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America IS Exceptional !!!

Yes, it is politically incorrect to say that. But, it is the truth! Watch the following video and listen carefully to see just how exceptional America is ...

2009 Favorite: Bill Maher, Barack Obama and the Truth About American Exceptionalism

Happy New Year -- from the socialist republic of California

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Happy New Year to everyone!

For those of us still stuck in California, here are some of the creative laws our government feels necessary. Socialism is strong!

California's new laws for 2010

New California Laws For 2010

How I Moved My Drupal Site to a New Host ...

I wanted to move this site from the free hosting company I was using to my GoDaddy hosting account. So, I went searching for instructions on how to do that and found them here.

So, I followed those instructions and did the following:

From the free hosting site:
  • Exported the database, downloaded to a local file
  • Transferred the site files via FTP to a local folder

At GoDaddy:
  • Added the domain to my hosting account
  • Imported the database, uploaded from the local file
  • Transferred the site files via FTP from the local folder

When completed, I tried the site. The front page worked great!

However, when I clicked on any of the links to go to another page or tried to login as a user or admin, I would get the following error:

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, support@supportwebsite.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Bummer!!!

Well, after searching and searching, trying this and trying that, I finally found this page. In the third comment, I found the answer!

I added the following to my .htaccess file and everything worked!

RewriteBase /

We're back in business!!!

Backup script for Linux ...

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There are many ways to back up the important files one has on their system, from bloated software programs to simple scripts. In most cases, a simple script is sufficient. With that in mind, I searched for a simple script and found the following:

Automating backups with tar

I have modified the original script to accomplish the following:

  • Allow the user to "force" the creation of a full backup by specifying full on the command line.
  • Create a full year-end backup on 31 December.
  • Force an incremental backup when a full backup is performed. This is to prevent two full backups from occurring if Sunday is the 1st of the month or is 31 December.

You can download the modified script here. Once downloaded, rename the file to backup.sh.

To install and use the script, you can follow the instructions provided at the Automating backups with tar page. However, where referenced, replace backup.cron with backup.sh.

Climate Change is Natural?

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The following is an article that lists 100 reasons why global warming is natural and not man-made. I am not an expert in this field. However, I believe those who push the idea that global warming is man-made give man way too much credit!

Some of the side jobs I work on ...

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Here are a couple of samples of the work I do on the side. I do work on the side to keep my skills up to date. And, most importantly, I make sure these jobs do not interfere with my regular work!

Air Raid Siren - This is a piece of software, still in its infancy, that will help users become aware of possible threats when using wireless hotspots. It is written in C++ using wxWidgets, a cross-platform class library.
Tab Jewelers - This is a commercial web-site I help set up for a friend. It is still in its early stages and product is being added on a continual basis. The site is based upon Zen Cart with modifications made according to the desires of the store owner.

Hope?

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Is there hope?

A commission in California will recommend a change to the "personal income tax structure to reduce the burden on the wealthy". They will also recommend abolishing sales and corporate taxes, replacing it with a tax on businesses net receipts.

Read the article here.

You can also visit the website for the Commission on the 21st Century Economy to learn more about the commission and their charge.

Updated resume ...

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I have updated my resume based upon suggestions received for those knowledgeable in the job search industry. You can view the resume here.