Famous Entrepreneurial Quotes

The Cheap Revolution have article Top 20 Entrepreneurial Quotes recently wrote which have inspired me as well. Lots of quotes does provide good guide lines and common senses. However, some are not so intuitive which add more values.

Here's the quote:

1. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Thomas Edison, inventor and scientist
2. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary - Vidal Sassoon, entrepreneur
3. Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't - Anonymous
4. A good idea is ten percent implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent -€? Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur, investor, author
5. Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory - Mahatma Gandhi, political and spiritual leader
6. Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners - Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor
7. Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence - Lisa M. Amos
8. Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life - John F. Kennedy, U.S. President
9. In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable - Dwight E. Eisenhower, U.S. President
10. The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire in the first place - Jim Rohn
11. Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them - Anonymous
12. Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make - Donald Trump, real estate and entertainment mogul
13. The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities -€? Michael Gerber, author, entrepreneur
14. An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it - Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries
15. The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer - Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese's
16. I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful - Warren Buffet, investor and billionaire
17. I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others... I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent - Thomas Edison, inventor and scientist
18. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain, author
19. There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose the ventures before us - William Shakespeare, author
20. Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration - Thomas Edison, inventor and scientist

Here are our quotes:

Being an entrepreneur is a lot like playing poker -€? you can fold, limp in, or go for it - Yasmine Mustafa

If you kick it around enough, it starts to look like a ball - Skip Shuda


Drupal Useful References

For those of you who are thinking of using Drupal to build your sites, here are some useful references that you can use to get things started. Drupal is a great Content Management Tool (CMT). With it's flexibility and great community, there is almost nothing that it can't do.

Drupal Terminology
Drupal Handbooks
Drupal API reference
Drupal usage lessons (With videos and class notes)
Drupal Cookbook (for beginners)

HowTo turn your drupal website to video host site as Youtube

HowTo: Add drop down menus to your site

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PHP resources for developers

Nikolas from webdigity forum have posted 10 projects every php developer should use which provides very good list of tools that can save developers hundred of hours of development time. Quoted list is shown below.

Sending Emails

Sending emails is something very common for every web site. Php's mail() function is good for this, but what if you want to attach a file, or send through an SMTP server, etc? Well in that case you should use phpmailer.

User Manipulation

Another common module is the user module. With that you can manipulate users (login, logout, register, etc.) Personally I've never found a project that is good enough, so I created my own Smiley Php user class is a module that can be used even in established projects, as it uses variable data for database tables, fields, session variables, etc.

Fetching RSS Feeds

Ever wanted to fetch an rss feed from your project? Well there is always an easy way to fetch a feed but in most cases you need more than that. When that is the case you should definitely use Magpie RSS.


There are many times that you need to know where are your visitors coming from. Maxmind gives a solution to this. For a complete tutorial check this article.

Grabbing Remote Content

Some times RSS is not enough so you need to grab the content of a web page and parse it. If you are a huge fun of preg you should not continue reading, but if you are not you definitely need the htmlSQL class. The htmlSQL class allow you to access html values with SQL code. Nice huh? Smiley


Sending and receiving trackbacks is vital for a web site in our age. And in fact it is very easy if you are using a class like php trackback.

Template System

Another thing that all sites use is a template. A template engine can save you lots of time, while it can make display changes very easy. A complete template engine that most projects use is Smarty.


BBcode used to be a functionality for forums, but as more and more sites use it in order to be more friendly to their users, you might want to use BBcode to your site. The problem is that BBcode requires a lot of coding and I am not sure if you have the time for this. If you don't you'll find StringParser_BBcode class very useful Smiley

Paypal Payment Integration

As you may know paypal has a nice API for developers who want to integrate paypal payments in their sites. The paypal IPN integration class helps you make use of it and start accepting payments in 20 minutes.

Editor Controls

I don't have a problem to make changes to a site using phpMyAdmin or a simple text area, but when it comes to my clients I have to give them more than that. A javascript WYSIWYG editor is a perfect solution but as it requires countless hours to get it done I would suggest you to use the tinyMCE control.

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AJAX solutions for developer who do not have much time at hand.

The Smashing Magazine put togather 80+ AJAX-Solutions For Professional Coding that can save many Many hours of development time! The topic that is being covered are as follows:
AJAX Auto Completer
AJAX Instant Edit
AJAX Menus, Tabs
AJAX Date, Time, Calendars
AJAX Interactive Elements
AJAX Developer’s Suite
Enhanced AJAX Solutions
Ajax Forms
AJAX Grids, Tables
AJAX Lightboxes, Galleries, Showcases
Visual Effects, Animation
Useful Basic JavaScripts
Galleries, Resources

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Web business competition research tools

Now, lots of businesses are getting online and because of ease of starting a web based business, more and more people are gathering their ideas and coming on board to business 2.0. Because of this fact, competition is getting fierce and knowing thyself and your competitor is becoming very important to be able to position yourself in the market and being successful.

Jessica Hupp from virtualhosting put together a great list of online tools that you can do to gather more intel on your competitors in the article Webmaster Intel Basics: 25 Tools to Compile an In-Depth Dossier on a Competitors’ Site. The major quotes on the list are as follows:

Domain Name and Ownership Intel

  1. Whois: Check out the Whois on your competitors to find how who owns the site and where they operate. You can also gather contact information through this tool.
  2. Mark Alert: Mark Alert lets you know if a domain name is registered with a term or phrase that may violate your trademark. This can help you defend your trademark and make sure that competitors don’t get too close.
  3. Company Profile Report: Look up a competitor’s Company Profile Report to get information on sales and contacts. This can be used as a comparison tool.
  4. Domain History: Domain History allows you to see the historic ownership of any site. In the case of private registrations, you can view contact information for the site before it was privatized.

