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  • New Site for Atlanta PHP, by Ben Ramsey
    more effectively Also something that I ve not pointed out in any of the language posted on the Atlanta PHP Web site is that the new forum allows members to get in touch with each other something the Drupal installation we had did not allow Members can send private messages or even e mail to each other using the forum software I also noticed a lot of people looking for a PHP user group in the area through Meetup com I quickly reassessed my attitude towards Meetup com over a year ago we left Meetup com because of the mandatory imposed group fees and set up a new Meetup group for Atlanta PHP This is just another channel for us to find local developers or rather for local developers to find us Finally the old site is still available as an archive for our old content I ve set up some rewrites to funnel old links to the archive site so that old content doesn t get lost in the shuffle If you re looking for something and can t find it ask me or check http archive atlphp org By Ben Ramsey Posted on 14 Jun 2006 Net Neutrality

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  • Net Neutrality Defeated?, by Ben Ramsey
    based on the language included in his response to me I will keep your concerns in mind and will support legislation that ensures open and unregulated Internet access He even pointed to Markey s Network Neutrality Act of 2006 H R 5273 Apparently I was misled as his own opponent Allan Burns pointed out in a comment responding to my post As the record shows Mr Linder voted against the Markey amendment to H R 5252 and he voted in favor of the COPE Act Why did the language in his response to me suggest he would support the Markey amendment when he fully intended to vote against it After passing in the House the bill now moves to the Senate where it can still be blocked Please contact your senators today and tell them to vote against any bill that will kill net neutrality As it so happens I ve found that our districts have been redrawn and while Mr Linder will continue to run for office in this year s elections for the 7th district I am now in the 6th district So Mr Linder will not be on my ballot Nevertheless I will not vote for someone who does not support the principle of net neutrality nor will I vote for someone who blatantly misleads his constituents Consequently I have looked up Tom Price s voting records on these issues He is the incumbant for the 6th district and I ve found that he voted no different than Mr Linder Thus I called the campaign offices of Mr Price s opponent John Konop to find where Mr Konop stands on net neutrality Thankfully I am assured that he is completely in support of the principle of net neutrality so I will be voting for Mr Konop in

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  • Did You Test It?, by Ben Ramsey
    ll now respond I poked it and it seemed to work but it doesn t have tests His point being that actual tests count for a lot while a few mouse clicks really don t I ll take this as a reminder and teaser for the tutorial he and Chris Shiflett will be co presenting at OSCON Power PHP Testing I m registered for OSCON and this tutorial Are you

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  • PHP Appalachia Announced, by Ben Ramsey
    is no set agenda no formal speakers Just 3 days of camping and sharing PHP ideas and experiences with people just like you When September 27 29 2006 Where This gathering will be held at the Cherokee Great Smokies KOA in Cherokee NC The Cherokee Great Smokies KOA is bordered on one side by the serene Raven Fork River and on the other side by three tribal trout ponds It lies just across the road from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway From almost anywhere on KOA s grounds take in 360 degree mountain views Enjoy the shuttle to area attractions indoor pool and hot tub fitness center island pet walk whitewater rafting horseback riding and gem mining excursions among other things Wireless Internet is available at the campground Who Anyone with an interest in PHP and PHP related technologies is welcome to attend Even if roughing it is not your thing you re welcome to come along as there are numerous area hotels available How Much Registration is only 15 and each attendee will receive a free PHP Appalachia t shirt Accomodations are very affordable and meals are available for about 25

