Skydome Images (Compiz Fusion/Beryl)

I found this post at my old blog and thought it would be worth reposting; these are cool skydome images and/or great widescreen wallpapers. Click on the images to download the full-size version.

(Note: I forgot who made these originally a long time ago; if these are your images, please send me a note and I’ll be happy to attribute them to you!)

Making XAMPP (Apache) work with IIS on Windows XP/Vista

Update: This application will help you track down which applications are using which ports on Windows – very helpful for debugging if the steps below don’t solve your problem, or if IIS is not the only application answering on port 80:

Also, if you don’t specifically need all the features of XAMPP, but would like to run PHP/MySQL applications through IIS, give Web Platform Installer a try. Through WPI, you can choose to install PHP directly within IIS (so that IIS can serve both ASP.NET and PHP applications on port 80, for example) and you can also have a ton of applications installed and configured automatically for you, such as Drupal, WordPress, and Moodle (among many others). However, if you are still looking to run XAMPP specifically, or just run an Apache instance along with IIS, check out the instructions below. Thanks for visiting!

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YouTube – Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

YouTube – Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit

words:irrational – Pick of the Week

Woo-hoo! One of my photos was picked for the “Pick of the Week: Photo Edition”, thanks to A. Marques on Flickr! Here’s a screencap of the post; my photo is third from the left in the first row!


In case you’re interested, here’s my photo:

And here’s the “Pick of the Week” blog post at words:irrational (