Traffic Intel

  1. Compete: Compete offers SnapShots of any site. They provide visitor information, growth and traffic counts, If you register, you can compare up to 5 sites at once, save them to a portfolio, and vote to rank sites.
  2. Alexa: Alexa’s Traffic Rankings offer stats on the percentage of internet users who visit a site, its traffic rank and page views. You can compare up to 5 sites at a time on Alexa’s Traffic Graph, too.
  3. Search Engine Optimization Analysis Tool: Use the SEO Analysis tool to see how a search engine spider sees any website. This is a great way to discover your competitor’s SEO weaknesses and consider how you can improve on your own.
  4. Statsaholic: Statsaholic’s website statistics offer information on competitors’ ranks, page views and more. You can create a permalink to any site’s stats for quick reference at a later date.

Hosting Intel

  1. Who is Hosting This?: Who is Hosting This? offers a way for you to find out who is hosting any domain name. Whether they’re just using Blogger, a traditional host, or running their own server, you’ll be able to find out.
  2. WebSitePulse: WebSitePulse monitors how fast a website’s host is. Find out response time, size and more.

Marketing Intel and Backlinks

  1. SpyFu: SpyFu’s web scraping tools let you know how much your competitors are spending on pay per click ads so that you have a reference point to work from. You can also find out how many clicks per day they get and which keywords they are advertising for.
  2. URLtrends: URLtrends provides SEO data like Page Rank, incoming links, ranking trends and more.
  3. Backlink Checker: Find out who your competitors are sharing links with and use this information to set up link trades of your own.
  4. Market Leap: Another SEO tool, Market Leap lets you test the ranking of a competitor’s pages. You can enter your own URL and see how it compares with up to 3 competitors’ sites at a time.

Trademarks and Filings Intel

  1. Trademark Electronic Search System: Use the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) to perform basic, boolean and advanced searches for trademarks.
  2. SEC Filings and Forms: Check out the Securities and Exchange Commission’s database for company filings.
  3. Patent Electronic Business Center: Search the patent office’s records for full-text and full-page image returns on your competitors’ issued and published patent applications.

Public Relations

  1. Better Business Bureau: Search the Better Business Bureau’s database for reliability reports on your competitors. You can search by name, address, and phone. You can even check out businesses of a specified type within a certain mile radius.
  2. KnowX: Use KnowX to search lawsuit public records by defendant, plaintiff, case number, date and type of case.


  1. Credit eValuator Report: The Credit eValuator Report gives information on creditworthiness and payment history. Using this tool, you’ll be able to find out if your competitor is struggling or flourishing.
  2. Business Background Report: The Business Background Report provides information on a company’s history, background, operation and data on senior management.
  3. Yahoo! Finance: If your competitor is a publicly traded company, you can check out stock quotes and analysis on them using Yahoo! Finance.
  4. BusinesScope: Use BusinesScope to directly compare your financials and credit with your competitors. This report is good for a year and updated quarterly.

Browser Compatibility and Accessibility

  1. Watchfire WebXACT: WebXACT tests the quality, accessibility and privacy of single webpages.
  2. Wave 3.0: Wave 3.0 tests website compatibility with WCAG 1.0 and Section 508.
  3. Browsershots: Use Browswershots to see how any website looks in various browsers like Firefox, Safari and Iceweasal.
  4. Ready.mobi: Ready.mobi lets you test any web page to see how it will look on mobile phone browsers.

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Web site design and development using open source codes

Recently, I got real interested in developing my own web site so I started digging into them since I do not have time to implement from fresh. I was looking into Content Management Tools like Joomla for one example. Installation was breeze but I still need something that give me overview of what will be necessary and what would be required to have the implementation and deployment of the site that can work.

During my search, I ran into IBM developer network which has Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site. It shows you from beginning to the end of what you need to do in step by step fashion. This is exactly what I was looking for and I suggest you to take a look at these if you are interested in developing your own website or web business!

It shows that it is utilizing the following tools:

  • Drupal. An open source content management system
  • MySQL. An open source database store
  • PHP. A Web-based language for supporting dynamic content with PHPMyAdmin and SQLBrowse
  • Apache. An open source Web server
  • Eclipse. An open source development environment
  • CVS. A source code management system that tracks changes in your code
This is basics of what is covered in 15 part articles that they published:
  • Building your development environment
  • Getting started with Drupal
  • Observing the interaction of Drupal with other software tools (such as MySQL, Ajax, and PHP)
  • Building custom Drupal modules
  • Deploying and tuning your installation
Each of the topics of each part is illustrated here:

Part 1: Introduction and overview
July 2006
This first article introduces the business scenario and describes the factors that drove the Internet Technology Group team to choose open source tools and Drupal over other content management systems available today.

Part 2: Design for an effective user experience
July 2006
Follow along as the Internet Technology Group team redesigns an existing Web site, analyzing business goals and users' goals, evaluating the existing site, and iteratively refining alternative solutions based on user feedback.

Part 3: Building your development environment in Windows

August 2006
Install and configure in this tutorial all the software necessary
to develop a Drupal-based Web site in Windows, including Eclipse, PHP,
and more. When you're done, you will have a blank development canvas
that you can use for any development project.

Part 4: Building your development environment in Linux
August 2006
Install and configure in this tutorial all the software necessary to develop a Drupal-based Web site in Linux, including Eclipse, PHP, and more. When you're done, you will have a blank development canvas that you can use for any development project.

Part 5: Getting started with Drupal
August 2006
Learn about the Drupal programming model used in developing Web sites, and explore different types of content, developing new features using modules, implementing hooks to enable those modules, and site URL design.

Part 6: Building a custom module in Drupal
September 2006
Create a custom Drupal module for announcements. Learn about implementation and use code samples to create your own custom module.

Part 7: Structuring content for theming using XHTML
October 2006
Explore methods to structure content delivered by Drupal during the development of a new extranet Web site.

Part 8: Styling content for theming using CSS
October 2006
Learn methods for structuring the content of a new extranet Web site, including how to change the presentation and styling of the content delivered by Drupal.

Part 9: Understanding the database layer
October 2006
Discover best practices for module developers. Get details about using the Drupal database functions. And implement the necessary code to support a new database -- IBM DB2® Express-C.

Part 10: Adding features for an extranet Web site
November 2006
Define an extranet to meet client requirements and explore implementation techniques to create an extranet Web site.

