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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Created New Blog: "The Moral of the Story"

"The Moral of the Story"

a.k.a. ...and the Moral of the Story is...

YOU input what YOU believe the moral of the story is. Share your creativity. Give your moral sense a workout, or revitalize it altogether!

Oh! And if you have any suggestions for a fragment, by all means, please let me know.

"The Moral of the Story"

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Installing PHP 5 with Apache 2.2 on Windows

You'll see in a previous blog that I got Apache 2 running with TomCat. Yesterday, I decided to intergrate PHP. Unfortunatley, I ran into pretty much the same issue as I ran into with associating TomCat with Apache: A DLL issue, which provides the error "The requested operation has failed" when attempting to start the Apache server.

The trick to getting PHP working with Apache is that there are multiple DLL files provided with the 5.2 release of PHP.

  • php5apache.dll
  • php5apache2.dll
  • php5apache2_2.dll

    The php5apache2_2.dll file is the DLL you want to use with Apache 2.2. Don't rename it, just point your httpd.conf file to it. You'll read in many places that these are the entries you need to add to your httpd.conf file:

    Put this line where you see a bunch of other LoadModule lines (leave the php5_module named just like this, even if you don't install PHP to a C:/php5 folder. The DLL file looks for the name.)
  • LoadModule php5_module "C:/php/php5apache2_2.dll

    Put this line in the block
  • ScriptAlias /php/ "C:/php/"

    Put this line in the block
  • AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .php3 .phps

    Then add index.php to your list of index files (files the server looks for if you don't specify a file, such as if you just go to http://localhost/

    DirectoryIndex index.html index.php


    Side Note: I opted not to take the CGI approach due to the warnings I've read on the vulnerability this approach opens to hackers.

    A great thread on this issue is located at:

    Free Workshop: How to Install PHP 5, Apache 2, MySQL 4.1, SQLite, SQLite Manager and XSLT on Windows

    My post to the thread was:
    Keith D Commiskey - kdcinfo.com: My problem with loading the "php5apache2_2.dll" file (php5 and apache 2.2) was because I'd installed it in C:/php, I changed the php5_module line to php_module (doh!). The dll specifically references php5_module.
  • Thursday, September 28, 2006

    Another Lovely House

    Not ours. My folks! They've got a lovely little house in Northern California. Its in a retirement community, and is perfect for someone, or two someones who'd like to get away and not have to live around the hustle and bustle you find everywhere else in life nowadays.

    The good news is, they're moving back down to be closer to my three other siblings. They've loved it there, but a couple hours south has turned out to be a better arrangement. And you kow in retirement, its nice to try out a few different places too.

    The house is really, really nice (I've seen it a few times), and as far as California house prices go, it's very affordable.

    If you know of anyone looking to move, especially into a nice quiet neighborhood, please forward them the link. I'll post back here again when the house is sold.

    Sun City Roseville

    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    House is Sold! We're Moved.

    Closing was two days ago. And our move wasn't far. Just a few blocks away. In moving into an apartment, we've aleviated the stress of foundation worries, a/c problems, and the host of other issues that go into keeping a house maintained. The next house we get we'll get when we can afford to hire professionals to take care of it. I do computers; I'm no good at fixing sprinkler systems (I learned this firsthand).

    So, everything else aside, we have indeed moved. And although we're only about 3-4 blocks away, we're now in Dallas.

    Keith

    P.S. I just last night got our internet access setup at home (took 2-3 weeks for SBC/ATT/Yahoo to activate service). Also had to increase the security protocol on our wireless (living in an apartment, there are lots more potential hacks into your wireless network).

    Tuesday, July 11, 2006

    Apache, Tomcat; Connected at Last

    Well, after about 4 or 5 tries over about a 3 week period, I finally got Apache and Tomcat connected. Two or three installs, and three or four configurations later, I finally found a blog last night with about a hundred or more comments on an Apache/Tomcat connection walkthrough.

    A few commentors noted they had the same problem as me (after configuring the mod_jk connector module, Apache wouldn't start). One comment, about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down, had information relating to the JK Module from the Apache/Jakarta site not working with some system setups. They provided a link to another site [XAMPP for Windows] that provides the JK Connector module as part of its installation.

    After downloading, and extracting the XAMPP "mod_jk.so" file and placing that in the modules folder, tada! Apache started right up!

    I can now begin playing with Struts, Tiles, Java, JSP, Beans, and more...!

    I could have setup MyEclipse and WebLogic, which is what I have setup at work, but figured I would learn how to do it this way as well.

    Apache, Tomcat; Connected at Last

    Sunday, May 21, 2006

    Looking to Move - Residentially Speaking

    AND, on top of a new job, and a new web host for kdcinfo.com, we (Michelle, Brittany, and I) are looking to put the house up for sale in the next month, and move back into an apartment (we just can't keep up with the maintenance (fees) required by this 1980 luxury home (still not quite sure how my folks did it). Perhaps we'll get another one when we can afford a newer model?...

    Web Host Transfer - kdcinfo.com

    And to make life even more fun, I've relocated my kdcinfo.com web host to Jatol, which accommodates JSP (as well as PHP and ASP).

    New Job!!!

    Yep, Keith (that's me), got a new job. I'm leaving Fujitsu Network Communications (, Inc.)! It was 8 years as of May 8, 2006.

    Where am I going?
    Voyager Expanded Learning, L.P.
    http://www.voyagerlearning.com/

    Doing what?
    Sr. Web Developer/Designer
    http://www.voyagerlearning.com/about/sr_web_developer.jsp

    This is the type of company I have been looking for since Salar, my boss from Owen Consultants, Design Engineering Group (DEG), and Salar and Associates (Salar is the boss that relocated me from Concord to Sacramento, and then to San Diego).

