The Real Patriot's Day: Dawn Salute at Buttrick Hill in Concord

This morning I had the opportunity to attend the annual Remembrance Ceremony held on April 19th at Buttrick Hill in Concord, MA, adjacent to the North Bridge. The event heralds the arrival of Samual Prescott on horseback at the North Bridge to warn the hundreds of militia of the pending arrival of British troops from Boston on the morning of April 19, 1775, and the ensuing start of the Revolutionary War.

Its not often that I'm awake at 5am, but I was pleased to find the event well worth my effort. The ceremony lasted about 30 minutes from the cries of "Samuel Prescott" galloping across the bridge until then the end of the dawn salute with blazing muskets by the resident militia.

For some additional photos from another spectator, including some very nice photos of Dr. Prescott on horseback, see these.

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Teye and Belen, Flamenco at Club Passim

Last weekend my wife and I spent a fantastic evening watching and listening to Teye, a dutch flamenco guitarist, and his Spanish wife Belen, a dancer from Sevilla. Club Passim sits unnoticed in a Harvard Square alley, half sunken but with many windows to let in the light on the lower level. The atmosphere was small and friendly as though one were in a living room, and Teye was eager to chat. Belen began by accompanying the guitar while seated on a percussion box - a cajon - where she slapped out the staccato rhythms of Flamenco. From there she leaped into brilliant dance, strutting, twirling, and tapping her way into what seemed like a frenzy. Teye's guitar playing was equally hypnotic while his hands were all a blur as he thrashed the strings. If you have an opportunity to see them perform, you must.

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My First Print Photo Publication is a Magazine Cover

Cover Photo

Shortly after publishing a collection of photos in the online Concord Magazine, the Editor of the New England Print & Publisher magazine contacted me to request that I submit some area photographs for the cover of the upcoming April 2006 edition.

Initially he suggested that I submit new photos of the Spring season, but when I shared some of my existing photos from last fall he latched on this night shot of Concord Center. He requested to crop it down to a vertical shot appropriate for the cover, so I agreed.

Embedding License in Digital Photo with XMP MetaDataThere was no monetary compensation for the use of my photo, although I'm quite happy with crossing the threshold from amateur to professional photographer. I released the photo under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Here's how to embed license and copyright data into a digital photograph using XMP with Adobe Bridge or Adobe Photoshop CS2.

This photo was one of my three entries in a local photo contest in Concord.

Concord Community Swim Center Opens

From the Concord Journal:

"The crowd in attendance for the opening of The Beede Center gave some sense of the people involved and interested over the decade-long process to bring a swim and fitness center to Concord.

About 400 residents turned out for the event, which was held on a sunny April 2 afternoon at the newly christened pool and fitness center at 498 Walden St. ...

Inside, the modern facility features cardiovascular workout stations, each equipped with its own monitor television, a weight area, and, as the name suggests, pools and pools and pools. There is one Olympic-sized lap pool, a heated therapeutic pool, a shallow childrens pool including sprays and fountains, and a diving well - all aquatic needs are now met locally, and without sharing pond life or unguarded areas at local swimming holes."


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Website Design Professional Training on DVD

TotalTraining.com has released a great line-up of DVD video lessons including Advanced Dreamweaver 8 and Extreme Website Makeover. Read about how much I like training from this company.

Master Collection: Total Training for Advnced Dreamweaver 8
This design training helps you go beyond the basics and dive into the advanced capabilities of the industry-leading web design tool. Efficiently layout, develop, and maintain standards-based web sites with the industry-leading tool.


Total Training for Website Design - Extreme Website Makeover
These video tutorials equip you with the skills necessary to turn an ordinary website into one thats content-rich using popular web design and development tools: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Contribute, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Computer Security Program at Stanford

Computer Security, Stanford
Today I was notified by the Program Manager for the Stanford Center for Professional Development that I've successfully met the requirements for the Computer Security Certificate Program, and my certificate is being processed. The online program consists of three courses:


  • Computer Security Principles
  • Introduction to Cryptography
  • Secure Programming Techniques


The Cryptography course was the most interesting, and now I have a better understanding of block ciphers and stream ciphers in symmetric key cryptology, as well as differences between symmetric key standards such as DES, 3DES, AES, and RC4. I also learned more about asymmetric cryptology including RSA, how a buffer overflow attack works and how to code to avoid them, and more about hashing algorithms MD5 and sha1.