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  • Does Web 2.0 Need a New Term?, by Ben Ramsey
    open data exchange and sharing the term for this phenomenon is anything but Tom Raftery reports that CMP Media working with O Reilly Media has applied for registration of Web 2 0 as a service mark for arranging and conducting live events Now this doesn t restrict me from creating a Web site and calling it a Web 2 0 site nor does it keep me from blogging about Web 2 0 In the purest sense this means that I cannot create a conference and use the term Web 2 0 in the name or on any of the marketing materials for the conference However it does raise some concerns and begs the question what is Web 2 0 really about Is it about technology a cultural shift or marketing hype If the term is merely marketing hype then we need to abandon the term and seek a new one that is free and open for everyone to use Yet before we create a new term we need to clearly define what the term means is it about technology or a shift in our way of thinking Let me end by saying that I have not lost any respect for O Reilly I think it is absurd to expect a company not to protect a term they created and own Furthermore it is not ridiculous to think that someone would try to trademark the terms Ajax or Ruby on Rails After all these were terms created by companies Adaptive Path and 37 Signals respectively They had the right to trademark these terms and have chosen not to do so The confusion lies in the ownership of the term itself Until now the community has assumed that the term Web 2 0 was sparked from a grassroots effort that it belonged

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  • Support Net Neutrality, by Ben Ramsey
    or companies utilizing their network i e transporting data across their lines I am fortunate to have as my district representative one who supports an open Internet but there are other representatives who are either not aware of this problem or don t care I urge you to contact your representative and senators and ask them to support an open and unregulated Internet My district representative John Linder R GA also always writes back with a response when I contact his office Here is the letter in full he wrote concerning Net Neutrality May 23 2006 Dear Mr Ramsey Thank you for contacting me with your support for an open and unregulated Internet I appreciate hearing from you The issue of network neutrality centers around the right of broadband providers to charge companies such as Yahoo Google and Amazon when they utilize phone and cable lines to communicate with consumers In the House the Energy and Commerce Committee has drafted a comprehensive telecommunications reform bill to update Public Law 104 104 the 1996 Telecommunications Act Ultimately the Committee approved version of H R 5252 the Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement COPE Act of 2006 which was reported to the full House had no provision limiting what telecommunications companies can charge website owners or companies when they utilize broadband width Internet lines For your information Representative Edward Markey D MA introduced a bill H R 5273 the Network Neutrality Act of 2006 on May 2 2006 which mandates that Internet service providers cannot charge Internet sites or companies discriminatory rates to send information across broadband networks This bill is currently pending before the House Energy and Commerce Committee where it awaits further consideration As a strong supporter of the landmark telecommunications reform legislation in 1996 I believe the direction in which

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  • Create an Image from XML Data, by Ben Ramsey
    were throwing things off so I used the width attribute of the HTML img tag to solve the problem Unfortunately it just squeezes the image making the text in it appear fuzzy The Solution FeedBurner conveniently provides what they call their Awareness API which is a RESTful interface to retrieve as XML data the same exact information displayed in the FeedCount TM image Since I wanted to maintain the same kind of image because it s a recognized look and feel for FeedBurner feeds I simply fired up an image editing program shuffled things around a bit until the image was a nice clean 80 pixels wide and saved it as the base image shown to the right I would use for generating an image similar to the one FeedBurner provides Then I wrote a script to grab the FeedBurner data using SimpleXML and used PHP s image functions to open the base image write the FeedBurner circulation data to it and save it to use on my site I simply have a cron job that runs this script once a day to keep my image updated Here s the code Enjoy php Get the XML data from Feedburner sxe new SimpleXMLElement http api feedburner com awareness 1 0 GetFeedData uri ramsey NULL TRUE readers string sxe feed entry circulation make sure it s a number readers is numeric readers readers 0 39 is the base position 6 the width of each char xpos 39 strlen readers 6 Create the image from the base image img imagecreatefromgif feedburner base gif color imagecolorallocate img 0x00 0x66 0xCC imagestring img 2 xpos 2 readers color Save the image imagegif img feedburner readers gif Note that I determined the numbers used in lining up the text in the image by trial and error

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  • Congratulations, Brain Bulb!, by Ben Ramsey
    With George Wez Laura Amy and now Chris OmniTI are quickly becoming a company of PHP all stars OmniTI The Other PHP Company apparently I m not original in saying this See also OmniTI George OmniTI acquires Brain Bulb Laura Strategistic Synergism Wez Press Release By Ben Ramsey Posted on 17 May 2006 Add Children with SimpleXML Create an Image from XML Data Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please enable

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