Goodbye BlogEngine.NET

  • September 22, 2013
  • James Skemp
On July 13, 2007 I converted my blog over from WordPress to BlogEngine.NET (having previously used custom code written in PHP). It was a great switch, as I was beginning to really dig into .NET, and I've found there's no better way to learn something than actually doing something with it. While I don't think I did much with the beta, I was in on 1.0 and was fairly active at first.

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Brief thoughts after 1 month of GitHub

  • March 1, 2013
  • James Skemp
I've been using GitHub for a little more than a month now, and it's been about 2 weeks since I shut down the machine running my local Subversion instance. GitHub for Windows needs some work, but given that Phil Haack is/was working on the Windows aspect, I feel pretty confident that it'll continue to get better. Moving to a system that allows for public repositories also allowed me to publish some really old code, that might be of benefit to someone.

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Upgrading to .NET 4 on an IIS site supporting a .NET 2.0 child application

  • August 5, 2012
  • James Skemp
Today I decided to finally make progress on a couple pending applications. As part of that process I needed to upgrade one of my sites to .NET 4. Unfortunately it has a child application that needs to say as .NET 2.0/3.5. After approximately 30 minutes of downtime, I finally got things configured correctly (seemingly). Here's what I ended up having to do. This assumes IIS 7.5. Wrap the system.web and system.

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 6 (Part 1)

  • September 30, 2011
  • James Skemp
This will cover September 26, 2011 to approximately March 25, 2012. See also year 5, part 2. Plan changes After many years, on October 7, 2011, I dropped DVDs from my plan. I'm running low on time to get to DVDs with all the great games being released, and the price jump is a bit more than I'd like at this point. The times 09/27/2011 (T) - MRNOS. 09/28/2011 (W) - Received and watched Castle: Season 3 (2010): Disc 3: Episodes 11 and 12.

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12 years of posts = a lot of comments

  • July 31, 2011
  • James Skemp
When I moved from my custom system to WordPress to BlogEngine.NET I never did end up copying over all the old comments on my posts. Heck, I don't even think I moved over all my posts. But since I'm sticking with DISQUS I decided to move all my BE.NET comments over to DISQUS, and over the last few hours have been making the necessary changes and performing the necessary cleanup. 

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jQuery Mobile version of my video game listing

  • July 9, 2011
  • James Skemp
I picked up an electronic copy of jQuery Mobile by Jon Reid a little while ago and have been slowly making my way through it. I've finally gotten to the point where I wanted to try creating a jQuery Mobile version of my video game listing. View the jQuery Mobile version of my video games listing. In addition to jQuery Mobile, this also uses oXygen XML Editor, for taking the original XML source and transforming it via an XSLT 2.

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Log Parser Plus June/July 2011 plans

  • June 2, 2011
  • James Skemp
Somehow, while I wasn't looking, the Log Parser Plus Web site has grown to what I consider a nice size over the last handful of months. As the Log Parser Plus Web site moves towards 2000 visits a month I'll be making a number of changes in an attempt to make it even more useful. Some changes I've already made: Implemented a new design. Added login functionality. Added ELMAH support.

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New Log Parser Plus Web site design

  • May 22, 2011
  • James Skemp
My Web site on Microsoft Log Parser gets a fair amount of monthly traffic, but I've never really been happy with the design, which has been in place since I created the site back in September of 2008. While I was fully intending on updating the site last week (as well as doing a slew of other productive things), I finally did so this morning. Design 1 Design 2

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 5 (Part 2)

  • March 26, 2011
  • James Skemp
This will cover March 26 2011 to approximately September 25 2011. See also year 5, part 1. The times 03/26/2011 (Sa) - Received and watched Castle: Season 2: Episodes 6 and 7 (2009). 03/27/2011 (Su) - Finished off the second disc of Castle: Season 2, by watching Episodes 8 through 10 (2009). I'll let it get picked up tomorrow. 03/29/2011 (T) - MRNOS. Actually, the second one, which is disc 4, since disc 3 is still unavailable.

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Favorite new (to me) music of 2010

  • January 1, 2011
  • James Skemp
Continuing with the tradition started last year, I present my favorite albums purchased in 2010. To be on this list I must have purchased the album in 2010. This also doesn't include all albums I purchased. Easy winners What Is Free To a Good Home? and Knives Don't Have Your Back - Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton : Emily Haines was on my 'too hard to tell' list last year, and this year I ended up picking up her four CD digital collection on iTunes.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml: Parsing categories with LINQ

  • October 20, 2010
  • James Skemp
I recently had the need to determine what types of music I had within my collection of music. Since I created iTunes Playlists to Xml so that I could export out my library on my iPod, it was easy enough to run that and then open LINQPad to run the following query. Obviously, you must export the Genre field in order for the following query to work. // Location to the XML from iTunes Playlists to XML String playlistXml = @“C:\Users\James\Projects\services\WcfRestService\App_Data\playlistXml.

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 5 (Part 1)

  • September 28, 2010
  • James Skemp
Amazingly, although only in how fast time has gone by, my fifth year of Netflix has begun. This covers shipping with Netflix from September 26 2010 to approximately March 25 2011. See also the second half of year 4. MRNOS = Movie received and next one shipped The times 09/27/2010 (M) - MRNOS. 09/28/2010 (T) - Received and watched Iron Man 2 (2010), which I actually really liked, and am surprised I received so soon after release.

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Amazon delivery schedules to Madison WI

  • September 8, 2010
  • James Skemp
I've been keeping track of this for a while locally, but since I have a hard time remembering where the file is, as well as to update it every time ... here's the delivery schedule I've experienced with Amazon.com, for the free shipping option (unless otherwise noted). Most recent at the top, and does not include all deliveries. USPS December 6, 2010 03:51:00 PM Madison WI US Delivered December 6, 2010 09:27:00 AM Madison WI US Out for delivery

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Personal NetBeans IDE 6.9.1 setting tweaks

  • August 29, 2010
  • James Skemp
For my own personal reference, I’ve made the following tweaks to the default install of NetBeans IDE 6.9.1. Tools Options Editor Formatting Language: All Languages / Category: Tabs and Indents Expand Tabs to Spaces: unchecked (from checked) Number of Spaces per Indent: 4 (default) Tab Size: 4 (from 8)

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My first Silverlight Web application

  • July 19, 2010
  • James Skemp
The more I do with Microsoft technologies the hard it becomes for me to want to move outside of them. With the .NET Framework and Visual Studio 2010, which is the best development tool I think I've ever used, it's easy to get sucked in. Since I've wanted to experiment with it for a while, and since I needed to do some kind of development after slacking off this weekend, I looked into creating a simple Silverlight application that would use the same Web service I created late last month.

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Music Recommendations Please! version 0.5 beta

  • May 28, 2010
  • James Skemp
While not necessarily a step forward from version 0.4.5 of Music Recommendations Please!, version 0.5 is nonetheless a positive step. Consider this an idea-based release. As such, this application is in no way final (but might be more complete after this long weekend). Download Music Recommendations Please! version 0.5, beta. You can see a general idea of where I'd like to end up by reading my music application idea. .NET Framework 4 is required for this application.

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Music application idea

  • May 25, 2010
  • James Skemp
Surprisingly, it was way back in September of last year that I realized Music Recommendations Please!, which I hoped would help me discover new music (and perhaps help others as well). Since then I haven't used it as much as I would have hoped, but that's mostly because I'm not happy with how easy it is to get more than one artist in at a time, and generate helpful 'reports' from data returned for multiple artists.

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Second Web site ported over to ASP.NET MVC 2

  • May 23, 2010
  • James Skemp
After converting one Web site over to ASP.NET MVC 2 yesterday, I ported my second one today. The first Web site was originally just a bunch of static HTML pages, so it was fairly easy to move over. This one, LogParserPlus.com, gets all of its data from a collection of XML files. Using LINQ to XML the files are read and parsed out to the page, using a Repeater control.

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First Web site ported over to ASP.NET MVC 2

  • May 23, 2010
  • James Skemp
On Saturday (when I'm actually writing this, but I can't have 3 posts on one day, after my posting history the last handful of months) I finally ported a Web site over to ASP.NET MVC. The existing Web site was for a client who just needs a simple, static, Web site, with a half dozen areas for content. However, if they were given the ability to directly post content to the site - news, specials, etcetera - I believe they might.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.6 released

  • May 8, 2010
  • James Skemp
Version 1.6 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.6. Installing and more information If you're new to iTunes Playlists to Xml, I've created a 'product page' for iTunes Playlists to Xml with all the information needed to get started. Upgrading To upgrade from any version of 1.4 or 1.5 you need to replace the following files with those in the above archive:

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 4 (Part 2)

  • March 27, 2010
  • James Skemp
The second half of year 4 with Netflix is contained below. This covers shipping from March 26, 2010 to approximately September 25, 2010. See also the first half of year 4. MRNOS = Movie Received and Next One Shipped The times 03/26/2010 (F) - MRNOS. 03/27/2010 (Sa) - Watched 1408 (2007) at my mom's (via Charter On Demand), which was pretty dang good. Received next movie, but since it's noticeably cracked, and I don't want to risk it, putting it right back in the Milwaukee (3079) mailer I received it in.

