Various ramblings

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! team up on schema.org

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Major search engines, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have teamed up to help create some standards so webmasters can help better define the information contained on their website’s pages.

Lack of standards, it could be said, has been a problem for some time.

But this new site, supported by the major search engines, gives clear cut information on how to define data/text by adding simple HTML attributes to DIV and SPAN tags.

Definitely worth a look if you’re creating HTML5 sites.

You can find the website here: schema.org

Check out one of the examples…. A Person Schema

Does your cell phone or smart phone cause cancer?

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Last few years I started hearing more and more about the effects of long term cell phone use. I remember being a bit surprised hearing about Cell phones being banned (or a movement to ban them) in some places for kids under a certain age. I remember reading 14 as an age limit. I certainly took a mental note.

I was surprised but at the same time, I think it’s quite reflective of what we (humans) tend to do with many “new” discoveries and technologies. We end up adopting measures or lifestyles, medications or methods without truly understand what it’s long term effect can be.

At the same time when something new comes along, how do you measure it’s long term effect?

There are no tests no known experiment to test or calculate something that has previously not existed.

The best method seems to be caution and balance.

But really, being cautious and balanced in respects to technology is somewhat becoming the opposite of where the global society is headed. I’m sure many would say it is the opposite.

Once thing that has been reported is that the use of a headset would reduce the risks by much. One thing is for certain, if you use a mobile phone on a regular basis it’s up to you to decide how you use it and what you do about the increasing amount of data on the possible harm that you’re being exposed to.

Recently, there have been many media outlets and sites reporting on the health issues which pertain to cell phone use. Here are a few:

Cell Phone Use May Reduce Male Fertility – RF Globalnet

Amid new health concerns, cell phone users are talking less – CNN

It’s official: your cell phone may cause cancer – ZDNet

Currently playing with Pixlr API

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Building an interface which will be used to allow for image manipulation and there are several great looking products out there.

Pixlr is one such service. It seems very advanced and feature rich. I’ve been playing with it’s API a little bit, just started actually, and am going to create a little model for this project.

I hadn’t looked at online image editing solutions for some time and I’m impressed with what I’ve found.

Pixlr FAQ

Unexpected changes and hoping for new opportunities

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I was kind of taken by surprise, well, not kind off… I was really taken by surprise.

I found myself being told that I had to be let go by my employer. Now I want to be clear, I have absolutely no “ill will” for my employer. I love and respect them very much.

It was a case of numbers and you folks who’ve been self-employed or run businesses know that if the numbers don’t match up, then things can’t continue the way they’re going…. something has to change.

So just before Christmas I found myself without work. Thankfully I had my daughter’s Christmas gifts bought and paid for.
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New job on the horizon, back to coding and hands on tech stuff

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As I’ve been working as a self-employed small contractor for 4 years out of the last 6, I can say that I’ve learned alot.

I’ve learned alot about business. I’ve learned alot about money… I’ve learned alot about ColdFusion, PHP, ColdBox, Model-Glue, Kohana, WordPress, Drupal…. servers….. contracts….. etc… etc.. etc….

Most importantly though, I’ve learned alot about myself.

Through these years I’ve also gone through several changes in my life. Some changes directly impacted by work and some directly impacting my work.

I’ve got a wonderful little girl that gets me to think about just how fortunate I am to have such a wonderful little person in my life. Not only is it my responsibility to be an example for her and to teach her… but she also teaches me quite frequently.

I had taken a 14 week contract with a local company earlier in the year, back in mid-may.

Today I received a formal job offer by a company that I’m quite familiar with. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to become part of this small business in an attempt to help them grow while I focus my time doing the things that I feel much more passionate about. That being getting my eyes back in code, the odd server and other technology related work.

I’ve learned this about myself….. that while I do love learning new coding skills, tech skills…. when coupled administration, marketing, sales…. contract negotiation…. contract drafting….. being a 1 man show burns me out. In fact, after these years of trying on my own…. being totally on my own…. it tires me just to think about it.

So with that, I look forward to putting my efforts back into the technology and less in all the other administrative tasks. I believe I’ve learned that this is where I belong!
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Very long list of PHP frameworks

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Here’s a quick little rant before I post the link to the long list of frameworks…

Just a few months ago I was looking at frameworks. I had thrown myself in the fire of a PHP project and it’s really something that I’d never done from start to finish.

I thought using a framework would help me out a bit since this was to be my first “start to finish” PHP app. After looking at a few frameworks on really stuck out to me.

I’d been a bit familiar with MVC type frameworks from using Model-Glue in ColdFusion development and after using it in a couple of different projects I generally liked using an MVC framework.

So today, I’m just reading through me RSS reader and I found this blog post which was linked… this is a list of 79 PHP frameworks. I certainly would not have looked at all the options on that list….. and I still wouldn’t consider going through so many.

To link that long list with the few paragraphs above…. for that PHP project that I mention… well I had settled on number 7 on that list. Kohana.

Finally, click here to see the list of 79 PHP frameworks.
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Welcome to the new blog

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Over the last several years, I’ve run 2 different blog programs. BlogCFM and BlogCFC.

I wrote articles on anything that would come to mind on this domain… technology, sports… various ramblings… whatever.

In the last year, I started a couple of other blogs that were much more targeted to some of my interests. One such blog is where I write about my favorite hockey team…. another one that I started and admittedly haven’t written enough… is a blog on drumming.

I’ve spent the last 9 years working in technology. Working as a web application developer using primarily ColdFusion along side MySQL and/or MS SQL server.

I’ve also spent alot of time working with other technologies… Linux servers, Windows servers… PCs, Macs, Linux desktops….

So I thought I’d kick start this blog again and write stuff that has to do with my day to day activities.

Lately, I’ve been working with PHP quite a bit on a couple of projects. Some of the things I may write about are (simple) things that I learn using different technologies….. Lord knows what I’ll come up with. But it be related to what I work with or have interest in…. in technology.

So if you’ve stumbled onto to this brand new blog…. WELCOME!

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