big update weekend.

The big talk in our wonderful city today was about the “Sears Tower terror plot” that did not happen, thank goodness. I am about two blocks away from the Sears Tower four days a week.

In other news, XOOPS is going to release XOOPS version 2.0.14 on Monday which among several things, will bring LDAP Authentication support to XOOPS. Yeah! Time to get ready to play with the new update before I push it to my production sites.

If all goes well tomorrow on the golf course aka, I come back in a good mood ready to put in a few hours of work…I will also check out the newly released alpha of Tasks Pro 1.7. I have been longing for tagging for awhile now and I know Alex King will not disappoint.

[tags]Chicago, Sears Tower, XOOPS, Tasks Pro[/tags]

One of Those Days

Time for a beer! Nothing like waking up at 5am and putting in multiple hours of “work” before you actually start your day job. To begin the day…I could not sleep (because of the humidity) so I decide to get up early and check my consulting company’s email figuring I can do a few simple tasks before I start my day job. No new messages. I think to myself that I should have something…I should at least have my daily tasks email from Tasks Pro that is sent every morning at 430am. I then look into the problem and notice I cannot send mail either….everyone’s favorite 550 smtp error. I call my hosting company and have them look into it. I start to sweat because this is affecting my entire VPS…all my domain names, and all my clients. After getting disconnected four times from my hosting company but finally get a call back from the last person I talk to and he assures me he is looking into it. An hour goes by and no fix. I call back and talk to someone else who is now also looking into it. Meanwhile, a client calls me and tells me she is going to demo the XOOPS CMS I built and she cannot log in with the administrative account. I confirm the problem, and luckily I recognize this issue…and a simple database rebuild takes care of the problem. As I get off the phone with my client, I get an IM from another person I am doing work for and they are having some CSS issues. ID issues, the ever-so-lovely unclosed div tag issue – luckily this was not too bad of an issue and I like CSS so this was not too bad. Next thing I know I get a call back from my hosting company and my issue has finally been resolved. It is now time to stop my consulting work so I can start my day job…unfortunately I am already stressed out and it is not even 9am!

My work day officially begins…and finally ends. I take a conference call during my lunch break and get piles of more work to do this evening. I start to think my day looks up when my Vonage (sorry Jerry, I misplace your refer a friend email and was so lame I did not email you back about getting another copy – lunch is on me when you are in the city next time) equipment arrives (I am using it for my business) but to continue on with my wonderful day…I cannot get a dial tone. Whoops, I do not have a Vonage compatible router. Off to Best Buy to buy a new router. I then had to come home and reconfigure the router (I have quite a few custom port forwarding settings for PS2 and for my home servers). Finally, I am able to sit down, take a breath, and start some work for my consulting business….knowing I really should be out mowing the lawn. Serenity Now!
[tags]serenity now, tasks pro, VPS, CSS, XOOPS, Vonage, PS2[/tags]

cool tasks pro feature.

I have been using some version of Tasks since 2003 and absolutely love it. Not only does it help me organize my thoughts and projects, it also provides me with a searchable database of all the solutions I have come up with for my projects.

For the last several months I have been using Tasks for all of my consulting projects so that I would have a record of what I did/what I needed to do and to have for my clients if there would be any billing disputes for hourly jobs. My clients can log in and see each task request, the task solution (with attachments and links if needed), and the time it took to complete the task at any time. Pretty slick.

Recently I realized that it would be very helpful to have a total time spent on a group of tasks so I would not have to manually count the minutes/hours…so I contacted Alex King and requsted this feature. To my surprise (especially after using tasks for three years now) the feature to calculate the time spent on sub tasks already exists. To see this calculation, all you need to do is click on the right most icon (Show Details) in the parent task. Rock on.

Tasks

Thanks Alex for the awesome software and your prompt response!
[tags]Tasks, Tasks Pro, Alex King[/tags]