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 Law.  The Pledge is:

Honor the Texas flag;

I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.

What was more interesting was the text of the ceremony to retire a Texas Flag. Here is the text. If reading this does not get your pulse up, you are not a bona fide Texan. 

Read moreOfficial Retirement Ceremony of the Texas Flag

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 5.0 will run with the base OpenJDK. The server also does not need the Apache web server.

Read moreApache Solr 5.0 Install on Centos 7

Allen Citizen’s Fire Academy – Bunker Gear Night

Wearing all the gear.

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, Boots, Nomex Hood, Helmet, Gloves and Eye Protection.

Read moreAllen Citizen’s Fire Academy – Bunker Gear Night

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 do is to recreate all your settings. It is important to easily recover FileZilla Site Manager settings. This was one of the easier tasks in my hard drive recovery.

Read moreRecover FileZilla Site Manager

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 hard drive to the new one.  Here are the steps I took.  My new hard drive is my C: drive and my old drive is my F: drive.

  1. Install iTunes.
  2. Do a shift-start of iTunes.  Press *AND HOLD* the shift key while starting iTunes.  Keep pressing until you get a prompt to choose a library as illustrated below.
  3. (If this is a new iTunes install you will be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions.)

Read moreRecover iTunes Library from an Old Hard Drive

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 Twitter. These tools are great for quick, simple discussions.  These tools quickly become limiting when a detail discussion is occurring.  Detail discussions between multiple people is where Forums excel.

There is a place within the internet world for both social media and forums. They both need to be connected together.  This post is about the steps needed to add specialized meta tags to your phpBB forum for Facebook og tags and for Twitter cards.

Read moreDynamic Facebook and Twitter Meta Tags for phpBB