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Samurize configurations across my systems

  • March 21, 2010
  • James Skemp
One of the applications that I consistently run across all my machines is Serious Samurize. After first finding it, years and years ago, it's quickly become a requirement for getting work done. While some people may have much prettier, and extensive, configurations, I prefer something that I can let sit on my screen on top of everything (assuming Windows doesn't let other applications bump on top of it every once in a while), giving me only the information I need.

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iPod Touch, netbooks, laptops, and desktops

  • February 21, 2010
  • James Skemp
For the last handful of months I've been thinking about accessing the Internet, and otherwise being productive, while on the go. A number of months back I picked up an HP device with Windows Mobile, unfortunately, after a few months the short battery life and inability to run the applications I wanted/needed to be truly productive forced me to sell it and start looking elsewhere ... iPod Touch The iPhone had been out for a while when I started looking at what an iPod Touch could offer.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.5.3 released

  • January 10, 2010
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.5.3 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.5.3. Installing and more information If you’re new to iTunes Playlists to Xml, I’ve created a ‘product page’ for iTunes Playlists to Xml with all the information needed to get started. Upgrading To upgrade from any version of 1.

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Simple Journal 1.0 Released

  • January 3, 2010
  • James Skemp
Version 1.0 of Simple Journal is now available for download. Simple Journal is meant to be exactly that; a very simple way to keep track of a journal. Simple Journal uses XML files to store entries, which are edited in HTML (uses TinyMCE for the WYSIWYG editor) and which allow supplementation and later updates. Download Simple Journal 1.0. To use Simple Journal extract the contents of the zip file to a directory and start _startCassini.

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Favorite new (to me) music of 2009

  • January 1, 2010
  • James Skemp
Keeping with the tradition started here, a list for 2010 is also available. Having only listened to the radio a few times over the last year, I have a good idea of just what music I’ve listened to, since my iPod keeps track of everything. With the help of iTunes Playlists to Xml and LINQPad, here’s my favorite new (to me) album purchases of 2009. To be on this list I must have purchased the album in 2009.

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2010 resolutions (with special appearance by 2009)

  • December 19, 2009
  • James Skemp
I don't much believe in New Year's Resolutions, or the like. Instead, I believe that if you want to change something, you should just do so. But, it's nice to have a start date, so here goes. 2009 'resolutions' Not necessarily resolutions, these were things I decided to do or try in 2009. Stopped drinking soda I've flirted with soda for a long time, switching back to Mountain Dew after college, and drinking Dr.

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Video games I'm looking forward to in 2010

  • December 9, 2009
  • James Skemp
In no particular order, here are the video games I'm currently looking forward to playing in 2010. Note that some games may have been released earlier. Consoles that games can be released for are the PS2/PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii (which therefore includes GameCube games). Since I will probably not be getting an Xbox Live Gold subscription this coming January, and am going to go back to playing RPGs on PS systems only, when possible, PS3 versions of multi-console releases will be higher on my list.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.5.1 released

  • November 14, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.5.2.1 is available for download, which fixes an issue with version 1.5.2. Thanks to Pierre for bringing this to my attention. Version 1.5.2 is available for download, which adds the -output argument. Version 1.5.1 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.5.1.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.5 released

  • November 13, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.5 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.5. Installing and more information If you’re new to iTunes Playlists to Xml, I’ve created a ‘product page’ for iTunes Playlists to Xml with all the information needed to get started. Upgrading To upgrade from any version of 1.

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Log Parser Plus - version 0.3 released

  • November 7, 2009
  • James Skemp
Version 0.3.1 of Log Parser Plus now features a custom LocalTime variable for IISW3C queries, and outputs the final query (for copying). The scratch pad (the unlabeled text box) will no longer clear when a new query is performed. Currently under development, Log Parser Plus (not be confused with the Web site LogParserPlus.com) is a tool to (hopefully) help work with Microsoft Log Parser. Download Log Parser Plus 0.3 BETA.

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Log Parser Plus - version 0.2.1 released

  • November 2, 2009
  • James Skemp
This is no longer the current version. View information about the current version of Log Parser Plus. Microsoft Log Parser is a command line-based utility useful to parse IIS logs and more. While a number of applications exist to help use Log Parser, as well as a number of sites containing Log Parser queries, I haven’t been very happy with them. In an attempt to make it even easier to work with Log Parser, I present version 0.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.4.1 released

  • October 30, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.4.1 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.4.1. Installing and more information If you’re new to iTunes Playlists to Xml, I’ve created a ‘product page’ for iTunes Playlists to Xml with all the information needed to get started. Upgrading To upgrade from version 1.

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My entertainment setup, October 2009

  • October 24, 2009
  • James Skemp
Overall, I think I'm pretty happy with my entertainment center setup, which is pictured and detailed below. The photo The gear (For items no longer available, I've linked to a similar product.) Essentials Sony Bravia KDL-32M3000 Yamaha HTR-6130 APC Back-UPS XS 1300 A serious UPS solution is required, in my opinion. Since I don't have a PC connected into this (and don't want to) I went with a model featuring a LCD.

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Microsoft Log Parser custom brush for Syntax Highlighter

  • October 18, 2009
  • James Skemp
It still needs a touch of work, but a basic custom brush for Syntax Highlighter is available for download. Download the Microsoft Log Parser custom brush for Syntax Highlighter 2.0.320. Example included below and at LogParserPlus.com: logparser -rtp:-1 "SELECT cs-uri-stem, cs-uri-query, date, sc-status, cs(Referer) INTO 200sReport.txt FROM ex0902*.log WHERE (sc-status >= 200 AND sc-status < 300) ORDER BY sc-status, date, cs-uri-stem, cs-uri-query" Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 4 (Part 1)

  • September 27, 2009
  • James Skemp
Year four with Netflix begins. This covers shipping and receiving from September 26, 2009 to approximately March 25, 2010. See also year 3, part 2, with Netflix. MRNOS = Movie received by Netflix and next one shipped. The times 09/26/2009 (S) - Received next movie. 09/27/2009 (Su) - Watched Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), which I didn't want to watch when she got her job, but I remembered how it ended.

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iTunes Music to SQLite - version 0.1 beta released

  • September 24, 2009
  • James Skemp
While it was at the same stage as it is now back on the 19th, I'm finally releasing the beta version of iTunes Music to SQLite. This console application finds all Music playlists in iTunes and imports them into a SQLite database (called iTunesMusic.s3db). You can change this by passing the database and source names as parameters. For example: iTunesMusicToSQLite.exe "datum.db" "James Skemp's 80 gig" You can run the executable and it will prompt for a key press before exiting, in case you want to view any messages.

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IIS Logs to SQLite - version 0.1 beta released

  • September 24, 2009
  • James Skemp
Unfortunately, Microsoft Log Parser is unable to convert logs into SQLite. To work around this limitation I've created IIS Logs to SQLite, which will parse IIS logs and import them into the SQLite database and table of your choice. The first beta version of this application is now available. Download IIS Logs to SQLite version 0.1. This application requires the .NET Framework version 3.5 (check your version of .NET Framework).

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Music Recommendations Please! - version 0.4.5 beta released

  • September 13, 2009
  • James Skemp
An updated version of this application was released. Download and find out more about version 0.5. The one problem I have with music is when I try to find new music that I may like. Luckily there’s a number of services that will provide recommendations, but these are typically only based on one artist, or across my entire library (in the case of the iTunes Genius service). To make this a bit easier, I looked at Last.

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Project page for iTunes Playlists to Xml now created

  • September 7, 2009
  • James Skemp
For releases of iTunes Playlists to Xml I've just been creating new posts with details, but that doesn't make all that much sense. So, I've created an actual project/product page for the application. View the project page for iTunes Playlists to Xml. Comments appreciated.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.4 released

  • July 22, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.4 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.4. What it does While iTunes has an Xml export option, it will export only those tracks from your computer, doesn’t allow you to choose what data to export (unless you play with the view), uses a bulky Xml format, and won’t export from other sources (like iPods).

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New site theme - watercircles

  • July 21, 2009
  • James Skemp
Based on metamorph_watercircles, and converted for use with BlogEngine.NET, watercircles is now in use on my site. The theme has a deal of special inline modifications for my own particular purposes, so it's not generally available for BlogEngine.NET users, but if you're interested ... Comments welcome. (I'm sure I'll find things I missed as the weeks go by, but any findings are appreciated.)

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Abuse from 216.8.168.77

  • July 15, 2009
  • James Skemp
The following email was sent moments ago, to the contacts listed for the two addresses below. Greetings, This morning, from approximately 2:15 to 2:30 am, a number of spam messages were posted to the blog at strivinglife.com/words/ . These comments all originated from the ip 216.8.168.77, for which you are listed as the abuse contact. Because of the way this particular system is setup, and the time between comments, this seems to have been an actual human being posting these comments.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.3 released

  • July 4, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.3 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml 1.3. What it does While iTunes has an Xml export option, it will export only those tracks from your computer, doesn’t allow you to choose what data to export (unless you play with the view), uses a bulky Xml format, and won’t export from other sources (like iPods).

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List of TODOs for July 2009

  • June 29, 2009
  • James Skemp
I may get to some of these early, but here's a listing of things that I'd like to get done in July 2009. For the most part, they are technical things. Speed-up my iTunes Playlists to Xml application. The generation of the Xml output takes longer than I would like, and if a DataTable makes sense, it would be worth caching the playlist so clicking on the playlist again doesn't cause another, slow, load.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.2 released

  • June 13, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.2 of iTunes Playlists to Xml is now ready for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml version 1.2. This update should correct issues when the playlists are changed, as well as when the source is ejected. Instead of immediately connecting to iTunes, the application now allows (and requires) that you manually begin that process.

