Beer, friends, and computers.

I'm a recent graduate of UC Davis with a BS in Mathematics. I love photography, programming and learning.

My personal website is at I also have a twitter account: @philipn.  My email address is [email protected].

"Our minds are finite, and yet even in those circumstances of finitude,
we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite,
and the purpose of human life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude."
-Alfred North Whitehead

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2015-01-15 12:23:12   Thanks for the tip on table fixing. On some of the bigger ones, I might just do that (like the recurring events page). On the smaller ones, I prefer doing it by hand to look for other things that are out of date. —DavidGrundler

2015-01-21 09:21:49   Thanks Philip! I was confused by that button when I clicked it because most link tools I've used have a space for the URL and a space for the display text. —MeggoWaffle

2015-01-26 13:47:13   How do I *actually* create a new page with a business template format? That was embarrassing. —JudithTruman

2015-01-29 12:58:32   Absolutely. I'll try to give you as much info as possible to track it down. —JabberWokky

2015-01-29 20:17:42   Do images not show correctly within tables? Take a look at the bike recovery page. When I edit the page, you can clearly see the image, but it does not display on the finished page. —DavidGrundler

2015-01-29 20:30:48   Thanks. I'll put a little more thought into it before fixing the rest of the entries. Looking at the source, it is easy to see where a table starts and ends. How everything is now, it is hard to delimit where each entry starts and stops. I spend more time looking at the source. —DavidGrundler

2015-01-30 11:40:49   I was editing the bike recovery page again, and the same thing happened with the images. Looks like when I copy and paste images using the WYSIWYG editor, it automatically adds the "height: auto!important;" attribute. —DavidGrundler

2015-02-07 22:23:25   I just had several 500s in a row a minute ago. Reloaded and they all came up. One was for Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator, [email protected] and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error. More information about this error may be available in the server error log. Apache/2.2.22 (Ubuntu) Server at Port 8084 —JabberWokky

2015-02-08 19:12:30   After being familiar enough to make sure I'm not simply reporting changes in UX, I have a few oddities and errors documented with screen shots. What's the best way to get them to you? —JabberWokky

2015-02-09 22:05:30   Im using chrome, I think it might be because the Dental questions page is so long. we could archive all that and post a link but it has been so long since I did any editing like that so I have forgotten how. As it stands editing the Dental Questions page is just murder since the new format started and I just cant stand it anymore. —DagonJones

  • The same thing was happening to me when I tried editing it with Safari on my Mac. Lot's of flickering and very unusable. I moved a majority of the content to an archive page, and the main page doesn't exhibit those problems anymore, but the archive page does. I will look into it some more to see if it because of the volume, or if there is something else in the content that is causing it. I would like to break that page up into sub-pages based on the content. -DavidGrundler
  • It appears to be related to the vertical scroll bar that shows up when there is a lot of content. Every time I type a character in the WYSIWYG edit mode, the scroll bar alternates between on and off, and each time it does so, it redraws the page. -DavidGrundler
  • Checkout how the screen is redrawn after each letter is pressed in the following sequence of pictures. Each time the scroll bar cycles on or off, the layout changes. You can see this by looking at the last visible word on the bottom of the page. The further down the page you are, the more dramatic the effect:

2015-02-10 16:48:45   Mac OS X 10.10.1 with Safari 8.0 (10600.1.25.1) —DavidGrundler

  • Does not seem to happen when I use Firefox on the same Mac.

2015-02-10 17:40:46   Still happening —DavidGrundler

  • Can you try again? Hoping it's a browser caching issue.
    • Better. Instead of toggling on and off with each character, it seems to happen each time I go to a new line. That's a huge improvement.

2015-02-17 18:08:50   Hi P. The "Compare" function doesn't work anymore (on my pc that is. Other people?). The check boxes are elongated and do not longer work, you can no longer check boxes to compare two. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-02-17 19:37:53   Yes, it's fixed now. I use Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari on my iPad. Thanks. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-02-23 18:26:00   HI Philip N, Heron Technologies was the parent company of Davis Computer up until august 2014 and was owned and ran by khanh pham one of the two original founders. You can surely talk to me and edit as you feel the need. I currently own and operate Davis Computer and am trying to edit the page to reflect its current operation status. I don't know if Heron Technologies is still in operation but it seems to be as we have mutual customers or did and they have stated Khanh is now working under Heron Tech again. Thanks —Evan-gray

2015-02-25 14:00:25   I've attempted several times to remove the map on the StarFixIT page, and I keep getting the following: Looks like something went wrong and we're unable to display the page you requested. Please try again in a few minutes. —DavidGrundler

2015-03-03 02:42:36   Thanks very much for the tip: I couldn't for the life of me figure out where the content text went.... —BJSangwan

2015-03-05 15:13:28   Do you have some documentation on what you're doing with the map search method for automating those lines? I'm assuming that that's an automated (or partially automated) method. If so, it looks like a useful technique. —jefftolentino

2015-03-06 20:38:17   "

  • removed tag "cum trees". PhilipNeustrom
  • new added tag "cum trees".


