• phpBB Extension Version Control

    When you are developing an extension for phpBB, you will have to setup your own version control. Once an extension has been approved for the customization database, phpBB will handle the version control. To manage the version control require changes to your composer.json file and the creation of a version xml file. The version xml…

    October 5, 2016
  • Official Retirement Ceremony of the Texas Flag

    As a member of a commission for the City of Allen, I am required to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  This had me thinking.. (I know this is dangerous ground.)  Do we have a Texas Flag Allegiance.  Well of course we do. The Texas Pledge of Allegiance can be found in Texas…

    April 21, 2015
  • Allen Citizen Fire Academy – Extrication Night

    What started out as a simple car wreck at the beginning of the night, ended up as a car with no windows, doors, roof or B pillars. Extrication Night or how do you remove an injured person from a damaged car. I called it, Wow, this is a lot of fun chopping a car into pieces. 

    March 30, 2015

  • Apache Solr 5.0 Install on Centos 7

    Solr5.0 has been recently released with several new features. One of these is a service install to use with Redhat based Linux systems.  This install will walk you through an install and create two example cores to test with. Many of the Solr install instructions include the installation of Tomcat.  This is not required. Solr…

    March 30, 2015
  • Texas A&M GeoServices

    If you need to convert addresses from postal to latitude and longitude, I would suggest looking into Texas A&M Geo Services.  If you have a need for these type of services, please consider Geo-stuff provided by Texas A&M University GeoServices. I am using the service to map voting history to changes in geography. By having…

    March 27, 2015
  • Allen Citizen’s Fire Academy – Bunker Gear Night

    It was bunker gear night.  Bunker gear is the system of outer protective clothing for firefighters.  “Bunker Gear” is derived from the fact that the trousers and boots are traditionally kept by the firefighter’s bunk at the fire station to be readily available for use.  We were outfitted with the complete set of Trousers, Coat,…

    March 23, 2015
  • Allen Citizens Fire Academy – Day 1

    I am attending the Allen Citizens Fire Academy this spring. We had a our first class Thursday evening. If you have ever wanted to be a fire fighter or just interested in learning what is involved with being a fire fighter you should sign up for a future class.

    February 28, 2015
  • Recover FileZilla Site Manager

    I recently had a hard drive go bad which required me to re-install the OS and all my applications. The challenges with this is all the configuration files associated with various applications. FileZilla is a great FTP client which I use daily. Once you have your FTP clients working, the last thing you want to…

    February 26, 2015
  • Recover iTunes Library from an Old Hard Drive

      My old hard drive started sending SMART errors.  I purchased a new hard drive and tried to clone it…but alas, it would not clone. So, I re-installed the OS. I am able to access files from the old drive, so I need to figure out how to migrate my iTunes library from the old…

    February 25, 2015
  • Dynamic Facebook and Twitter Meta Tags for phpBB

    When the second person logged on to the internet, there was a discussion. For many years, the primary discussion method on the internet was forums. Forums allow people to group discussions around topics. There are numerous forums on a wide variety of topics on the internet. Then came Social Media sites like MySpace, Facebook and…

    December 21, 2013