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On Achievements and Trophies

  • May 16, 2009
  • James Skemp
To a very large extent, I consider myself to be a gamer. Around the time the NES came out, my family picked up an Atari 2600, used. I don't know who sold it to us, but I can remember going with my dad to pick it up at my school's playground (that was the meeting place). At a later point we picked up an NES, via my dad, and then my mom bought us a SNES.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.1 released

  • May 15, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Update: Version 1.1.1 is available for download, which corrects the progress bar bug, noted in the comments below. To upgrade, simply replace your executable with the one in the above zip file. Version 1.1 of iTunes Playlists to Xml has been released. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml version 1.1. This update now appends the saved xml file with the current date and time, for ease.

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Resolutions - 28

  • May 14, 2009
  • James Skemp
I don't really believe in making New Year's resolutions, since it's something people do, knowing that they're going to fail at. In my opinion. So, for my 28th, I'm doing something a little different, in that I'm declaring that I will continue to do what I've been doing, for a couple of key items. No more soda I've been off soda for a couple of months, and before that I was down to just one-ish a day.

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jQuery: Query an Xml document and output data

  • May 3, 2009
  • James Skemp
I back-dated my first piece of jQuery code, but have decided not to with my second. Anyways, I had a hard time finding code, written in jQuery, to pull data from an Xml file and add it to a page. Combining a couple of tutorials online, I created the following (on April 27). This was for a message, so I started out with the Xml file, creating something like this:

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Twitter hashtag - #walkingmusic

  • April 24, 2009
  • James Skemp
In the spirit of Rob Lumley (rmlumley), who created #cubemusic, and after a great walk today, I've created an original hashtag: #walkingmusic. For all those days I go for a walk (which I hope to be every Friday afternoon, at least), I'll be noting afterwards what music I listened to on my walk. It's very similar to #cubemusic, but not as likely to get you in trouble (even though I would assume there would be more than that to it).

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My first, working, piece of jQuery

  • April 23, 2009
  • James Skemp
This is the first piece of jQuery that I wrote, for production use, that works exactly as I'd like it to. Some code has been changed. try { $(document).ready(function(){ $('div#headerLogin') .prepend($(document.createElement('div')) .addClass('headerLoggedIn') .append('Logged in as: <span><cfoutput>#query.displayName#</cfoutput></span> <span><a href="https://words.strivinglife.com/logout/">logout</a></span>') ); $('div.headerLoggedIn') .after('<span>Hello<cfif IsDefined("query.first_name") AND Trim(query.first_name) NEQ "">, <cfoutput>#query.first_name#</cfoutput></cfif></span>'); }); } catch (ex) {} It's for a site that runs ColdFusion, hence the CF tags. Basically it finds the div with an id of headerLogin and adds to that a new div, with a class and some text.

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Passing the time online, reading the news

  • April 22, 2009
  • James Skemp
Often times, like this morning, I've got anywhere between 5 to 60 minutes of time to kill. It doesn't make sense to do anything truly productive, so I end up visiting a number of sites. techmeme.com, dailyrotation.com, news.google.com, etcetera. Then I get desperate and visit weather.gov. However, once I've visited these, I run low on ideas of other sites, like these, that I can visit. Any recommendations on sites that combine news, from a number of different sources, that is also interesting?

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Countries that come to mind ...

  • April 10, 2009
  • James Skemp
When I think of Europe I think of the U.K., France, then Germany. What about Spain though? Moving east, Japan and China, followed by North Korea. I realize that India should be on the list, but it's not one that immediately comes to mind. Africa, as a whole, is not on the list; only bad things come to mind (AIDs and spammers/scammers). Same with Israel; isn't it bad that I think not of religiousness, but rather of constant war?

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 1.0 released

  • March 29, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Version 1.0 of iTunes Playlists to Xml has been released. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml version 1.0. Unlike the previous versions, this includes an installer (setup.exe in the zip file). Comments/suggestions welcome. New program icon will, naturally, be accepted; I know mine isn’t very good, but …

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 3 (Part 2)

  • March 28, 2009
  • James Skemp
Part 1 of year 3 with Netflix is covered elsewhere. Here lies part 2 of year 3 with Netflix, from March 26 2009, to September 26, 2009. Plan changes There have been no changes at this time. The times 03/27/2009 (F) - Movie received by Netflix and next one shipped. (Henceforth, MRNOS.) 03/28/2009 (Sa) - Received and watched Quantum of Solace (2008), which actually means I probably was the second person to have this disc.

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Test application in ASP.NET (C#): Amortization schedule

  • March 16, 2009
  • James Skemp
Having used a number of amortization schedule generators this past weekend, I thought I could do better. It's still in-progress, but after (exactly) 2 hours of work, it functions. View the Amortization schedule generator. Developed in ASP.NET C#, with a limited amount of JS. Unlike the site I crashed this weekend, this should tell you if you attempt to pay less per month than you owe in interest.

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Windows applications I use almost every day (March 2009)

  • March 14, 2009
  • James Skemp
Haven't done this in a while, so here we go. In no particular order, here's the Windows applications that I use almost every day. Those used primarily at either work or home are noted as such. WinMerge (work - I use TortoiseMerge at home, when needed) Dreamweaver (work - limited usage these days at home) oXygen Xml Editor (home) iTunes (home) FileZilla (home - if I didn't use Explorer with shares, I'd use this at work as well) TortoiseSVN (home) Visual Studio 2008 (home, since most of my work is still in ColdFusion at work) Microsoft Virtual PC (work) Internet Explorer (7 at work, 7 and 8 at home) Firefox (work) that free SQL Server Management tool (work) Google Talk (home) Notepad WordPad Things I have no choice over at work (Outlook, our timesheets application, Cisco Communication, and Track-It!

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.6b released

  • March 5, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. iTunes Playlists to Xml, version 0.6b, is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.6b. This version now handles the bug where playlists could be out of date, by alerting the user. This version also includes functionality to save the Xml file, as well as configure the name the application will use when generating the Xml file.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.4b released

  • March 2, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Having just released version 0.3b of iTunes Playlists to Xml, I’ve got yet another release. This release includes menus, the ability to select what data you want in the Xml, and a schema for validation. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered one bug (that would have existed before) with playlists getting updated in iTunes, between the refresh in this application, and the time it was clicked on.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.3b released

  • February 27, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Having just released version 0.2b of iTunes Playlists to Xml, I’ve done some updates, bringing it up to version 0.3b. This release fixes all of the known issues, from version 0.2b. There are no known issues with version 0.3b. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.3b. iTunes Playlists to Xml requires .NET Framework 2.

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iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.2b released

  • February 26, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. Previously I discussed an iTunes application that I was working on, in C#. That application has been fixed up a bit, and is now available for download. Download iTunes Playlists to Xml - version 0.2b. To run the application extract the contents of the zip to a directory. Then open iTunesApplication.exe. If iTunes is not running, it will start before this application does.

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Parsing iTunes data with C#

  • February 22, 2009
  • James Skemp
This application has since been updated. Read about the current version of iTunes Playlists to Xml. For better or worse, when I began setting up my iPod I opted to manually organize my iPod. In large part, this was because at the time I had a machine with a pretty small hard drive, and couldn't keep all of my music on it. However, with a new HP, I was able to store all my music on that computer, as well as back it up to a USB drive.

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What The Boss means to me; an open letter to Bruce Springsteen

  • February 18, 2009
  • James Skemp
Mr. Bruce Springsteen, While I can't remember the exact date, or even the year, it was shortly after my parents had divorced, and my father moved out into the country, that I first listened to Born in the U.S.A.; it was one of my father's old tapes. Now, I really wonder that I didn't wear that old tape out. I was pre-teen, and living in northern Wisconsin, and raised Catholic, so not all of the lyrics made sense (not that I really thought about them all that much outside of remembering the exact order, so I could sing the songs by heart), so in that sense, I certainly was lacking an understanding of what they really meant.

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On "Shafty"

  • February 17, 2009
  • James Skemp
the terrible thing about hell is that when you're there you can't even tell as you move through this life you love so you could be there and not even know but you say so what I'm doing just fine the irony is that it's all in your mind and that's why hell is so vicious and cruel but you'll just go on an oblivious fool (Phish/Marshall.

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What I've been up to (Feb '09 edition)

  • February 14, 2009
  • James Skemp
As my last post may have suggested ... I've been playing games. Here's a small taste of the games currently on my plate. Playstation 2 Shadow Hearts: From the New World was close to completion .. before I bought an Xbox 360. Persona 3: Fes still remains to be started, and ditto for Persona 4 ... Yes, I didn't even start Persona 4. Yes, I know how good reviews said it is.

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XML-based CD library: Draft layout

  • January 9, 2009
  • James Skemp
Following close on the heels of my XML-based book library draft (and release), below is a draft layout for keeping track of my CDs. Here's what I currently track: Artist CD Name Date bought Place bought Bought price Number of songs Time (which I don't fill in very often) Misc info/notes Following the iTunes standard, each CD has a main artist.

