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PHP eFax requires "ssl://" on RedHat EL7 and Ubuntu

We found out today that RedHat LE7 requires the use of the "ssl://" protocol instead of the default "tls://". The error we are getting from PHP looks like this:

PHP Warning:  stream_socket_client(): SSL operation failed with code 1. OpenSSL Error messages:
error:1409442E:SSL routines:ssl3_read_bytes:tlsv1 alert protocol version in .../lib/http_request.php on line 294
PHP Warning:  stream_socket_client(): Failed to enable crypto in .../lib/http_request.php on line 294
PHP Warning:  stream_socket_client(): unable to connect to tls://secure.efaxdeveloper.com:443 ...

Upgrade to PHP 5.3.3 or newer because of security issue

If you are responsible for a Debian or Ubuntu server and run PHP on it, make sure to run the following command to fix several security issues found in PHP:

sudo apt-get install php5-suhosin

This will make the necessary and your PHP version (security wise) will look like you have PHP 5.3.3.

What I found quite annoying in regard to this issue is the fact that it was very difficult to find a mention of this upgrade. All I could find in large number were people saying that you'd have to get an upgrade using the source code of PHP. Somehow, I did not feel like upgrading PHP from ...

Flash 64 bit under Ubuntu not letting you click?!

Use this excellent article if you are having difficulty clicking in your flash window (and you’re running Ubuntu 64 9.10):

64bit Java / Flash Deathroll | Speaking What We See. (unfortunately, that page was removed.)

He also rightly clears up the Java issue. This is a way to get native 64 bit installations for both Sun Java and Adobe Flash.

Turn Watcher™

$14.99

The Turn Watcher Helmet with wings on the side and a gold medallion on the front.Turn Watcher™ is a Combat Initiative Tracker by Made to Order Software! Turn Watcher was created by gamers for gamers to help you run your combat rounds more smoothly and efficiently.

Turn Watcher keeps track of the combat order of each player character (PC) and monster involved in your encounters by tracking player and monster initiative order and current hit points so you don't have to!

Turn Watcher lets you make secret skill checks and will saves for player characters. It manages the PCs and monsters that have delayed or readied actions. And it handles automatic bleed out of dying PCs and monsters!

$14.99

Made to Order Software releases Turn Watcher 1.4 and a new website!

Made to Order Software is proud to announce the release of Turn Watcher version 1.4 and a brand new website!

Turn Watcher version 1.4 incorporates not only some much needed bug fixes (specifically the Stabilize function) but the addition of a brand new feature: Soft Columns.

Use Soft Columns to add, edit and remove rolls and information columns to each of your combatants. For example, you may remove the Spot/Listen columns and replace them with Perception. Add new rolls such as Move Silently and Persuasion. You may also add information-only columns such as Armor Class and Condition Track, ...

GRUB error 16

Today I had a problem with one of our computers. It did not want to boot. The boot loader is called GRUB. Most Linux distributions now use GRUB which is much more advanced than LILO and some other boot loaders.

GRUB is great for several reasons:

Turn Watcher 1.3 is out!

Made to Order Software Corporation is proud to announce the 1.3 release of Turn Watcher, an Initiative and Effects Tracker... and more!

Version 1.3 includes many bug fixes making the interface run faster especially with a large number of combatants.

Also, we added support to display a second window with the characters and monsters. Window that you can show to your users on a second monitor! The Heads Up Display or HUD is a window with limited viewing so you can show what you choose to show to your players.

Turn Watcher is supported on all of the following systems:

  • Microsoft Windows ...

Turn Watcher 1.2 is out!

Made to Order Software Corporation is proud to announce the 1.2 release of Turn Watcher, an Initiative and Effects Tracker...and more!

Version 1.2 now supports spell and other effect tracking. A optional new window appears at the bottom of the main window that allows you to add, edit and remove effects for the currently highlighted combatant. When an effect expires on the current combatant's turn, you are alerted and asked if you wish to delete the expired effect.

You may also add effects to multiple characters at once by highlighting them, then clicking the "A" button. ...

Turn Watcher 1.1 is out!

Made to Order Software Corporation is proud to announce the 1.1 release of Turn Watcher, the best GM's Initiative Manager!

For those of you who bought the 1 year's worth of updates for Turn Watcher back in 2006, we have really good news: we extended the duration of your privilege to download newer versions until the end of 2007!

Version 1.1 includes an optional initiative window which allows manual entry of initiative rolls for all combatants. Now you can let players make their own initiative rolls!

Use the Spot/Listen/Will roll feature a lot? Now Turn Watcher automatically sorts ...