April 17, 2007

I think I’m done here. Between a new member of my family and bootstrapping Lincoln Loop. I just don’t have the time or desire to write here anymore.

Thanks, it’s been fun.


Train Wreck

January 2, 2007

I decided to rework some of the site tonight. It’s a bit of a train wreck right now, excuse the mess…

NX Server on Ubuntu Edgy AMD64

November 29, 2006

Since I couldn’t find FreeNX packages for Ubuntu 6.10 AMD64 anywhere, I had to get my hands dirty. These instructions are provided on a “works for me, but may blow up your computer” basis. Read the rest of this entry »

Ubuntu Upgrade

October 30, 2006

I did a clean upgrade to Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) over the weekend. It was a trial by fire of my backup system. Overall, the process couldn’t have gone much smoother. I currently rsync my home directory down to my MythTV box, then use duplicity to do a compressed and encrypted archive of the important stuff out to a storage space on the internet just in case my house burns down or something.

After the rebuild, to restore my data, I just rsync’ed it back. Then I grabbed the relevant hidden folders I needed — .mozilla-thunderbird for example — and I was good to go. Way easier than trying to dig up all the data from a Windows recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Mostly Done Here

September 21, 2006

I did some more tinkering and massaged the serious kinks out of the site here. For some reason, I can never officially finish personal projects. I’m always finding imperfections in my own work. So, although I’m considering this site done for now, there is still a lot of work to be done. Eventually, I’d like to pretty up the rest of the pages, but I’m just too busy right now.

A major redesign of the NDS Internet site is in the works right now along with a handful of development projects. One of which was picked up through Programmer Meet Designer, a great idea for an online community from a 13 year old kid no less. His website along with some recent experience got me to thinking… Read the rest of this entry »

Torn Down and Built Up

July 18, 2006

I’m giving this old site a long overdue overhaul. Things are pretty messy right now, but functional for the most part. I’ll be filling in the all the holes over the next few weeks.

The site is still built on WordPress. I’m constanly amazed at the power and flexibility of this little blogging app. Adding the 4 feeds to the bottom of the home page was dead simple with a few add-on plugins. I am using Popularity Contest for the “Stuff People Like Here” list and modified flickrRSS to pull in my photos from the also newly rebooted Zooomr. Right now, my links are just using Ma.gnolia’s javascript include which is pretty slow, but I plan on parsing and caching those locally soon using Barry Price’s Ma.gnolia plugin.

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Multi-user secure file storage based on Code Igniter

March 30, 2006

This is my first project using a great new lightweight PHP framework, Code Igniter.

The task was to create an online storage system that could create upload folders for multiple users and give each user a web based area to upload/download/delete files. An admin user can login to manage users and their files.

Installation instructions: Read the rest of this entry »

FreePay/Gratis Networks Policy Change

March 3, 2006

Looks like we all have until 5/30/06 to complete our freebie deals. FreePay has appearently retroactively changed the rules on us.
I’ve been stuck needing 1 more referral for my free ipod for months now 😦

3/3/2006 10:50:55 AM
customer service wrote:

Important Change to Terms & Conditions

* With a start date of March 1, 2006 – users of FreePay websites have 90 days to complete all offer requirements.

* Upon completion of all offer requirements, existing users will need to print a “Redemption Form” that must be filled out in its entirety and mailed with a postmarked date no later than 30 days of completing their offer requirements.

You will find an indication of how many days you have left to complete the requirements on the Status page. When you have completed the requirements you will be able to download the redemption form from the Status page.

ModernBill Coupon Code

January 17, 2006

I am trying out ModernBill for a project I am working on, but the demo version encrypts all the files which prevents me from doing much customization. I decided to try out the leased license for a while. I came across this coupon code and suprisingly it is still valid. Get your first month (leased license) for only $0.50.


eBay, Seller Beware

January 12, 2006

I decided to put my Tablet PC on eBay a few days ago and am shocked at the number of people trying to scam me. Let me recount the last few days:

  1. Jan-09-06 18:57:08 PSTInitial listing. Buy It Now price of $800.
  2. Jan-10-06 00:05:25 PST– Auction ended via Buy It Now by gretdson25.
  3. Jan-10-06 00:09 PST– Received this message from


    Season’s Greetings to you.I am Garret Hudson from Newellton,Louisana,US.I’m
    contacting you concerning your item on Ebay which i eventually became the winning
    bidder for your item.Morever i’m presently serving our beloved nation here in Iraq
    with the United Nation and i intend sending this item to my wife who works with the
    American Embassy in Nigeria as a visa Officer.You shouldn’t worry about the shipping fees to her okay?.I’ll take care of it with my Personal FedEx Account # after payment so you won’t need to pay any money when mailing it to her over there.I will be making my payment to you via PayPal,So get the package ready for immediate or next day shipment okay.Make sure you send me your PayPal Email Address so i can
    immediately make out my payment to you for this item purchase.You are to mail it out immediately you get the confirmation mail from PayPal.Mail me back it’s urgent.


