• Install CakePHP on Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.10

    CakePHP is a framework that allows for rapid PHP development. I recently installed it on one of my home test servers and there were a few steps specific to an Ubuntu install that were required but that were not clearly outlined in the official documentation. The version of the Apache web server that gets installed […]

  • Drupal 7 Released

    Today Drupal 7 Final was officially released into the wild. Drupal is a content management system (CMS). This basically means that it can be used to get a functional website up and running with a minimal amount of hassle. Not only this, but it handles most of the basic administrative functions you would need to […]

  • Download the Linux Source Code

    It is said that the best way to learn how to program is to read and modify other people’s code. Through an open, relatively uninhibited distribution of code, the open source community inherently promotes this learning method. The C programming language is arguably the most archetypal of programming languages, in the sense that seemingly all […]

  • Basic Ubuntu Linux: sudo and apt-get

    The power of Linux lies in the strength of the terminal’s ability to process complex commands. New users may be a bit intimidated by the Linux terminal, but here are two of the most basic commands you’ll need to know to do anything productive at a Linux terminal.

  • The Art and Balancing Act of Flexibility

    The programs that run on our computers are dynamic.  Rather quickly, they can be shaped and formed to suit the needs of end users. As long as software bloat/feature creep is kept under control, customization and modification remain two critical ingredients in the evolution of any application.  Who will make these changes, and how easy will it be?  This is common sense stuff, but it’s a subject that doesn’t get discussed nearly enough, and a subject that is very often overlooked or ignored by choice.

  • Introducing The Smalley Creative Blog

    I’ve been doing I.T. consulting work for a long enough time that I feel I have something to contribute to the community or to other would-be consultants/techs. Assuming this blog stays up (yes, that’s right, this blog may not live, because I only build new ideas and see if they take on a life of […]