lol! —ConstantiaOomen

2015-03-06 20:43:03   "Cumbleberry Trees" - In fact, I find this so funny I want to share the page on Twitter. And now I miss a "Share" button! Idea? —ConstantiaOomen

2015-03-18 11:41:11   Hi Philip. I just tried adding a comment box (like this one, I think, from the puzzle piece pull down tool bar menu) and it fails to appear on my page. Any idea why that would be? --jeffp —jeffp

  • When I click on Jeffp above, it directs me to his user page on But when I edit his page, it appears to edit on the 95033 blog. -DG

2015-03-18 15:50:07   The time appears to be off on the server by two hours. —DavidGrundler

2015-03-18 17:53:00   What was going on with my user page? And how do I better message you in the future? —jeffp

2015-03-18 19:14:34   Any specific reason to remove those tags on that Community/big changes page? People are looking for that page all the time and I tested the tags and they worked! —ConstantiaOomen

It's good to just use a couple of tags which are short, simple and could be used on a wide variety of other pages. Please see the tag guide for some advice on this. 35 tags is too many tags for a page like that, and you can find the page using the search function using any of those phrases. Tags aren't good for "keyword loading" a page with every iteration someone might search for - and Google, etc will actually penalize us if pages have lots of tags like that.  Instead, they are good for just a couple of short words that complete the sentence "This page is a ___", usually.  Some exceptions of course. So in that case, "Wiki Community" is a good tag.


Okay, gotcha. I clicked on your link and it says: "You can add as many tags as you like!" ;-) But I will only add a couple then. Thanks, — ConstantiaOomen

2015-03-18 19:46:49   PS: How are the Davis Wiki stickers you promised us coming along? Picnic Day and WEF are coming soon. Would appreciate it (and please let me retag that Community/big changes page, maybe with only ten tags then?). —ConstantiaOomen

2015-03-18 22:46:58   Sorry, I was just teasing you with adding your name as tags. Because you removed all of the tags I assembled with such care. But it does make one wonder: do we need the tags? If I know your name, I can just search for "Philip". —ConstantiaOomen

2015-03-20 02:51:31   Can you point me to some instructions for building a Classic Wiki Business Information data table with the alternating pale blue and white stripes? —JudithTruman

2015-03-21 03:08:35   Hey Philip! Long time no talk. I had a recent resurgence in editing the wiki despite no longer living in the area. I sure missed my days of copious editing! I'm doing the best I can to be helpful from a distance. I love it. Now, an issue arose and I'm hoping there's something to be done about it. I was making major updates to the Dam Haus page and had not saved my changes yet. My browser, Firefox, then suddenly crashed. Are all my changes lost forever or is there an auto-save of sorts built into the wiki at all. God, it's gonna suck if I lost all the edits. It was a major update to the page. Sincerely, Elise —EliseKane

2015-03-22 22:50:52   Hey Philip! Thanks so much for getting back to me. All I can say in response is NOOOOOOOOOO! I will try asking a couple people if they know whether or not my browser might have saved the page somehow. Thank you very much for that tip. Now if only the thing can be restored. I'll let you know what shakes out. ALSO. Thank you for the kind and encouraging words about my edits and additions! I hope you DO dig through YOUR photo collection! I know you'd have excellent items to contribute. Thank you again for the reply and kind words. Peace out for now, brutha. =) —EliseKane

2015-03-27 14:54:10   Good to know the comment/edit and IP address issues are being addressed, thank you! —ConstantiaOomen

2015-04-06 05:43:11 is sent out by the RSS feed, but results in a 500 Server error (as of this morning). —JabberWokky

Thanks! I think this may be a know recurring bug. Could you please file these issues on the bug tracker if not? -Philip

2015-04-19 15:29:43   Hello Philip. Thank you! Yes, so I noticed. I think, Davis Wiki should have at least one representative in UC Davis staff and students representatives. It should be a part of their effort. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-04-24 18:58:18   Question! Front page: Explore nearby regions Dixon Woodland West Sacramento Winters Sacramento Elk Grove When I click on either of them, I land on the front page of the Davis Wiki again. Is this on purpose? :-) —ConstantiaOomen

2015-05-07 19:12:08   Hey Philip, do you know if there's a tracker to show how many new pages a wiki member has created? I seem to recall there used to be one but I don't know where to find it now. —EliseKane

2015-05-10 21:33:13   Looks like the person who deleted all that Ali Baba's stuff did it on Sept. 6, 2014, 12:15 a.m.; maybe on accident while they were uploading all those pix? —EliseKane

2015-06-13 01:20:40   Need help with spammer. Somebody is messing with the "Classified ads" and I don't see a quick fix. Can you help out? Thanks! —ConstantiaOomen

2015-06-13 01:23:06   I don't understand. Did you delete the "Classified ads" page? (See history) —ConstantiaOomen

2015-06-13 01:24:42   Confusing, but thank you for quick fix!! —ConstantiaOomen

2015-06-29 14:26:37   Hi. I can't delete my Roommates Wanted ad because I am not allowed to edit pages any more. I have no idea why, because I don't think I've edited anything beyond posting and removing Roommates Wanted posts. So...can this be fixed, please? My email is [email protected] Thank you. :) —KirstenOlson

