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Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.


All posts for 2008

PHP Advent 2008

Is it December again already? I like good traditions, so with the help of Sean and many others, PHP Advent is back again, this time with its own domain. I would call it a web site, but that might be stretching the truth at the moment. Jon is going to hel…

Facebook Worm

While Sean was visiting the NY office this past week, he noticed a Facebook message from one of his friends that included a suspicious link. When he clicked it, Firefox displayed a Reported Attack Site alert. Clearly, Sean's friend did not intentionally …

Font Linking

With a gentle prod from Jon, I've been reading about the hot topic of font linking. I have as many questions as answers, but I'm going to try to share what I've learned so far, and I hope you'll join the conversation. Jon provides a good history, and th…

ZendCon

Another ZendCon has come and gone. I've been cutting back on the number of conferences I attend, but I've been to every ZendCon so far, and I hope to continue the trend for years to come. Along with php|tek, it's one of the best perennial PHP conferences…

Inspecting and Hacking HTTP

There are numerous reasons you might want to inspect HTTP when debugging a problem. If you've ever tried to debug problems with sessions, cookies, or redirects, I'm sure you can appreciate how hard it is without taking a close look at what's going on beh…

Security 2.0 in Cincinnati

I'll be visiting Cincinnati briefly tomorrow (Thu, 21 Aug 2008) to give my talk entitled Security 2.0 at the local PHP user group, OINK-PUG. Elizabeth Naramore is kindly hosting me, so I'll be able to fraternize after the meeting, which is always the bes…

End of Life for PHP 4

Today is 8/8/8, which is interesting for a few reasons, one of which is that it marks the end of PHP 4. What does this mean? It means yesterday's release of 4.4.9 is the final release of PHP 4. More information can be gleaned from the mailing list archiv…

OSCON Wrapup

Another OSCON has come and gone. It was a very busy week filled with talks, work, social events, and everything in between. (Sleep is optional and not recommended.) The OmniTI family (Message Systems included) was well represented with a number of speak…

Miscellaneous

I haven't been blogging much lately, and for the first time since I started this blog, I've only managed one post all month. There has been plenty to talk about, but I've been too busy with both work and play to keep up. I'll try to recap the previous m…

Who Created PHP?

This past week, I noticed several feeds I poll for Planet Chris are broken. In a few cases, it's because the site is offline. In most cases, it's because people don't maintain URLs when they change blog engines. (Hint!) I've been thinking about changing…

OpenID with myVidoop

I like OpenID. I've been an avid user (and consumer) of OpenID for well over a year now, but I've only recently found time to explore Vidoop, whose self-described mission is one username, no password. I keep meaning to write a more general post about Op…

CSS Naked Day

If you're wondering what happened to the design, it's gone! I'm participating in CSS Naked Day again to celebrate web standards and good design. True beauty is more than skin deep, and I'm proud of my blog's design. (Thanks again, Jon and Jon!) As a remi…

URLs Can Be Beautiful

We launched a new web site for OmniTI on Monday, complete with a new identity designed by Jon Tan. As with most projects of this nature, this was all done in our spare time, but we're proud of the results and hope it represents who we are and what we d…

Kiwi Foo Camp

My sunburned feet have healed, so that means it's time to recap my trip to New Zealand for the second annual Kiwi Foo Camp. My trip started in Auckland Friday morning, where I met David Slack (a fellow Foo), who was kind enough to give me a ride to Wa…

CIO Magazine Trolls for Publicity

All publicity is good publicity, right? I'm not so sure. Last week, CIO Magazine published an article on the advantages and disadvantages of the PHP programming language that can only be described as a blunder. With a target audience of C-level technica…

Security and User Experience

A post entitled SmugMug's Private Pics Are Public caught my eye yesterday. The news doesn't sound too surprising, since these types of security problems aren't at all uncommon, but Don (SmugMug's CEO) is a friend of mine, and I know he takes security ver…

2007 Highlights

Posting highlights of the previous year has become a blogging cliché, but this is my 5th consecutive year doing so, and it's a tradition I hope to keep. It gives me a nice record of the previous year as well as a chance to make my plans for the upcomi…