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XML-based book library: Draft layout

  • January 3, 2009
  • James Skemp
01/03/2009 @ 10:39 CT: The current version of the XML Schema I came up with is available for public use at http://media.jamesrskemp.com/xsd/MyBooks.xsd Currently I have a SQL database (converted from an Access database) of all of the books that I own, as well as when I read them, how much I paid, etcetera. Since I'm moving a good deal of information into XML, I figured I'd attempt to move this into XML as well.

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On my funeral

  • January 1, 2009
  • James Skemp
While in college I heard of the Greeks who, when death was near, would throw a party. All the friends of the dying would come together to drink and merry. The dying would slit their wrists and party along with the others, his life spilling out from him all the while. While I'm sure that in today's world this would never happen, my hope is that when I die those who know me will celebrate, instead of mourn.

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What makes a good video game great?

  • December 19, 2008
  • James Skemp
A while ago I was reading a thread asking individuals what games they had last played multiple times. Unfortunately, I actually have a hard time coming up with more than a couple, even though I'm sure I must have played games all the way through when I had more time (id est, in college). The only two I could think of were Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

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Why a philosophy major does Web development

  • December 16, 2008
  • James Skemp
Here's what my answer is: No, I did the standard Philosophy major with a minor in Humanistic Studies. In high school I liked doing Web stuff, even though my stuff was *horrible*, but I didn't want to do that for a career (hard to make a career out of something you love, and still keep that love alive - or so they say). Originally I was going for Psychology, but I was told that wouldn't be a good field for me, and my Biology grades were horrid.

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Persona 4 pre-order goody = wow

  • December 10, 2008
  • James Skemp
Mustn't ... look ... too ... closely ... (already ruined one surprise) Atlus certainly out-did themselves this time, with the Persona 4 pre-order goody. While I was expecting the "Visual Data" bonus to be large enough to fit behind the game's case, like the Persona 3 bonus, this one is actually graphic novel sized. Very nice Atlus, very nice. And, with reviews like this, looks like we can expect a Persona 5 in the near future.

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I own an Xbox 360

  • December 3, 2008
  • James Skemp
So I did it. Back on November 17 2007 I purchased a Playstation 3. I had debated, back and forth, the purchase of that versus the Xbox 360. At the time the Xbox was having quite a few issues, including overheating, power block malfunctions, and the wonderful RROD. However, as time has gone by, the number of complaints has gone down. Some say that the issues are basically resolved, and you just need to find newer systems.

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New BlogEngine.NET Theme: 20081126

  • November 27, 2008
  • James Skemp
I've been working on a new theme for the site, since around 7 this evening ... and it's finally rolled out. This is along the lines of what I was thinking a couple weeks ago, but I actually grabbed some ideas from Microsoft's recent KB changes. This is the first theme I've created that used the widget functionality, and I can honestly say I'm still not that impressed with it. I still have to add some styles for coding that I add in, once I find a good sample (did I really just use blockquote?

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LogParserPlus.com - Updates for 2008.11.04

  • November 5, 2008
  • James Skemp
Log Parser Plus was updated last night, during the election coverage, with the following changes: All functions now have descriptions (pulled almost completely from the included help file). Expressions have been added. Visit LogParserPlus.com for all of this information, and more, as it becomes available. (Next addition will be samples for the functions, and the start of a fleshed-out queries listing.

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LittleBigPlanet - First day, first thoughts

  • October 25, 2008
  • James Skemp
Right or wrong, GameStop was in stock and selling pre-orders of LittleBigPlanet today, so I was able to pick up my copy, along with the official guide. Thus far I've gone through four complete areas, and picked up the trophies accordingly. On only the first level did I actually get a 100% (but not the Ace award), and with the later levels, I had to retry a number of times.

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See you later LG UX6000 - you've been swell

  • October 14, 2008
  • James Skemp
Good-bye LG UX6000. I've had you since August 2004, and you've been a great little phone. Sturdy and dependable, I didn't go wrong. Hello LG UX565, you're awfully cute. Sleek and simple, and oh so light. You take pictures and video, and have nice big buttons.   (If I would have got my phone today, instead of yesterday, it would have been 4 years and 2 months .

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 3 (Part 1)

  • September 26, 2008
  • James Skemp
And so begins year three with Netflix. I covered year one and year two, of what was shipped to me, when, and when I shipped them back, previously. Since last year got a bit long, I'm going to break it up a bit. So, this post covers shipping from September 26, 2008, to about halfway through (I'm not there yet, so ...). Plan changes On 12/10/2008 I moved from the two-unlimited to the one-unlimited plan.

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LogParserPlus.com launched

  • September 26, 2008
  • James Skemp
Since I now have actual content, there can be more visitors to Log Parser Plus, outside of the government. In additon to posting the articles here, I'll be posting a number of articles to Log Parser Plus in an attempt to make Microsoft's Log Parser utility that much easier. The initial focus will be on IIS-related queries, but who knows where it'll end up.

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James Skemp's BlogEngine.NET themes

  • August 31, 2008
  • James Skemp
The following is a list of links to posts regarding themes I have worked on for BlogEngine.NET, and that are available for use. (Themes I've worked on for others are not included here.) Listed alphabetically. MWRT-002 Download for BE.NET 1.4.5.0. Swan Dive Download for BE.NET 1.4.5.0. As I'm not a designer, I typically use open source designs, such as those from Open Source Web Design, Open Design Community, Open Web Design (please post a link if you know of more).

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The only good thing that's happened related to Star Wars in the last 15 years ...

  • August 15, 2008
  • James Skemp
... has been the inclusion of Natalie Portman (side notes here and here) in the 'recent' movies. Enough said.     Lucas, you fool ...

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James Skemp Photography

  • July 26, 2008
  • James Skemp
I'm sure I'll need to tweak it, but I've technically launched my galleries for my photography 'business' (I use the word lightly at this point). View the galleries online at http://jamesrskemp.com/gallery/ It only took three days, but I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. I'd really like to have the individual photos display a bit better, but ...

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Why I went to college and what I did when I got out

  • July 23, 2008
  • James Skemp
Since I can't fall asleep, and since experience has taught me that it's best to write when I've got things running through my head ... Why I went to college You go to college once you're done with high school - unless you're going straight into the workforce. At the time I was working at a Culvers, which I enjoyed because of a number of people that I worked with, but I knew that I couldn't make that my profession.

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Feedback to Apple regarding an Apple Store visit (my first)

  • June 26, 2008
  • James Skemp
The no checkout thing is weird. Had someone else (a Mac user) not a) told me about the process and b) told me about the store location, I would c) made the purchase online instead, and not gotten exactly what I think I want (/known about my other options) and d) would have been utterly confused about the checkout process :) But, the two people I spoke with while checking out were extremely friendly, and I was amazed by the quality of the store.

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Metal Gear Solid 4 - Completion 1

  • June 20, 2008
  • James Skemp
Naked Normal Total Play Time: 20:31:09 Continues: 7 Alert Phases: 107 Kills: 326 Recovery Items Used: 39 Weapon Types Procured: 52 Flashbacks Watched: 164 Special Items Used: Not Used Title: Hawk Unlocked: Hawk, Rabbit (on purpose), Inch Worm, Lobster, Hyena, Cow, Panther Completion 2 Liquid Easy Total Play Time: 08:06:42 Continues: 0 Alert Phases: 16 Kills: 0 Recovery Items Used: 0 Weapon Types Procured: 63

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Cross Sums Helper 2.0 - testing needed

  • June 2, 2008
  • James Skemp
After sleeping on it (albeit poorly), I've resolved the issue that was stopping production on the new version of my Cross Sums Helper application. However, I need some help testing. Download Cross Sums Helper 2.0 - 67 KB (.NET Framework 2.0 or higher is required). UPDATE: Download Cross Sums Helper 2.1 - 65 KB If you don't have .NET Framework (and are on Windows) let me know - I had a hard time finding any real stats on these numbers, even from MS people.

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Subway makes the $5 footlongs a part of their menu - what a surprise

  • May 13, 2008
  • James Skemp
According to commercials yesterday and today, the $5 footlongs at Subway are now a part of the menu. Is anyone really surprised? While the Subway near where I work is usually very busy during lunch, it seems to be especially so now. This is after they raised the prices of their subs not once, but twice. On that note, what's up with The Feast? Seriously.

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My Visual Studio 2008 Preferences

  • April 19, 2008
  • James Skemp
This is almost purely for my own benefit. Tools > Options (showing all settings) Environment > General  Animate environment tools (unchecked) Environment > Startup At startup: Show empty environment Download content every: (unchecked) Projects and Solutions > Build and Run Before building: Prompt to save all changes Text Editor > All Languages  Display: Line numbers (checked) Text Editor > All Languages > Tabs Indenting: Smart Tab: Tab size: 4 Indent size: 4 Keep tabs Text Editor > C# > New Lines New line options for braces (uncheck all) New line options for keywords (uncheck all) Text Editor > CSS > Format Style: Semi-expanded Text Editor > HTML Format Insert attribute value quotes when typing (unchecked) Miscellaneous Auto ID elements on paste in Source view (unchecked) All other settings are left to default.

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My Dreamweaver 8 Preferences

  • April 19, 2008
  • James Skemp
This is almost purely for my own benefit ... Edit > Preferences Code Format Indent with 1 Tab Code Hints Close tags: Never Invisible Elements Scripts Comments  Line breaks CSS dipslay: none All other settings are defaults.

