Morgan Funeral Ceremony Photos

It was a tragic time in the life of some close friends who unfortunately lost their four month old daughter. It as an accident that could probably have been avoided, but nontheless occurred and had to be dealt with on a day by day basis. Having been asked to take some photos of the family and the funeral services was bitter sweet request. It’s an unfortunate event and at the same time a precious opportunity to capture a family coming together to witness the respect and ceremonial services of a loved one.

We love and support you in your efforts, knowing that God is keeping Morgan safe in his arms awaiting the return of others to live forever in peace.

This is the gallery of the services, so if you are a family member, you will have a password to see the entire set of photos. If you aren’t, sorry, but the privacy of the family is foremost on this solem occaision. We will though provide you with a sample.

The E Center Seating

Our latest endeavor has been to update the seating charts on The E Center website. They have turned out great and has had a tremendous impact on the visibility of The E Center and helped visitors in having a rich experience knowing where their seats are in the arena.

In recent months, the E Center of West Valley City, Utah has launched a new website using many of our photos in their gallery in addition to the introductory billboard photos cycling on each and every page. Being the Head Photographer of The Maverik Center has been a great pleasure and opportunity to provide my skills to the community and help increase visibility of great concerts and events at the venue. Continue reading

Remove or Change the Joomla Welcome Message

After joomla is installed, a “Welcome to the front page” message appears. This may be what you want, but not around here. It’s something that just screams “amateur. You can make a few changes to your site that help escape the entry-level mentality and apperance and it doesn’t take a lot to do it. It does take however some telling you that it needs to be done, and it takes you to hear it and take the advice.

Another great reason for changing this text is because this is the phrase or title that appears in the toolbar, in the tab, and the content title page in SEO. So, make it a good title, but show it or don’t show it, depends on your preference to that page.

A page title banner exists like this for every page. This one happens to be on the Home page under your Main Menu. It’s on the menu content placeholder when you press the title of your website. Find that page and follow the instructions below.

These are the instructions to remove the yelling statement:

  1. Find the menu that is used for your front page (or any other Title Page banner you want to adjust)
  2. Click on the page that is presented for that menu.
  3. Expand the Parameters – System section
  4. Either change the name of the title or indicate Show Page Title = No

For me, I prefer show Page Title = No for this page because I want the post header to speak for itself. But that’s up to you. At least change it from “Welcome to the Front Page” and with this one change, you increase in major skill points.

Change Joomla Table Prefix

We are interested in your security and performance! To improve performance and enhance security of the Joomla platform be sure to provide a new prefix for Joomla database tables. This can not only provide improvements as indicated about security and performance, but it can provide a unique instance of the tables so more tables and Joomla installations can be performed. This may not be the case in your situation, like for single company installation, however it can provide a self-documenting installation. That’s to say that when you see the tables for a company “Joe’s Hardware Shop” in your database you can easily recognize the owning tables by the prefix. It’s more recognizable as to which business the database belongs to.

Just in case you installed Joomla with the default “jos_” table prefix, here are the instructions to change the prefix to something else to improve security. Notice:  follow the instructions as they’re listed and it will minimize downtime since youre website is running. Here at SnapJag Creative Designs we want our instructions are such that you can feel assured that you are able to perform the steps with accuracy, efficiency, and with as little impact as possible to your operations.

It is highly recommended that you perform these steps at a low-peak time. But make sure you are awake enough to follow the instructions if you’re doing it at night. =) Note: This method does not ask you to remove the tables first, so don’t delete the old “jos_” tables until the end. This is to help make sure you have a backup in place and that the old structure is still ready in case anything goes wrong.

