CategorySite Development Updated

A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me a message letting me know that he liked my site. I had written about it here a few months ago,, and he had used it somewhat regularly for password generation.

After his note to me, I went back and looked at it, and it looked horrible! I was surprised that I never went back and did anything else to it, but I did that this weekend. It is much more presentable now, and I have added some more things to it that make it work a little better for the user. If you a need a password, I think that it is an even better option now.

Here is a screenshot of it.

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– Drew

A few weeks ago, a person at a forum that I visit regularly gave away a pretty cool domain name. When I saw it, I instantly wanted to get it and make a password generator out of it. I use one all the time for random stuff, and I wanted something that I know how it works. So, I did just that. You can find the site over at It uses freely available open-source software, and you can find more information about this on the About page.

The site is a pretty simple site that allows you to generate random passwords based on different settings. It is really nothing to write home about, but it is mine! I will use it pretty heavily, and I hope that other people can find some use for it.

Let me know what you think.

– Drew

Header image removed…

I took the header image of the site because I can’t find one that I like. I could make one, but that would take a lot of time. I made one a long time ago, but I just don’t want to put that one back up. I actually like the site without it to be honest. I should have done this a long time ago!

Switched back to Apache

In a complete accident today, I deleted the directory for my site, and I lost everything that I had. This prompted me to completely rebuild the server that I am using for this site. It had some things on it that I didn’t like, and this accident was the catalyst to start from the beginning.

Before the accident, I was running NginX as the web server, but I decided to move back to Apache. I like the way that Apache sets up it’s configuration files better, and it makes it easier to install new things. There are not many packages that come built with the NginX rewrite rules that you need, and I don’t like trying to convert them. You can usually Google them, but I am just tired of searching of ways to make it work. With Apache, it more than likely just does. I think that I am going the ease that comes back with Apache.

I have to get back to setting up the other things on the server, but I just thought that I would post about my mistake. It is a good thing that I have some backups of everything. This should be a lesson to everyone, make sure that you have backups of all your sites. Do not count on your provider to keep them for you. It is your fault if something happens and you have nothing to fall back on.


Server Speed Improvement

It looks as thought the internet speed has improved. The technician came out yesterday, and then placed a new piece of equipment in the garage. It works much better now from the testing that I have done. I still wish that I had a faster internet provider, but it is what it is. They are pretty fairly priced, and they have the best customer service that I have ever dealt with. I don’t think that you can get better than them in that regard.


Server Speed

The site is really slow right now. I am working with the ISP to make it better, and they are replacing some equipment to make it work better. From what I understand, they are done, but it does not seem to be any better. I will have to send another email to get it improved.

Bear with me until I can get it improved.


Server Down

Sorry that the site was down for so long! I was in the process of moving, and there has been more important things to do. As you can imagine, this was one of the last things on the list. How important is it to get something up that doesn’t make any money? It is up now though, and I am glad to see if back. This little thing makes me proud.

I will be posting more in the common days. There are a lot of things to talk about, and I am very sad to say that my Saints lost this past week to Dallas. How in the world did they do that? I hope that it was just an off day.


New Design

As you can tell, I have made some changes to the site. I am not completly done, but I would say that I am almost there. There are a lot of little tweaks that need to be made here and there, but I like it better. There are a lot of little subtle differences that make it much better to me. I also have more control over things. In fact, the possibilities are infinite with this site design. I can easily add and remove things. It was something that I was missing with WordPress. I think that WordPress is great, but it lacks the ability to change that I like. Drupal gives you the ability to change things easily. It did take a day to get everything running behind the scenes, but I think that the changes were well worth it.



Trying out iPhone App to blog

Just testing out to see if the site works with the new application that I downloaded. It allows you to blog right from the phone without having to go into the wp-admin section! That is awesome!

It took me awhile to get this to work, but I had to change the location of php function to wp_head in the theme that I was using. By placing it at the top of the header section, everything magicaly worked!


New Site…

I am in the process of building a new site for a co-worker. I just got the domain setup, and I am going to be building the site during the week. We will see how things go on this. It will be located at I am hoping to include an online order system, and I will be taking a theme and reworking it for this site. Of course, I will be using Drupal for this build. I think that it is the best CMS out there.