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    Group29.com - What did you expect? FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



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    Question
    ·  So you hacked the site...
    ·  Why are some of my text boxes yellow?
    ·  What is running here?
    ·  Linking to Group29
    ·  Why Did you choose PHP-Nuke?
    ·  What happened to the old site?
    ·  What is PHP-Nuke?
    ·  What was the old Group29.com site?
    ·  Help! I cannot register! I do not get the email!

    Answer
    ·  So you hacked the site...

    Whoohoo for you. It is PHP-Nuke, a well known vulnerable piece of software.

    Shouts out to your PEEPs and all that. Seriously, it is not major undertaking. That is why it is free.

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    ·  Why are some of my text boxes yellow?

    You are probably using Internet Explorer. It seems to have to do with the feature of Internet Explorer where the text box entries are cached (like e-mail addresses or passwords.)

    This problem does not appear with Mozilla. The symptom is that text boxes appear yellow with grey letters inconsistently (They are harder to read).

    We have had to work with the INPUT styles in this particular theme to get it to work right. Hopefully we have put it to rest now.

    Please submit any bugs you see to us in feed back. Thanks!

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    ·  What is running here?

    There is a rather eclectic set of application technologies in place. All of these programs are available for use with no software license cost.
    * Linux Kernel Operating System (RedHat Distribution)
    * Apache Web Server
    * mySQL (database)
    * PHP (hypertext processor language)
    * PHP-Nuke (Web content management portal application written in PHP)
    * phpBB (Bulletin Board Forum written in PHP)

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    ·  Linking to Group29

    You can link to any page in Group29 since the URL will read the correct database and app entry. However, we reserve the right to redirect and change any of our site URLs Arabic Example of Group29 Link
    Chinese (Taiwanese) Example of Group29 Link

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    ·  Why Did you choose PHP-Nuke?

    It all started with this e-mail from a friend who set up a family web site:

    I actually started out searching for some web site software for a photo album. So I found Gallery. While at the Gallery web site , I found that Gallery was converted to a module for Nuke. So I decided to investigate that some more. I've actually found some better how-tos for Php-Nuke that what I found when I was setting it up. But I lucked out and got it going...

    Go to the PHP-Nuke site and click on PHP-Nuke HOWTO in the Main Menu. From there, in the install chapter there is the prerequisites. The HOWTO covers Linux, Apache, MySQL, so if you want something different, you'll have to do some research.

    I picked up a server from some guy who had an ad in the newspaper. I had a budget of $150, so I ended up with a Compaq PII 333 with 128MB and 3 GB. I added a 10GB drive I had laying around.

    The OS I used is Fedora Core 1 (Red Hat's spinoff). Apache and MySQL were loaded out of the box on the Fedora install, so I just had to download PHP-Nuke and Gallery and I was in business. You have to do some PHP coding to create your own templates, but there are plenty of them out there as well. Other than that you add the content via the Admin pages of your website.

    It's been a while since I've had to deal with anything Unix related so I had to knock off the cobwebs, but Fedora's GUI is pretty Windows like, so that made it a little easier. I didn't have much time to get things set up but I got things going in a couple weeks and I hope to sit down and add some more content soon.


    I was blown away by his simple site. I immediately tested out a bunch of nukes, like ASP-Nuke, Post-Nuke and PHP-Nuke. I settled on PHP-Nuke as it was the granddaddy of them all. It has some inherent security problems, but I was willing to live with them.

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    ·  What happened to the old site?

    The ball started rolling in March of 2004 when a former co-worker sent me a link to his personal site with his new baby's pictures on it. It was quite a bit more sophisticated than the usual web birth announcement. He explained that he had built it using PHP-Nuke and Gallery. And that PHP-Nuke was built on top of a mySQL database.

    Over the years, Tony and I had talked about moving the reviews from the Group29 site into a database. Tony had even started down the road somewhat. But the reality was that it was going to be a long slog and we all had family and other responsibilities. Plus, we work on the computers all day and there is a high demand for our Services. Designing and building a new site from scratch was low on the list of priorities.

    With PHP-Nuke and its reviews module, I saw we had an ideal fit. So I built a program to extract all of our Group29 reviews and insert them into the database with scores and authors. I spent quite a bit of time building links between reviews, expectations and the IMDB.COM site.

    Also, since college, my English and grammar had improved (somewhat), so I corrected spelling and grammar wherever I could. All of the original content, and then some, from the old site can be found in the new database.

