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A story of vBulletin, SMF and a revamped forum

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

vBulletin LogoWell, I finally did it. I forked over the $ to buy vBulletin. Here’s the story.

On Sunday, I decided to update my installation of SMF, the forum software I was previously using. The update went fairly well, I reinstalled my modifications and all looked good. The only problem (and I didn’t realize it at the time) was that there was an error in one of the script files that didn’t allow anyone to post anything. Now that’s not good.



Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

I’m kinda into logic and puzzles. So I found this puzzle on the internet, and since it was harder to solve than what I first realized, I thought I’d run through the process I used to solve it. I believe the puzzle to be created by Jerome R. Breitenbach and can be found in it’s original state on this page.

To begin with, here’s the premise:

In a particular apartment complex, five different people–Arnie, Bernice, Chip, Daniel, and Elizabeth–live in five different apartments–A, B, C, D, and E–that are contiguous and ordered alphabetically. Each person owns a different pet–aardvark, badger, crocodile, dolphin, or egret. Each person prefers a different drink–ale, beer, coffee, dry martini, or espresso. And, each person participates in a different sport–arm wrestling, baseball, car racing, diving, or equestrian. Also:

  • Each person lives next-door to a person having a gender that is different than their own.
  • For each person, the first letter of their name, apartment, pet, drink, and sport are all different.
  • For each person, the number of letters (spaces not included) in their name, apartment, pet, drink, and sport are all different.

Question: Who participates in the sport of equestrian, and what does the owner of the dolphin drink?

Give it a try yourself, and see if you come up with the same answer as me. When you’re ready, take a look at my solution.

Let’s begin walking through the solution…