February 9, 2016

Climbing Magazine’s 2015 Golden Piton Awards

Climbing Magazine has just announced their 2015 Golden Piton Award winners. According to their web site: -

Climbing Magazine 2015 Golden Piton AwardsSponsor-laden Instagram posts, video clips, and news blips come and go, but some climbing achievements truly are destined for immortality. Each January, Climbing re-examines the past 12 months of great ascents around the world and chooses a few standouts for our top honor: the Golden Piton Awards.

For 2015 we’ve selected eight climbs and remarkable climbers to celebrate. Without further ado: Climbing’s 14th annual Golden Piton Awards.

This is a really good selection of the top climbers and climbs and has made me aware of some climbers that I didn’t know about.

Ashima Shiraishi is a 14 year old climber who has gone from strength to strength this year. What stands out for me this year is her double gold at the 2015 IFSC World Youth Championships and becoming the youngest athlete to send a 9a+ route.

The climb of the Dawn Wall by Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell was something I also followed quite closely. I got to see glimpses of the climb as its featured in the Reel Rock 10 video but I’m looking forward to the day they release a full feature film since what’s shown in Reel Rock is just a snippet.

As for Will Gadd, being the first person to ice climb Niagara Falls is an amazing accomplishment and quite unlikely to be repeated, firstly because it’s normally illegal to do it and secondly because the freezing conditions that caused the ice build up this year were also quite unique.

Daniel Woods ascent of the first v16 Boulder problem "The Process" also captured in the Reel Rock 10 film has certainly taken bouldering to new heights. More recently it was good to watch him and Megan Mascarenas competing at US Nationals this year.

I’m wondering if these climbers actually receive a "golden piton" or something symbolic of that.

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February 2, 2016

MAMP- Apache, PHP, mySQL on Mac OSX

I talked in a recent post about WampServer, I’d like to mention the Mac OSX equivalent, namely MAMP. According to their site MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac or Windows computer. Personally, I need this software solution to run local copies of my web sites on the collection of Mac’s I have.

MAMP comes in two flavours: -

  1. Mamp Free – a One-click-solution for setting up your personal webserver.
  2. Mamp Pro - Configure an unlimited number of virtual hosts, DynDNS, email…

Once again MAMP is really simple to install and once this is done copying across your web server files will have your web site running locally in no time. You can use the admin page pictured below to access myPhpadmin and administer mySQL. 

MAMP Administration Page

This video shows how to install and configure the software. Furthermore you can also watch tutorials on MAMP.tv

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February 2, 2016

WAMP Server - Apache, PHP, mySQL on Windows

Recently I discovered WampServer which according to their Web Site is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your databases.

Since I run my own web sites and have been doing so for quite some time I wanted to find something that would allow me to run my web sites on a local machine. This would effectively allow me to run a copy of my web site for testing and simulation rather than using a live environment for undertaking these kinds of activity.

What I liked about WampServer is that it is really easy to install and configure. This clip shows you how.

Once you’ve installed WampServer it’s as easy as copying your web server files to the local Wampserver directory to get your web site up. If your site runs off a database (which mine does) you simply need to import a copy and establish a database connection, all this is possible through PhpMyAdmin as shown below 

phpMyAdmin installed through WampServer

What I also like about WampServer is that it is available for free (under GPML license) in two distinct versions : 32 and 64 bits. Wampserver 2.5 is not compatible with Windows XP, neither with SP3, nor Windows Server 2003. Older WampServer versions are available on SourceForge.

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