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    Official Retirement Ceremony of the Texas Flag

    As a member of a commission for the City of Allen, I am required to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag.  This had me thinking.. (I know this is dangerous ground.)  Do we have a Texas Flag Allegiance.  Well of course we do. The Texas Pledge of Allegiance can be found in Texas…

    April 21, 2015
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    Allen Citizen Fire Academy – Extrication Night

    What started out as a simple car wreck at the beginning of the night, ended up as a car with no windows, doors, roof or B pillars. Extrication Night or how do you remove an injured person from a damaged car. I called it, Wow, this is a lot of fun chopping a car into pieces. 

    March 30, 2015
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    Apache Solr 5.0 Install on Centos 7

    Solr5.0 has been recently released with several new features. One of these is a service install to use with Redhat based Linux systems.  This install will walk you through an install and create two example cores to test with. Many of the Solr install instructions include the installation of Tomcat.  This is not required. Solr…

    March 30, 2015
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    Allen Citizen’s Fire Academy – Bunker Gear Night

    It was bunker gear night.  Bunker gear is the system of outer protective clothing for firefighters.  “Bunker Gear” is derived from the fact that the trousers and boots are traditionally kept by the firefighter’s bunk at the fire station to be readily available for use.  We were outfitted with the complete set of Trousers, Coat,…

    March 23, 2015
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    Allen Citizens Fire Academy – Day 1

    I am attending the Allen Citizens Fire Academy this spring. We had a our first class Thursday evening. If you have ever wanted to be a fire fighter or just interested in learning what is involved with being a fire fighter you should sign up for a future class.

    February 28, 2015
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    Recover FileZilla Site Manager

    I recently had a hard drive go bad which required me to re-install the OS and all my applications. The challenges with this is all the configuration files associated with various applications. FileZilla is a great FTP client which I use daily. Once you have your FTP clients working, the last thing you want to…

    February 26, 2015
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    Recover iTunes Library from an Old Hard Drive

      My old hard drive started sending SMART errors.  I purchased a new hard drive and tried to clone it…but alas, it would not clone. So, I re-installed the OS. I am able to access files from the old drive, so I need to figure out how to migrate my iTunes library from the old…

    February 25, 2015
  • Dynamic Facebook and Twitter Meta Tags for phpBB

    When the second person logged on to the internet, there was a discussion. For many years, the primary discussion method on the internet was forums. Forums allow people to group discussions around topics. There are numerous forums on a wide variety of topics on the internet. Then came Social Media sites like MySpace, Facebook and…

    December 21, 2013
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    phpBB Photo Gallery

    One of the websites I maintain is LotusElan.net. The website has a very active membership. Over the last 14 years, our members have posted over 21,000 images. These images are valuable, but are very difficult to find.

    November 20, 2013
  • phpBB: Amazon CloudFront CDN Modification

    As my forum, LotusElan.net, has grown and gone international, I have had to focus on performance. This is especially true for image attachments and avatars. My forum is an automotive forum and it is not unusual for us to have topics with 10 to 15 image attachments. For example here is a typical posting: What…

    November 1, 2013