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Upgrading Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate (right now)

  • April 17, 2008
  • James Skemp
About 30 minutes ago I started upgrading from Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate, using a NFS copy of Ultimate I received at the Heroes Happen {Here} event in 'Madison' (today). For the most part, everything is backed up, so it should be a painless install, no matter what happens. Five steps; Copying Windows files Gathering files Expanding files Installing features and updates Completing upgrade What's initially scary is the "Your upgrade may take several hours to complete.

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Over 10,000 digital photos taken

  • March 30, 2008
  • James Skemp
Yesterday afternoon I took digital photo number 10,000. Between the three digital cameras that I've owned (and excluding the one that I borrowed from my sister, which was a gift from her friend Char), I've taken the following. From April 6 2005 to May 9 2007, I took 2924 photos with a Canon 300D (Digital Rebel). From May 18 2007 to March 29 2008, I took 6447 photos with a Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D).

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When I'm 30 - Part 1: Quick list

  • February 9, 2008
  • James Skemp
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about where I'd like to be when I get older. For as long as I can remember I've been thinking ahead - it's just the way I am. The time frame has spanned from a mere hours from the present, to a number of years. Thirty (30), though, is a pretty special kind of birthday. The fact that it's about 3 years and 3 months away for me, makes it even particularly more so.

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Still alive ...

  • February 6, 2008
  • James Skemp
Yes, I'm still alive, I'm just not posting ... Since Friday I've been fighting a cold/flu, and the cold weather hasn't much helped. However, last Saturday morning I was feeling better, and along with lunch, picked up a camera I'll be writing about once this cold is dead. Another camera? I've still got my Canon 350D, but I haven't used it since it's gotten so cold. I decided that if I picked up a point-and-shoot camera I'd probably take more pictures.

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Warhawk: January 2008 goals

  • January 14, 2008
  • James Skemp
Right before Christmas of 2007, I purchased a copy of Warhawk, for the Playstation 3. I didn't pick it up until the day after Christmas (what a bad idea; I should have just purchased in store, but ...) and have played a mere 16 hours (94 games). With my total points of 1153, I'm only 113315 out of the 410195 players, world wide. Granted, that's not too terribly bad, but I need to make a goal if I'm going to apply myself.

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XML Schema article coming soon

  • January 9, 2008
  • James Skemp
The other day, after a deal of research, I decided to pick up a copy of <oXygen/>, which is "a complete cross platform XML editor providing the tools for XML authoring, XML conversion, XML Schema, DTD, Relax NG and Schematron development, XPath, XSLT, XQuery debugging, SOAP and WSDL testing." This provided to be the key to finally understanding XML Schema, or at least getting a working Schema for an XML file.

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2007 VW Rabbit - 10,000 miles

  • December 13, 2007
  • James Skemp
A while ago, I posted a link to an XML file that contained my vehicle's gas information. Since my vehicle recently turned over its 10,000 mile, I figured it was time to post the link again. View my vehicle's gas information.

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How I began listening to Bruce Springsteen

  • October 28, 2007
  • James Skemp
Years and years ago I was young. My father had moved out of his parent's house by this time (meaning the time I'm recollecting on), and had possibly lived at at least one other place. Anyways, he ended up living at my Uncle Pat's place. I don't recall the first couple of visits to the place, but I remember the place well enough. Recollections of the place itself will have to wait, though, since that's not what I wanted to speak about.

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Audio formats posted, once again

  • October 15, 2007
  • James Skemp
A while back, I ended up recording a number of my pieces using the free Audacity software. However, the files soon disappeared from the Web. These have been added to the respective posts, and are once again available for download. Use the listen tag to find the articles. At this time, it looks like there are just three, but more will be added.

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BlogEngine.NET Theme - MWRT-002

  • October 13, 2007
  • James Skemp
Updated for BlogEngine.NET 1.3! Not a very original name, but I can see how it was created … Anyways, I’m proud to present another theme for BlogEngine.NET, called MWRT-002. This theme is based upon the template of the same name by MyWebResource, and made available on Open Source Web Design. A zip of the theme can be downloaded from my testing site at JamesRSkemp.net. Download the zip file - for BlogEngine.

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Two things you can learn watching tv adverts

  • October 9, 2007
  • James Skemp
#1 comes to us courtesy of Visa If you use cash, people will hate you. (Yes, I did pull out the emphasis.) #2 comes to us courtesy of Wal-Mart If you save money, the best thing you can do is spend that money on something that costs more than you saved.

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My first job offer email

  • October 9, 2007
  • James Skemp
It's definitely a form email, with some major spacing issue. However, the email itself is pretty concise and to the point. ColdFusion development, in California. I like the first line, "It is time to come out and join the rest of the people escaping the cold." but they clearly don't know me. If anything, I'll move further north :D Thankfully, I'm pretty happy where I am now, although it looks like I'll be pulling in a deal of extra hours this week.

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Template changed again (October 2007)

  • October 6, 2007
  • James Skemp
Once again, I've changed the template for the site. This time I'm using Royal Flowers. The name comes from the purple flowers (taken outside of Madison Wisconsin's capitol building (see the Galleries for more shots) and that purple usually signifies royalty, or richness. I'm not sure that the left-side navigation has been done the best it could be, but ... overall I'm pretty happy with it.

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Swan Dive updated for BlogEngine.NET 1.2 release

  • September 30, 2007
  • James Skemp
BlogEngine.NET 1.2.0.0 has been released. In 'honor' of this release, I've updated Swan Dive, using the Standard theme as a guide. Any questions or concerns can be directed to me via the comments on the original post. View the original post, and download Swan Dive.

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI - Year 2

  • September 29, 2007
  • James Skemp
I had previously written on how Netflix shipped and received DVDs, for Madison WI. This article continues that one, by discussing Year 2 with Netflix (first year began September 26, 2006). Plan changes On December 2, 2007, I decided to upgrade to the two at-a-time (unlimited) plan. Since my plan begins on the 10th of each month, that means I had to pay an extra $1.26 to upgrade now, instead of for the next month (I figure this way they'll send a movie out tomorrow morning).

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My worst fear has come true

  • September 24, 2007
  • James Skemp
Yes, that's right, my worst fear has come true. Not only did I get a girl pregnant, she also had my baby and is spelling my name wrong. Or, when I signed up for something online, they must have thought that I have a child. Or, Mr. James Skamp had a child. I guess my child is about 12 months old now - I don't know if it's walking yet though - but Huggies seems to think it's using diapers (hence the coupons).

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New header image added to the template (9/1/07)

  • September 1, 2007
  • James Skemp
On July 7, of this year, I went to the farmer's market off of the Capitol square, in Madison. I picked up some sunflowers and a bunch of flowers. I ended up taking a number of pictures before the flowers eventually died, and the picture I used for the new header image is one of those taken. The file size for the image is rather large, in my opinion, but with today's speeds, it shouldn't be an issue.

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What I can say about New York (City)

  • August 19, 2007
  • James Skemp
I've never been to New York City, at least, not that I can recall. However, media has, for various reasons, touched upon the city in a number of formats, in a number of ways, for a number of years. Without having ever been to New York City, I can say the following about it. Stay out of New York City. Common wisdom is right, New Yorkers are less human than people in other cities.

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Future post/article ideas

  • August 16, 2007
  • James Skemp
The following are some of the ideas I have for articles that I'll need to actually flesh out, or sit down and write. This page will be updated as articles are eventually written (and removed from this page) or as more ideas are added. ColdFusion MX 8 installation (added 8/16/07) 'Marriage and children' (added 8/16/07) The economic, political, and social reasons, and whether they still hold ground today Husserl and intentionality/phenomenology

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Pepsi Ball released in San Francisco; injures 20, kills 1

  • August 13, 2007
  • James Skemp
At approximately 2:30 Sunday afternoon a Pepsi Ball was spotted around 10 Market St in San Francisco. The Ball, which eventually killed Noah Ridge, 27, continued on it's rampage in the area, striking multiple vehicles. By the time the rolling rampage was over, $250,000 in property damages, 20 injured, and a nation lies in shock. At the time of this article, Pepsi Co. refused to return our calls. Our assesement? Pepsi, fitting its marketing, once again show contempt for those outside of its shareholders.

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Initial thoughts on The Hospice

  • July 28, 2007
  • James Skemp
I had occasion today to read The Hospice, by Robert Aickman (1914-1980). This story was in the collection Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural (selected by Marvin Kaye). Unfortunately, I had to go to Google to try to make sense of the story, since Kaye himself suggests that the meaning is rather obscure. A simple G search turned up a result at some site, which itself is rather odd .

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Still having problems adding a photo to my gravatar account

  • July 27, 2007
  • James Skemp
While I've been able to create an account, and upload an image to that account, I can't seem to be able to associate that image with my Gravatar account. Somewhat troubling, especially since support doesn't seem to want to get back to me ... A couple of days ago I decided to sign up, but if this is what I can expect, I'm glad it's a) free and b) that I've turned it off for my site.

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BlogEngine.NET 1.1 Theme - Swan Dive

  • July 25, 2007
  • James Skemp
Updated for BlogEngine.NET 1.3! Update 8/16/2008: This theme should work fine on BlogEngine.NET 1.4.5 or lower, using the 1.3 link. I’m proud to present a theme for BlogEngine.NET (tested with 1.1) called Swan Dive. This theme is based upon the template of the same name by Homefront Studios, and made available on Open Source Web Design. While this is technically my third theme for BlogEngine.NET, it’s the first for public consumption.

