Author Archives: Scott Allen

About Scott Allen

Scott Allen is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been working with HTML, CSS, PHP, & MySQL since the late 1990s, and has extensive experience in database design and development, server-side scripting, content management, and front-end user experience in both client services and in-house settings. You can connect with Scott on Twitter or via email.

Eagle Creek Greenway construction

I wrote a guest post at Urban Indy with some comments and photos regarding the impending greenway extension project going past my neighborhood. I imagine there will be some more as things progress through the summer. The project is slated … Continue reading

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VCALENDAR file with newlines in DESCRIPTION field

Hopefully if anyone else has this problem, they’ll find this post. If you’re attempting to output some data in a MySQL database as a VCALENDAR file that is viewable in Apple Calendar or Outlook or whatever, an incorrect newline character … Continue reading

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Apple ID doesn’t Just Work

I changed the password on my Apple ID a couple days ago. As a person who works with technology and user management and database design and—albeit cursorily—web security, this is something we preach that people should do with online accounts. … Continue reading

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iOS Status Message

This is something I’ve been meaning to write, and hadn’t yet, but this post on Engadget (which I’m sure will be followed by the same info on a million other sites) reminded me of it, and makes me hopeful that … Continue reading

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iTunes Match

I’ve been using iTunes Match for a couple months now, and wanted to post some thoughts. The initial matching and uploading process was pretty slow. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken if I was uploading everything like … Continue reading

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Fixing Messages for OS X

Now that Apple has released the Messages for OS X beta software, it’s possible to be able to send and receive iMessages on my computers alongside all the iOS devices in our house. It makes it very convenient to be … Continue reading

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On College Athletics

Inspiration for this post: NYT: Let’s Start Paying College Athletes I spend a lot of time reading and absorbing thoughts from various media members and other pundits about What To Do About College Athletics™. The divide between coaching/administering haves and … Continue reading

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Clean Up OS X Lion Launchpad

I’m not especially a big fan of the OSX Lion Launchpad, but it pops up every once in a while. It would really bother me that it showed every single app in my Applications folder, including uninstallers and prefpanes and … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

I’m sure plenty of people will say it more elegantly than I ever could, so I’m not going to go on and on and on about it. Steve Jobs’ passing came too soon, and the future is not going to … Continue reading

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MySQL Transactions

MySQL has the ability to handle what are known as transactions: a series of queries that must be executed in an all-or-none fashion. As a bonus, it’s super easy to use. Using PHP, you can do the following: mysql_query(“START TRANSACTION”); … Continue reading

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