PHP Access Control List

A quick little Access Control List (ACL) snippet I made for PHP/HTML. Enjoy!

 

Expired Domains – A Headache (but a learning experience)

Hey all! It’s been a few months, I know. But I wanted to share an experience I had with my recent domain name headache.

So as you may or may not know, I’ve owned ppsstudios.com since May 2013. I purchased it via Google Apps which in turn set my registrar to eNom. Both are useful services and work reasonably well. I was attracted mostly to the (back in 2013) $10/year with free ID protection deal that Google Apps offered. Since then they’ve gone up to $12/year, but that’s not really an issue.

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Pandora Music

Pandora.. Great selection of music, stays on topic and all that. But seriously..is there a way to prevent the computer inactivity timeout? Stops playing, starts giving me whiny messages of “Are we playing to an empty room? It costs us to play these songs so we don’t want to be playing to nobody.”

However, I’ve got my computer set up with a Kensington FM transmitter so I can listen upstairs (bad laptop won’t support hardly anything streaming, bad sound card, etc.). So no, Pandora, you’re NOT playing to an empty room. You’re playing IN an empty room. But yes we are all still listening.

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Ruby on Rails for Windows

It was only recently that I FINALLY figured out just what Ruby on Rails is. From most of the posts I saw all I could make of it was “it’s the thing that runs Twitter.” Okay..so what’s it DO?

Well as it turns out, from what I can make of it, Rails is a new web framework designed to streamline web design…BETTER than PHP/ASP/Javscript. So basically it’s a new kind of webserver.

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Garfield!!

A long time ago, I discovered that Jim Davis, the author of Garfield comics, syndicates his stuff with uComics. An interesting, and probably well-known, fact is that uComics actually stores the images from a particular cartoon in a fairly friendly directory structure! At least, they do with Garfield comics. So I was able to do some back-door hacks and write a simple little script that would in essence harvest Garfield comics directly from uComics.

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Faster Internet is (at least for now) better

We’ve just gone live with our newly activated ADSL connection. As of 5:00 this evening, I was able to plug in the aforementioned modem that we bought on Friday and successfully connect to first Qwest’s initial login page, then, well, everywhere else! Of course, everybody’s test to see if they’re connected is Google. Well, not everybody. The modem and the Qwest disc would rather you connect to their homepage, but it’s still essentially the same thing.

I had to spend a little time figuring out the best configuration, and I decided to go with the transparent bridge setup, where the modem simply acts as DSL-to-Ethernet translator and all other router functions are disabled. In the same manner, I am able to put in all of the primary internet login information directly into the Wi-Fi router and everything works like a charm.

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My Router-Modem Setup

Here’s what I’ve figured out with my router/modem setup.

The router has two sets of plugs in it. One set is the regular ethernet ports to hook in single computers to. However, there is a single yellow port known as the WAN or Internet port. What really is the difference here? I’ve figured it out. The WAN port actually is the interface to a second half of the router. Just as the router communicates with computers so that the computers can communicate each other, all pieces being in a single “network” the WAN port on the router functions in exactly the same way with the though, though the modem now acts as a DHCP server and the router functions as a regular old client computer on the MODEM’S little LAN, known by the router as the WAN. From there, the MODEM creates a WAN network with Qwest…and who cares what THEY do? The configuration for the modem’s LAN is an interface ONLY for the router, and the configuration for the router’s WAN accesses the same exact interface, only from the other side.

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danipavliashvili2 is Getting Limelight!

So I did a vanity search today just to see where this site is going and it turns out that my Myst tutorial on FlyMode was published on Technorati.com. Also, the Georgian characters for the title (the phonetic translation in English is “Danieli Pavliashvili”) got the attention of Holmes.ge with search results on my Photoshop brushes, Camstudio and Pivot.

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Brinkster

Alright yew people.  I’ve decided that my website is getting really boring.  You can see how boring here. The story writer is not being hit at all, hardly (probably because of the password protection).  If anyone has any ideas on what to add to it, shoot me (the webmaster) an email on http://ppsstudios.brinkster.net/sendMail.asp. I check it about once every three months, but I hope to fix that soon.

Anyhow, here’s a note of pleading: don’t send me any ideas on the elephant joke fanclub. I can’t make database stuff work perfectly yet, nor do I have the time to try and figure it out. When I get it up and running better, I’ll let ya’ll know when you can send me requests for that. In the meantime, I’d say stick with feature requests revolving around html, asp, javascript and that sort of thing. Just databases are out.

I’ll even accept requests for design changes if you so desire. A blue background with a simple table isn’t my idea of a cool interface, although you must admit, it is CLEAN.