Monthly Archives: March 2007

Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA4) Trailer

Only 199 days left until one half of my gaming addiction kicks in (the other half being Tiger Woods Golf*).

*Speaking of Tiger Woods Golf, I picked up Tiger Woods 2007 for the Wii. I’d give it 3.5 stars on a 5 star scale for the Wii version. Many of the features from Playstation and xBox versions are missing such as not being able to modify the clubs in your bag, reduced Game Face customization, reduced inventory from the pro shop, etc. If the golf action is all you are concerned about it is a fun little game.

Lylina Patch for Dreamhost

If you are using Lylina (the open source RSS aggregator) and are hosting with Dreamhost, use the following code fix to enable functionality on Dreamhost.

Open discovery.php in your text editor of choice and jump to line 46. Remove the following:

$get_feed = file_get_contents($url);

Replace with (remove the spaces from ‘e x e c’):

$ch = curl_init();
$timeout = 5; // set to zero for no timeout
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $timeout);
$get_feed = curl_e x e c($ch);

Save and upload discovery.php and you should be all set.

Reasoning: Dreamhost disable file_get_contents() as a security precaution (mainly to thwart clueless webmasters from calling files via querystrings) and relies upon cURL to achieve the same effect. My fix makes that change and should have little to no effect on overall Lylina performance.

*Please note: I am not a developer of Lylina. Please direct any support issues to the Lylina SourceForge project forum.

Serverskine: My New Best Friend

The Sentinel Design Group has offered up Serverskine, an internal tool they use for keeping track of the wide range of usernames & passwords that come with being a web development firm. For Mac OS X.


At your fingertips, instant access to all of your web server, domain name, and hosting accounts. Serverskine allows you to keep everything straight in a way that’s intuitive, easy and useful. It even includes one click access to web control panels and integrates with for sending off info at the click of a button.

Price: Absolutely Free