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  1. I would have no problem installing XAMPP, but I would do the installation myself so it's secure.
  2. I meant answering help questions. Sad but true, I haven't had time to do more than hit this board and the staff boards lately. And maybe misc every once in a while if something interesting gets posted (rare, I know). What I hate about my current job is that I'm not programming PHP and therefore don't run into tricky stuff too often. I still do it on the side but I haven't run into anything there that I need help with, hence my lack of need to wait for answers and post answers to other questions.
  3. I'm not saying that's not true... but I know that the majority of the staff is active in the forums.
  4. Perfect. Works like a charm. Thanks!
  5. A possible solution to this would be to promote more people to the guru status. I have no problem doing that as long as the rest of the staff, gurus, and recommended users nominate and vote it through. And there haven't been a lot of nominations lately... so what does that tell you?
  6. And I also realize that I probably could have written a PHP script to do it in the time that it took me to write that post... but I want to use the power of the DB for once.
  7. Sorry to take so long to get back to this. The field is just the list (it is product specifications). So I've fixed a handful while I was working on random parts of the website. I know it would probably make more sense to normalize and dump each spec into a 2 column table and combine it when it's pulled, but I'm taking this over from a previous developer so it would create a fair amount of re-work that I'm not ready to tackle at the moment. So the data falls into 4 categories: 1) a listing with ul tags already applied 2) a listing without ul tags applied 3) blank or null 4) straight text without a list So I would need to do the following: 1) Search to see if the ul tags exist, if so, skip 2) Search to see if the ul tags exist, if not, place a ul tag at the start and end 3) Ignore blank/null entries 4) Ignore entries that do not have li tags So... possible?
  8. I don't think this is possible, but I figured I'd ask you SQL gurus. I have a client that has a bunch of product information in a mysql database and a lot of the descriptions use unordered lists for display. Unfortunately he forgot to wrap all the < li > tags in < ul > tags. Without writing a PHP script to loop through all that and update them, is there an easy way to insert the < ul > tags in the right place?
  9. Depends on the client.. half of my clients are local and will mail me a check or meet up with me to pay cash. For the other half, I've used Paypal. I simply pad the bill a touch in certain areas to cover the fees. And always require a certain % upfront before starting work. And require the remaining % before full delivery. Never develop on the customer's web space unless you completely trust them (long term client, for example, where proven payment has been provided).
  10. The AJAX functions on the main page are crashing... and giving full path resolution: Warning: include(db2.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/.marble/ryannaddy/phpsnips.com/switch.php on line 2 Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening 'db2.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/.marble/ryannaddy/phpsnips.com/switch.php on line 2 Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2) in /home/.marble/ryannaddy/phpsnips.com/switch.php on line 13 Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: A link to the server could not be established in /home/.marble/ryannaddy/phpsnips.com/switch.php on line 13 Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (2) *smack*
  11. I've used VB to write DLLs that were used in other VB programs... and come to think of it, I think i actually used one of them in a PHP app as well. But if you're modifying core PHP functionality, you would want to write them with C.
  12. Most I've ever gotten is a raise and a pat on the back. Then again, I've never really worked at a place where there was a lot of extra money floating around to "thank" people.
  13. ober

    AJAX sucks?

    Agreed. AJAX and it's competing technologies are great when utilized appropriately.
  14. ober

    AJAX sucks?

    IMO, there is almost zero reason to use AJAX on a personal site. AJAX should be reserved for applications where the functionality gain outweighs the need to reload the entire page.
  15. Control Panel -> Power Settings. Have at it. I'm on Vista 32, Business Edition. ... isn't that what he was asking for?
  16. It should. But what does that actually mean? Surely you'd have to submit something directly to them. I would think that refers to the portion where you're submitting stats and error reports to them, which you can easily uncheck while installing.
  17. Typically you should be signing a contract for any business you do with a client. It should outline fees, when you get paid and how, timeline, what they own, what you have copyright over, etc. That's not an American thing... is a business thing.
  18. ober


    Check your POP3 (in Gmail) settings for things like filters and make sure that the total you're referring to does not include spam. Also, the mail client may be smart enough to filter out messages you already downloaded.
  19. ober


    Go ahead and ramp up on the JS interfaces. Fantastic things are on the horizon: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10023723-92.html
  20. http://www.phpclasses.org/browse/package/3747.html is another one.
  21. http://ffmpeg-php.sourceforge.net/ I'm not sure it actually does conversion though.
  22. It shouldn't use bandwidth as long as it's talking to itself. Yes, it's bad to run a cron job every minute Yes, it's bad. What are you trying to do?
  23. Heh.. weird. I didn't know that was a color.
  24. Thanks for the comments. It's nice to hear that we're creating something worthwhile here. By the way, does your username have anything to do with a small town in northern Ohio?
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