Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Credit Card Processing for the iPhone

Monday, March 8th, 2010

A brilliant idea! Now you can quickly and easily accept credit cards from your iPhone. All you need is the card reader, and you are ready to go. provides these reader free of charge (at least for now) and simply charge $.50 and 3% per swipe. Not the cheapest in the world, but about the same price as PayPal. I hope I get into the beta test soon. I can’t wait to try it out.

New Blogging Software

Friday, November 20th, 2009

So I have found that WordPress has a special app that allows me to update my posts directly from my phone. As a result, I hope that the updates come a little more frequently than they have in the past.

Google Voice

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

After several months of waiting I finally got my Google Voice account! It is a very similar product to what I am working on and allows me to see more of what our competitors are doing. Very cool stuff! And lots of fun building these kinds of apps. Try it out if you would like there is a widget on the right hand side of my blog that will connect us through Google Voice (It even transcribes everything so I can search it later… Very COOL!)

A Shiney New Toy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Well, I got a new call in church a few weeks back. I got put into the teachers quorum. As a result it has been very difficult to get myself organized properly. After much discussing, Jen and I decided to get a new phone. We figured that our contract with T-Mobile was over and that I needed something that I could use as a phone in addition to all of the planning capabilities of the new smart phones. So it came down to a choice. Did I want to get a new T-Mobile 1G (The Google Android phone) or an iPhone 3G, well after much discussion and hemming and hawing, I decided to go with an iPhone. My shiney new toy has lots of fun apps that can be downloaded and run on it. More about those to come, but for right now here is a picture of what they look like:


Oh yeah, I almost forgot, because all of my boys refuse to answer their cellphones, I got the unlimited texting plan, so that I can text the boys.

The trouble with other peoples hardware

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Last night while I was sleeping (or rather, trying to sleep, my allergies have been getting to me the last few days) I received a phone call. It was one of my clients. He said that he had been unable to access his computer for the last 40 minutes and wanted me to check it out. It never seems to fail, I leave for the weekend, and that is when the disasters happen. Fortunately, last week I replaced my border switch with a Cisco 2924, this made it possible to troubleshoot a lot more without actually being on site in the data center. I found that all my hosting equipment was working right and that my clients computer had a link. So I called the on call technician and had him restart the computer. That still didn’t fix the problem, so I had the technician log in. We found that the default network route was configured wrong (don’t ask me how that happens in the middle of the night) so I fixed the default route (which meant sending the information to the default router rather than the network address.) which fixed the problem and everyone is happy now.

New Urinal Video Games Launched in Belgium

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Interesting article on the advances of modern technology. I never thought that I would be able to play video games at the same time as going to the bathroom. But some genius in Belgium has developed a game designed to be played by patrons of the a local bar. All I can say is “WOW”. Someone has way to much time on their hands. Here is a link to the article. Enjoy!

Multicast Network Chat in C#

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

In my network programming class CS3670 at UVU (UVSC) we had an assignment to write a multicast chat program that would allow everyone in the class talk in the same chat window. This was used to show that we were able to use the multicast addresses and to also demonstrate our use of the UDP client libraries. Here is my solution: (more…)

Microsoft AlphaImageLoader crashing IE 6

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I’ve been developing a website for a local group that supports the arts ( The client called my place of work and mentioned that some of their users were having difficulties with IE 6 locking up. After spending several hours on the issue, I discovered that Microsoft has a bug, that causes the filter to no work properly when the images are preloaded. So to fix this issue I had to do the following: (more…)

Server Migration

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I own a Utah web hosting business called Preciant Hosting. Recently I have started experiencing several problems with one of my servers. It would constantly go up and down. My monitoring software (Nagios for those that are interested) was showing that the server would be up for an hour or so, and then go down for three-four hours while I tried to get the data center technicians to reboot the machine. Being as how I provide services for several customers from that machine, this up and down time is NOT acceptable.

I had previously decided to purchase some servers (rather than use dedicated servers spread around the nation) and move into a local data center. Since I work for a company that provides web hosting and other data center services, (such as colocation, which is what I needed) I got some rack space in the Fibernet & Nethosting data center and ordered my servers.

The servers have finally started to come in and I am slowly setting them up and moving them into the data center. I am planning on sharing all of my wo’s involved in migrating all of my servers and I am also planning on sharing my solutions to the problems

Return often to find out about my trials and solutions.

CakePHP: Gift from Heaven, or from Hell?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

My development activies have called on my skill and talent to quickly and efficiently learn new things. So it is with CakePHP, at work we have several projects that need to be completed quickly with out much hassle, after looking at several different options, we decided to use the CakePHP libraries. I quickly discovered that CakePHP has some awesome features that allow me to quickly and easily built website from scratch.


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