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Lion Server. The Little App That Should, But Doesn't.

I've Given Up on Mac OS X Lion Server 10.7... For Now.

As some of you may know, I run a small development server that I use for my clients. Today I thought I would try to upgrade it to the new 10.7 Lion Server and see if I could get Railo up and running. Well, eight hours and three clean installs later, I have utterly given up. I never got to a point where I could even start playing around with Railo. All of my time was spent trying to get the server up and running properly.

I'm not one to gripe much, but I'm slowly seeing a pattern with Apple that I don't particularly like. I'm not sure if it's management or their programming teams, but the famous Apple "polish" seems to be slowly diminishing on some of their projects. And by some, I don't mean everything. I've upgraded my normal work flow computers to 10.7 and so far I'm not having any issues. But the Server software, well, I can only describe it as a fancy dialog box, that hides a horrendously buggy, poorly thought out and lacking major features piece of software.

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I Appreciate It Guys, I Really Do!

CJBoCo Fan Appreciation Day!

I'm not sure if its my work or perhaps my extremely busy social life, but sometimes I forget why I do this whole "blog" thing. When thinking back to the day when I created my very first blog entry over 7 years ago, I don't think I really fathomed the warmth and sense of community I was about to give life too. It trully has been remarkable. You see, I started this blog for one reason and one reason only. To give back to the tech community that had been so generous and giving to me when I was struggling to figure things out in my early programming days. It was the only way I could think of to say "thank you" to the hundreds of the anonymous internet people that helped me out.

Over the years people have have questioned why I do a blog. They wonder why I don't fill my website with Google ads and make money off my traffic. They say, I should be making money for my time, work and advice instead of just "giving" it away for free. I try to tell them that I wouldn't be where I am today, if it wasn't for others that did the same thing during the early days of the internet, but alas they just laugh at me a call me a fool.

What they don't realize is that I get some satisfaction out of helping people out. Its one of those "Good for the Soul" type of thing. As I witness more and more "content-farms" taking over Google search terms for tech related information, I feel as if these types of sites are slowy fading away. Well, let it be known, I will keep doing this as long as I can!

I'm sure people come to this site and think that I'm some kind of anonymous wizard behind the curtain, but I always reply to queries and give help whenever I can. Over the years, the CJBoCo community has grown leaps and bounds and it hasn't just been a one-way streak. Messages, with warmth, love and intelligence, pour into my in-box almost daily. It's trully heart warming. Heck, just this evening I received this...

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Have A Cool jQuery Idea? Let Me Know, I'll Try To Make It

Come Up With A Cool jQuery Plug-In Idea and I'll Try To Make It

I was thinking the other night of writing a new jQuery plug-in and I was tossing around a few ideas of what to create. Then I started thinking... instead of making something I wanted, maybe I should let you guys tell me what you want. I know, weird, huh. But seriously, I think it might be kind of cool to see what the jQuery community is craving for. Most of my plug-ins focus on the problems I encounter on my client sites and to be honest, they can be a tad bit utilitarian. So if you have a great idea for a plug-in, lets hear it.

How It Works

I think we should lay down a few ground rules first.

  • I don't think we need to recreate the wheel. If there's already a plug-in out there that does what your asking, then I won't do it. Lets be original folks.
  • I don't think this should be a monster of a plug-in that's overly complicated. Lets try to come up with simple, elegant ideas.
  • I'll let the community vote on the ideas in the comments, but ultimately I'm going to decide what I work on. Hopefully, if something doesn't get chosen, then this can be a great resource for other developers to get some ideas.
  • I'm not going to setup an official "end of submission" date. We'll see what kind of community feedback we start getting and leave it up to everyone to decide what should be worked on and when we're ready to go.
  • Whatever gets developed is completely open sourced and available to the community to download. Most of my plug-ins are MIT licensed and I think this should be the same.
  • This is not a CONTEST. NO PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN!!! What you will get is accolades from the community and I think we will attach your name as the originator of the plug-in in the source code!
  • And finally, my client work takes precedent. So if I say I'll have it done by a certain time and don't. Then don't hate, I'm probably working on something that pays the bills.

I think that covers all the bases. If you think I missed something let me know. If not, then what are you waiting for. Start posting your ideas below and lets get started!

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Commenting Woes

My Commenting System Was Bonked

Sorry folks, I was having a problem with the Disqus commenting system on It should be fixed now, but if anyone else has any problems, then please let me know. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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We're You Surprised?

At One Point I Wanted To Be A Cartoonist

I found this the other day looking through some of my older stuff. Not sure why, but I think this is funny. My younger self seems to have a whacked sense of humor.

we're you surprised?

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