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What the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Success Means to America

Yesterday morning, SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket and accompanying Dragon capsule into orbit, and safely brought Dragon back home. This was COTS Demonstration I, which means they are proving to NASA that they are capable of launching and maneuvering cargo (and eventually astronauts) into orbit and to the International Space Station.

This mission is paramount because the Space Shuttle program is being decommissioned and we’re going to have to rely on Russian Soyuz …

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How to Disable Root Logins in phpmyadmin with Ubuntu

Edit – April 29, 2011 – This is no longer working for me in Ubuntu 10.04 with everything updated. If you can figure it out, please drop a comment!

This took me a bit too long to figure out. Using Ubuntu 8.10 on a server, I wanted to use phpmyadmin to graphically manage my MySQL databases, but disallow root logins for security reasons.

There are two things you must do in the phpmyadmin config file …

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Hammers of Misfortune – The August Engine – Images

One of my biggest complaints about the Internet has been the disturbing lack of quality images of the cover of Hammers of Misfortune‘s album, The August Engine. The August Engine claw is by far one of my favorite logos, and is probably my favorite t-shirt too.

To see what this eclectic, bizarro metal band is all about, go to the Hammers of Misfortune Myspace Page and listen to the second track, A Room …

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RIP “berto”

This is part 1 of 3 of the new computer series, and part 1 of 3 of the new funeral series here on

On December 31, 2006, I was setting up my new bedroom, which also serves as my office, design studio, and, of course, surfboard storage room. I turned on my computer, which was so creatively named “berto”, and noticed the power supply fan struggling to do its job.

Like any other idiot …

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Documenting, Diagramming, and Critiquing the Pligg Database

Warning: This post shows how much of a geek I am

Recently, I have begun working with Pligg, which is a Web 2.0 content management system modeled after the popular site I am interested in helping this project as there are a few things I’d like to do with it.

To start learning how Pligg operates, I decided to look at the guts underneath, diagram the Pligg MySQL database, and see what …

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Posted on in Quietly Launches Weekend Trip Search

Recently, airfare/hotel search engine has made a change that I’ve wanted for a long time: a weekend fare finder. There is now an option to be notified about the cheapest upcoming weekend flights to and from any destination. To many travelers, it doesn’t matter when the deal is good – It just matters that it’s a weekend trip.

This feature is great because it doesn’t bug you about Tuesday morning flights like other fare …

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