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It seems that every time a certain client of mine (at two different businesses) updates their quickbooks POS (point of sale) system, they lose connection to the quickbooks data and can't synchronize their transactions from the POS to Quickbooks. 


Check out what I just got from Microsoft.  Looks like it is finally time to start moving folks off Windows XP.  Good thing we can still get Windows 7 as I haven't deployed any Windows 8.  I do hear good things about it though.  I may bite the bullet and get Windows 8 on a new laptop soon though.

I recently found a very cool service called Wuala which is a cloud backup/sync solution.  I think it is really cool because it gives you 5GB free storage initially and all files are fully encrypted on your computer before they go to the cloud.  I've been testing it for a while and I think I'm going to give it a try at some of my clients too.  It allows you to share a folder with someone dynamically.  Very cool!  Check it


I've been noticing these messages lately on some of my Drupal 6 sites. These popped up any time I saved any content.

warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/ on line 814.

Recently I suspected I had a problem in my mysql databases on my webserver, so I ran the following command:

mysqlcheck -u root -p'put-your-database-password-here' --all-databases

I got a neat list of databases and tables and messages saying some tables are OK and some not. Notice that I cleverly replaced my database root password with the phrase put-your-database-password-here, so you should replace that with your password if you want to try this.  BTW it seems you can ignore the warnings about client using or not closing tables.

Well I am once again reminded at how useful Terabyte's Image for Windows is.  I upgraded my main computers hard drive and using Image for Windows, I installed the new drive and copied Windows to it, pulled out the old one and voila.  What a nice reliable piece of software. I wish all software were this good.  Love it!  Can't recommend it enough. Buy it and they'll send me $5 woo woo!

I downloaded a Air Penguin from to my android tablet the other day which Noah my 4-year old played with and I suddenly got some emails thanking me for buying from GAMEVIL USA and letting me know that this in-app purchase cannot be refunded.The amount? $49. What a rip off. Several more emails arrived for a total of $55. Is that game evil or what?


I went to the website to create a new petition (Isn't that cool?) to put a stop to Genetically Modified Foods and found someone had already beaten me to it.  There is already one there which is encouraging labelling of foods containing GMO organisms.  at so please go sign it.



One of the most powerful aspects of Drupal is the CCK contributed module(s).  It has undergone an interesting history from its roots in the flexinode module to it's current incarnation in the form of Fields which is now part of Drupal 7 core.  The functionality is simple but incredibly powerful.  Fields lets you add fields (just as you might in any relational database) to Drupal which can hold data.  So if you need to add a field to store the price of product you are reviewing on your Drupal site, Fields lets you do that.  Further, you can then display that information along with the produc


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