Archive | January, 2010

java.sql.Date is not a real date

java.sql.Date stores only date information, not times. Converting a java.util.Date into a java.sql.Date will silently set the time to midnight. To store the date and time values to be manipulated (e.g. cases when you’re trying to calculate the Epoch/ UNIX time) as java.util.Date objects try using the following:

preparedStatement.setTimestamp(1, new java.sql.Timestamp(date.getTime()));

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Kalambo Consulting

I recently had to setup a WordPress site for an accounting professional who wanted his own web presence. The overall scope of the project included registering the domain name, managing the hosting of the site, setting up WordPress, utilizing a custom theme from the theme gallery, and setting up the taxonomy (categories) and folksonomy (tags) for the site. The primary plugins that were used include:

Fluency Admin – to provide a more user friendly admin screen.

Capability Manager – to manage the roles and capabilities for each user of the site.

Contact Form 7 – to manage the custom contact form used on the site.

Service Catalogs in the Education Sector

As a result of a project I’m involved with at work, I’ve recently become intimately familiar with a framework called ITIL. In essence, ITIL, short for  Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is  a set of recommended practises for managing information technology infrastructure, processes, operations and development. From a very high level, the beauty of implementing ITIL is that an organization now has a way to effectively categorize the list of services it offers and more importantly procedures on how to handle new requests from customers, or reports of problems.

Education Industry:

British Columbia Institute of Technology  – http://www.bcit.ca/its/services/

California Department of Technology Services – http://www.servicecatalog.dts.ca.gov/ http://www.servicecatalog.dts.ca.gov/sbcs.asp

Central Piedmont Community College – http://www1.cpcc.edu/its/its-service-catalog

Clemson – http://ccit.clemson.edu/services/service_catalog/

Illinois Department of Central Management Services http://bccs.illinois.gov/ITCatalog/default.htm

Medical College of Georgia – http://www.mcg.edu/itss/services/index.htm

National Institute of Health CIT – http://cit.nih.gov/ProductsAndServices/ServiceCatalog/

Nevada Department of Information Services – http://doit.nv.gov/DoITServices.htm

North Harris Montgomery Community College District – http://dstc.nhmccd.edu/60427/

Purdue University – http://www.itap.purdue.edu/infrastructure/catalog/index.cfm?page=profile

Stanford – http://www.stanford.edu/dept/its/

State of Kansas- http://www.da.ks.gov/disc/services/ServiceCatalogV7.pdf

State of Maine Office of Information Technology – http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=oit_news&id=41606&v=ViewArticle

State of Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology – http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?agency=OETweb&id=-536890274

State of North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services – http://www.its.state.nc.us/ServiceCatalog/index.asp

SUNY/Buffalo – http://www-local.cse.buffalo.edu/Consulting/

University of California Santa Cruz- http://its.ucsc.edu/service_catalog/

University of Kansas – http://www.technology.ku.edu/services/category.shtml

University of Massachusetts / Dartmouth- http://www.umassd.edu/cits/services/servicecatalog.cfm

University of New Mexico – http://its.unm.edu/servicecatalog/

University of New South Wales – http://www.its.unsw.edu.au/services/cat/central_services.html

University of Rhode Island – http://podcast.uri.edu/~helpdesk/wiki/index.php/Help_Desk_Service_Catalog

University of San Francisco – http://www.usfca.edu/its/catalog/index.html

Windows 7 Admin Mode

A nice tip from Paul Thurrott regarding a hidden feature in Windows 7. In essence, following the instructions below provides you with an easy way to update a number of settings in Windows 7.

To enable it:

  1. Create a new folder on your desktop (i.e. Right-click and click on New Folder).
  2. Right-click on the folder and click on Rename
  3. Copy and paste the following as the file name:SuperAdmin.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    (As a side note, you can replace SuperAdmin with any other word of your choice)
  4. Double click on the folder and you should see the following list of choices: