Daily Archives: Monday, 17-Dec-2001

This almost seems to strange for even the government to undertake, but a ban is going into effect on certain snack foods containing trace amounts of THC. I’m not real sure what the point is but if hempseed oil is used in the processing of a food product that food product will contain trace amounts of THC and will, therefore, be illegal. This appears to be taking laws way too far. I’m not sure why this ruling would not also make poppy seed muffins illegal. Evidently the DEA feels that marijuana is a much larger problem than opiates.

Dave’s having problems with a bad back and being inundated with spam while Cam is on a rant over keeping email addresses unpublished to avoid this problem. I can understand Dave’s reluctance to keep his email address private. He requires feedback from his readers and others in order to comply with their needs. He can’t get that feedback unless folks can email him. To get in touch with Cam you have to do it through a feedback form on his website, not an entirely friendly way of doing things.

I’m suffering that dilemma with a website I’m developing right now. This is a youth athletic association that is being formed to promote youth hockey in my area. I’ve got a group of people that need interested people to contact them and a coach that wants people to contact him with technical questions about the game. The simplest thing to do would be to publish their email addresses but we all get enough spam as it is and I know there are spiders out there just harvesting email addresses off of websites. Going the webform route seems the most appropriate choice for this site but it also requires people to visit the site to send the email. That can be inconvenient.

The New Yorker looks at the S.A.T. and gives us some background on the man who may have killed it. The University of California system is backing away from using the S.A.T. I as a basis of college entrance and turning more toward a holistic admissions system. The focus is moving away from a student’s potential and looking more at a student’s proven abilities.

Had this system been in place when I first entered college, I wouldn’t have been accepted. It would have been a good thing, too. I was a horrible student my first couple of years which lead me to dropping out and getting a taste of the real world. Some people shouldn’t go to college right out of high school, I was one of them. I had mediocre grades in high school but very high ACT scores. My first attempt at college proved to be a miserable failure and a waste of a bunch of money.

After a couple of years of learning about life and employment opportunities without a degree I went back to school for another try, this time with a determination to excel. I graduated magna cum laude. There is a lesson for my children in there somewhere but they are enough like me that they will probably need to learn it on their own.

There is a new release of PHP available. PHP 4.1.0 sports these key improvements:

  • A new input interface for improved security (read below)
  • Highly improved performance in general
  • Revolutionary performance and stability improvements under Windows. The multithreaded server modules under Windows (ISAPI, Apache, etc.) perform as much as 30 times faster under load! We want to thank Brett Brewer and his team in Microsoft for working with us to improve PHP for Windows.
  • Versioning support for extensions. Right now it’s barely being used, but the infrastructure was put in place to support separate version numbers for different extensions. The negative side effect is that loading extensions that were built against old versions of PHP will now result in a crash, instead of in a nice clear message. Make sure you only use extensions built with PHP 4.1.0.
  • Turn-key output compression support
  • LOTS of fixes and new functions

I haven’t installed it yet, and probably won’t until my webhost updates, but it will be interesting looking through the new functions.