Friday, March 24, 2006

Mutual conversions

When a credit union converts to a mutual bank, and then to a public bank, shares are issued. Of course, the SEC gets to have their say, which probably isn't a completely bad thing. Legacy bank corp carried through with plans to go public, and seems to be pleased. Their 10-Q might contain interesting info, although I don't see the thing that interests me the most: exact subscription offering / IPO rules.

Friday, March 17, 2006

wiki's are worth it

There are so many wiki's, with so many features, it's tough to pick on. But I think I finally did: PmWiki. I know, it comes as a surprise, considering it is one of the most popular one - but that was only the second reason I chose it. The first was that it's design guidelines seem to match with my own: keep it simple, stupid.

Oh, and since it uses php, it'd be worth it to read a book about php.

It sure seems like it would be worth my time, and maybe others, to document what steps are required to pain through getting a wiki up, especially since there do not seem to be any comprehensive instructions. Much of the setup is obvious, but there are a few non-obvious steps (at least for me):
  • Don't forget to COMMENT OUT the Listen binding so that Apache will listen to all ports
  • If you want to move a wiki, edit LocalSettings.php and change the $IP environment variable
  • To enable the mail server, edit the php.ini file in the apache directory. SMTP entries in the hundreds of php.ini don't do anything
Interesting combination of wiki's and Microsoft Sharepoint is here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Stopping the vehicular

New brakes are worth it for track events:
Superior Chevrolet has a parts list
Up Front Technologies has the stuff too
then, there's Vette Brakes
among others, I'm sure.