Project 6 – Computer Science Practicum

My how time flies!

An update is in order. I have temporarily postponed the Top Secret Project for the sake of a different project.

As I am enrolled in an on-going degree program in Computer Science, I have a course this semester that has required an extensive amount of time and resources. This course requires that I work with a team of peers to develop a project selected by our professor.

Our project, Project 6, has been a work in progress since January. The latest release is v0.3 and is currently on our test server. There is much work to be done before the final product can be released.

I was new to PHP, MySQL, and AJAX up until I began this project. But now, since this project, I have improved dramatically in my knowledge of these languages.

I may post further updates as time allows.

I am not sure of who the copyright will belong to when this project is all said and done. But if we are able to release it as open source, probably under the GNU/GPL, then I will leave more detailed information at that time.

Tumor Removal – The Language Bar

You know that annoying little set of icons that appear on your taskbar near your clock every time you log into Windows? The one with the microphone and a box with a big question mark?

Simply right clicking and going to toolbars then unchecking “Language bar” will only temporarily cure this problem.

Well now you can kiss it goodbye!
Here’s how to remove this pesky tumor, permanently*!

  • Access your Control Panel
              (Start Menu -> Control Panel OR
              (Start Menu ->) My Computer -> Control Panel)
  • Click on “Regional and Language Options
              A new window will open
  • Click on the “Languages” Tab (near the top)
  • Under the section “Text services and input languages” click on the “Details” Button
              A new window will pop open
  • Near the bottom you will see a button called “Language Bar…” Click it.
              Another small window will pop open
  • Uncheck “Show the language bar on the desktop
              This prevents it from displaying automatically
              (unless you decide to use it again)
  • Click “OK” (closes that window)
  • Click “OK” again (closes another one)
  • Finally Click “Apply” and then “OK” (closes the last window)

There you have it, the tumor has been removed!

*Now for the Chemotherapy to permanently prevent it from returning
This is simple, and if you prefer to, you can just do this from the start and save yourself from the hassle.

  • Click “Start” then “Run
              a window will open (the run prompt)
  • Enter Regsvr32.exe /u msutb.dll
  • Click “OK
              The window will close and your problem is gone forever**!

msutb.dll is the key here. This command (note the /u) removes it from the registry so it cannot be accessed by the system.

**No wait, I Want it back!

  • Click “Start” then “Run
              a window will open (the run prompt)
  • Enter Regsvr32.exe msutb.dll
  • Click “OK
              The window will close and your Language Bar is back!

again msutb.dll is the key to this, Regsvr32.exe will add msutb.dll back to the registry so it may be accessed by the system.

Top Secret Project – Phase 3

Status: In Progress

Name: Prepare for Launch

Make necessary preparations to be prepared for official launch of this site. This includes making changes to themes and appearance of the site as well as adding initial content.

Estimated Time to Complete:
2nd week of January, 2008. — Originally I wanted to Launch the site by January 1st, 2008. However, this was unrealistic since I have such a busy schedule and this is just a project and so far does not amount to a paycheck.

I have a lot to do to get this ready, and I need to have it up and running before Winter semester begins.

Top Secret Project – Phase 2

Status: Complete!

Name: Installation of Linux

Download and burn the installation CD of Ubuntu Linux and install the operating system on my notebook computer.

Time to Complete:
It took about 10 hours to download and burn the disk, and about 30 minutes to install.

Ubuntu was installed and ran great without any problems! There were problems, however, with Windows! This was not the fault of Ubuntu, but rather mine. More will be explained about this at a later time. If I remember I will post a link to that article here.

Top Secret Project – Phase 1

Status: Complete!

Name: Initialize Website

Description: Obtain a domain name and web-host and install a blog for communicating updates and other vital information.

Time to Complete: It took about 2 or 3 weeks from the time I finalized my decision to pursue this project.

Notes: This project is called “Top Secret” because I chose early on only to reveal the details of this project to a select group of individuals. More details will be revealed as time progresses.

…the cure for what ails you…

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