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Time-Out ,3D Printing Stuff, Web Stuff and More

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I’ve been off of work since just before Thanksgiving and for the month December. After a really hard year of work I finally have time off. It is wonderfully strange!

  • Extruder on my Makerbot 2 3D printer got totally messed up (I may do a post on this going into more detail later).
  • Started watching more videos on Lynda.com on modeling in Sketchup. Also on YouTube.
  • My 3D Printer was out of commission for awhile.
  • I joined the 3D Printing Group over on Facebook. You have to submit a request for membership in order to join since it is a closed group.
    • This is an awesome group!
    • There are a lot of members here who know a lot and are passionate about 3D Printing!
  • I subscribed to the 3D Printing Nerd YouTube channel run by Joel Telling.
    • One thing I saw on his channel was his review of the pre-release version of Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printer. I was intrigued. I could buy it on Amazon if I wanted to.  $2,500.00  … a Lot of money… hmmm…
  • I started learning more about how to code a PhP web site. I set up several different internal sites to do useful stuff for me and my family.
  • I started looking into writing my own blogging software again. We’ll see where THAT goes!
  • Saw on the 3D Printing Group a contest to design a printable Nerf dart gun. Got in on the contest rather late… I did submit an entry… basically all I had time to do was an air piston that shoots a single Nerf dart out of it’s barrel that is powered by two rubber bands.
  • Also saw on the 3D Printing Group someone asked about what anyone thought about the Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printer.
    • There was a bunch of responses of users who had the printer, loved it, loved the service, and were showing pictures of things that they printed on their new printer.
    • This pushed me over the edge. My Makerbot still was not working at that time, and I just did it!
  • I really like my new TAZ 6 printer!  I like that it auto-levels!  I like how many different kinds of filament I can use with it.  More on the TAZ in another post.
  • I bought some parts to fix my Makerbot from Fargo 3D Printing.
  • Eventually I fixed my Makerbot and got it working again. Yay!
  • Upgraded my version of WordPress here to the latest version today (its about time)!

Time Off and Some Progress on my Own Blog Software

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Yay! I am off until the end of the year! When it comes to vacation where I work its “use it or lose it!”

Blog Software
Its on Apache, using PHP, mySQL, and a .htaccess  file. After futsing about I got the .htaccess file doing what I want for my new blog software (I am no expert on this file by any means though).

The development environment is my iMac using MAMP. I’ve got it reading a site table in my mySQL database. This software will support multiple sites on one server!

Next I’ve got to look up how to use sub-string functions in PHP. I need to take the rootPath field value from my sites table and compare it with the beginning of the URI that the user typed in in their browser. If it matches, I will set the site id, if not, I want to have some sort of fall-out page.

I Began working on new Blogging Software

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For all the benefits of using WordPress for my blog, there are many more draw-backs. Sometimes I wonder if I would have been better hand-coding my blog! Writing a post like this that only contains your basic text, its fine. You start wanting to embed pictures or perhaps videos and it behaves very badly. I lost a whole long post recently 🙁 .

So, over vacation I started filling out a notebook with designs for my own blogging software. I’ve been doing a lot of content management software at work so doing content management type stuff is fresh in my mind. My goal is to get off of WordPress and get off soon. I want to be able to put together posts efficiently. I want to spend my time writing and refining my posts, not struggling with the technical problems of the platform I am using.

The database I am using is mySQL. I was going to write the blog software in Coldfusion (since that is what I am most comfortable with). But I have decided to use PHP. All nice and open source! 🙂 I’m developing it in a web instance running on my iMac using MAMP.

Goal: That I have a local instance working with basic functionality by this Saturday.