Part 11: Using taxonomies in Drupal
December 2006
Use the taxonomy system in Drupal to provide structure to your Web site, which in turn helps support navigation and organization of your content.

Part 12: Hosting and deployment
December 2006
Investigate the issues surrounding deployment of a Drupal site using virtualization technologies. Find out why the team opted to go with virtualization in this scenario and which hosting options you should consider for your own Web site.

Part 13: PHP development within Eclipse
January 2007
Use the Eclipse integrated development environment to create your Web site, with a focus on Eclipse's support for PHP and using Concurrent Versions System (CVS) for version control.

Part 14: The announcement module source code
March 2007
Get the complete announcement module that is used as an example throughout this series. All the functions from this module are included and can be downloaded in a single file.

Part 15: Lessons learned and what's new in Drupal
April 2007
You've completed the process of developing a Web site using open source Drupal driven by Apache, PHP, and MySQL. Find out which decisions and approaches worked or didn't work for the team, and the latest in Drupal 5.0.

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Common interview questions and how you should answer them

The wisebread put together How to answer 23 of the most common interview questions. Lots of these are common sense, specially to people who have gone through few interviews themselves. However, it is always good to check them and double check before you do go into any interviews.

In particular, last item about asking questions at the end, I really really strongly recommend that you should always have at least few questions ready. Addition to what's being said in the quote below, the questions that you will ask the interviewer your genuine interest in the company and the available position as well as part of your personality. The worst thing that you can do is tell the interviewer that you do not have any questions...

Here is the quote on 23 items that is discussed:

1. So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’d be very surprised if you haven’t been asked this one at every interview. It’s probably the most asked question because it sets the stage for the interview and it gets you talking. Be careful not to give the interviewer your life story here. You don’t need to explain everything from birth to present day. Relevant facts about education, your career and your current life situation are fine.

2. Why are you looking (or why did you leave you last job)?
This should be a straightforward question to answer, but it can trip you up. Presumably you are looking for a new job (or any job) because you want to advance your career and get a position that allows you to grow as a person and an employee. It’s not a good idea to mention money here, it can make you sound mercenary. And if you are in the unfortunate situation of having been downsized, stay positive and be as brief as possible about it. If you were fired, you’ll need a good explanation. But once again, stay positive.

3. Tell me what you know about this company.
Do your homework before you go to any interview. Whether it’s being the VP of marketing or the mailroom clerk, you should know about the company or business you’re going to work for. Has this company been in the news lately? Who are the people in the company you should know about? Do the background work, it will make you stand out as someone who comes prepared, and is genuinely interested in the company and the job.

4. Why do you want to work at X Company?
This should be directly related to the last question. Any research you’ve done on the company should have led you to the conclusion that you’d want to work there. After all, you’re at the interview, right? Put some thought into this answer before you have your interview, mention your career goals and highlight forward-thinking goals and career plans.

5. What relevant experience do you have?
Hopefully if you’re applying for this position you have bags of related experience, and if that’s the case you should mention it all. But if you’re switching careers or trying something a little different, your experience may initially not look like it’s matching up. That’s when you need a little honest creativity to match the experiences required with the ones you have. People skills are people skills after all, you just need to show how customer service skills can apply to internal management positions, and so on.

6. If your previous co-workers were here, what would they say about you?
Ok, this is not the time for full disclosure. If some people from your past are going to say you’re a boring A-hole, you don’t need to bring that up. Stay positive, always, and maybe have a few specific quotes in mind. “They’d say I was a hard worker” or even better “John Doe has always said I was the most reliable, creative problem-solver he’d ever met.”

7. Have you done anything to further your experience?
This could include anything from night classes to hobbies and sports. If it’s related, it’s worth mentioning. Obviously anything to do with further education is great, but maybe you’re spending time on a home improvement project to work on skills such as self-sufficiency, time management and motivation.

8. Where else have you applied?
This is a good way to hint that you’re in demand, without sounding like you’re whoring yourself all over town. So, be honest and mention a few other companies but don’t go into detail. The fact that you’re seriously looking and keeping your options open is what the interviewer is driving at.

9. How are you when you’re working under pressure?
Once again, there are a few ways to answer this but they should all be positive. You may work well under pressure, you may thrive under pressure, and you may actually PREFER working under pressure. If you say you crumble like aged blue cheese, this is not going to help you get your foot in the door.

10. What motivates you to do a good job?
The answer to this one is not money, even if it is. You should be motivated by life’s noble pursuits. You want recognition for a job well done. You want to become better at your job. You want to help others or be a leader in your field.

11. What’s your greatest strength?
This is your chance to shine. You’re being asked to explain why you are a great employee, so don’t hold back and stay do stay positive. You could be someone who thrives under pressure, a great motivator, an amazing problem solver or someone with extraordinary attention to detail. If your greatest strength, however, is to drink anyone under the table or get a top score on Mario Kart, keep it to yourself. The interviewer is looking for work-related strengths.

12. What’s your biggest weakness?
If you’re completely honest, you may be kicking yourself in the butt. If you say you don’t have one, you’re obviously lying. This is a horrible question and one that politicians have become masters at answering. They say things like “I’m perhaps too committed to my work and don’t spend enough time with my family.” Oh, there’s a fireable offense. I’ve even heard “I think I’m too good at my job, it can often make people jealous.” Please, let’s keep our feet on the ground. If you’re asked this question, give a small, work-related flaw that you’re working hard to improve. Example: “I’ve been told I occasionally focus on details and miss the bigger picture, so I’ve been spending time laying out the complete project every day to see my overall progress.”

13. Let’s talk about salary. What are you looking for?
Run for cover! This is one tricky game to play in an interview. Even if you know the salary range for the job, if you answer first you’re already showing all your cards. You want as much as possible, the employer wants you for as little as you’re willing to take. Before you apply, take a look at salary.com for a good idea of what someone with your specific experience should be paid. You may want to say, “well, that’s something I’ve thought long and hard about and I think someone with my experience should get between X & Y.” Or, you could be sly and say, “right now, I’m more interested in talking more about what the position can offer my career.” That could at least buy you a little time to scope out the situation. But if you do have a specific figure in mind and you are confident that you can get it, I’d say go for it. I have on many occasions, and every time I got very close to that figure (both below and sometimes above).