The Stanford program built on related knowledge I've accumulated over the years of working with web technology and from other courses including Network Security at Brandeis, Networking and Security Administration at Red Hat, and Intro to Cryptology Bootcamp at BNUG.

My First Photo Contest, A Main Street Point of View

The Concord Museum called me this week to let me know that I won the photo contest for A Main Street Point of View. This weekend I visited the museum's Brooke Hall to see my photos on display, where they will remain for the duration of the museum's exhibit of the same name as the contest. My prize was a gift certificate to Anderson Photo, the cosponsor of the contest, along with a few museum passes to give out. Here's a litte more background about the contest.

There were only nine photographers contributing to the show, but it was my first photo contest so I'm very proud anyway.

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Stacking up the IT Certificates

If you're in Massachusetts, you might want to know that the Boston chapter of the IEEE is holding a 21 hour course on an Introduction to Java Servlets and JSPs, using Head First Servlets & JSP as a guide. This local chapter of the IEEE has a fantastic continuing education program. This Servlet and JSP class will run on Monday nights from late April to May at the Sheraton in Lexington, right off Rt 128. The price is very reasonable at around $550, a bargain at less than $22/hour.

The course perfectly complements the Java and J2EE certificate program that I'm taking at Boston University on other nights. In fact, the IEEE course on Servlets and JSP overlaps with the BU classes on JSP and Servlets.

Using these complementary courses to propel me, I expect to take the Sun Certified Developer and Sun Certified Web Component Developer exams at the end of June.

In mid-April I'll retake the hottest certificate exam, the RHCE. (Update: Mission Accomplished!)

In May I'm scheduled to finally attend the Moving Up to ColdFusion MX 7 and Advanced ColdFusion MX 7 at RemoteSite Training, and I'll follow that up with the ColdFusion MX 7 certificate exam, too. This will be the first time I've had ColdFusion development classes since 2000 with Fast Track and Advanced CF4.5.

On a couple upcoming weekends I'll be taking the Stanford Computer Security Certificate Program, an 8 hour online course in Computer Security Principles, Introduction to Cryptography, and Secure Programming Techniques. The course is concluded with an online exam.

Once these Server and Programming courses are over, I'll add to my 40 hours of Photoshop CS2 training from TotalTraining and try to knock out an Adobe Photoshop ACE certificate this summer or fall.

I feel like I've been progressing well on many related technologies, ... getting my ducks lined up, so to speak. This will be the year to knock them all in.

Screenshots of installing RDS Plugin for Eclipse

Eclipse_RDS_Plugin_Install_4.jpg

Given the confusion surrounding the download and installation of the RDS Plugin for Eclipse and Flex Builder 2, I've put together a series of screenshots demonstrating the process on my Mac.

Hopefully, this set will help familiarize you with the RDS plugin if you haven't used it yet.

Unrecognized deployment: file:/C:/CFusionMX/

If the ColdFusion MX root directory is missing the META-INF directory, then the following errors may occur:

Error shown in browser

view plain print about
1Server Error
2Either the macromedia server is unreachable or does not have mapping to process a request


Warning found in default-event.log
view plain print about
1Starting Macromedia JRun 4 (Build 63824), default server
2info JRun Naming Service listening on *:2901
3Starting ColdFusion services...
4- Starting logging...
50 [main] INFO coldfusion.server - Starting logging...
6info JRun Web Server listening on *:8500
7info JRun Proxy Server listening on *:51010
8warning Deployer Service failed to deploy file:/C:/CFusionMX/
9 * Unrecognized deployment: file:/C:/CFusionMX/
10Server default ready (startup time: 10 seconds)


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