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Helpful Dreamweaver regular expressions for BlogEngine.NET

  • July 21, 2007
  • James Skemp
While looking for posts, in the App_Data/posts directory, I needed a find and replace for the title of the posts.  It's a simple query, and here it is: <title>[\s\S]*</title> Note: This post is probably more for me than anyone else ;) 

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WordPress 2.2.1 Import/Export function problems

  • July 18, 2007
  • James Skemp
I had the 'opportunity' today to import a WordPress blog from one server to another. While WordPress 2.2.x no comes with built-in functionality to export, and then import, an XML file, I've found that it's anything but simple and trustworthy. It seems that there may be a built-in limit to the amount of posts that can be imported. For me, I had to do an initial import (the XML file was approximately 2.

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BlogEngine.NET 1.1 released

  • July 16, 2007
  • James Skemp
I'm really excited about this (since it fixes a few bugs that have had an impact on me). Find out more at www.dotnetblogengine.net/ Now that 1.1 has been released, I'm going to be actively looking at theme creation; I've got mine, of course, but I've got some ideas for others as well.

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BlogEngine.NET Theme - StrivingLife (almost done)

  • July 14, 2007
  • James Skemp
I've almost completed converting the WordPress theme to a BlogEngine.NET theme. The only hard part is when BlogEngine.NET (or ASP.NET) restricts write access to the CSS file. In these cases I have to tweak the CSS file using Firebug. It's a bit of a chore, since BlogEngine.NET compresses the CSS file so much (which is a good thing, in the long term), but since I'm also changing the file locally in Dreamweaver, it's just a matter of copying and pasting (over the Firebug CSS content).

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BlogEngine.NET - now used by StrivingLife

  • July 13, 2007
  • James Skemp
With a new host, comes a unique move. Previously I was using WordPress, since I was hosted on a Linux (shared) server. Fortunately, I've decided to move to a Windows VPS, since the month of June was full of either slow down, or completely down, times. Since I don't want to install PHP and MySQL (which I would want to pay for the external dbs anyway), I've decided to switch my content out of WordPress.

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[Personal] New glasses

  • July 12, 2007
  • James Skemp
After a good number of years, I've finally got new glasses ... I don't know how long I've had my previous frames, but I believe I put two different lenses into them. Part of the reason is I don't care too much about my glasses - I just want glasses that work. So, I went to Lenscrafters and worked with Candace (sp?), and with some assistance from my sister, I picked up two pairs; one pair of regular, and one pair of sunglasses.

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The new Striving Life Network

  • July 2, 2007
  • James Skemp
StrivingLife.com is now open for business. It's very basic at the moment, but ... eh. Now I've just got to start migrating the sites over to the new server ...

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See ya, Ubuntu!

  • June 26, 2007
  • James Skemp

Ubuntu 7.04 - see ya later.

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New gallery added: June 23, 2007

  • June 24, 2007
  • James Skemp

Instead of putting things into folders based upon the subject of the photo, I've decided to switch back to dates, with an explanation of what kinds of pictures I took.

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Don't let my recent posts confuse you

  • June 18, 2007
  • James Skemp
... I'm not an Ubuntu-only user yet (unlike some people I know).  Granted, I like using it, since I've believed, for some time, that if you want to run Apache, you can't really run it on Windows ... (Granted, I'm having a really difficult time trying to stick to my guns with Apache, versus IIS, but ... well, more on that in the future.) I will probably blow this current box away and re-install Ubuntu, without the Windows partition, and doing a lot more building from source, for example, for Firefox.

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Eclipse SDK 3.2.2 to Ubuntu 7.04

  • June 12, 2007
  • James Skemp

Having already installed JDK 5.0 on Ubuntu, it's time to install what I really wanted in the first place - Eclipse.

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Review of Brian J. Robb's Counterfeit Worlds

  • May 26, 2007
  • James Skemp

This is the review that I wrote for Amazon.com for the book Counterfeit Worlds by Brian J. Robb.

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Gallery updates: Capitol - Madison WI

  • May 23, 2007
  • James Skemp

I've added four new photos to the Capitol - Madison WI gallery at http://strivinglife.net/gallery/.

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New gallery posted

  • May 21, 2007
  • James Skemp

After a bit of looking around, for the best gallery application, I've settled on SlideShowPro. While it does require Flash (version 7 or higher, but I'm requiring version 8 or higher for mine), and it did cost some money, it's a great little application.

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Upgrading my digital camera

  • May 18, 2007
  • James Skemp

On April 6, 2005, I bought my very first digital camera. On May 18, 2007, I bought my very second digital camera.

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Birthday greetings

  • May 14, 2007
  • James Skemp

It's my birthday today. Originally, I had planned on writing about what today was like, as well as where I thought I'd be in a year and in 10 years. However, I'm afraid I'm rather under the weather, so that's all out.

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ASP.NET - really not that horrible and Fiala the philosopher

  • May 13, 2007
  • James Skemp

No posts since April - ouch. But, I've been a busy guy.

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2001?

  • April 15, 2007
  • James Skemp

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How GameStop can become exceptional

  • April 7, 2007
  • James Skemp

I was recently asked to complete a survey after a purchase from a local GameStop.  When asked how GameStop could be exceptional, I replied with the following:

Being able to try out games before we make a purchase?

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Solar-powered desk fans?

  • March 25, 2007
  • James Skemp

With summer right around the corner, I've been looking at solar powered fans, especially after seeing an episode of Ask This Old House where they installed an attic fan.

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New style applied

  • March 18, 2007
  • James Skemp

I've applied a new style today to this part of the site. The old style had been used for quite a long while, and it was definitely time for a change.

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Search engine spamming sites: Bloobee.com, swicki, and eurekster?

  • March 14, 2007
  • James Skemp

I've got Google alerting me to a number of search words of relevance to me; my domain names, my name, etcetera. Unfortunately, as has happened before, a site using pieces of my content showed up in Google's results for one of my phrases.

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Abuse: Spam originating from IP 58.65.232.169

  • February 25, 2007
  • James Skemp

This email was sent to abuse at hostfresh.com, approximately at the same time as this post.  For informational purposes, as well as my own tracking, I'm including it here.

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Online backups?

  • February 23, 2007
  • James Skemp

I was reading an article the other day, which was discussing a companies backup plan. It's suicidal for companies, in this day and age, not to have some kind of backup plan in place (and, most importantly, tested). Yet, for home users, especially those with important documents on their computers, it's almost approaching suicidal.

There's ways to do these backups by burning to CD or DVD, of course, and even Windows seems to have something built in (or at least my HP computer with a DVD-burner does), but you actually have to run the utility, and put a disc in the drive.

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Google shortening it's name in AdSense?

  • February 11, 2007
  • James Skemp

After making a post a short time ago (this post moved to rest before it), I ran into an interesting site; in place of 'Google' in the AdSense banner text "Ads by Google", there was the small Google image, used in the address bar or tab, for those browsers that support it.

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Fox 47 News at 9 (Madison WI) is pretty dang bad ...

  • February 4, 2007
  • James Skemp

Normally I wouldn't waste my time writing on something like this, but after almost 30 minutes, I've just got to say it (hopefully it will get some other local voice to agree or disagree, or otherwise shed some additional light on this): Fox 47 News at 9 borders on horrid.

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Two reasons I'm not a Republican, and why the Digg effect isn't always that bad

  • January 27, 2007
  • James Skemp

Since neither by themselves would make a full post, two items in one.

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Not impressed by the WordPress 2.1 feature list

  • January 22, 2007
  • James Skemp

WordPress 2.1 was released today and, unfortunately, I'm just not horribly impressed by the new feature list.  Granted, it's a short feature list, but I see few reasons to upgrade.  The main reason?  Most of these features look like they're geared towards non-technical/shared-hosting users.

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The WordPress calendar is a table

  • January 15, 2007
  • James Skemp

There's a number of problems with WordPress, as far as accessibility goes. However, the easiest one to fix is the problem with the calendar, which displays in the default theme, as well as many custom ones (I'm sure). It lacks a summary tag.

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Final Fantasy XII - Loot listing

  • January 7, 2007
  • James Skemp
There's a handful of guides out there that list the available loot in Final Fantasy XII (for the Playstation 2). However, none of the ones that I've seen collect the information in a form that's both printer friendly, and in a format that makes checking things off simple. To that effect, I've created a five page PDF that allows you to easily check of the number of loot you've sold, and what you've left to find.

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2007: A Year of Possibilities, Part 1

  • December 31, 2006
  • James Skemp

2007 is on it's way in the door, so it's time to be thinking about where I'd like to be at year's end. This time I'll be looking at what I'd like to fill out my apartment with, since a number of essentials, and non-, are missing.

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WordPress: Fake user registrations

  • December 11, 2006
  • James Skemp
For the past couple days I've noticed a rash of fake user account's being created.  I wonder if this isn't meant to be some new way to possibly exploit WordPress. I've kept the original emails I received from WordPress, and am very tempted to delete the accounts.  However, WordPress only seems to allow the deletion of accounts.  What if I want to 'ban' an account/username/email? I suppose I'll have to go find a plugin, or build one myself.

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Try Netflix free

  • December 6, 2006
  • James Skemp
As stated in another post, Netflix shipping, for Madison WI, I decided to give Netflix a try.  I'm still with them, and I've watched a number of movies, that I may otherwise have had to purchase or rent elsewhere. For a limited time, you too can try Netflix for free.  Go to www.netflix.com and enter the code of Friend63.  This offer expires on June 30, 2006, but I do hope that means June 2007 .

