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Happy birthday to phpBBHacks.com

Today marks nine years for phpBBHacks.com, the first site for phpBB hacks/modifications and one of the sites I count as an important influence on my career on the Web. Congratulations to Patrick and his staff, past and present, for continuing to maintain a top-flight community and resource for all phpBB users.

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April Fool’s

phpBB 1 Essentials CoverToday I tweeted an announcement of a new phpBB book — phpBB 1 Essentials. As you might expect, it was an April Fool’s joke. It wasn’t a bad one, either — pretty sure a couple people were convinced. Patrick O’Keefe, who runs phpBBHacks.com, and I have collaborated on several April Fool’s jokes over the years over there, and it’s always a pleasure to cut up a bit on an annual basis. :)

My favorite April Fool’s gag of the day, though, is popular Web comic xkcd‘s command-line interface. It’s awesome enough that xkcd ensured good fidelity with popular UNIX commands, but it’s even more awesome that the source code to the joke was released under the GPL. Looking around, it seems it was adapted from an old WordPress command line theme. I sincerely hope xkcd retains “unixkcd” (as it was dubbed) as an interface option going forward. (Update: unixkcd does indeed live on.)