Not dead, just hibernating (like a bear)

September 21, 2009 by · 12 Comments 

Ok, maybe not like a bear.  Bears eat a bunch before they sleep and wake up lighter.  I, on the other hand, have put on about 10 lbs over the past year (need to spend more time at the gym and less time at the office).  Oh, and bears don't do anything while hibernating, whereas I've been running around more like a chicken with it's head cut off.  I guess not like a bear at all then...  Bad analogy, sorry.

Here's a partial list of what I've been up to:

  • Work
  • Hired two people
  • Fired two people
  • Crashed my car into the median on Rt 202 (September 6th, 2008, all-wheel drive = overconfidence, overconfidence + worn tires + hurricane = boom)
  • Got married (October 17th, 2008)
  • Went on my Honeymoon (drove around the South-West US for 2 weeks, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix)
  • Work
  • Hired two more people
  • Work
  • Started looking for a home
  • Work
  • Bought a home in Exton (Closed June 30th, 2009)
  • Moved on the Jult 4th holiday weekend (movers were miserable, the pending insurance claim for damaged goods is higher than what they billed to move, and they seriously overbilled...)
  • Work
  • Had carpet cleaners rip a hole in the one piece of carpet in my home (mostly wood floors) and then complain about doing anything to fix it
  • Work
  • Spent time looking to hire another developer (PHP this time, more on this in a later post, the job is still available)
  • Had painters not show up as scheduled, do a lousy job when they did show, and then have to come back in the evening for three days to fix all their mistakes
  • Work
  • Started blowing tons of money trying to buy furniture for my home so it's not 90% empty.
  • Work
  • ...

You get the picture.  By the time I got home I didn't feel like doing anything.  As I write this, I should be mowing the lawn before it starts raining...

Anyway,  massive update coming tomorrow, both to the site and to the repository.  Think httpd 2.2.13, MySQL 5.0.84, PHP 5.2.11, a choice of XCache, APC, and eAccelerator, etc.

Lastly, for now, quite a few people have filled out the comment form asking about MySQL 5.1 and PHP 5.3.  Let me say now, no, I don't have any plans at current to upgrade the repo to either of those.  Those updates would likely break quite a few apps and I don't need that on my hands.  If I do decide to push out those updates it will either be with a LOT of warning or as a separate, optional packages that obsolete the older version.


12 Responses to “Not dead, just hibernating (like a bear)”
  1. Sam says:

    Hey Mr Bear.

    Nice to hear that you are still active and that all is well - aside from the work and home hassles you described. Hope things smooth out for you over the rest of the year.

  2. Jay says:

    Thanks for updating the repo!

  3. DerFalk says:

    Thanx god, you´re ok! And thanx for the repo!!!!

  4. Lubor Nosek says:


    I'm so glad that you're still around looking after this great repository.

    Many thanks for such a great work and congratulations on the marriage!

    Best Regards,
    Lubor Nosek

  5. Billco says:

    Glad to have you back, Jason! 🙂 And welcome to the wonderful world of home ownership... and you thought the idiots were all in I.T. 😉

  6. ingo says:

    good to see you back! congrats for your marriage!

  7. Master Cho says:

    Welcome back! I had been bummed out I lost my source of these LAMP binaries for CentOS. I assumed that your new bride was keeping you busy...somehow. Thank you again for making this repository available to the masses.

  8. Ariel Bustillos says:


    Thanks for keep living 😉 We are fans of your repo and we were really thinking that something bad must have happened to you, its good to hear that is not like that.

    Anyway, tnx and good luck

  9. Gary L says:

    Any plans to update Repos to PHP 5.2.12?

  10. Kierrok says:

    Hibernating again? 🙁

  11. Jim says:

    Any plans to update Repos to PHP 5.2.12? There are some critical vulnerabilities in 5.2.11, and we are desperate for 5.2.12.

  12. Tara Schultz says:

    @Jason: Thanks for your fast answer. I thought your two MySQL-Packages were supplied as seperate "packages", but obviously the newer one replaces the old one. Sadly, because of Service-Level-Agreements, I am forced to use the supplied MySQL packages of RHEL 5.5. Your PHP 5.2.13 Package would work, but PHP 5.2.14 contains some bugfixes we need.

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