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UW Madison map - Ruby?

  • December 2, 2006
  • James Skemp
There's a very cool interactive map for the University of Wisconsin Madison campus. You can see it at map.wisc.edu. In other news, hopefully I'll have some photos of my new car, a 2007 VW Rabbit that was built just for me.  My previous car was a 1987 VW Golf, which makes my new car 20 years newer.  Not too bad for my second car. With just a little luck (not very much at all), the Rabbit should last 20 years as well.

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Slight disturbance in StrivingLife.net and FramingBusiness.net

  • November 11, 2006
  • James Skemp
Due to a MySQL server going down, much of the content on StrivingLife.net and The Framing Business was unavailable yesterday and today. What saved me was this little command, since one of my tables was locked (Gavin got off lucky). REPAIR TABLE wp_posts use_frm

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Photoshop is fun!

  • October 5, 2006
  • James Skemp
Duh. Unfortunately, much like Google Video, you can get sucked into the program and end up spending hours (2 and a half in my case) goofing around, getting nothing of real value done. Of course, that begs the question of whether experience, as experience, is of any value. Do we, simply by experiencing, benefit? I suppose when it comes to use a technology, like Photoshop, any experience is a good experience.

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'If you surf around, you're bound to run into nothing but junk ...'

  • September 27, 2006
  • James Skemp
So, the Isthmus picked up my post on Netflix.  That's very nice of them (I wonder how it was picked up?).  In the course of looking over the Isthmus' site, I noticed another post title "Dear City of Madison" Ouch. Reading his post first, and his profile second (which included his location), the title of this post came to mind. Years ago, when both my sister and I were living at home, we'd fight, as siblings under one roof and with only one TV, often do.

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Netflix shipping, for Madison WI

  • September 26, 2006
  • James Skemp

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My first video to Google Video?

  • September 25, 2006
  • James Skemp

Yesterday, I did multiple takes for a video on how to create snippets in Dreamweaver 8. The video ended up being pretty good, I think, albeit the video size was a bit large, and the resolution was a bit small (640x480 is what Google recommends).

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Version control systems - any suggestions?

  • September 14, 2006
  • James Skemp
Version control is something that I've been interested in for the past several months (actually, what month is it, September? I guess it's been longer than just a couple of months) but that I haven't been able to dig into as much as I'd like. Subversion keeps coming up as a good piece of software, with the addition of Trac. Since I wrote the guide to installing Apache 2.0.x a bit ago, I have no reason for not getting started with Subversion.

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How to backup Playstation 2 memory cards?

  • September 9, 2006
  • James Skemp

I'll be needing to get a new Playstation 2 memory card shortly, since the I've got less than a MB left on each of the two cards I currently have. While there's some extra Final Fantasy X saves that I could go through and delete, I'd really like to backup the saves that I have to my computer. After a bit of searching, I'm just not sure what to purchase ...

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This could be a commercial (Schopenhauer)

  • September 1, 2006
  • James Skemp

Arthur Schopenhauer's Sämtliche Werke (5 paperbook collection)

$117.67

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Installing Ubuntu really isn't that bad (assuming it can access the file system and your hard drive isn't toast)

  • August 18, 2006
  • James Skemp

After attempting at least twice before to install Ubuntu onto a computer, I've finally done so this evening. As Gavin would say, "Woot!"

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How Charter Madison stacks up - Speedtest.net

  • August 15, 2006
  • James Skemp
On CNET this morning I ran across Speedtest.net.  Like sites and tools that have come before it, it's meant to test connection speeds between one computer and another.  Unlike previous ones, however, the UI is much more attactive (i.e., more Web 2.0-like). If you haven't tried it out yet, I recommend you do so.  My results from Charter, in Madison WI, are below. It'll be interesting to see just how long this stays up.

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If there's one thing that I don't like about WordPress ..

  • August 11, 2006
  • James Skemp

... it's that updating is such a pain in the behind if you have to work remotely via FTP.

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Heather better win Hell's Kitchen

  • August 7, 2006
  • James Skemp
I haven't been watching the show the entire way, but Heather's been kicking butt on almost every show I've seen. Virginia, on the other hand, has been crawling along by the seat of her pants, dragged smiling and crying to the finals. I hate reality television - it's so dang addicting if you let it get to you ...

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July '06: Month end stat thoughts

  • August 6, 2006
  • James Skemp

I've been moving the last couple of weeks, hence no posts.

I just figured out a problem I was having connecting to the Internet yesterday, so today it's been browsing browsing browsing.

I also just grabbed last month's stats (from AWStats) for my site, and hooked up Google Analytics (having grabbed an invite from the Digital Point forums - to quote Gavin, "woot"). Looking at browser stats in particular (from AWStats - Analytics won't be functional until tomorrow), I noticed a couple of things.

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Code cleanup and commenting - done right

  • June 18, 2006
  • James Skemp

For the past hour, I've been looking at current ways to get my name out there for Web page cleanup and commenting. In other words, I'd like to work with existing code to bring it closer to the standards, and comment it, if necessary. I would think it would be of great benefit to those individuals who bought a solution from a vendor, and are looking at changes to that code, or cleanup so that there pages act alike in most browsers. Unfortunately, I haven't found a site to offer my wares. I've also looked at open source projects that may need some free help, but, alas, nothing there either.

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Waking Life script - still the most popular content

  • June 12, 2006
  • James Skemp

Did you know that the most popular content on this site is the revised Waking Life movie transcript that I host on this very site? It's true, it's the most visited content on this site.

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1,000 spam caught by Akismet!

  • May 26, 2006
  • James Skemp

As of this morning, exactly 1,000 spam have been caught by Akismet for this site. Not too shabby. Unfortunately, I don't know when this started, but it was before I got really hit.

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Flooding as the worst disaster

  • May 24, 2006
  • James Skemp

We had some minor-major flooding on my house's closest intersection. Three cars got stuck - mid-sized vehicles like a Toyota Avalon (?). All three got pushed out of the water, but all three weren't turning over any more. Tomorrow morning I'll know how bad mine is.

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First Debian install = unsuccessful

  • May 20, 2006
  • James Skemp

My first shot at installing Debian didn't go quite so well. I'm attempting to install on a HP Pavilion XE734, using pretty much the base system. One addition appears to be a 3Com Fast Etherlink PCI card, from the late 90s ... (3C595-TX).

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Content really is key (AdSense)

  • May 6, 2006
  • James Skemp

I've just updated The Framing Business to work with WordPress. While doing so, I decided to take a close look at just how AdSense is working on that site, compared to just this blog. What I found was actually quite surprising.

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Root /Vault

  • April 24, 2006
  • James Skemp
Thanks to some great service yesterday, I've successfully logged into my Vault again, and am seeing actual data. I have a day and a half of data, but I'm already quite impressed with the user interface. I'm also extremely impressed by the feedback I've received from individuals involved in the project. This is definitely something that I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops in the near future. They've definitely hit on something big.

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Status update on logging into my Root /Vault

  • April 22, 2006
  • James Skemp
Thanks to some great support, I'm now able to log in to my Vault.  Now that I'm in, I'll be bouncing around items a bit more.  There's also some great articles that I'd like to comment on, that revolve around the project, so that'll end up meaning new philosophy-related posts (instead of just the porting-over of old ones. Hooray!

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Essential Firefox extensions for the Web producer/developer

  • April 21, 2006
  • James Skemp

There's a handful of extensions for Firefox that I found absolutely necessary in my day-to-day Web production and development. Below, I've outlined the essentials, as well as those that are near the top of the crop.

Please note that my current setup is Windows, with Firefox 1.5.0.2. After each extension, I've listed the current version, at the time of this writing. I cannot speak for any versions before or after those listed.

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XML parsing with PHP (and ColdFusion) and /ROOT

  • April 20, 2006
  • James Skemp
Last night, I was working through a great tutorial that steps through how to create a basic XML parser in PHP. Unfortunately, what I was going to use it for (a local Attention Recorder parser) isn't going to be possible, since the extension's XML isn't quite valid. I was hoping to at least get /ROOT Vaults to work today, in that case, but no dice on support.  So, I'll be attempting to reset my password once again, in the hope that it was just a two day problem .

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AttentionTrust and problems with /ROOT

  • April 19, 2006
  • James Skemp
If my last post got you interested in the AttentionTrust project, and you downloaded the extension, are using it now, and are reading this on StrivingLife.net (whew, lot's of 'if's), then you may have noticed that StrivingLife.net is now a certified member.  What does that mean for you? First, that I agree with four principles that the AttentionTrust organization puts forward; 1. Property : You own your attention and can store it wherever you wish.

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On Yahoo! Slurp, Googlebot, and msnbot

  • April 16, 2006
  • James Skemp

Being able to look at the statistics for a couple of different sites, with very different audiences, I've found one common thread, which is quite alarming. Before you go any further, it has to do with bots and search engines, so if you're not interested in either, you can probably safely skip this post.

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Using the templates - next planned article

  • April 1, 2006
  • James Skemp

The next article I'll be writing (Sunday night probably) will finally be on using those templates that I had mentioned in an earlier post, to create a basic Web site.

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What makes great technical support?