14. Are you good at working in a team?
Unless you have the I.Q. of a houseplant, you’ll always answer YES to this one. It’s the only answer. How can anyone function inside an organization if they are a loner? You may want to mention what part you like to play in a team though; it’s a great chance to explain that you’re a natural leader.

15. Tell me a suggestion you have made that was implemented.
It’s important here to focus on the word “implemented.” There’s nothing wrong with having a thousand great ideas, but if the only place they live is on your notepad what’s the point? Better still, you need a good ending. If your previous company took your advice and ended up going bankrupt, that’s not such a great example either. Be prepared with a story about an idea of yours that was taken from idea to implementation, and considered successful.

16. Has anything ever irritated you about people you've worked with?
Of course, you have a list as long as your arm. But you can’t say that, it shows you as being negative and difficult to work with. The best way to answer this one is to think for a while and then say something like “I’ve always got on just fine with my co-workers actually.”

17. Is there anyone you just could not work with?
No. Well, unless you’re talking about murderers, racists, rapists, thieves or other dastardly characters, you can work with anyone. Otherwise you could be flagged as someone who’s picky and difficult if you say, “I can’t work with anyone who’s a Bronco’s fan. Sorry.”

18. Tell me about any issues you’ve had with a previous boss.
Arrgh! If you fall for this one you shouldn’t be hired anyway. The interviewer is testing you to see if you’ll speak badly about your previous supervisor. Simply answer this question with exteme tact, diplomacy and if necessary, a big fat loss of memory. In short, you've never had any issues.

19. Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?
It’s not a very fair question is it? We’d all love to get paid a Trump-like salary doing a job we love but that’s rare indeed. It’s fine to say money is important, but remember that NOTHING is more important to you than the job. Otherwise, you’re just someone looking for a bigger paycheck.

20. Would you rather be liked or feared?
I have been asked this a lot, in various incarnations. The first time I just drew a blank and said, “I don’t know.” That went over badly, but it was right at the start of my career when I had little to no experience. Since then I’ve realized that my genuine answer is “Neither, I’d rather be respected.” You don’t want to be feared because fear is no way to motivate a team. You may got the job done but at what cost? Similarly, if you’re everyone’s best friend you’ll find it difficult to make tough decisions or hit deadlines. But when you’re respected, you don’t have to be a complete bastard or a lame duck to get the job done.

21. Are you willing to put the interests of X Company ahead of your own?
Again, another nasty question. If you say yes, you’re a corporate whore who doesn’t care about family. If you say no, you’re disloyal to the company. I’m afraid that you’ll probably have to say yes to this one though, because you’re trying to be the perfect employee at this point, and perfect employees don’t cut out early for Jimmy’s baseball game.

22. So, explain why I should hire you.
As I’m sure you know, “because I’m great” or “I really need a job” are not good answers here. This is a time to give the employer a laundry list of your greatest talents that just so happen to match the job description. It’s also good to avoid taking potshots at other potential candidates here. Focus on yourself and your talents, not other people’s flaws.

23. Finally, do you have any questions to ask me?
I’ll finish the way I started, with one of the most common questions asked in interviews. This directly relates to the research you’ve done on the company and also gives you a chance to show how eager and prepared you are. You’ll probably want to ask about benefits if they haven’t been covered already. A good generic one is “how soon could I start, if I were offered the job of course.” You may also ask what you’d be working on. Specifically, in the role you’re applying for and how that affects the rest of the company. Always have questions ready, greeting this one with a blank stare is a rotten way to finish your interview. Good luck and happy job hunting.

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UC Berkeley lecture videos on YouTube

Full length lectures from UC Berkeley is now available on YouTube. They have decided to expand their educational direction toward more open and wider audiences. It is great way to expand and it is a great way to provide additional educational opportunities to students. However, for most professionals, they are not as useful, since the offered courses are in fairly elementary topics only. I would love to see more graduate level courses in software as well as hardware related items.

All playlist can be found here.

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Identify the right IPO

When I missed the opportunity to buy some Google or VMWare shares during their Initial Public Offering, I was all bombed out since I did had chance to buy some. Now worry no more. The GigaOM has article 5 Tips To Spot A Hot (or Not) IPO by Kevin Kelleher. He relays 5 great tips to look for to identify plausible the big money making opportunity. Here's the quote of 5 tips:
  1. Pick your key stats. The first thing I
    always look at is in the financial table up high: Does the company have
    an operating profit and, if not, are the losses growing dramatically?
    Some companies go public with losses and do just fine; but more often
    they don’t. Then I check revenue growth rates. Then, a bit further
    down, I look at operating cash flow, and whether that’s growing.

  2. And finally, a rough idea of potential valuation: Often the company
    will put something like a “proposed maximum aggregate offering price”
    on its first page to estimate its registration fees. Divide that by the
    most recent 12-month revenue figure. If it’s more than 8-10 times
    revenue, that’s not great. These help give me coarse picture in a few
    minutes. Your mileage may vary.
  3. Compare new filings with old ones. The “risk
    factors”, “legal proceedings” and “management’s discussion of
    financials” are all important sections, but can go on for pages.
    Comparing the most recent S-1 filing with the original will highlight
    changes that were made in the interim - often at the request of lawyers
    or the insistence of the SEC.You’d be surprised what can come out in
    the highlighted text. I use Microsoft Word’s “compare and merge documents” command, which is kludgey but does the trick. If anyone has a better alternative, please speak up.
  4. Examine the margins.
    Once a company goes public, investors will be scrutinizing whether
    profit margins are rising or falling, so you might as well get a head
    start. There is often a table listing expenses as a percentage of
    revenue, letting you see in a few seconds whether costs are falling,
    and whether margins are rising.If margins are falling, it’s not
    necessarily bad. R&D or marketing costs might be up to plant seeds
    of revenue growth. Look in the management’s discussion to see if you
    buy the reason why. If all costs are up as a percent of revenue, that’s not good.
  5. Follow the money being raised.
    This can be found in the “use of proceeds” section. It’s like the “how
    I will change the world” speeches at beauty pageants. Normally a
    company will say the funds will go to possible acquisitions and general
    purposes like hiring and R& D. The more detail there, the better
    the chances that there’s a focused strategy in place.Recently, some
    companies have used most if not all proceeds from their IPOs to pay
    existing investors a big fat dividend. That’s not necessarily a sign of
    a bad company (VMWare did it) but if it happens with a company that has
    a lot of other red flags in its S-1, it’s a clear warning.
  6. Check out the bosses’ pay.
    Steve Jobs may draw a $1 salary and Larry and Sergey may insist on no
    salary, but they are exceptions. Top executives at companies trying to
    go public often draw between $200,000 and $350,000. Salaries above
    $500,000 - and especially $1 million - can be a warning that managers
    are only in it for the money. Look at the compensation tables in the
    S-1.Another bad sign can be insiders selling the majority of their
    pre-IPO shares, or insiders selling more aggregate shares than the
    company itself is. Still another bad sign is an eleventh-hour plan to
    issue millions of shares to board members and executives right before
    the offering. These can be harder to spot.

