• notepad.exe vs. .htaccess


    I was editing an a .htaccess file via FTP (right click, edit this) and wanted to add a rewrite rule for a subdirectory to make it act like a subdomain. Saved the file, FTP threw it up, reload the page, then:


    Crap. This is a production website that I was trying to unobtrusively work in a development sub-environment on. There’s nothing quite like bombing out the entire website with an unusable .htaccess file. 

    I figured the problem was in my code so I quickly deleted what I added and resaved, ftp uploaded it and… still a 500 error!

  • Site Launch: Harvey Konigsberg

    I’m very excited to announce the launch of my sensei, Harvey Konigsberg’s new website. It has been in the works since about late last Spring. I built it on the Joomla/Virtuemart platform. It features a totally custom template built mostly on my Zen theme. Over 60 artworks with large detailed images, are on the site and available for purchase.

    The main goal of the project is to provide a way for Harvey to sell prints of his artworks. 

    You can see the site here:

  • Shodan Test

    I took my aikido black belt test back in May at the Spring seminar in Monteal. It was hosted by Aikido De La Montagne. That was my second trip up to that particular seminar. This time I brought my wife and kiddos. Except for tromping through the rain a bit we had a great time.

  • Joomla Theme Fun

    Joomla Themeing is pretty interesting. I've done a Drupal site shortly after doing a massive cleanup of a Drupal site that was handed off to me in unsatisfactory condition. I seem to learn a lot when I have something that's broken and I need to get it working. My first PC comes to mind...

    So anyway I have 3 Joomla sites under production right now with my current employer. When they go live I'll post some screenshots on them here.

  • Joomla Zen Theme

    After stripping and reskinning a number of Joomla themes I'm thinking it's time to develop a base theme to start from more suited to my needs. There's a theme set for Drupal with this in mind and it is inspired by the CSS Zen Garden project. I haven't been able to find anything similar to this in the Joomla world but admittedly I did not spend a lot of time looking at pre-built themes. As I mentioned in a previous post I tend to like using the Beez template.