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Do It With Drupal

Posted on: 2008-12-10 17:13:58

Do It With Drupal has been great so far! Met lots of people and have been having a great time! We went out to eat last night at Bourbon House Seafood on Bourbon Street:

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It's a wonderful place. Great food and not too pricey! Seafood platter = win.

The conference came up to full speed this morning and there has never been a dull moment. Lots of great ideas and some good conversations.

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So far, a few thoughts:

  • There are a lot of .edus here. 50% or more at least.
  • I've heard "we have that problem, too" a lot. People feel less dumb knowing that others are running into the same problem as they are.
  • Themes seem to cause more "issues" than any other piece of Drupal. (You know, as opposed to modules or things not working right.)
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Update

Posted on: 2008-12-03 07:57:35

I've been pretty quiet on here for the past month or so. Things have been pretty crazy. Two(ish) weeks ago I moved to Temple, TX. I know what some of you are thinking but I have to honestly say that I thought I was going to die of boredom here. Turns out I've barely been able to sit down and hack around on fun stuff like I normally did.

Moving here was great. Now, however, the real task is going to be prepping the condo for rent. Then I've got to get cleaning supplies, hang the christmas lights, fertilize the lawn, go to the dump and then next week I'm heading to NOLA for "Do It With Drupal":http://www.doitwithdrupal.com/, which promises to be a ton of fun.

Anyhoo, I've got another blog post in the works here that I'll get posted today or tomorrow. It's going to be long and inspired. I promise. Until then, drink a cup of hot chocolate, throw another log on the fire, and sing another Christmas Carol!

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I Hate Microsoft Office 2008 For Mac

Posted on: 2008-11-17 14:19:25

I have no earthly idea why it does this, but it really makes my blood boil:

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Just in case you are wondering what the problem is, my documents are not named Document1 [Compatibility Mode] and Document2 [Compatibility Mode]. They are called... well it doesn't matter what they are called but it's not this! I'm sure you can imagine what it's like having to use 2 programs to figure out what I'm looking at. And yes, these documents were originally created by Microsoft Word (for Windows, no doubt).

I'm uninstalling Office 2008 this afternoon. I'm tired of this crap.

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Do Your Hot Corners Ever Stop Working In OSX?

Posted on: 2008-10-29 08:33:51

Mine do. I'm not sure what's causing it, but I know what fixes it:

<code lang="bash">killall Dock

Now, if I could only get my system to wake up 100% every time.

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Different Strokes For Different Folks

Posted on: 2008-10-27 22:29:35

My boss was kind enough to send me the link to "this Wired.com article about how 'Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004'":http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/magazine/16-11/st_essay. I think their article has some merit, but there is something they are missing. I'm not sure about you, but I'm the exact opposite of what they are talking about.

bq. Twitter — which limits each text-only post to 140 characters — is to 2008 what the blogosphere was to 2004. You'll find Scoble, Calacanis, and most of their buddies from the golden age there. They claim it's because Twitter operates even faster than the blogosphere. And Twitter posts can be searched instantly, without waiting for Google to index them.

It's all about getting their information and ideas out there. That is, Scoble, Calacanis, et al. originally started blogs because they had information they wanted to know and blogs provided them with an adequate time-to-published latency. They wanted to get their ideas out there as fast as they could. But just because something is fast, doesn't mean it's better. Take txt messaging as an example.

You can let someone know that you're going to be late by txting them. It's extremely fast and is perfect for what you are trying to do. But you wouldn't want to try to explain anything in great detail in bursts of 140-characters-or-less messages that automatically broadcast to anyone who might be even slightly interested in what you have to say. It's too easy to be too-brief and pull the trigger too quickly on something that might be dumber than you expected because it's not subjected to the scrutiny that a regular, typed out post very well would be.

Blogs are still one of the fastest media out there for publishing and for the other 99.5% of us, they'll be the medium of choice for many years to come. Twitter and Facebook are the medication deprived ADHD stepchildren of blogs. They are most definitely not the blogs of yesteryear, no matter what their parents might say.

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Download, Uncompress, and Untar a File

Posted on: 2008-10-27 09:43:22

Just wanted to write this little shell code snippet down because I've been using it quite a bit. It downloads, ungzips, and untars a file without saving it using "wget":http://linux.die.net/man/1/wget:

<blockcode lang="bash">wget -O - http://example.com/file.tgz | tar xvz

Or, if you're Mac Like Me, you'd use "curl":http://curl.haxx.se/docs/manpage.html:

<blockcode lang="bash">curl http://example.com/file.tgz | tar xvz

Beats having all those .tar.gz files laying around like dirty kleenex.

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Why Can't We Monitor File Uploads In Major Browsers?

Posted on: 2008-10-24 23:48:23

"This guy says everything I wanted to say":http://michaelkimsal.com/blog/why-do-browsers-still-not-have-file-upload-progress-meters/ and more. His article was written in late June of this year and everything still applies.

I'm working on something like this right now. Gosh, it's infuriating.

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Fixed My First Dryer Today

Posted on: 2008-10-09 23:30:55

I have an old GE Dryer (Model # DDE5300BBL) downstairs. The belt popped in it about a month ago and I finally got around to fixing it. Unscrewed everything, cleaned it, but then I couldn't find out how the belt fit. Luckily, everything is on the internet.

Had I shopped a little harder, I could've gotten the belt for "about $6":http://cgi.ebay.com/GE-WE12X82P-Dryer-Belt-WE12X82-New-fits-Hotpoint-RCA-GE_W0QQitemZ380065144859QQihZ025QQcategoryZ20714QQcmdZViewItem, but I ended up spending about "$18 with shipping":http://www.partstore.com/Part/General+Electric/General+Electric/WE12X82/New.aspx. Taking the thing apart was easy. Cleaning the beast was a task, taking about 40 minutes and several trips to empty the vacuum. Then the belt wouldn't fit right. Turns out I was doin it rong. Oh well. A couple more google searches led me to a that describe "how to change a GE dryer belt":http://www.applianceaid.com/ge-dryers.html#belt (among other things). Great little site. Now my dryer is happily spinning away and the repair only took about an hour total.

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Join The Central Texas Drupal User Group!

Posted on: 2008-10-06 15:36:10

After talking with some friends and colleagues, it seemed about time to go ahead and start up the "Central Texas Drupal Group":http://groups.drupal.org/central-texas. Once we get enough people, we'll start meeting (monthly most likely). Since the distribution of people is split 50/50 Waco/Temple, the location of the next people that join will decide which city we'll meet in.

Sign up now, and let anyone else you know of know so we can form a group of developers in Central Texas!

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Authorize.Net Password Reset \"Bug\"

Posted on: 2008-09-30 23:33:36

It turns out that when you reset your password in "Authorize.Net":http://www.authorize.net/, the password reset page's new password fields have a maxlength value of 50. This is great, but the login form for the Merchant page's login only has a maxlength value of 25.

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The end result is that putting in a password of 26 characters or more in the password reset screen will make you pull your hair out when you can't login to the site (saying that your password is incorrect!)

You can test this by changing your password using the reset link (don't know if it works from inside the account manager) and change it to something longer than 25 characters. Logout and then try to log back in. It won't work. If you visit the page with Firefox and Firebug (or any other edit-in-place browser plugin) and modify the maxlength of the password field in the login form, paste, and submit, you'll be able to login just fine.

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Hopefully they will fix this by extending the maxlength of the login password field and not decreasing the maxlength of the password reset field.

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