The long awaited release of PHP 5 is here! This should be an exciting update to the PHP engine as there is better integration for XML and also a slew of updated methods. The following is taken from the front page of

Some of the key features of PHP 5 include:

  • The Zend Engine II
    with a new object model and dozens of new features.
  • XML support has been completely redone in PHP 5, all extensions are now
    focused around the excellent libxml2 library
  • A new SimpleXML extension for easily accessing and manipulating XML as
    PHP objects. It can also interface with the DOM extension and vice-versa.
  • A brand new built-in SOAP extension for interoperability with Web Services.
  • A new MySQL extension named MySQLi for developers using MySQL 4.1 and later.
    This new extension includes an object-oriented interface in addition to
    a traditional interface; as well as support for many of MySQL’s new features,
    such as prepared statements.
  • SQLite has been bundled with PHP. For more information on SQLite,
    please visit their website.

  • Streams have been greatly improved, including the ability to access
    low-level socket operations on streams.
  • And lots more…

For changes since Release Candidate 3, please consult the

For those of you adventurous enough to try it out, you can download it here. Hmm… now I just need to figure out how to use all the new good stuff in PHP 5. That, and I hope that when/if my host upgrades to PHP 5 that it doesn’t break my site.

Sniffing for Wi-Fi

I was reading my latest issue of PC Magazine and I ran across an article about a keychain sized device called the Wi-Fi Seeker that will sniff for Wi-Fi hot spots. I have a program on my Powerbook that will do the same thing, but this device just requires the push of a button and it will check for local hotspots. Now, it gives you strength on a scale of 1 to 4 little LED lights, but it beats getting out a PDA or Laptop just to check for a wireless access point.

No More Xanga

I decided that my time on Xanga has come to an end and that I needed to go off and do my own thing. So, I decided to get a web host and two snazzy domain names: and Yeah, they both do the exact same thing since one is the mirror of the other, so you may see a link to, but it will also work with as well. So, if you a lazy typer you can type in the smaller domain name.
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The Weekend…

Well, it was nice to have a weekend to just sit back and relax and catch up on things. I sacrificed not going out and doing anything on Friday or Saturday night so that I could catch up on things. Now, I did get quite a bit done this weekend, but it was not as much as I would have liked. Mostly it is my reading that I am behind on, but that I can work on here and there. So, I’m not too worried about that.

But, other than the studying that I caught up on I got some other things done as well. I reformatted my computer to see if that would fix my problems that I was having with it. This was my late night Saturday night Sunday Morning treat to me. Surprisingly it only took 3.5hrs to get it back up to its previous state. Then Sunday was packed with stuff to do. Lunch with Jamie (the bday girl), her roommate Jules, and the always comical Anthony. Lunch was a good time and I think I ate enough to last me the entire day, but nevertheless we ended up eating later that night at Shari ‘s. But, I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.

After the lunch, which was more than filling, we headed back to the TE lab to kill time before Sauna Sunday. This time was more productive than I thought it would be. I ended up finishing my CSE project during this time and was pretty excited about that. Then after we were all set, we headed out for Sauna Sunday. The iSchool crew + Julia was along this week for the adventure and it was a good time to just relax and to not think about anything really. This was something nice because it just slowed everything down and I could just enjoy doing nothing. Then, of course, around 11pm we all got hungry again so we headed out to eat. I seem to not have a problem eating and I figured that since I was going out to eat I should get something that I usually don’t have. So, this ended up being breakfast, which was amazing.

Now we come to Monday and the new week is upon all of us. There are things due this week and many things to catch up on. I just need to spend less time playing, and more time studying. As sad as that sounds, it’s true.

Tonight should be cool, I’ll look hot, like always, maybe I’ll have a picture or two to share…

Current Feeling: Hotness, because I look damn fine today

Man, today I got three new things. Some are exciting; some are not. I ordered some poker chips last Friday and today they showed up. I ordered 500 of them, but only 499 were in the case. So, I emailed the person hoping to get a response back on if I can get that one chip. I also got Office 2003 and 2003 today from the iSchool. Office looks to be quite cool and is well, boring unless you need to use it.

Last night I went to the IMA w/ some INFO peeps and I got schooled in ball and in lifting. Today I woke up and I was super sore. But, it was in a good way. But, my right knee keeps acting up and I am kina concerned about it. I don’t want something to happen to it where I would need surgery or something. So, I might need to look into getting that looked at by a doctor. But, it was good times. We did pyramids on the bench and on the ab machine. Surprisingly my abs survived the pyramid.

Also late last night it was a little IHOP w/ Joe and Steven. It was good times to see these guys and to just chill and talk. Yeah, I get picked on cuz I’m from the Midwest, but I’m used to it. Even when I got home I told myself that I would make my 830 class. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I slept until 945 then went to my classes. Oh well.

Well, after a freak outage of our internet I am back. We had our router act up and it took a little TLC to convince it to come back online. But, going without the internet taught me how much my life is affected by the net… which is sad… but at the same time not so sad. I just felt disconnected from everything… the news, friends, everything. But, now it is all good, or at least lets hope so.