Previously, this blog was written atop the excellent Kohana HMVC framework, and worked perfectly well. Recently, a colleague directed me to Phalcon, which states it is “The fastest PHP Framework”. Bold claims indeed! Since I didn't have any new projects on the horizon, I decided to rewrite my (admittedly very simplistic) blog using Phalcon to see how fast it would run, and also to see how easy Phalcon was to pick up.
PHP 5.5 was released the other day, and I had a little repo set up to test out some of the new features. I thought I might as well share it, since it didn't take long and might help a few people out. You can view it on GitHub.
Today, I have spent a couple of hours attempting to do some analysis on a large table. I say attempting, because every time I tried to add an index to the table after importing it, MySQL would crap out, and CHECK TABLE would report "got error: 22 when reading datafile". Really weird stuff! Luckily for me, I managed to track down the cause, so I'm writing it down for the next time I run into this difficult to solve problem.
Lately, I've been working a lot with mail scripts, which may use PHP's
mail() function, or in some cases may even talk directly to sendmail.
In order to make sure I don't accidentally email any customers, I use Rob Allen's script to reformat emails so they always go to my mailbox, and nowhere else.
I've recently been getting warnings on my iPhone and iPad telling me that my email server is using a self-signed certificate. Now, normally this wouldn't be a problem, I'd just tap the button to "Trust" my certificate and carry on. Strangely, there is no longer an option to do this. I'm not sure when this changed, or if indeed it has changed.
There are a bunch of folks discussing it on the Apple Support Forums, with various fixes and workarounds, none of which worked for me. I did, however, find a way to fix my particular problem...
I have two Macs, and I tend to store most of my video files on the Mac Pro as it has much more drive space available. I also use Plex to stream videos to my MacBook which gets connected to the TV. Plex is a rather elegant solution, sporting an automated media library with images, synopses and more. There's also a remote app for iOS devices, allowing you to browse the libraries and start shows/stream them to your iOS device. Very smart.
On Monday afternoon, I upgraded my work machine's Linux install to Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). I've been working in Windows mostly for a the last few months, and keeping all my MySQL data in a TrueCrypt volume as sometimes I need to hold customer data, and we can't store it in plain text.
I've previously written about absolute and relative paths in web development, and this follow-up post is here to show the method I've been using to get around the problem.
The secret sauce is the old HTML
<base> tag. Simply
output this in the
<head> section of your template,
href attribute set to the full URL of your site's
root, then you can use a simple helper function like the one below to
I've been working on multiple computers for some time now, and there's one problem that keeps cropping up now and then, and sometimes when going from development to production, or when a folder changes name... Whatever.