LightNet: Cloud v1.8 Released

Grab it here:

This has a lot of good new features with a focus on fleshing out Watcher. Be sure to check out the change log.


I'm a terrible blogger

I have to confess that I'm a really terrible blogger. It's not that I don't have any good ideas for blogs, I have ideas all the time. And it's not that I can't write, it's that when I do write I want to do it right – See how I turned a phrase there? Don't tell me I don't have incredible literary skillz.

The Eternal Mermaid’s Kiss

I wrote this story back in 2007 and it's one I really like. It is a horror story, not really guts and gore, but not for the squeamish. It's roughly 8,000 words, so I've split it up into smaller parts to make it more readable. If you enjoyed reading it, let me know!

The Eternal Mermaid’s Kiss

By Joe Justice

Editing Text Files: The inherent problem with Linux server tutorials

As I've thought about how to write up a tutorial on setting up a FTP server using Linux, I keep coming back to one, glaring problem: it's difficult to edit text in Linux. This is actually an amazing oxymoron if you know anything about Linux systems. There are probably thousands of commands and software tools available for text manipulation. Programming languages were developed purely for text manipulation. The entire Linux operating system is developed to be configured via simple, plain text documents.

We got a "new" RV

New is in quotes for pretty obvious reason. This RV was built in 1977, lots of retro goodness here. Gotta love the brown, orange and yellow color scheme!! What were the smoking in the 1970s?? ... Oh yeah... nevermind.

Dad and I pitched in to buy this old machine, and to tell they truth we got it for a steal! The engine's been rebuilt and other than a few little things, is in great shape. The interior is in really great shape for it's age.

LightNet: Cloud source code released

I got the source code for LightNet: Cloud all LGPLed and have included it in the latest release of version 1.5.4. I also put together a little overview of how to develop LightNet: Cloud along with an explanation of why I chose the IDE I chose.

Final Baby Birds; Empty Nest Syndrome

Well, if I hadn't see in all with my own eyes, I'm not sure I would have believed it! Right at two weeks, the baby birds have grown up and left the nest. From little blue eggs to sky's-the-limit in two weeks.

Developing LightNet: Cloud


I developed LightNet: Cloud using a Pascal based IDE called Lazarus. Lazarus is a a very cool, relatively easy to use and powerful IDE that's part of the Free Pascal Project. It is a cross platform, open source and free alternative to Delphi, which was the programming IDE that the original LightNet was developed with.

Baby Birds - Week Two

So last week I shared with you how we found the nest of three baby birds. What a difference a week makes! I can't believe how fast these little guys grew!

Unfortunately, it looks like one of them didn't make it and only momma knows why. I came home one day and there were two. That's nature.

My N.A.S. Homebrew Project

For anyone who isn't tencho-hip, like me (straining my eyes looking down my nose at the keyboard as I type this), NAS stands for Network Attached Storage. The idea behind a NAS is to have an appliance  you just attach to your network and magical gigabytes of storage appear, similar to how free tv programming magically appears when you connect your cable to your neighbor's box. NAS boxes are, like many devices now adays, actually just computers running and embedded operating system, usually FreeBSD or Linux. They're headless (no monitor) and totally configured via a web interface.

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