    I hope all of you will sign up as members. There are lots of nifty new web toys, like discussion groups (Warhammer and Group29), Journals, Links, and, (we hope) many more reviews and news stories to come. This site is now available as a "blog" to the group in many different ways. Journals are members only, Forums are for anonymous users and members. Anyone can submit stories, links, or reviews to the editors and we can add them to the site.

    The site does not replace the 40K or Group29 mailing list. I still hope to see lots of stories and links from the mailing list.

    A google search on "group29 movies" brings up all sorts of links off the Group29 web site. Some notable ones link to specific reviews or even re-quote some. NataliePortman.Com has a link to the Mars Attacks! review. IMDB also has some Group29 review links. It would appear that the longevity of the site stands for something in the web world. There are a fair number of hits on the site every day, and they are not all mine or Tony's!

    Please send some feedback about the site. If you want to see what I did to customize the site, sign up as a user and check out my Journal (BB). Also, you can find out more about php-Nuke at http://www.phpnuke.org/ . If a question is not answered in the FAQ, please send it my way. And if you think it sucks, I have no problem with that. The biggest part about this project was that it was FUN! I haven't had this much fun with the computer since Sim City. Now comes the hard part, maintaining, updating and protecting against hacking.

    None of would have been possible without Tony! Big Hand for Tony Baratta! Without him hosting the site since 1996, there would have been nothing to upgrade. Some of the other factors, I have a funner, less demanding job. I have broadband Internet access at home and work. PHP-Nuke and mySQL have evolved as freely available programming tools. PHP has come a long way as a freely available PERL/ASP-like web programming language. Even our host server is RedHat Linux, a freely available operating system.

    Tony is maintaining the servers in the Bay Area. And I have been doing the Work in the Twin Cities. Thanks also to all those who contributed reviews and funny links over the years.

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    ·  What is PHP-Nuke?

    PHP-Nuke is a Web Portal System, storytelling software, News system, online community or whatever you want to call it. The goal of PHP-Nuke is to have an automated web site to distribute news and articles with users system. Each user can submit comments to discuss the articles, just similar to Slashdot and many others.
    Main features include:
    - web based admin
    - surveys
    - top page
    - access stats page with counter
    - user customizable box
    - themes manager for registered users
    - friendly administration GUI with graphic topic manager
    - option to edit or DELETE stories
    - option to DELETE comments
    - moderation system
    - Referers page to know who link us
    - sections manager
    - customizable HTML blocks
    - user and authors edit
    - an integrated Banners Ads system
    - search engine
    - backend/headlines generation (RSS/RDF format)
    - and many, many more friendly functions.

    PHP-Nuke is written 100% in PHP and requires a web server (Apache Web server or Microsoft Internet Information Server), PHP and a SQL database (MySQL, mSQL, PostgreSQL, ODBC, ODBC_Adabas, Sybase or Interbase). Support for 25 languages, Yahoo-like search engine, Comments option in Polls, lot of themes, Ephemerids manager, Headlines, download manager, faq manager, blocks systems, reviews system, newsletter, categorized articles, multilanguage content management and a lot more.
    Version: 7.3.0 Original

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    ·  What was the old Group29.com site?

    Group29.com has contained movie reviews on a 29 point scale since its inception.

    The original Group29 site was hosted in the group29 directory on www.baratta.com starting in late 1996. (The web archive shows a copy of the link existing in December 1996). We had a few movie reviews on static web pages, with a web site design that was typical for that period. The pages were light blue in color with a few GIF files, and Times Roman Fonts on static HTML pages.

    On December 15th, 1998 we obtained our own domain name. The web site was redesigned for 1999 at that point. Each letter in the alphabet had the reviews for that letter on a static HTML page, a.html, or a-e.html for expectation reviews. The page color was black with gold type. It also had newer, cooler, redesigned GIF graphics. It was all great, but only the admin could edit the pages. All other collaboration was done through e-mail. We began to link the pages to IMDB and also were listed on Yahoo! (all free back in the day)

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    ·  Help! I cannot register! I do not get the email!

    Many internet service providers treat the registration e-mail from Group29 as bulk mail or spam. It is the standard PHP-Nuke e-mail registration code. If you use Yahoo Mail, it will end up in your bulk mail folder. BTInternet seems to have this problem too. In each case, the mail goes out, but there is no response.

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