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Guides to startup company by Marc Andreessen

While I was reading through my google reader something popped out of no where! It was one of the Pmarca Guide to Startups from Blog.PMARCA.com by Marc Andreessen, former CEO of Opsware which had been purchased by HP for $1.6 billion in cash.

It is a great guide to people who are interested in a startup operation and what is needed to get it started. Here are list of articles that are published so far on this topic.
Additionally, there are couple articles that are being published about Big Companies and what they need to keep their niche.

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Great open source application round up!

The Mashable have done it again. It put together 480+ open source applications which contain almost everything that you would like to do or develop! You can get the full list from article OPEN SOURCE GOD: 480+ Open Source Applications. This open source list contain Accounting to Browser. Almost everything! Take a look.

Among them, most interesting and seems useful is Content Management Systems as shown in the article CMS Toolbox: 80+ Open Source Content Management Systems. Here's couple of the recommended one's.

Joomla - popular, award-winning CMS that will help you build powerful online applications.

XOOPS - extensible, easy to use; ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, blogs, portals and much more.

Drupal - equipped with a powerful blend of features, rich set of modules, very popular.


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Conversion Tools round up for Video, Music, Images, PDF and MORE!

While you are finding your resources on internet, you'll find that there are so many media format that many people uses. However, they are not always using most popular and most common formats which will trouble you when you try to port those media files onto your portable media center devices like iPod, Zune, SmartPhone, and PDA. Most of the tools that you will find will cost you money and most of the time, they are not up to par on what they promises.

Codswallop have put together 101 list of tools that you can use to convert anything that you will find online. Mega tools which does most conversions from one tool is quoted below and full list can be found in the article Conversion Central: 101 Tools to Convert Video, Music, Images, PDF and More.

Mega Tools

There are lots of specialized tools out there, but sometimes you just need one good tool to get the job done. These mega tools are great for general conversions.

  1. Zamzar:
    Zamzar does all sorts of conversions, ranging from documents and images to music and video. In addition to its versatility, this tool boasts the ability to do all of your conversions without downloading software.
  2. SUPER:
    This aptly-named tool offers a simple and efficient way to convert any multimedia file to any format you need. You won’t need to download any additional codecs or deal with any time or function limitations.
  3. CZ Document Converter: CZ Document Converter is a powerful batch document converter. It supports every popular document file you may need, including PDF, HTML, DOC, XLS, and WPS.
  4. Media Convert: This tool is another great all-around converter. It can take files from your computer or a webserver and convert them into pretty much any format. The tool is web based and full of versatility.
  5. Image Converter Plus: Image Converter Plus can professionally convert graphic files, photos, drafts, finance documents, and any image format. It supports more than 120 graphics formats and more than 800 dialects of these formats. You can convert files in a batch while also altering and enhancing images.
  6. Quad-Lock Unit Converter: The Quad-Lock Unit Converter does conversions for more than 650 units. With this all-inclusive library, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

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Free Stock Image for your Web developments

For those of who want to develop their own web page and for your unique design, you are going to need all those wonderful pictures, most of which you find online are copy write protected or will cost you money. Laura Milligan have gathered 100 (Legal) Sources for Free Stock Images for everyone to share and most importantly FREE and LEGAL! You can find the full 100 list from her site but for the most popular pick, they are quoted below:

Most Popular

These resources are some of the most popular free stock image sites on the Web and with good reason. If you’re looking for some mainstream images, these are the first place to try.

  1. FreeFoto:
    FreeFoto.com claims to be “the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet.” They’re available for offline projects as well, as long as you’re not using them to make a profit.
  2. KAVEWALL: Look for images and textures in unique categories like tattoo, smoke, and food.
  3. Digital Dreamer: Free, royalty-free stock images can be found here.
  4. Free Photos Bank: This features a handful of the newest photos in their directory, so check back often.
  5. Free Digital Photos: Find gorgeous, easy-to-download photographs in categories like animals, celebrations, home & garden, and lots more.
  6. PD Photo: Browse through the categories and subcategories in this site’s database, most of which depict the urban and rural landscapes of the United States.
  7. Visipix: Search over a million photographs and fine art pieces.
  8. Cepolina: On cepolina, you can choose to save photos in up to five different formats.
  9. DexHaus: A wide array of beautiful images are found on this well-organized site.
  10. FreeStockImages.net: Chances are you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for on this terrific site.
  11. TurboPhoto: TurboPhoto has 10 categories keep the high res photos easy to find.
  12. Yotophoto: An immensely popular site, Yotophoto is worth checking out.
  13. Stockvault: Search by photo subject or by the newest and most popular photos on Stockvault.
  14. Dreamstime: While most of the photos on this site cost a fee (some as low as $0.26/image), Dreamstime provides a few free stock photos.
  15. Open Stock Photography: This site offers over one million images for you to download and use however you want.

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mysql server password reset in windows

Thanks to codewizard from p2p community forum, reseting password of your mysql server is a breeze. Saved my server once already. =)

The source can be found here.

