With apologies to Skee-Lo
After almost 3 years, I've decided to dust off this puppy and at the very least, allow the public to peruse my past. Yep - I hold before you the recently resurrected zombie of a blog, überEllis.com. You all know the story; The Cobbler's Son, blah, blah, yak, yak, etc. *vomit*.
At the risk of writing one of those posts you always see when a new blog goes live ("Oh my gaaawd, my first poooost! I'm gonna do blah and post so many yak" <-- you know the type), I am going to digress with only this: Welcome back! Enjoy some of the old drawings and have a good laugh at the old posts. Who knows? Maybe this space becomes everything it was intended to be in 2003..
PS: This site was built ages ago and some of the best practices and maintenance has gone to the wayside. Don't be surprised to come a across an image that doesn't render or some layout that is obviously not meant to suit the content. If you come across something that ruh-eeeeally bothers you, why not drop me line and I'll consider not ignoring it.
Today, April fool's day, a standard PHP info page renders a crudely hand-drawn version of the PHP logo:
To view a PHP info page, do the following on any webserver running PHP:
- Create a new php file containing the following: <?php phpinfo(); ?>
- Access the file from your browser
Some friends and I were having a good laugh at our "Pornstar names" recently. Taken from an email that made the rounds with instructions and the obligatory request to add yours on the list and send to all your friends. Here's how it works:
- Take the name of your first pet as your pornstar first name.
- Add your mother's maiden name as your porn last name.
Only much later did it strike me; Is this really an innocent joke? Something about the questions seems very familiar. In fact, two of the most frequently used security questions on many websites are:
- What is your first pets name?
- What is your mother's maiden name?
What could be more convenient for the proficient phisher than list of email addresses tied to no less than two ways to retrieve a forgotten password..
Yep, I was there! :)
Picture used without permission. Originally spotted on Dries' blog
© Ana Calv
Due to an unsuitably angry childhood, I have an unhealthy amount of black and darkly coloured clothing. This remains true for most of the year, except during these colder months, where some undergarments provide the necessary protection from the cold.
It was another cold morning. The fateful morning of the laundry incident. I overslept (again - damn futon) and had limited time to complete my weekly laundry cycle.. to be in time for the ironing cycle of course.
Yes, it was this day I chose to test my faith in the possible urban legend "Seperate your whites from your coloured clothes before doing your laundry". This one, so obviously conceived during the old regime *koff*
It was a smallish load anyway.
Now I am the proud owner of one (I don't know how the others managed to not get affected) pair of purple thermals. Probably the only one in existence. So much for an inadvertent fashion statement. Take heed! Before it happens to your favourite sweater or similar.
Graham enjoys frequenting events like these to tell the marketing success story of Stormhoek wines and what major role blogging and bloggers had to play. At this particular event, he was sporting a Stormhoek t-shirt that got the crowd's attention. After many inquiries, he finally decided to announce that Stormhoek wines will send a shirt to each of the attendees who left their names and email addresses.
My shirt arrived today (H'ray!)
Thanks Graham - Here's your blog post (and you don't have to send me a bottle of wine). I've entertained the thought of blogging my disdain on undelivered promises, but then again - there's no such thing as bad press.
As of today, I too, am a "High Class Hoeker"
Drupal version: all
Using user 1 as the admin user of a site during development seems convenient, but I've found myself overlooking and forgetting tiny things. Eventually, going back to a live site to set permissions, or change input formats, etc overrules the amount of time spent setting up a decent administrator role.
User 1 has permission to do absolutely anything on the site - so testing can have inaccurate results.
Some internet bad-guys can do some nasty things to the website, or even webserver, should they get their grubby paws on the identity of user 1, which is why I am a bit of a full-HTML-nazi. Also why I don't trust WYSIWYG editors as far as I can throw them. Best make sure there's no chance the user 1 username doesn't have a chance to be published anywhere, by forgetting a posted by, or allowing access to profiles for anonymous users.
Use your power for good and not for evil!
The cobbler's son might have no shoes, but the youngest can live on hand-me-downs. ÜberEllis.com presents a new theme (yet to be named, see below):
Yeah, I know - not exactly the best theme for a blog.. I've developed this theme for SWiTCH WebStart.
The theme utilizes the color.module, that comes with core of drupal 5 (Seen in the likes of "Garland" and "Minelli"). The aim is to speed up the design process for new clients. This way, implementation of functionality and "theming" can run concurrently for rapid deployment. :)
Here are screenshots of some of the presets in Unnamed.Theme:
The concept of Color.module is quite ingenius. It uses a simple php file to render some areas of solid colour and a gradient fill. Overlayed with a transparent .png file to make a composite, which is then sliced to create the images needed for the theme.
Despite a couple of limitations (I'm assured color.module 2 will eradicate these), it can be planned well, and certainly is a whole lot of fun to play with.
I've finally upgraded the ÃœberEllis.com platform to Drupal 5. The jump from 4.7 does have some impact on some of the theme functions, and thus I'm running the new Garland theme that comes standard with Drupal 5 and up. When my career leaves me some free time again, I'll upgrade all the ÃœberThemes to be compatible with 5, so apologies to all registered users who may have selected an older theme.
In the meantime, the cobbler's son will have to go barefoot ;)