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May 9, 2010 – 1:40pm MySQL Emergency

My friends Lawrence Krubner and Darren Hoyt just launched MySql Emergency. It’s a site where you can post urgent MySql questions and post a small bounty ($4 or more) for a good solution to your problem.

MySql Emergency is problem-solving community for MySql, ideal for users seeking quick, succinct answers they can’t find in any MySql forums. MySql Emergency is also great for established MySql developers who want to help problem-solve and be paid fairly for their efforts.

Sometimes Google just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you want quick, succinct advice specific to your problem. MySql Emergency lets you lean on the knowledge of the masses and still get personalized advice.

If you think you know a thing or two about MySql and might want to make some quick cash on the side, or if you have a question for the community, you can register for free. I’ve earned more than a round of beers by spending just a few minutes sharing tips to fellow developers in need.

If you register using this affiliate link I might be able to get them to buy me another round 🙂

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April 19, 2010 – 10:35pm Moving wordpress site to another server

There was a question posted on WP Questions about moving a wordpress from a local development server to the live server. Here is what I do for just about all of my WP sites. It works for me since while I’m building out a site I usually make local changes that I have to sync up to a staging site for people to review.

1. Edit your wp-config.php so it works on various environments. I do this like so:

March 30, 2010 – 7:31pm twitter contest rules

I’ve wondered what the rules and regulars are surrounding holding a contest in which prizes are given away based on “tweeted” entries. Many years ago a business of mine sponsored a large-scale sweepstakes, and besides the “no purchase necessary” clause, we had to accept hand entries via mail. Here is a snippet of some official rules to one such twitter contest. If you or your clients plan on using a scheme like this for marketing purposes, it may come in handy. Obviously I am not a lawyer (“IANAL”) so if you plan on running a similar contest make sure you cover your bases!

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March 26, 2010 – 1:11pm Process for Submitting your iPad App to the App Store

March 27th is the deadline to submit your new iPad application if you want it to be in the app store the for iPad launch date, April 3rd.

I took some notes during TUAW’s Dev Clinic discussion on the process to compile your app and upload it to iTunes: More…

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March 23, 2010 – 4:20pm AirPort Extreme vs AirPort Express

I recently updated our home network from an AirPort Express (802.11g) to an AirPort Extreme (late 2009, dual-band). The AirPort Express works great; it’s small, easy to set up, and we only have a few devices on our network and use it to stream music just about all day long. The only time we encounter some trouble is when we use the microwave, which causes our internet to cut out about half the time. Additionally, there are a lot of networks in the area on the same frequencies, so I imagine there is some interference caused by these 15 – 20 other networks using the same channels. More…

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March 22, 2010 – 6:18am symfony sync command configuration (with symfony 1.0)

I recently discovered a quick way to edit the rsync parameters used when executing the symfony sync command with symfony 1.0. More…

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October 17, 2009 – 8:24pm The Secret Behind “SEO”

What is the secret to SEO?

“Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again.”

from Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists by Derek Powazek:

The problem with SEO is that the good advice is obvious, the rest doesn’t work, and it’s poisoning the web. I’m going to tell you about the problems, and then tell you the one true way to generate traffic on the web, based on my own 14 years of hits and misses.

This is a great post, which I discovered through daringfireball. It’s worth a read, either if you manage a website and have wondered about what “SEO” can (or in this case, can’t) do for you, or if you are a web developer and you get clients asking how they can improve their search visibility.

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August 1, 2009 – 11:27pm On iphone revenue share business models

From the post:

Good app ideas are a dime a dozen. Your great idea isn’t guaranteed to make any money in the app store. Why should a developer develop your whole app for just a percentage of the money you are going to make? Just because you have a good idea? Most developers have good ideas too, and if they are going to risk not making anything for their hard work, they might as well balance that by doing their own work and making 100% of the profits.


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July 31, 2009 – 12:28pm Springloops deployment with svn externals

We’ve been trying out springloops as a hosted svn solution for one of our smaller projects, and so far it does the job just fine. We are using it to host the subversion repository for a symfony project. We generally like to use svn:externals for the symfony library files themselves, this way it its easy to upgrade symfony, make sure every deployment has the necessary code base without having to worry about having PEAR installed on every server. More…

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July 27, 2009 – 11:07am IE 6 getElementsById() and prototype $() function return dom elements by *name*

I can’t believe I had not run into this yet, but today I had a page that had an element (an anchor) with a name attribute (“floorplans”), and further down the page a div with that id (“floorplans”). When I tried to dynamically load content into my div using $(‘floorplans’), things were getting all out of control on IE 6. Turns out IE6’s document.getElementById returns the first element whose id OR name matches the string, and of course Prototype’s $() function relies on the browser’s own getElementById(). Lesson learned!