The procedure under Windows:
Log on to your system as Administrator.
Stop the MySQL server if it is running. For a server that is running as a Windows service, go to the Services manager:

Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services
Then find the MySQL service in the list, and stop it. If your server is not running as a service, you may need to use the Task Manager to force it to stop.

Open a console window to get to the DOS command prompt:

Start Menu -> Run -> cmd

We are assuming that you installed MySQL to `C:\mysql'. If you installed MySQL to another location, adjust the following commands accordingly. At the DOS command prompt, execute this command:

C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqld-nt --skip-grant-tables

This starts the server in a special mode that does not check the grant tables to control access.

Keeping the first console window open, open a second console window and execute the following commands (type each on a single line):

C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqladmin -u root flush-privileges password "newpwd"

C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqladmin -u root -p shutdown

Replace ``newpwd'' with the actual root password that you want to use.

The second command will prompt you to enter the new password for access. Enter the password that you assigned in the first command.
Stop the MySQL server, then restart it in normal mode again. If you run the server as a service, start it from the Windows Services window. If you start the server manually, use whatever command you normally use.

You should now be able to connect using the new password.


Use Xbox as media center with Xbox softmod with XBMC

I have softmodded my classic Xbox in different scheme then what is presented here but this works great as well. This does cost you some money purchasing the related game and action replay kit, however, this is the simplest way to modding your Xbox classic without hassle of installing mod chip. When I modded my Xbox, I used security bypassing scheme from the Xbox hard-drive access. Too bad it was while ago and I lots the link to them.

This material is presented from Lifehacker site with article Transform Your Classic Xbox into a Killer Media Center. Quoted items are as shown below:

Gather the materials

The softmod takes advantage of a game exploit using a saved game you'll
download and move onto your Xbox, so it requires a few specific items.


Here's what you'll need:

  • A classic Xbox (duh)—Those of you without an Xbox
    but interested in building a media center on the cheap, you could
    easily score on on eBay for under $100.

  • An original (not a copy) of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell game.—(Not
    the Pandora's Tomorrow or Chaos Theory versions.) Other games work,
    like Mech Assault and 007: Agent Under Fire, but I used Splinter Cell
    (the Platinum Hits edition) so that's the only one I can vouch for. (I
    had the game already, but there are a ton for sale at Amazon, many for under 10 bucks.)

  • The Action Replay kit—Action Replay is a USB interface
    to an Xbox memory card that lets you load pre-saved, unlocked games and
    cheats onto the card. You see where this is going. I snagged one on Amazon for about $40.

  • A home network router with a free Ethernet port and a network cable. Chances are you've already got one of these. Plug one end of the cable into your router, and the other into your Xbox.

Install the softmod and Xbox Media Center

Once you've got the materials together, you're most of the way there. Onto the modding.

  1. Determine the location of the softmod installer and XBMC downloads.
    Never in my online life have I had to go through such a rigamarole to
    get ahold of files. These Xbox hackers are careful people: in short,
    you have to log onto an IRC channel, issue a command to query the FTP
    server location, and get temporary login details in order to acquire
    the files (the equivalent of finding hidden door and using a secret
    knock). So, using your favorite IRC client (I went with the Chatzilla Firefox extension), type:

    /server irc.efnet.net

    Once connected to EFNet, type:

    /j #xbins


    /msg xbins !list

    You will receive a private message with 2 sets of FTP login details. One is for the softmod installer, the other is for XBMC.


  2. Download and extract the softmod installer and XBMC.
    Whether it's FileZilla, FireFTP, SmartFTP or Transmit, use your
    favorite FTP client to hit up the first file location you got from
    xbins and download the softmod archive, which is located at:

    /XBOX/Console Based Applications/exploits/Packages/Softmod Installer Deluxe/Softmod.Installer.Deluxe.v2.0.Xbox-Hq.rar

    Then, disconnect and login to the second FTP server to grab the XBMC archive, XBMC-2.0.1-FINAL-FAT-T3CH.rar. Using your favorite RAR extractor (I recommend 7-Zip), extract the files to your PC.

  3. Move the saved game exploit onto a memory card with Action Replay.
    Now, break out the Action Replay software that comes on CD in the
    package and install it on your PC. Plug in the USB cable and the 8MB
    memory card that came with it. From your Softmod.Installer.Deluxe.v2.0.Xbox-Hq folder, drag and drop two files into the "PC Database" column of the Action Replay software: the one named SID.Splinter.Cell.v2.0.NTSC.Xbox-Hq.zip, and the one named SID.Splinter.Cell.v2.0.Xbox-Hq.zip.
    (Note: If you're in the US, you'll need the NTSC version of the first
    file; UK folks, go with the PAL version.) That will add a
    "LINUX_Profile" saved game to the Splinter Cell folder, as well as a
    "Linux Installer" folder. Drag and drop the Linux Installer to the
    Memory Card column, as shown (click to enlarge):


  4. Transfer the Linux Installer to your Xbox hard drive.
    Pop the memory card out of the Action Replay kit and plug it into one
    of your Xbox's controllers. Make sure the disc tray is empty and start
    up the 'box. Go into the Memory area and drill down to the controller's
    memory card. When you see the Linux installer saved game, hit the right
    button pad once to select the game, then select "Copy" from the menu to
    copy it to the Xbox's hard drive, as shown.


    Shut down your Xbox and head back to your computer. Repeat the same
    process with the Splinter Cell LINUX_Profile: copy it to your Memory
    Card (you'll have to delete the Linux Installer first, the card isn't
    big enough to accomodate both), then plug the card into the Xbox
    controller, boot up the 'box and copy the saved game to your Xbox's
    hard drive. Turn off the Xbox. Now the magic happens.

  5. Use the Splinter Cell exploit. Insert the Splinter
    Cell game disk into your Xbox, and start the game. When it comes time
    to choose the profile, underneath your regular aliases, you'll see a
    new one named "Linux":


    Select Linux and then select "Check points" (not "Levels"). After a few seconds, Your Xbox will display an UnleashX intro screen and control panel. This is the Linux-based Xbox dashboard, which will look like this:


    Before we hit that magical menu item—Install Softmod—do two things
    first. Hit up the "Create MS Backup" item first, and when that's
    complete, hit the "Create Mod Backup." (Better safe than sorry.)

