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New layout

My friend, Andrew, will be assisting me with the new design and layout.  He was my partner in crime in the creation of metaguard, membrane and metazoa.

He said that he will begin work on during the Thanksgiving break.  Although it just occurred to me that he lives in Canada.  I didn’t realize that people from Canadia [sic] celebrated Thanksgiving. 🙂

ColdFusion7 BlackStone

Tonight I went to Mid-Michigan ColdFusion Users Group meeting to see Ben Forta speak on ColdFusion 7 CodeName: BlackStone.

First off, an update to MX6.1 is due out (circa) this fall. It will include the 60+ bug fixes that have been released as individual patches as well as a rewritten database engine. The new engine slated for release in BlackStone but was deemed too cool to wait on.

Now onto BlackStone… this is an upgrade that everyone is going to want to budget for. 🙂 The added functionality and enhancements cover so much of ColdFusion that it will have something that everyone can appreciate at some level.

Here are my notes from the presentation.

It will contain some “data entry enhancements”. CFFORM will have a format=”” attribute. When you set it to xform it will become a “sinkable form”. All you code are a bunch of form fields and it does the rest. The skins will be .XSL files (XML Style Sheets). I can 't wait to see what people do with this and download them from the Macromedia Developer Exchange.

CFSELECTGROUP will be added. This will allow grouping of datasets for use in trees, drop downs and whatever else you use grouping for.


Now this is cool stuff! CFGRID and CFTREE will have new format=”” parameters that will allow you use flash. The flashed tree and grid are far more usable than the current java ones and a lot prettier. With CFFORM you can code all of your fields and leave all the display crap out (again). Using format=”flash” on CFFORM will now return a flashed form complete with some awesome real time input validation and awesome possibilities for forms morphing and changing based on earlier user input. A great example of this used by Ben Forta was having a first and last name text box side by side with an email text box with a value of “” sitting underneath it. As he typed in his first name it was dynamically showing up in the email textbox as Doing something in similar in java script would be messy at best.

I saw at least one new cfform field type that is going to be introduced called dateChooser. It.s a nice little pop up calendar that will allow a user to click ran than having to type a date in (in whatever format the coder wants).


This is a family of tags that will allow you to dynamically output content into a PDF or FlashPaper. It contains a cfdocument item tag that will allow you to do things like a page break or headers and footers. It also introduces the new cfdocument. Scope. It has neat things such as currentPageNumber and so forth.



This is a neat one. 🙂 It will allow you generate reports of many different kind. It has a (currently) external program called “Coldfusion Report Builder” that has an interface very similar to that of MS Access ' report maker. When you use CFREPORT you simply point to the file generated in report builder and BLAMO.. Instant report. Did I just say “Blamo”?

You will be able to package your applications in an EAR, JAR or WAR file for distribution and deployment. It will contain a complete runtime version of CF as well as your application and all datasources, mappings, registered tags and so forth. You can then move that file to any Java compliant web server (aren 't they all these days?) and your app will run. It will ask for a cf license key of course… But it will run, without having to install cf.

Dreamweaver is being tweaked and will have a lot more useful CF wizards including a login mechanism and a next – previous generator.

Details on this are sketchy and we had to push Ben to get the info… But…. HomeSite may be phased out at some point to be replaced with something else. A new product. Not dreamweaver. 🙂 I 'm not sure what to expect with this and I think Ben (or Macromedia) wanted it that way. 🙂

Xmas, New Years and the sickness

I had a good xmas!  It involved a lot of traveling around to relatives houses, but it wasnt half bad.  Tonight I going to Gryphn 's parents house for a Bowl party.

Gryphn graduated from Nebraska and her Dad got his masters from MSU so it should be interesting to see the two battle it out in the Alamo Bowl.  Even though I worked at MSU I 'm going to remain nuteraul.

I decided to get off my rump and start studying for security certifications.  I may start easy and go hard or the other way around.  I 'm not sure but I 'm sure I will share my expereince with everyone.

I 'm getting sick.  Stuffy and runny nose.  Cough, watery eyes and some times I feel all dizzy.  It sucks, but its not too bad yet.  Im going to keep my self dosed on cold medicine and vitimins and hope for the best.

Best anti-crap software

If anyone has any suggestions on software that I should check out or review please post a comment.  Here is the stuff that I currently use and will review.

SpyWare and MalWare: adAware
PopUps: Alexa ToolBar
Spam: SpamAssassin (server side)
AntiVirus: None

If an all in one solution exists I would love to hear it.  Also let me know if you would like reviews of client side firewall software (like Black Ice).

Still alive (barely)

Wow, its been a long time since I last bloged.  I will be sure to post more regularly from now on.

