Daily Archives: 2 July 2004

Step by Step

Not much going on right now other than listening to some
patriotic songs from iTunes (Independence Day here in the US is
July 4th) while I work on correcting the problems with the PERL
scripts. The webmaster got around to changing the permissions
on one PERL script yesterday so I was able to change the path
therein, thus fixing the problem with our voting page in about
10 minutes.

Now I need to persuade him to do the same to the search
engine script so I can change the path there. By the way, yes
the problem was the paths. My best guess is the directory where
our intraweb site was stored was sym-linked to another
directory. By deleting the link and creating a new directory
the absolute path, of course, changed. Hence, the scripts which
use absolute paths all failed.

I know where the changes need to be made, the problem is
getting the webmaster to alter the permissions on the files so
that I can make those updates.

Baby steps. That’s how government works. Baby steps.

Monday is a holiday so I will see you folks back here on

Have a Great (Long) Weekend Everyone –

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for
one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected
them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth,
the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and
of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions
of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which
impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights,
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most
likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed,
will dictate that Governments long established should not be
changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all
experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to
suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a
long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off
such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security. —