  1. Kick people out: make sure no one is doing administration or management in the Joomla back-end.
  2. Login to phpMyAdmin.
  3. Click on the Export link, leaving all options as they are; specifically for:
    1. Export: SQL
    2. SQL options: SQL Export compatibility = None
    3. SQL options: Structure (Add AUTO_INCREMENT, Enclose table and field names with backquotes)
    4. SQL options: Data (Complete inserts, Extended inserts, Max Length: 50000, Use hexadecimal for binary fields, Export type: INSERT)
    5. Save to file: not on, you will use the query box to copy and paste the values to disk. If you have large content then use the method to capture to the server and retrieve the data.
  4. Click the Go link, this export may take a few minutes depending on the size of your content.
  5. Open your favorite editor (like UltraEdit), copy the content from the query box and paste it to a new text window in the text editor.
  6. Save the file as a new name to make a backup of the old data.
  7. Save the file again as a new name to make a copy of the new data.
  8. Do a search and replace for “jos_” and replace with the four character prefix of your choice. If you are using UltraEdit, choose to see a line listing of all results and scan them to make sure replacements didn’t happen with any other data than that of table name references.
  9. Comment out with dashes (‘–‘) the statement ‘Create Database…’ if it exists in the script so that an attempt to create the database doesn’t occur. This will cause an error, no damage, just an error and you’ll have to do this step and run it again if you don’t.
  10. Click on the SQL Query Window link to bring up a new SQL query window. You can’t do this next step in the same window as the query box output.
  11. Copy the text from the text editor and paste them into the SQL Query Window where it says “Run SQL query/queries on server localhost:”
  12. Click the Go button to begin the script to create the new tables.
  13. Wait for the response from the server in the browser window behind the SQL Query Window. Address any issues if you need to.
  14. If the response is not an error. Close the SQL Query Window show the phpMyAdmin home window.
  15. It’s possible the left side of the browser will say “No Tables Found”. Don’t worry, press F5 to refresh the window, and you’ll see all the new tables.
  16. Open your Joomla! back-end, go to Site | Global Configuration | Server
  17. Change the Database Settings | Database Prefix to your new prefix and click Save
  18. You may now be required to sign-in again. You will now be connected to your new tables.
  19. One more step is to delete the old ‘jos_’ tables. Go back to the phpMyAdmin window
  20. Click the Databases link, then the database where the tables exist
  21. Select all the ‘jos_’ tables, be careful to not select any new tables.
  22. At the bottom of the list, click the combo box “With Selected” and click Drop. This will build a script to remove the selected tables, confirm they are only the ‘jos_’ tables, and click Go.
  23. Wait for a ‘Executed Successfully’ statement and then
  24. Close the myPHPAdmin window
  25. For one final test, back in Joomla! logout and log back in and create some articles or do normal things to test the functionality.
  26. Also, confirm in the Site | Global Configuration | Server screen that the Database Prefix is set accordingly.

Hope this has been thorough and helpful. If you see any problems, errors, or changes that need to be made, please let us know.

C# Missing References

If you are getting an error like “The type or namespace name does not exist in the namespace” you may have found yourself tweaking the references or the using statements in your C# code.

The using statement and the referencing statement differ in that the using statement is a logical link and reference to the namespace library, this makes it so you can shorten your qualifications to objects. Instead of typeing System.Windows.Forms.Textbox. You place a using statement “using System.Windows.Forms” at the top of your page and you only have to now use the word Textbox to reference the object. These are also usually statements to libraries within your current namespace.

The References are registrations to libraries and dlls that are to be used outside your namespace.

Recently in a project, there were a number of projects that had change adding some ENUM references that were prominently used in the application. These errors made it immpossible to build the solution. In order to rid yourself of this error, you must resolve a conflict, or supply a reference or using statement.

First, check the statement where the error occurs. Make sure the namespace/library that the object refers to is available in the project. If you find the source cs file, look to see if the Namespace is different than where the object is being used. If they are different, then either fully qualify the namespace in front of the object, or add the “using <full namespace>;” statement at the top.

Try and compile the application, if you still have the error, then look in the current project (where the error occurs) References list and see if the assembly/library is there. It’s it isn’t, then add the new Reference by either locating the .NET object, COM object, project, or file.

When this has been added, try compiling again. If you still get the error, then you’ll have write some comments here and provide your code for me to be able to help you further.

Concert: No Doubt

In May 2009, the band No Doubt, featuring Gwen Stefani performed a magnificent concert at The E Center in West Valley City, Utah. They put on a great show. The band started the night with a white curtain draped in front of the stage to hide the equipment and it lent well to the surprise. The stage was completely white, including the floor, backdrop and even the drums, keyboards, stands, and including the band members.  The final appearance that topped it off were the touches of black trim everywhere as accents. It was a great show. Continue reading