Before I proceed, I want to state that I don't know Verite's gender, I didn't ask. So my references to "he" and "him" are purely an assumption on my part.  What I do know as facts is that Verite identifies himself as a hacker and reports that he is a teenager. Yesterday afternoon (Kiwi time), a user with the twitter handle @V3R1T3 sent me a tweet and asked me to pass on a message to the MODX team because they had "blocked" him. Initially, I wasn't sure that I wanted to engage in conversation with Verite given that he had publicly admitted to defacing the website and had posted a pastebin with some MODX users account information on the web. However, given these facts, the fact that I run MODX on several sites and have an account at, and my own innate curiosity, I decided to respond, ask a few questions, and see what I could find out. The resulting conversation was quite interesting and I asked Verite if I could post the chat verbatim on this blog for anyone who might be interested. We chatted for a while on twitter and then moved the conversation to Skype. To give this conversation some context, I will post a bit of background on the events that led up to it.

While working with PHP 5.3 scripts, you may have run into an error that tells you you need to set the time zone for PHP 5.3.0.  This might happen when upgrading or installing a CMS or other script in your hosted or local web environment. A comment error message I've run across several times when working with MODX, SilverStripe, Processwire, etc. is:

date.timezone option in php.ini must be set in PHP 5.3.0+
Another common error message is:
To use PHP 5.3.0+, you must set the date.timezone setting in your
In this brief post I'll describe a couple of different ways to deal with this.

ubuntu-virtual-hostsI've recently been doing a lot of my dev work and coding on Ubuntu 11.10 installed on a Lenovo Thinkpad T500, and learning the ins and outs of working from the terminal and all that.  I have several sites that I'm working on in my local ubuntu lamp set up. In this post, I'm going to describe the steps to create multiple virtual hosts on my local ubuntu set up for the various sites that I'm working on.

Just a quick post to let you all know that the MODX Revolution Beginner Tutorials series has been updated to reflect the changes made in MODX Revolution 2.2.  Initially these tutorials were written using Revolution 2.0.x, but MODX has since graduated to 2.2.x. The series is now up to 11 parts and there are still more installments to come, but to keep up to date, it was important to me to ensure that those who are starting the series now are able to relate what they see on their screen with what is represented in these tutorials. So what are the major changes that I've made that would affect someone who has used or is using these tutorials?