Locked Out

:mad: Duh!

I was locked out of my own blog for more than a week! What a shame! I forgot my password so I have to dig the tables of database just to look up the username and password I used in this blog. Oh well.. now I learned my lesson.

The whole week wasn\’t that fun. First of all, my quizzes aren\’t that great… I just don\’t feel like I am doing my best right now.

Things are getting complicated. I have two pending projects and these projects need careful planning and management. These projects are both web deployment project. The first one involves e-business. The second project involved open-source technology. Right now I\’m focusing my attention on the first project because that\’s going to be the backbone of the second project.

Although starting a business may sound easy it\’s really harder than initially ad imagined. Making e-commerce works is not as easy as constructing a webpage. It\’s more that than, way far from what most people think (or rather, what I thought). You need to be business-literate so I\’m sort of literating myself right now. I\’m learning as I go forward.

Based on my readings and researches, there are so many things you need to complete before you can setup a business. To make everything legal you need to register your it to Department of Trade and Industries (DTI). Registration requires some legal papers and that includes the Article of Incorporation if it\’s a corporation. For our situation, since we are going to be have more than 10 people we might set our structure as non-stock corporation. We are going to get a lawyer to iron out this problem. Once the Article of Incorporation is duly signed we need to verify it in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), yet another processing fee…. and so on.

As far as the cost of getting started is concerned, we needed to spend a humble amount of start-up money. Filing fee of Articles of Incorporation is worth P210, filing of By-laws – P210, Membership Book – P320 & Stamping – P50. The registration of business name for corporations under Bureau of Trade Regulation and consumer Protection (BTRCP) is worth P500 and additional P15 Documentary stamp for each application. And that\’s not finished… I need to secure my Tax Identification Number (TIN) for income tax, too. \’Doh! I\’ll be taxed!  I don\’t even know how taxation works so I need to know how! I seriously need an accountant, too. Thanks God, I have a good network of contacts who are ready to help.

That\’s only the beginning… after all I need to design the front-end and back-end of the websites. This will be kept secret for now. The front-end would be easy. The back-end is more complicated. Designing dynamic website has never been a piece of cake anyway. You need to put in some effort. I need to integrate ATM/Credit Card gateways and provide a secured shopping storefront. It\’s all spinning in my head. Finding a decent Credit Card gateway is already a big challenge since very few 3rd Party gateways offer their service in the Philippines. One perfect example is Paypal. I am so disappointed that their service is not available here in the Philippines. Maybe I have to contact some of my friends in the US so that we can take advantage of Paypal\’s servive; otherwise, I will get 2Checkout since it\’s the most convenient alternative.

We need to simplify things because the way that I see it now, they are getting complicated.

For now, I\’m going to sleep… zzz.

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These smilies…

:mrgreen::neutral::twisted::arrow::shock::smile: :???: :cool::evil::grin::idea::oops::razz::roll::wink::cry::eek::lol::mad::sad::!::?:

Haha… a phletora of smilies there… These smilies are the default smilies included in Phpbb. This 15 x 15 pixels smilies pack is one of the most aesthetic mini emoticons you can find in the web.

Since I used Invision Power Board I left these smilies in my storage folder. I miss this smilies. Luckily these smilies are the default smilies included in WordPress package.

IPB uses the nomicon smilies made by Nominell (Oscar Gruno). Although I like the IPB smilies I have no permission to use it outside IPB forums so at this moment I\’m still using the default smilies. Perhaps I\’ll use these smilies permanently because the Phpbb smilies are smaller in size; thus, I find them more appropriate to use in my journal.

Updated 2010-01-02T01:36:41+00:00
As of now most of the original smilies are not working anymore and I might be replacing them soon, too. I was fond of these smilies but I realized that I need to minimize their use so that my posts won\’t be as cheesy and as informal as they were before.

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Invision Power Board

:cool: I\’ve been using this incredible forum software since 2002. From it\’s early development stage I\’ve seen Invision Forum Board (used to be IBF, now IPB) version 1.0, then 1.1, tranform into a dependable and manageable forum script. Back then I\’m only aware of forum softwares like Vbulletin, PhpBB, IkonBoard and the likes. I learned how to hack IPB and create small code modifications. At that point I wanted to learn PHP to create my own complex mods but until now I have not done that. LOL.

When IPB released version 1.2 I decided to use it in my high school online community forums. Now at version 1.3 I still use IPB to run Munsci.net forums.

Version 2.0 is currenly in pre-release version 2 with a new twist in licensing… the user must acquire a license for permanent use. I guess it\’s only true that \”what you get is what you pay for\” but then — the best things in life are free! Isn\’t it?

Invision Power Board is a great software and I also think that it is just fair for Invision Power Service to change its terms of service to be more stable and competitive. I just wish I have the fortune to buy a license. :(

For the past few days I\’ve been active in IPB forum spotting bugs and making suggestions. It\’s my pleasure to participate in bug-hunting to make IPB better. More power to IPB developer, Matt.

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The Fox is Burning!

I want to plug my favorite browser…. Mozilla Firefox!

\"Get

I hated Internet Explorer after using this browser… I realized that Microsoft is so sluggish in developing IE that I switched to a browser that defines what a true web browser should be. :)

Version 1.0 is just around the corner. Yey! \"Get

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[In]valid XHTML

Hmm… I visited someone\’s blog today and I was amused. Her blog displays an XHTML validator but it is NOT XHTML strict valid… I get at least 5 errors.

To show your readers that you have taken the care to create an interoperable web page, you may display an icon on any page that validates. Btw, this is the official icon:
\"W3C

Why display an XHTML 1.0 Transitional Validator if the webpage does NOT follow the XHTML 1.0 standard??

It is just difficult to comply with the validator standard, once you forget a single attribute in your syntax, it\’s already substandard. I couldn\’t care less… However, if I have the leisurely time to meticulously check my syntax, perhaps I\’ll scrutinize my code… but it\’s just unrealistic. For now my blog is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional but we\’ll never know later on. :???:

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Think Different

Here\’s to the crazy ones
- Anonymous

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They\’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,

disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can\’t do is ignore them.

Because they change things.

They invent. They imagine. They heal.

They explore. They create. They inspire.

They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that\’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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Behind The Name

Why Echo Binary?? My first concern is all about originality. Now, it\’s not even a subject because I can guarantee you no one owns a blog with the same title at the time of writing this entry! (ang gaya-gaya panget!) For those who programs PHP, echo is one of the reserved keyword. Basically its function is to output whatever argument is supplied. Most of the times the way I see things could be too technical. Only a handful of people would understand my eccentric world so everything that I can think and write about, hopefully, echoes in this journal with sense. :roll:

Updated 2010-01-02 T00:55:02+00:00
After 5 years 4 months and 27 days, I decided to change the title of my blog from \”Echo Binary\” to \”Digital Nocturne\”. I believe that it deserves to be renamed because the direction of my blog has shaped into a more meaningful, more selfless and more outgoing blog that this blog failed to produced before. Besides, my first entry after a long hiatus was entitled Rebirth so it seems appropriate to give this blog a new name. More details to follow later.

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