revamping my site, learning time

so i’m always on an ongoing quest to make my site better (three or four times a year which i know is not enough but hey, it’s better than not at all) and i’m trying out some new plugins and a new theme as of tonight

this theme is CRAZY it’s so configurable. it has options for options that most themes ignore completely. check it out if you’re down for doing some heavy config. the theme name is Platform, and I found it as a featured theme in the WordPress Theme Directory. The company who created Platform is located here:

i’ll keep ya’ll updated as i find out more myself. peace

windows xp BSOD Stop 0x0000007E

so after an architecture change of a client’s server’s pc during a disaster recovery middle of business day, i was forced to learn a lot about migrating windows xp install to and from intel and amd architectures.

i found the repair to be sufficient moving from amd to intel, but left me with a BSOD when going from intel to amd.

well like most microsoft problems, this error has a bajillion reasons as to why and finding pertinent information was difficult. i finally stumbled across this microsoft kb artice ( which instructed that when the repair cd was created via an image that was intel-based, it needs to have a registry key disabled in order to boot on amd.

fortunately, since even safe mode is not accessible during a half-complete repair, the kb article even documented how to disable the feature via the recovery console of an install cd

i cite the kb article here:

To work around this issue, run the recovery console by using the Windows XP CD. Then, select the recovery option. To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disk or from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk in the floppy disk drive. Or, insert the Windows XP CD in the CD drive. Then, restart the computer.

    Note If you are prompted, click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD drive.

  2. When the “Welcome to Setup” screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
  3. If you have a dual-boot computer or a multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
  4. When you are prompted, type the administrator password.

    Note Press ENTER if the administrator password is blank.

  5. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    disable intelppm
  6. To exit the Recovery Console and to restart the computer, type exit at the Recovery Console command prompt, and then press ENTER.

fop 0.95 on slackware64

# slackpkg update

# slackpkg install jdk

# cd /usr/local/src

# wget

# tar zxvf apache-ant-1.6.5-src.tar.gz

# cd apache-ant-1.6.5


# cd ..

# wget

# tar zxvf fop-0.95-src.tar.gz

# cd fop-0.95

# /usr/local/src/apache-ant-1.6.5/dist/bin/ant

now you have a 64 bit fop…or you can download it here:

i have my ant available here:

*both of these are just meant to be unpacked where you want to run them from and require some funky or full paths. feel free to make a real slackware package and i’ll host it, but for now it’s just compiled binaries alongside the source.

**the ant package is not the most current version of ant(1.7.something) because it required JUnit.jar which i dont have or plan on having (not part of the official slackware jdk)

qmail with ezmlm on openbsd

i wouldn’t suggest that anyone mimick mymethod here because i’m putting all of this into an openbsd virtual machine already configured with postfix, dovecot and a handful of other software (check out allardsoft for more info) but i’ll be putting up more info as i’m repeating my process and finding missing info

comp45.tgz –> compilation base set –>

cd /
tar zxpf /path/to/file/comp45.tgz

daemontools daemontools-0.76.tar.gz daemontools home
ucspi-tcp ucspi-tcp-0.88.tar.gz ucspi-tcp home
qmail qmail-1.03.tar.gz qmail home

phpMyProxy – Simple, Straightforward and works

When a routing issue in our datacenter arose today, as a temporary solution i whipped out a proxy install that was so basic i couldn’t mess it up (and i definitely was doing “unsupported” tweaks to the files). To embelish on the routing issue a little more: a local isp moved some equippment into the datacenter, now on the same level in the same pool as our servers, their clients could not reach our servers when entering the routes from very specific directions. a temp solution is now in place and they aren’t sure when the permanent solution will work…don’t blame me….nothing changed on my end. – i did have to register for the initial link, but since it’s open source here’s a link to my version’s tarball…(so much lighter!!!)