    Finally, the moment you've been waiting for: select the "Install
    Softmod" menu item. Don't turn off your Xbox during the process, and
    when the status bar completes and disappears, you're all good.

    Now choose "Install UnleashX" from the menu to replace the standard
    Microsoft dashboard with UnleashX permanently. Restart your Xbox and
    pat yourself on the back. UnleashX will boot up instead of the
    Microsoft dashboard, and it's got all sorts of goodies in store for you:


    Using only the UnleashX dashboard and its default apps, you can
    watch DVDs using your controller, and under Applications, you can rip
    DVDs to your Xbox's hard drive. But what we're really interested in is
    its FTP server.

  6. Configure the Xbox's network settings and start the FTP server.
    The first order of business is to get your Xbox talking to your PC so
    you can start transferring files. First make sure your Xbox is plugged
    into your working, online home network router. Then, using the soft pad
    to navigate UnleashX menus and the green A button to select items, go
    to System > Settings > Network. There make sure Enable is set to
    Yes, Type set to DHCP and FTP Server is set to Yes, as shown:


    Note: These are the most common network settings, but yours may differ depending on your home network.

    Restart your Xbox to save your settings. When you boot back up into
    UnleashX, you should see your Xbox's new IP address appear on the lower
    right hand corner of the screen. Take note of it.

  7. Install XBMC on your Xbox. Back at your PC, fire
    up your favorite FTP client and log into your Xbox. The server location
    will be the IP address shown on the UnleashX screen, and your username
    and password will be in the Xbox's network Settings (xbox/xbox, by
    default.) Navigate to /E/Apps/ folder. Back on your local machine, extract the XBMC archive you downloaded, and from the XBMC-2.0.1-FINAL-FAT-T3CH folder you unrar'ed, grab the entire XBMC subfolder and FTP it to the Xbox's /E/Apps/.


    Restart your Xbox. When it's up, navigate to the Applications
    section, and you'll see Xbox Media Center listed. Select it to launch.


Revel in how much you rule

From here you get treated to XBMC's beautiful and (mostly) intuitive
interface for navigating your Videos, Music, and Pictures.


To access your media library, you can either move files onto the
Xbox hard drive itself (which has its size limits), or browse and play
media on a shared drive on your network. Using Windows
built-in sharing (or Mac OS X's Windows Sharing), you can use XBMC's
SMB (Samba) support to play videos that you record with your PC's
capture card in the den or download via BitTorrent from the Mac in the
bedroom. As you'll see, XBMC is very configurable and full of useful

Check out a quick screenshot tour of XBMC goodness below:

My XBMC has only been online for a few hours so I've only scratched the surface here.

References and thanks

This has to be the zillionth Xbox softmod tutorial that's ever been
posted online, and I have to thank all the forum users and prior
tutorial writers for providing the information I needed to get the job
done. However, the two best references that finally got me off my duff
and really held my hand through the process include:

  • Modding the Xbox in 10 minutes [Techfreaks]—great, thorough howto that only lacked information on using ActionReplay.

  • XBMC Wiki—the comprehensive resource for working your XBMC. I'm still pawing through this wiki customizing my new media center.

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Business related blogs for business oriented people

The Unusual Business Ideas That Work put together a 10 Business Blogs You Should Be Reading. If you believe you have ultimate entrepreneur mind I guess you do not need what other people thinks. However, if you still would like to see how minds of some other business people think and act, these would provide you good reading every day. Quote from the blog is listed below:

1. JohnChow.com

Look, John Chow is a marketing fiend. He is genious about promoting his blog and making money from it. This August alone he made over seventeen grand from the blog. And it's not even his major revenue source.

2. Madconomist.com

Madconomist isn't really a business blog. In fact, it's a collection of weird stories that gives you amazing insight into the weird world of economics. It's the only blog that explains why the price of fossilized walrus penis has fallen by 50%, how women are hardwired to prefer pink or learn 237 reasons for sex.

3. Big Damn Blog

John Carlton is one of the world's best direct mail copywriters. He is known as the best marketer of golf-related stuff and the co-author of Operation Moneysuck concept.

4. The Gary Halbert Letter

Unfortunatelly Gary has died earlier this year. However, his newsletter archive is still online. I suggest you read first newsletters first (scroll down). It's one of the most insightful and enjoyable business blogs you'll ever get to read (if you don't know who Gary Halbert is or rather was - just google his name).

5. Uncommon Business Blog

This blog collects stories of unusual businesses. Some are pretty wacky. Every day there is a new post.

6. Duct Tape Marketing

John Jantsch's Duct Tape Marketing has excellent podcast section that features folks like Seth Godin or Scott Ginsberg, as well as some new lesser known marketers.

7. John Jeese's Blog

Hey, it's the third John I recommend you read. What's that about Johns and internet marketing?

8. Bob Bly's Blog

Robert Bly is a copywriter as well. I like his no-nonsense-show-me-the-money approach to creating killer sales pitches and web copy. Oh, and his rants on brands and branding are awesome.

9. Domain Name Blog

This one is fairly new, but I like reading about domain names as a business and this is a great source for such information.

10. Niche Geek

Another great blog that specifically targets niche businesses. Some great articles are "The Psychology of the $14,000 Handbag", "Why You Are A Fool If You Believe In Coming Web 2.0 Crash" and "Is Hef really having a better time at the Playboy Mansion than you are at home?"

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How to build your own Social Network site in a jiffy!

The TechCrunch put together the great list of DIY (Do It Yourself) capable social network site build platform providers. Obviously, you can build one yourself from scratch, but who really wants to waste their time coding from the beginning when you can simply use some of the great API and clickable building site as provided in this list White Label Social Networking Platforms. Best of all, all these sites does provide base line product for free!

The original article can be found in 9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Network and the summary of the information is quoted below:

Ning (which means “peace” in Chinese, in case you were wondering) currently provides by a wide margin the best platform for setting up fully functional and visually appealing social networks from scratch.