  • March 22, 2006
  • James Skemp
For work today, I sent off an email to support for a product that we purchased, FusionReactor (an application for helping analyze/debug ColdFusion). About an hour later, one of their support members called me up and talked me through the answers to the questions I had raised.  He also went above and beyond what I had asked by digging deeper into what we were looking for, and even went so far as to suggest that we could send on some log files for them to peruse.

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Google Page Creator and layouts (and CF 7)

  • March 20, 2006
  • James Skemp

I got my Google Page Creator invite a short time ago, and just setup my account (less than 2 minutes ago, as of this writing).

I haven't had much time to play around with it, obviously, but I'm impressed by the sample layouts they have. I might actually bounce around a little bit, until I find one that I can make my own.

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Call for database requests

  • March 17, 2006
  • James Skemp

In a future tutorial I'll be walking through the setup of a database using PHP and MySQL (and possibly in the future, PHP and PostgreSQL). To that end, I'm looking for database setup requests.

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Printer friendly pages

  • March 1, 2006
  • James Skemp

I've added a print stylesheet to the WordPress pages. This should make this content a lot more printer friendly.

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New WordPress plugin installed - word count and estimated reading time

  • February 25, 2006
  • James Skemp
After having seen a blog that did it, I've installed a nifty little WordPress plugin that displays word count, image count, and estimated reading time. For some of my articles, the estimated reading time is going to be far off, but ... it's nifty nonetheless.  Reminder - I'll be posting the 'second part' of the MySQL tutorial tonight.

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Taking a break from the tutorial

  • February 23, 2006
  • James Skemp

Tomorrow, I'll be posting the tutorial on setting up MySQL. However, for today, I won't be posting a new tutorial, as I've already spent the last hour writing one on setting up ColdFusion (which is the fourth tutorial I have to post, the MySQL one for tomorrow being the first).

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Planned updates for the next couple of days

  • February 22, 2006
  • James Skemp
Since I've got a couple more days worth of tutorials already written, and since things are now going relatively smoothly (I had a couple of problems with the MySQL implementation as a whole), I figured I would give an update to what I've been doing, and what I will be doing. Tonight, I'll be posting the tutorial on getting PHP up and running.  Within a day, or maybe two, of doing that, I'll be walking through the installation of MySQL and phpMyAdmin.

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Apache, PHP, MySQL, ColdFusion, and all the like

  • February 14, 2006
  • James Skemp

Near the end of the January, I talked about installing ColdFusion on my home computer. Starting this week (hopefully), I'll be writing a number of posts detailing how to go about doing these installations, with the express purpose of creating an environment for the testing of Web pages, or the learning of HTML/PHP/ColdFusion.

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Upgraded to WordPress 2.0.1

  • February 5, 2006
  • James Skemp
I just upgraded WordPress from 2.0 to 2.0.1.  If you see anything unusual, let me know.  I've also updated from Subscribe2 2.2 to 2.2.1, so if there's anything weird there either, let me know.

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January 2006 browser statistics

  • February 1, 2006
  • James Skemp
In January, looking at the number of pages that were viewed, around 63% of visitors used Internet Explorer to access a page on the StrivingLife.net Network, while 26% used Firefox.  After that, about 3.5% used Safari, followed by 2.9% using Mozilla and 2.2% using Opera.  Netscape?  1.4%. Of course, the Firefox numbers give it away pretty well - we cater to a more technologically literate group than the Internet as a whole.

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Old articles will be coming to this area

  • January 10, 2006
  • James Skemp

Over the coming months, you'll notice that the size of this area will increase. I'll be adding a number of older articles to this area (articles from http://strivinglife.net/articles/) in the interest of creating both a standard, as well as making articles easier to find. Since they'll be post-dated (new articles will not, of course), they won't be crowding out any current posts.

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Yes, this style is messed up

  • January 2, 2006
  • James Skemp

Yes, it's messed up. Yes, I don't have time to fix it. I'm exhausted :D

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WordPress 2.0? I guess I lied

  • January 1, 2006
  • James Skemp

So, I guess I lied about the upgrade to WordPress 2.0, as I just finished doing it. Doesn't look like one of the old plug-ins is going to work yet, but since I don't use it ...

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WordPress 2.0? Not yet

  • December 31, 2005
  • James Skemp

So, WordPress 2.0 is out.

Like many other people, however, I won't be upgrading. Check asymptomatic.net for a number of pros and cons on the issue ...

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An early happy New Year

  • December 29, 2005
  • James Skemp

While I thought I'd have time for my own site, after off-loading FramingBusiness.net to Gavin, I've been keeping quite busy elsewhere - online and off.  Ah well.

 An early happy end of 2005 to you.

 What I'd like to accomplish in 2006?  That's for January 1st …

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PHP and MySQL work

  • December 23, 2005
  • James Skemp
I'm looking for ideas on what I can write in PHP and MySQL.  Thus far, I've written: 1) A comments system, that still gets hit by spam (but don't they all?). 2) An admin interface to upload documents, then create a record in a database for display elsewhere (along with categories and related articles/documents). I just don't know - what do I *need* for functionality?  Maybe I'll look further into creating a RSS reader - I just don't know .

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Tools of the Trade

  • December 2, 2005
  • James Skemp

Thanks to my sister still being in school, I've been able to pick up a number of very powerful commercial tools for fairly cheap. I'm big on free programs - Open Source being the key word these days - but sometimes the professional's tools are just more than all that.

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FramingBusiness.net comments

  • November 12, 2005
  • James Skemp
The last time I posted, I discussed a great article on PHP and MySQL.  This time, over a week later, I'm discussing how I've used this information on the network.<!–more–><!–adsense–> On November 9, Gavin's <a href="http://framingbusiness.net/">FramingBusiness.net</a> went live with a new feature: functionality to collect, store, and display comments.  Any article posted since June of 2005 will have this functionality, and many old ones, that have been converted over to PHP and the new layout, will also have this functionality.

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Receive email updates when new posts are added

  • October 25, 2005
  • James Skemp

Sitting in on a seminar, I was introduced to one of more popular email confirmation tools for blogs, called Bloglet.

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Finally, an article has been moved to the new format

  • October 20, 2005
  • James Skemp

Long title today.

Finally, we've got an article in the new format. If you take a look at http://strivinglife.net/articles/php/wakinglifescript.php, you'll see that I've moved my most popular page over to the new design. I've got an htaccess redirect in place, and have changed the internal links (I believe for the most part, but I haven't done a search yet).

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Adding philosophy to the mix

  • October 16, 2005
  • James Skemp
After a good deal of thought, I've realized that philosophy in my life has decreased a good deal.  I haven't had the time to think about philosophy as much as I'd like. For those reasons, I'll be focusing on both technology, as a site admin, as well as philosophy (as a philosopher). I'll add the appropriate categorizations so that it will be semi-easy to switch between the two.

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Dreamweaver and iPower/iPowerWeb

  • October 13, 2005
  • James Skemp

I've been quite ill since Sunday, hence no posts. However, I'm feeling better today, and not just because I got my copy of Studio 8.

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A preview of the new StrivingLife.net network

  • October 9, 2005
  • James Skemp

Instead of writing on a specific topic, which is what I wanted to do today, I've got a preview of the new network layout.

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Topics for the coming days

  • October 8, 2005
  • James Skemp
Here's a list of the topics that I've written down as things I'd like to discuss. If there any not listed here that should be, let me know. Similarly, if there are any that are on the list that should be done before the others, let me know. AdSense - posting tonight Error checking (404) benefits Writing a PHP error / redirect script Benefits of a GMail account for stats/site administration Just how many browsers should be tested?

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Creating the network - locally

  • October 6, 2005
  • James Skemp
Today I'll be talking about how the StrivingLife.net network runs. In my opinion, you can break the network down into two large parts; my computer and my host's computer.  There are certainly other things that come into play, such as the Internet in general, and the support of Google and the sites that it brings up in the various searches I (need to) do, but they are (almost) always applicable when you talk about the Internet.

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About the StrivingLife.net network

  • October 5, 2005
  • James Skemp

First, let's talk about the StrivingLife.net network.

To do that, we'll have to talk about how I got to this point.

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An idea has formed - what this will be for

  • October 5, 2005
  • James Skemp

After a good deal of thought, most of it sub-conscious, I have decided what it is that I'll be doing with this WordPress, or 'blog'.

It took a while, as one will notice by looking at the old posts - it took a great while. Yet, I believe the wait will have given this a great purpose.

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Recent dealings (old LiveJournal post)

  • July 18, 2005
  • James Skemp
No update in a while, so ... 1) If you say that Clinton's My Life has 1000 pages (pretty close to that), then I'm 28.6% of the way through right now.  I'm about to shut off the computer and read for the rest of the night, which means that I may even be over 30% of the way (35%?) done by the night's end. What this means is that I'll finally give Gavin a real idea of what I think about the book.

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First WordPress post

  • April 30, 2005
  • James Skemp
First WordPress posting. Not quite sure what I'm doing to do with this yet … :)

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Guide to One Philosophy of Life: Revision 1

  • September 29, 2002
  • James Skemp
The following was written from January 30, 2002 to September 29, 2002, but I am just now (January 30, 2009) getting around to posting this. I can honestly admit that I haven't read over this in a very long time, but the skimming that I have done reminds me of certain things ... As time progresses I may go back and re-purpose this content. (Of particular note, also, will be at what time these were written and when I was reading certain philosophical works.

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