    In any case, my first day with Voyager will be on June 6 (I get a 4-day weekend).

    My exit with FNC will be quite busy, as I have to teach as much as I can about Graphics Administration, graphic workload reporting, and every other aspect of graphics as I can. Then there's the department's intranet site (web development)...

    No one is indispensable, and no one person is truly non-replaceable. Tech Pubs, and Fujitsu, has allowed me to grow in many areas, and I thank them for that.

    I'm really, really looking forward to the challenge of my new position. Its probably the single-most biggest challenge I've faced since joining the Regular Army (which, by the way, I consider to be my Bachelor's degree: Then there's the 10 years of 7 days a week, 14-18 hour days I put into my own learning, and the 7 days a week, 10-14 hour days in the 6 years following that).

    Keith

    --
    Keith D Commiskey
    http://kdcinfo.com
    http://giftsforyou.biz/

    Saturday, May 20, 2006

    KDC-Info - Movie Clips: Working Again

    My movie (animation) clips are now working again. The AVI files I was using were having a problem on Windows XP machines, so I converted them to MPG, which don't appear to have a problem (however, please let me know if you experience an issue with these too).

    Thank you for your patience on this... I know I missed having them available.

    KDC-Info - Movie Clips: Working Again

    Saturday, May 06, 2006

    Simple Site Catalog - Existing User Admin Area

    Just finished creating a private and secure area for existing users of the Simple Site Catalog. This area will contain vital install, setup, customization, and other end user information on both the released and beta versions of the catalog, security notifications, and personal/user observation notes. This password protected area will serve as a Simple Site owner informational and notification community.

    A "Page Change Monitor" has also been installed, as was one on the Simple Site Catalog demo main page as well.




    W3C Validation

    Just finished making most of the pages on my GiftsForYou.Biz site validate successfully via the W3C Validator. That was fun. Still have some other pages to do, but will do those when I finish tweaking/updating my DB-RSE SourceForge.Net project.

    Sunday, April 09, 2006

    3 New Renderings and a Logo

    4 new images have been added to my collection.

    COMMERCIAL:
    ... Empty Building

    RESIDENTIAL:
    ... Patio/Deck
    ... Patio Roof

    LOGO:
    ... Keith D Commiskey

    And don't forget, in addition to the larger 640x480 images, some of these renderings are also available for viewing in AVI format on the Animations page.

    3 New Renderings and a Logo

    6 New Computer Animations and Logos

    6 new AVI movies have been added to my collection. "New", as before, just means they're new to public viewing. They all range in the original creation dates, from mid to late 1990s.

    MISCELLANEOUS:
    ... Greener Mazes (9.0 MB)

    COMMERCIAL:
    ... Portable Panels (3.9 MB)
    ... Slugger Stadium (10.2 MB)

    LOGO:
    ... Keith D Commiskey (2.6 MB)
    ... Arch-Cad (2.3 MB)
    ... Tsunami (5.5 MB)

    Most movies are encoded using MS Video R3.2

    6 New Computer Animations and Logos

    KDC-Info - Development Projects

    Just added: Directory Allocation Display Utility

    This is a little PHP utility that will list all the subdirectories and their sizes from a given starting directory (e.g., the root folder).

    KDC-Info - Development Projects

    Sunday, April 02, 2006

    Development Projects Reorganization

    The "Development" (i.e., Projects, Development Projects) page has been categorized for an easier understanding and view into the types of projects I've created.

    Some of these have demos, others are only screenshots of the projects (typically due to if they were created for use on an Intranet, or if they contain confidential or proprietary information).

    New projects are constantly being considered, and existing projects are sometimes upgraded/updated to provide additional functionality. Please check back here to see if anything has changed.

    Development Projects Categorization

    Thursday, March 30, 2006

    6 New Computer Animations and Animation Extracts

    6 new movies have been added to my collection. "New", as before, just means they're new to public viewing. They're all actually a bit old (mid to late 1990s), but still worth a peek IMHO.

    MISCELLANEOUS:
    ... Bottle (0.3 MB)
    ... Elevator (1.5 MB)
    ... Rope Machine (2.9 MB)
    ... Receptionist (0.7 MB)

    COMMERCIAL:
    ... Building (4.2 MB)
    ... Auto Museum (8.8 MB)

    6 New Computer Animations and Animation Extracts

    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    10 New Computer Animations and Animation Extracts

    I've added 10 new movies to my collection. "New" in this case just means they're new to public viewing. They're all actually fairly old (mid to late 1990s), but still worth a peek IMHO.

    LOGOS:
    ... Best Evidence (2.5 MB)

    RESIDENTIAL:
    ... House Roof Detail (1.7 MB)
    ... House Drain (11.0 MB)
    ... Residential Build (6.5 MB)

    COMMERCIAL:
    ... Space Plan (3.7 MB)

    MEDICAL:
    These have been reduced in size, so color and other distortion may appear. They were originally created to fit on a TV screen via a VHS tape.
    ... 2D Body-to-Brain (2.2 MB)
    ... 3D Receptor (0.2 MB)
    ... 3D Receptor/Petri Dish (1.9 MB)
    ... Finding a Genome (3.3 MB)
    ... Found a Gene (0.5 MB)

    10 New Computer Animations and Animation Extracts

    Monday, March 20, 2006

    Wow. Been a long time!

    Just a quick note to let you know that 5 new images have been posted in the Renderings section at the bottom of the list.

    Building
    Constructed
    On the Outside
    Receptionists
    Greener Mazes