    Total scam and user is no longer registered. Report scam to eBay and relist item.

  4. Jan-10-06 07:23:31 PSTSecond listing. Buy It Now price of $800.
  5. Jan-10-06 14:38:47 PST – Second auction ended via Buy It Now by raba_wibuy1catq.
  6. Jan-10-06 17:10 PST – Received this message from

    Hello,i want you to know that i will pay you through western union money order,stating that funds has been approved and confirmation will be send to you,Basically i ‘ll be handling the shipment with my personal accout with fedex courier kindly provide me your valid contact name and address and your valid phone number so that i can forward it to western union so that theycan proceed on the payment confirmation right away,so i want you to get back to me on time beforei can made the payment…Thanks

    Sign up for FREE email from at

    Looks like another scam. The users registered address in “Washington, NC” does not exist according to Google or Mapquest. Just in case, I remind the user that only PayPal payments are accepted as specified in the auction. No response. I try to notify eBay of an unpaid item, but have to wait 7 days.

  7. Jan-11-06 12:43:13 PSTThird listing. I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t use Buy It Now. Added disclaimer about bid retractions at the bottom of the listing. My eBay bill is approaching $40. I hope they refund me for the two previous listings.
  8. Jan-11-06 16:14 PST – Received this message from philip_s28 (no longer a registered eBay user).

    Dear Seller,
    I am a medical Doctor from Randallstown, Md in the US.I am a medical research program in West Africa in connection with the World Health Organization(WHO). I would need your item for my private usage here.I will like to know the present working conditions of the item.Does it have it’s accessories and it’s box.
    I will be offering US$1,500 dollars for the item including shipping via USPS down here. I will be making payment via (United State Postal Service Money Order).I can increase my offer if the offer is not enough.I need this
    item urgently so i would be expecting a quick respose from you.
    Please reply with your email address where i could contact you to.


    Dr smith…..

    Man, for being a “medical doctor” (or “medical research program”, I’m not sure) from Maryland, his English sure is poor.

  9. Jan-11-06 16:31 PST – Received this message from goke42tt-goke10 (no longer a registered eBay user).

    Am highly interested in your item placed on EBAY. Am willing to offer you US$3,700 for this item and I want the Laptop to ship to Nigeria, Please make enquiry about the shipping cost to Nigeria by [USPS Global Express EMS 3-5 Days Delivery Service] and get back to me with the shipping cost as soon as possible.
    Am willing to make the payment by International MoneyGram,which is a Money Order that will be issue on your name and be send to your given address.
    Please reply me with your personal E-mail Address.

    Best Regards
    Goke Adedoja.

    Wow, Goke’s willing to buy my tablet for a lot of money! He could buy two new ones for that price. Oh… wait, its a scam. He doesn’t plan on paying me.

  10. Jan-11-06 19:19 PST – 3 hours later, I get an email from eBay’s Trust & Safety Department

    Dear peter.m.b.:

    Our records indicate that you recently sent an email to or received an email from philip_s28 through the eBay email system (for example, you may have sent an email to this member through Ask Seller a Question or received an email from this member through Contact eBay Member).

    Sometimes eBay accounts are used to send email solicitations for transactions outside of eBay, or to send unrelated questions in hopes that you will respond so that the other party can obtain your email address. We wanted you to be aware of the potential fraud risk these solicitations pose and encourage you to be cautious about the email you received from this member.

    Please keep in mind, sales that take place outside of eBay are not eligible for any eBay or PayPal protective services and you run the risk of losing your money or your item if you complete these transactions. We would encourage you to review the eBay pages related to Fraud Protection at the address provided below for information on steps you can take to ensure that your transactions are successful:

    If you have already sent the item or sent payment for the item, please reply to this email and we will send you additional information about how to protect yourself.


    Trust & Safety Department

  11. Jan-11-06 19:24 PST – Another email from eBay’s Trust & Safety Department, this time warning me about goke42tt-goke10 .
  12. Jan-11-06 21:55 PST – Received a message from thebestbstontheworld

    is there a buyit now price or best offer thanks nice tablet by the way

    Surprisingly, contact from a reputable eBay user. I’ll send this link to him to explain why there is no Buy It Now price.

It’s a bummer these people are ruining a great service. Let me know if you have had a similar experience.
I’ll keep this updated as I imagine the scammers are not done yet.

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Looks like philip_s28 is either back at it again or he used a form letter. See here.

I can’t believe somebody is willing to risk $400 (the current bid on this tablet) on a seller with no feedback! I guess that is the reason there are so many of these con-artists out there, occasionally it does work. Same goes with spam. The worst thing that could happen to spammers would be for people to stop responding to it.