Raiders Might Blackout All Year

If the pre-season is any indication of what’s going to happen in the regular season, brace yourself, Raiders fans. You might not see a single home game on TV all season.

Last week, the Raiders played their final tuneup pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks in the Coliseum with an attendance record of just 23,957. It’s not a typo. The figure was based on the total number of tickets sold, and not people that were actually seated in the stadium.

This picture tells it all.

The 23,957 figure might just be the Raiders season tickets base. Buying a Raiders season ticket requires buying all 8 home games plus 2 pre-season games at full price no less.

The Raiders have only sold out 44 out of the 120 games since returning to Oakland in 1995. With the economy tanking, don’t expect Raiders fans to buck that trend. It could possibly be 44 out of 128 games by end of season.

The word on the street indicate that NFL other teams are struggling to fill up their stadiums as well. Arizona, Cincinnati and San Diego are expecting blackouts.

For Raiders fans, blackouts are the norm, but not seeing a single home game on TV all season could be a first. But, who cares anyways, if you have the NFL Redzone.

My WordPress Multi-Site .htaccess File

I just solved my WordPress multi-site problem. I have several blogs located in the subdirectories of this blog. The problem was the media files for my sub-blogs were all broken. If you are aware of the WordPress multi-site setup, WordPress creates a blog.dir directory under wp-content. This is where it keeps all of the uploaded media files such as: images, video, etc for the sub-blogs.

The issue was began when my .htaccess file was overwritten or possibly replaced. At first, I thought it was just an issue with the WordPress options pages which is stored in the wp-options table. But, that wasn’t the case. A quick search in the WordPress forums solved that problem. So, I’m writing this article for two reasons: (1.) So others can benefit, (2.) so I have a record of this fix somewhere.

So, here’s my .htaccess file.

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
# uploaded files
RewriteRule ^(.*/)?files/$ index.php [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !.*wp-content/plugins.*
RewriteRule ^(.*/)?files/(.*) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$2 [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ – [L]
RewriteRule  ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $2 [L]
RewriteRule  ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$ $2 [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress

ZoneMinder

If you want a CCTV or closed circuit tv monitoring system for your home or business, you can certainly invest in several dozens of commercial systems. These commercial surveillance systems can be purchased at several stores such as Home Depot, Costco, Frys and in many smaller specialty surveillance stores.

Many of these commercial systems such as Lorex, Q-See and Revo have dozens of features, cameras, setup, etc. These systems typically come with a DVR device which allows you to connect several cctv cameras from 4, 8 to 16 cameras. The DVR is able to record and review events triggered by the system such as motion detect, noise, etc.

One system that is free and open source is ZoneMinder that’s built on a Linux server. It has features comparable to commercial systems. There are also unique features not found anywhere. So, here’s an excerpt from Linuxaria article:

ZoneMinder is a professional surveillance software, recommended if you have multiple cameras to be connected or would like to make a real security service through your linux server.

ZoneMinder is intended for use in single or multi-camera video security applications, including commercial or home CCTV, theft prevention and child, family member or home monitoring and other domestic care scenarios such as nanny cam installations. It supports capture, analysis, recording, and monitoring of video data coming from one or more video or network cameras attached to a Linux system. ZoneMinder also support web and semi-automatic control of Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras using a variety of protocols. It is suitable for use as a DIY home video security system and for commercial or professional video security and surveillance. It can also be integrated into a home automation system via X.10 or other protocols.

To configure ZoneMinder i suggest that you follow their nice tutorial:: http://www.zoneminder.com/wiki/index.php/Documentation#Tutorial

And to have a nice Demo of ZoneMinder check this Video

Video

ZoneMinder is a definitely an option worth checking if you are looking for something that’s open-source and free.

2TB Hard Drive for $99

Micro Center is selling a 2 terabyte hard drive for just $99. What a bargain. There’s a $10 dollar rebate which you’ll get 6 weeks later, but nevertheless this is a great bargain. So, if you’re looking for a new hard drive for your desktop and you happen to be close to a Micro Center store, be sure to check the 2TB Deskstar 7K2000 hard drive by Hitachi for just $99.

Google Chrome 6 is Fast

This past week, the Google Chrome browser was updated to version 6. If you haven’t updated, just go to About Google Chrome and click on the Update button.

One thing that is very noticeable with Google Chrome 6 is speed. I mean lots of it. It’s an amazingly fast browser. Coming from Firefox you’ll feel like you’ve gone to warp speed.

The minimalist design of the browser is a vast improvement over previous versions. The access menu is just a single wrench that pretty much does everything. That’s the idea behind the concept of having one menu. Simplicity.

Even if you don’t like Google Chrome for whatever reason, Google Chrome version 6 will offer you something that another browser can’t deliver. Speed. Now, who doesn’t want a fast browser.

Details for WordPress 3.1

The WordPress development team met last week and laid out the plans for WordPress 3.1 scheduled for release on December 15. Here are the details:

The finalized goals for WordPress 3.1 are “to have a very short dev cycle, a decent amount of testing time, and a release in mid-December. Low on new features, heavy on ui and code cleanup, and avoidance of schema changes. Save the big ideas for 3.2 where we’ll have the liberty to implement those ideas in PHP5. No schema changes and no big new APIs.”

Besides bug fixes and code cleanup, users can look forward to a new WordPress.com inspired admin bar and theme browser, as well as post templates and styles, and a separate network dashboard.

The team plans to halt new feature submissions on October 15th, followed by a primary code freeze on November 1st, and a string freeze on December 1st. The beta period will begin November 15th until the estimated final release date of December 15th.

There is not a lot of cosmetic changes, but I’m looking forward to the new Admin pages that’s similar to WordPress.com.