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Exploring NetApp Simulate ONTAP

NetApp Simulate ONTAP is a simulator for running Data ONTAP software. It has been available for a number of years to NetApp customers and partners, and is readily obtainable (unofficially) from any number of websites. It enables you to test most features of Data ONTAP 7-Mode or Cluster-Mode, and is an excellent tool for learning about the features of Data ONTAP. There have been various versions of Simulate ONTAP over the years. Initially it had to be installed on a Red Hat or SuSE Linux platform but over the years more Linux distributions were added. Nowadays Simulate ONTAP is also

Tooltips in Boonex Dolphin 7

Tooltips are implemented in the Boonex Dolphin 7 social network software but are not documented. Moreover, they are not called tooltips in Dolphin 7 nor are they implemented using the fairly common paradigm of converting the (X)HTML title attribute into a stylized tooltip as is done by the TipTip jQuery plugin and others. This post describes how they are implemented in Dolphin 7 and how they can be configured and stylized. Here is an example of a tooltip in Dolphin 7: Tooltips are implemented using JavaScript and a non-native attribute called float_info. Here is an example of this attribute being

Update Twitter Status using PHP and OAuth

Prior to Twitter requiring the use of OAuth to authenticate a user, it was possible to update your status on Twitter using PHP and your Twitter username and password credentials. Probably the most popular way to do this was to use Curl as shown in the following example: <?php $username = ‘your_twitter_username’; $password = ‘your_twitter_password’; $message = ‘Using PHP and curl to update my status’; $url = ‘http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml’; $curl_handle = curl_init(); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POST, 1); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "status=$message"); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_USERPWD, "$username:$password"); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_URL, "$url"); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 2); curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); $status = curl_exec($curl_handle); curl_close($curl_handle); print_r($status); ?> This method of authentication using

Adding Discrete Height Selection to Boonex Dolphin

Boonex’s Dolphin is a popular PHP/MySQL-based community software package which has been around for a number of years. It’s roots go back nearly 10 years to aeWebWorks and AEdating. As part of each user’s profile, it includes the ability to store a user’s height. Unfortunately the granularity of the select box options for a user’s height is poor. Here is the relevant part of the MySQL load script which sets up the user height selection values: INSERT INTO `sys_pre_values` VALUES(‘Height’, ‘1’, 1, ‘__4”7″ (140cm) or below’, ”, ”, ”, ”, ”); INSERT INTO `sys_pre_values` VALUES(‘Height’, ‘2’, 2, ‘__4”8″ – 4”11″