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Welcome to my domain. This is an open space where I, Jeffrey Riaboy, am keeping a compendium of my projects, thoughts, news, and miscellaneous ideas. I am a self taught programmer/computer nerd that works in C++ by choice, and too many other languages due to the facts of life. I have been programming virtually my whole life and working with computers since before I can remember. They are my passion, hobby, job, first love, and have served me well, though, been a constant pain in the anatomy. I hope you can find something of interest or use here, as that is the reason I spend my time creating and organizing this content. Enjoy. ^_^
The original (well... last) intro page to my website before this became the home. It is a flash portal to my personal sites of the past.
[1999-2001?] My ancient NES emulator made in Visual Basic (which was made to prove the power and flexibility [not speed] of the language). But alas, one of my friends, David Finch beat me to it by optimizing BasicNes [Don Jarrett].
[2002] A chronicle of my experiences and tinkering from early ’02 to early ’04 on an addictive yet horribly crappy MMORPG. Site also has some nice “hacking”/reverse engineering tutorials.
Ragnarok Hacking
I’ve temporarily set this to link to the Projects section of this website until I’m ready to announce the new website this will link to.
Updates Archive
Section: Projects > DWCF
  • DSQL v2.0.2.2
    • Added ability via DSQL->$StrictMode variable to update MySQL strict mode
    • Added DSQL->RawQuery() function which takes just a query, and does no modification on it. I found this required due to extremely slow times on building very large queries.
    • Added DSQL->EscapeString() function which escapes a string for use in a mysql query. It has an optional parameter that adds single quotes around the result.
    • Added DSQL::PrepareInsertList() function which takes an array of names, and turns it into the following string: ['a', 'b', 'c'] => “(`a`, `b`, `c`) VALUES (?, ?, ?)”
  • DWCF v1.1.1
    • Added previous variable lookup to GetVars.VarArray.SQLLookup via %THEVAR-$VARNAME%
Section: Projects > DWCF
DWCF v1.1 updates
  • Added functionality:
    • GetVars.VarArray.SQLLookup:
      • Additional string parameters that have %THEVAR% are replaced with the value being checked
      • If the first item is NULL, it will be removed, and the return will include full rows ("*") of the query result set
  • Updated functionality:
    • json_encode() In RetMsg() and CallByAction() now use JSON_UNESCAPED_UNICODE
    • GetVars.VarArray.IsOptional now only triggers if it is (boolean)true
    • Added additional description specification to GetVars.VarArray.SQLLookup which says it uses the additional parameters as values to fill in the SQL Query
  • LICENSE: Now applies to 1.x instead of 1.0.x
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DSQL v2.0.2
  • Added static member $InitialPrintAndDieOnError which DSQL.PrintAndDieOnError inherits on creation
  • Bug Fixes:
    • mysqli_set_charset is set to utf-8
    • In FormatSQLError() the date() function used for “Start Time” now uses “24-hour format of an hour with leading zeros” [date(“H”)] instead of “12-hour format of an hour without leading zeros” [date(“g”)]
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Fixing VeraCrypt EFI Boot

I recently decided to swap around my hard drives to different SATA slots so my most used hard drives were on the fastest ports. Unfortunately, when I did this, my computer stopped booting to Windows. I never did figure out why my bootable EFI partitions only showed up randomly in BIOS depending on which hard drives were plugged in, but I found a configuration the computer liked and I was able to see the Microsoft Boot EFI partition and EFI boots on my USB keys.

The next step was to get the computer actually booting to something I could run commands on. When I try to boot directly to the EFI shell, the resolution is always screwed up and I can only see the top half of what should be visible, so I can’t actually see the command line I am typing too. This actually happens to everything I directly boot to that uses console text. The way around this for me is that I need to boot to the BIOS setup, and from there tell it to boot immediately to the EFI option of my choice when exiting the BIOS. From there, the proper resolution is used and everything is visible.

Next, in the EFI shell, you can run map to see all of the available possible mounts. This should automatically run when the EFI shell starts anyways, so you should already have that information. Any detected EFI partition on any bootable device should be given a mapping of “fs#” where # is a number. In my case, it was fs0. So to mount that, I ran mount fs0 x. “x” could be whatever you want, it doesn’t really matter. It’s analogous to a drive letter in windows, and you can make it any string (within reason, I believe anything alphanumeric should be fine). So next you would run x: to switch to that drive. From there, you can run cd EFI\Microsoft\Boot and then bootmgfw.efi to boot to windows.

Since I use VeraCrypt system encryption, I had to go to “EFI\VeraCrypt” and run DcsBoot.efi to finally boot into Windows through VeraCrypt.

Finally, to get the Windows Boot manager to start with VeraCrypt, run in the Windows command prompt bcdedit /set '{bootmgr}' path \EFI\VeraCrypt\DcsBoot.efi.

Slackware 64 Linux Install on UEFI

I recently tried to install Slackware 4.2 64-bit (Linux) onto a new mini PC I just bought. The new PC only supports UEFI so I had major issues getting the darn setup on the install cd to actually run. I never DID actually get the install cd to boot properly on the system, so I used an alternative. While the slack install usb key was in, I also added and loaded up an ubuntu live cd usb key. The following is what I used to run the slackware setup in Ubuntu.

#Login as root
#sudo su

InstallDVDName=SlackDVD #This is whatever you named your slackware usb key

#/mnt will contain the new file system for running the setup
cd /mnt

#Extract the initrd.img from the slackware dvd into /mnt
cat /media/ubuntu/$InstallDVDName/isolinux/initrd.img | gzip -d | cpio -i

#Bind special linux directories into the /mnt folder
for i in proc sys dev tmp; do mount -o bind /$i ./$i; done

#Mount the cdrom folder into /mnt/cdrom
rm cdrom
mount -o bind /media/ubuntu/$InstallDVDName/ ./cdrom

#Set /mnt as our actaul (ch)root
chroot .

#Run the slackware setup

#NOTE: When installing, your package source directory is at /cdrom/slackware64
Reading Mailchimp batch request results

It’s a bit of a pain reading results from batch requests to Mailchimp. Here is a quick and dirty bash script to get and pretty print the JSON output. It could be cleaned up a little, including combining some of the commands, but meh.

#Example variables

#Request the batch information from Mailchimp
curl --request GET --url "https://dummy:$APIKEY@$APIURL/3.0/batches/$BATCHID" 2> /dev/null | \

#Get the URL to the response
grep -oP '"response_body_url":"https:.*?"' | \
grep -oP 'https:[^"]*' | \

#Get the response
xargs wget -O - 2> /dev/null | \

#The response is a .tar.gz file with a single file in it. So get the contents of this file
tar -xzvO 2> /dev/null | \

#Pretty print the json of the full return and the “response” objects within
php -r '$Response=json_decode(file_get_contents("php://stdin"), true); foreach($Response as &$R) $R["response"]=json_decode($R["response"], true); print json_encode($Response, JSON_PRETTY_PRINT);'