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OK, here's a freebie: A simulation of the old text-based Star Trek game we used to play on HP 2100's using a Teletype ASR-33 as a console: StarTrek Game

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08:50 Tues, April 18, 2006

OCOC Powers Business Association Site

Early in 2005 I published an open source PHP web application package called OCOC (Open Chamber of Commerce). It is a mini-CMS (content management system) combined with a pre-coded template in XHTML/CSS that comes styled for a chamber of commerce, business association or other small organization. A small business could also use it. In fact, I have dropped the miniCMS into several site designs for clients. Most recently, after a year of updates, false starts and Adventures In Committee Management, the Applegate Valley Business Association (AVBA) has gone live, based on OCOC.

The OCOC package uses only two "pages": Home (index.php) and "pages", a script that makes use of Apache's "ForceType" directive to make a script to appear as a directory for URL purposes. PHP code blocks on these two scripted pages along with a custom function library pull content from a MySQL database which includes tables describing the site's structure. After preliminary setup and styling by a web professional familiar with CSS design standards, site maintenance and expansion is fully under the owner's control. It even has a custom navigation menu editor.

08:55 Sat, Nov 19, 2005

Linux on a Dell SC430 No-OS Server

I recently built a site for a client that is a small association of realtors. Their site uses the miniCMS I developed for OCOC last year, and the meager local server they were using was old and inadequate for the newer Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) technology I wanted to use.

They liked Dell products, had many Dell Windows desktops in the office and had a purchasing agreement with Dell. I shopped the Dell site and chose the PowerEdge SC430 server to host their new site. See my article on how I installed Fedora Core 4 on this no-OS server.

07:29 Sun, Nov 7, 2005

Google Ads Fail Me

It's the old "razor blade" business model...

Does anybody click on those ubiquitous "Google Ads"? I finally took down my Google-ads because after 2 whole years I was still under the $100 limit for the first monetary distribution, even with my rather consistant but paltry 400 unique vistors a day. That proves to me at least: there is no such thing as a free lunch. Gotta sell a lotta razor blades to make money.

Tribute: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the low-profile man who REALLY invented the World Wide Web (not that idiot Democrat!) has some interesting notes about emailing. Note also he is currently a Mac OS X user! If you Google his name you'll see some interesting interviews and note that he thinks blogging is closest to his initial concept of the Web. Load up his first draft of a web page and do View -> Source to see some antique HTML.