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About brucewampler

I've had a long and varied careen in the computer industry. I taught computer science at the University of New Mexico for nearly 15 years. I founded two successful computer software companies. I wrote the first spelling checker and first grammar checkers for personal computers. I've lived in Glenwood Springs for 10 years. My wife, Trina, grew up here, and I've been coming to Glenwood since 1977. My kids have attended the local public schools, and have had a great experience. My son, Van, will be attending the University of Colorado starting in the fall of 2007, and my daughter is a Sophomore at Glenwood Springs High School. I've been on the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education for almost 5 years. Working with our kids, teachers, schools, principals, administrators, and the Roaring Fork community has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

Adding Virtual Hosts to Ubuntu Apache

Now that I have Ubuntu installed and the Apache server working, I need to configure some Virtual Hosts. I have several names registered at that all point to the same IP. Right after you get Apache going, it defaults … Continue reading

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Adding LAMP to Ubuntu Desktop

OK, next step, adding the “AMP” (Apache, MySql, PHP) to the “L” (Linux) in the desktop version of Ubuntu 8.10. I’m actually writing this as I do this, so what I say now might turn out to need tweaking. But, … Continue reading

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Building A Fresh Mac/Ubuntu Development Platform

As I said in my previous post, I’m going to build a fresh development platform. Part of this was prompted by the fact that my old installation started having some issues, and that the latest VMWare Fusion for the Mac … Continue reading

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New projects – WordPress-based websites

Ok, looks like the AWS stuff won’t be happening anymore. Just didn’t have the energy to keep going on a new project of that scale. So now what? Well, my son has a band, and it is very good. Good … Continue reading

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Summer’s over

Okay, I have to admit I pretty much took the summer off. But now I’m back to work. So, there should be some more entries to follow fairly soon.

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My New Open Source Library for Amazon SimpleDB

My last post was about Amazon Web Services. I’ve spent the last week getting up to real speed with SimpleDB, their data base product. Actually, AWS is really bleeding edge now. Some of their major components, including SimpleDB, are still … Continue reading

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Amazon Web Services

I’ve decided that Amazon Web Services is the only (currently) sane way do develop a web site today, especially if one expects/hopes that the site might generate high traffic. If you haven’t heard about it, check it out at … Continue reading

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Building a new web site

OK – I’m going to restart my blog here from scratch. I’ve dumped all the old stuff, and will now blog about some of the things I’m learning as I build a new, modern web site. Part of this will … Continue reading

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You may have heard a couple of new terms: digital native, and digital immigrant. Anyone born after 1985 or so is probably a digital native – they’ve grown up with computers all around. The rest of us have had to … Continue reading

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