I have War.c and Glamkookie crashing at my place for a wile.  They are both in here Canada.  Every day has been a blast and I am glad they are around. 🙂

GuardianLogic has been incorporated.  Now that all of the nit picky legal crap is out of the way I can officially change the name of my biz from Sigil Studios to GuardianLogic, Inc.  If you are a client you should receive an email shortly explaining it all.

I began studying for my CISSP exam.  I never realized how crazy it is.  Its a 6 hour test and is only offered once this year in MI.  I bought two books and have some practice tests.  I have never been much into the certification classes.  Why pay $2000+ for a class when you can pay $100 for a couple books and still pass?!

I have also been sick for the last couple of weeks.  I have lost my voice on a couple of occasions and constantly hack stuff up.  I wish I could be well again.  Can 't wait till I finally get my health insurance from work.  Its sad that I 'm looking forward to going to the Dr, but I have had a lot of health problems “stacking up” over the time that I was self employed and without insurance.  One of the first things I will have done is getting these damn wisdom teeth yanked.  All four (yes 4) are impacted.  One is cutting into nerves in my jaw and I get Hellaciose headaches from it.  It also causes sinus and inner ear infections.  And I tell ya, if you have ever had an inner ear infection you would be looking forward to having the bastards pulled too. 🙂

As I said earlier, I will be posting with more regularity again and updating the page a bunch.  Keep checking back. 🙂

Rhyme & Reason

Oh well oh well so here we stand
But we stand for nothing
My heart calls to me in my sleep
How can I turn to it
‘Cause I ‘m all locked up in this
Dark place –
And I do not know
I ‘m as good as dead
My head aches –
Warped and tied up
I need to kill this pain

My head won ‘t leave my head alone
And I don ‘t believe it will
Until I ‘m dead and gone
My head won ‘t leave my head alone
And I don ‘t believe it will
Until I ‘m six feet underground

How long I ‘m tied up
My mind in knots –
My stomach reels
In concern for what I might do or
What I ‘ve don
It ‘s got me living in fear
Well I know these voices must
Be my soul
I ‘ve had enough I ‘ve had enough of being alone
I ‘ve got no place to go

My head won ‘t leave my head alone
And I don ‘t believe it will
Until I ‘m dead and gone
My head won ‘t leave my head alone
And I don ‘t believe it will
Until I ‘m six feet under ground

Six feet under
In y grave
Lying wired and shut and quiet in my grave
Leave me here
Leave me here to waste here
So young and here I am again
Talking to myself
A T.V. blares
Oh man
Oh how I wish I didn ‘t smoke
Or drink to reason with my head

But sometimes this thick confusion
Grows until I cannot bear it at all
Needle to the vein
Needle to the vein
Take this needle from my vein my friend
I said

My head won ‘t leave my head alone
And I don ‘t believe it will
Until I ‘m dead and gone
My head won ‘t leave my head alone
And I don ‘t believe it will
Until I ‘m dead and gone

In my grave
Lying cold in my grave
The reason –
My reason
Take my head off this terror
The fearing won ‘t come back
I can ‘t see
My mind ‘s all wiped clean
The needle
Make my great escape
I seem caught in time
My head leaves me behind
Body fall cold
And I see heaven

— Dave Mathews Band

Technology Spontaneously Combusts In Sicily

“According to MSNBC, ever since mid-January, various electronic devices have been spontaneously combusting in the now evacuated town of Canneto di Caronia, Sicily; at this point, the fires are almost daily. The town has been disconnected from the larger electrical grid and was hooked to a generator, but that, too, caught fire. Even unplugged items have succumbed. Nothing seems to have burst into flame except where there is someone present to witness it, but the police no longer suspect a prankster -- after witnessing wires catch fire without cause. Scientists have yet to explain the phenomenon (although unproven theories abound), leading many people to look to supernatural causes.”

From Bruce Schneiers most recent Crypto-Gram

The U.S. system of government has a basic unwritten rule: the

government should be granted only limited power, and for limited

purposes, because of the certainty that government power will be

abused. We 've already seen the US-PATRIOT Act powers granted to the

government to combat terrorism directed against common

crimes. Allowing the government to create the infrastructure to

collect biometric information on everyone it can is not a power we

should grant the government lightly. It 's something we would have

expected in former East Germany, Iraq, or the Soviet Union. In all of

these countries greater government control meant less security for

citizens, and the results in the U.S. will be no different. It 's bad

civic hygiene to build an infrastructure that can be used to facilitate

a police state.


Google has taken the last 10 years of systems software research out of university labs, and built their own proprietary, production quality system. What is this platform that Google is building? It 's a distributed computing platform that can manage web-scale datasets on 100,000 node server clusters. It includes a petabyte, distributed, fault tolerant filesystem, distributed RPC code, probably network shared memory and process migration. And a datacenter management system which lets a handful of ops engineers effectively run 100,000 servers. Any of these projects could be the sole focus of a startup.