2015-07-06 14:48:57   Hi Philip. I don't see the place in Davis Wiki to change my password. I want to change it. Thanks in advance... —ConstantiaOomen

2015-07-06 16:52:53   OK, thanks, I was looking at that, but thought to ask you anyway. Unfortunately, my PC and mobile phone (and possibly even my iPad) have been hacked by a fraud Dutch medium (if you want to know, just look at my Twitter account, I hope that one will stay uncompromised) and his criminal friends, because I have been criticizing him in public since 2005. We are taking steps now (like re-installing), but it's a lot of work. I am changing a lot of passwords. Maybe this one isn't necessary, but anyway. Advise always welcome, I'm in a bad place now. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-07-06 17:32:54   I use Keepass right now. I will send your link to Jeroen, I don't know this "onepassword", I need to look into this... Back then, in 2005, when I started criticizing this fraud medium, I didn't know he would turn out a, and this criminal; he has gathered a group of fraud/criminal minds alike around him and unfortunately, it turns out, they have access to one or more 'professional' hackers. He's kind of active in the States too (!) and has an American patron that helps him. They had gained access over my Android phone that contained over 500 backupped photos (I didn't even know that they were still on my phone, I remove photos almost on a daily basis), they sent them to me through my own phone to my gmail account (thus proving they controlled my cell phone), and they emailed me a photo that was on my computer too (one not published), so this proves they have gained access to both my computer and mobile phone. —ConstantiaOomen

2015-10-01 12:48:44   Thanks for adding to 'Tragic Events' (September 30, 2015). Was it somebody active on the Davis Wiki too? Condolences, I understand you knew him (very) well. And I understand he was kind of a famous Davis resident. —ConstantiaOomen

2016-02-09 15:49:23   I'm new to LocalWiki, but I would love to add a lot of substantial content to the Quad Cities LocalWiki. Our current admin hasn't been active for over a year, and it seems it was mostly for promotional reasons. Because some features are exclusive to admins, like changing the front banner from the default map to a picture, I would like to become an admin while getting this page updated over the next few months. However, the Local Admins Hub doesn't actually link to a space where I can become an admin and I can't find another resource to do so. Am I eligible to become an admin? If so, can you point me in the right direction for becoming one? —vdrews

2016-02-23 13:00:48   Thanks for informing me/us on these serial spammers. It's crazy, what is going on? It's like they want to destroy the Wiki, who's behind it? Is it really spam or is there more to it? —ConstantiaOomen

2016-02-25 20:05:44   Thanks. That fixed it. —DavidGrundler

2016-02-25 20:10:35   Is there a reason why the community alert is not showing on the front page? Is it a cache issue? —DavidGrundler


2016-03-15 17:47:40   Good times! —DavidGrundler

2016-03-15 18:28:55   I think this "rogue" Davis Wiki was created by accident: —DavidGrundler

2016-03-18 19:12:20   The server times seems to be off by 2:13 (unless it is a different time zone, in which it could be off by just :13) —DavidGrundler

2016-03-20 21:33:55   I got an error message when trying to connect to the Wiki: " uses an invalid security certificate. "The certificate expired on March 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM. The current time is March 20, 2016 at 7:19 PM. "(Error code: sec_error_expired_certificate)" —JudithTruman

2016-05-28 14:44:15   Can we *please* get the Events Board back? I did like being able to see what was going on in town, and my mother would reference things from it as well, to see what we could do during Parent Visits. Additionally: I'm troubled by the lack of adding-pages and town-page maintenance from the userbase. I don't have a smartphone/laptop to do it with, but it seems like re-surveying downtown and updating A through G Sts, 1st through 8th would be highly useful. I see more fresh content on Yelp than on Wiki these days. —JudithTruman

2016-09-17 15:09:10   Can we re-consider how tags are implemented across-the-wiki? They seem to be used as comments rather than indexing (to replace cross-linking), and rarely in a useful way. —JudithTruman

2016-11-11 04:43:53   I seen your website.. It's Ssoooo Cool! Thank u :) —marlafiji

2017-02-23 13:18:47   I restored several pages to remove spam from 45.-----. I could not restore the Roommates Wanted page. Either spinning beach ball or error message. —SueHjerpe

2017-04-22 21:51:47   Hi Philip, is it possible to upload a batch of photos?; one at a time is testing my patience... —ConstantiaOomen

Longterm Davis resident spends many, many hours developing a cool new map, joins the wiki for the first time, and creates a page.  Page is summarily deleted and linked to in a place that new editor will probably be totally ignorant of, now just one link in a sea of links, no outreach to new editor.  Well done!


2017-12-29 19:21:47   This is not Neal. You've got a security problem that is logging folks in as Neal even after they clear cookies. This is repeatable, and so far it keeps coming back to the Neal account. One test edit was made to Neal's page, and this comment is being left. Please fix this security hole. —NAParish

2018-11-02 15:06:22   Could you be so kind to remove this original image, I accidentally didn't obscure an email address and name of "J".> >> the first image of these I upoaded. It's okay to leave my email address, it's a public known email address anyway. —ConstantiaOomen