But I kind of like the three episodes I watched today and am again becoming hooked on the story …

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Posted by Fahim at 5:46 pm  |  1 Comment

I probably will be home for at least today or maybe even tomorrow as well since I am not feeling too well. Of course, I knew this bout of sickness was on it’s way and so I went into work yesterday and downloaded PHP Triad. Who or what is PHP Triad you may ask? It’s a cumulative installer which installs the Apache web server, mySQL and PHP on your machine – and it’s for the Windows platform. Since I’ve been working on the QBoard project, this seemed like the perfect development environment for me when I’m at home since then I won’t need to be online to test out my changes. I installed PHP Triad yesterday evening and it seemed to work well enough but the default PHP Triad installer comes with PHP 4.0.5 but I wanted a later version since my host server runs PHP 4.2.x. Fortunately, I’d also downloaded PHP 4.3.0 as a separate download and it was the work of a matter of few minutes to replace the PHP 4.0.5 installation with PHP 4.3.0 and I was all set.

I still have not started work on actual QBoard development from home but I did bring the source with me and Joel (who is the guy who originally coded QBoard and released the source and put it on SourceForge) wrote to me today to tell me that I’d been added to the SourceForge project and that he was waiting for me to finish my changes so that he could get a new release out that has a built-in installer. So I guess I should better get cracking :p

Posted by Fahim at 7:21 am  |  No Comments