KickApps is targeted more at web developers (and companies with web developers on staff) who want to incorporate social networking features into their existing websites without going through the hassle of coding and maintaining those features on their own.

CrowdVine may not be pretty or intricate but it’s not meant to be. Until recently a one-man show embodied by Tony Stubblebine, CrowdVine provides the simplest, most basic solution for those looking to set up their own social network.

Representatives for GoingOn (still in beta) admit that their site is ugly (and, I should add, quite disorganized), but appearances tend to mask the potential of this company’s platform, which is intended to straddle the divide between those of Ning and KickApps.

CollectiveX is a borderline white label social network platform. Its questionability arises from its orientation around exclusive groups (”groupsite” being its word for “network”) and from its very narrow range of customization options. Additionally, members of a CollectiveX group cannot friend each other, so it lacks a basic feature of virtually every social network (apparently, it is presumed that everyone within a group knows each other).

Me.com, which runs on top of software called SNAPP, is the MySpace of white label social networking platforms (and I mean that derogatorily). The idea, as with Ning, is to set up a network in a minimal number of steps. However, each of Me.com’s themes is an eyesore and, worse, the organization of elements throughout the default network is horrible. If you like this MySpace approach to user interface design, then you’ll be right at home. I, for one, get a headache just looking at the thing.

Broadband Mechanics’ PeopleAggregator is an experiment in building social networks around open standards so that people can easily move between networks, whether or not those networks are run by the same owners or contain the same features.

Haystack, a Cerado product, is a social networking utility that is even more stripped down than CrowdVine. Networks (or “haystacks”) built on this platform are very simple, both visually and functionally. The main features consist only of profiles and group blogging.

ONEsite, a subsidiary of the hosting company Catalog.com, provides a hybrid social networking/website hosting solution. They allow you to mask your social network’s URL so that it meshes with an existing website, but they won’t offer you their free social networking solution unless you buy a domain with them. In the limited time of this study, we weren’t able to set up a network of our own.

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Understanding Microprocessors

The arstechnica site have very good overview and underlying theories on how microprocessor works. The articles also covers different processor architectures. Here are list of his articles:

Inside the PowerPC 970, Part II (5/2003)
Introduction to 64-bit Computing and x86-64 (3/2003)
Understanding Pipelining and Superscalar Execution (12/2002)
Understanding the Microprocessor (12/2002)
Understanding Bandwidth and Latency (11/2002)
A Brief Look at the PowerPC 970 (10/2002)
The Future of x86 (6/2000)
DNA Computing (4/2000)
Playstation 2's Emotion Engine (3/2000)
HP's Dynamo (3/2000)
Joshua Revealed (2/2000)
Sun's MAJC and IA-64 (8/99)
RISC vs. CISC: The Post-RISC Era (8/99)
Into the K7: introduction to the new architecture (7/99)
The dual Celeron explained (6/99)
Clocking and hacking the BX chipset (6/99)
Behind the benchmarks: SPEC, GFLOPS, MIPS, et al (4/99)
CPU preview for early '99 (1/99)
Understanding CPU caching II (12/98)
Overclocking Myths: of yields and electromigration (12/98)

The KLAT2 Supercomputer (6/2000)
Cooling the BX Chipset (7/99)
The AMD Athlon: Intel's Paranoia Realized (7/99)
SMP smackdown: The God Box vs. the Nerd Box (7/99)
A brief history of clock: Overclocking mechanics (4/99)
SIMD shootout: K6-III vs. Pentium III (4/99)
The PII goes SECC2 (4/99)
Anatomy of a re-marked Pentium II (3/99)
Pentium III: Slot One Battle Royale (2/99)
300A or not 300A? (1/99)
Celeron + Mendocino = Overclocking lust (8/98)
The Pentium Pro: Why it still rocks (11/98)
FAQ: Celeron overclocking (11/98)

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All that you need to start PHP programming

Now that I have to work on generation of some web pages, I was looking into using PHP to be used for the site that I'm building. If you have done some scripting/programming before, this seems quite easy. As an added bonus, ZEND Developer Zone put together a great tutorials in PHP 101: PHP For the Absolute Beginner as quoted below.

Additionally, there are some tips and tricks listed in the following two articles that you want to take a look at. 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about PHP and 15 Cool Things About PHP That Most People Overlook shows you some mind boggling tips that can help you program PHP. Now go start building your site! =)

PHP 101 (part 1): Down the Rabbit Hole [July 17, 2004]
An introduction to PHP’s variables and operators.

PHP 101 (part 2): Calling All Operators [July 18, 2004]
The rest of the PHP operators (there are many), and simple form processing.

PHP 101 (PART 3): Looping the Loop [July 19, 2004]
Basic control structures explained.

PHP 101 (PART 4): The Food Factor [July 20, 2004]
Arrays, PHP array functions, and what it all means.

PHP 101 (PART 5): Rank and File [July 21, 2004]
Everything you’re ever likely to need to know about dealing with external files from a PHP script.

PHP 101 (PART 6): Functionally Yours [July 28, 2004]
All about functions, arguments, passing by reference, globals and scope.

PHP 101 (PART 7): The Bear Necessities [August 07, 2004]
A gentle introduction to object oriented programming in PHP 4 and PHP 5.

PHP 101 (PART 8): Databases and Other Animals [August 31, 2004]
All about connecting to a MySQL database from PHP, using the mysql or mysqli extensions.

PHP 101 (PART 9): SQLite My Fire! [September 16, 2004]
Introducing another database: SQLite.

PHP 101 (part 10): A Session In The Cookie Jar [October 3, 2004]
Sessions and cookies – how to keep track of visitors to your site.

PHP 101 (part 11): Sinfully Simple [October 3, 2004]
An introduction to PHP’s easiest method for dealing with XML.

PHP 101 (part 12): Bugging Out [January 30, 2005]
Basic error handling.

PHP 101 (part 13): The Trashman Cometh [February 27, 2005]
A primer in basic security.

PHP 101 (part 14): Going to the Polls [March 8, 2005]
Putting the pieces together – a first Web application.

PHP 101 (part 15): No News is Good News [June 4, 2005]
Creating a simple RSS news aggregator.

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