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Having to do with things I'm playing around with, development-wise

I'm going to Drupalcon!

Posted on 19 February 2008 by jose

I'm looking forward to the first week in March, because I'm going to Drupalcon with my co-workers. I've been using Drupal for almost a year now, so I'm still a relative newbie, but I feel I've learned a lot, and I've gotten to really enjoy hacking on modules and theming using templates. I'm very excited over what I might learn in a couple of weeks.

Staring down the Bazooka

Posted on 30 September 2007 by jose

I've been heavily using Drupal for a couple months now, and I've finally absorbed enough to start troubleshooting the various migration issues that occurred when I went from Wordpress to what I'm playfully referring to as The Bazooka (because there's just so much you can do, and so many modules if you can't do something; it's amazing, and as I originally assessed years ago when I wanted a blogging platform, almost too powerful. Almost).

Is it wrong that I'm amused by this?

Posted on 04 September 2007 by jose

Every time I drive by this sign, I giggle a little bit. I don't know why...

Easy, there, doc, you don't have to use the whole fist...

In other news,

Viewing Drupal from home

Posted on 29 August 2007 by jose

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After a long, hard day at work hacking on Drupal, I like to come home, relax... and hack on Drupal. I've created a view for my existing articles so as to create a dynamic landing page for same. I'm pleased with the results so far.

Another WordPress Update

Posted on 12 August 2007 by jose

I finally took some time to update to WP 2.2.2. Naturally, this update broke Democracy again, so I have to go through my mini-hack that lets it work with WP-Cache and figure out what changed from the original 2.0 to 2.2.2. I also have to go through my plugins to figure out what else I broke. I'm starting to feel nostalgic for Drupal's file structure. More on that later.

Web Standards Checklist

Posted on 12 February 2007 by jose

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While rummaging around in my Internet, I discovered a web standards checklist from August 2004 that still seems relevant today. How can you not love a checklist that cites HTML Dog (accessible forms), A List Apart (various), Position Is Everything (CSS hacks, via a hacks thread), and the W3C (various, again)?

Just another resource for the old web-dev toolbox.

Server Followup

Posted on 27 November 2006 by jose

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After running some extremely sophisticated tests (tried a known-good power cord, tried a known-good power supply), I determined that Pestilence needs a new power supply. I took one of my newer machines and unplugged the motherboard power connector; it was long enough to reach Pestilence's motherboard connector, giving the two PCs the look of one car giving the other a jump start. Since a new power supply is a relatively cheap part, I will not be getting the Mini-ITX fanless system I was considering as a replacement.

Home server down

Posted on 13 November 2006 by jose

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So the Linux server I use to host hackwater.net from home is down. This is funny because I was discussing just such an occurrence with a co-worker, and when I got home, the server was dead. I suspect a faulty power supply. Or possibly an aged power supply, considering how old this server is. This means most of the little projects I had going on Pestilence (the actual server name) are on hold until I can bring it back up. First, I need to figure out the extent of the damage. I hope the motherboard and cards are OK, as replacing all of these makes no sense on a server this old.

Pythonic, but not prophetic

Posted on 09 September 2006 by jose

I was asked to present sample Python code recently. I figured since it was close to hand, digitally speaking, I might as well put it here as part of my code samples. The code below stems from my attempts to keep my dynamic IP address updated with my DNS provider (Zoneedit, if you're keeping score). That can be tricky sometimes; I've had instances when the Zoneedit DNS servers seem completely unresponsive, so no matter how clever the script, it can't really update anything. This is fairly rare, but extremely frustrating when it occurs.

Xajax and Testing

Posted on 29 August 2006 by jose

I've installed the xajax library for PHP. It's part of my nefarious plan to play around with Ajax outside of the Google Maps API. Unfortunately, I don't really have any forms that need dynamic validation right now. Maybe I can make one up. I've also been looking at unit testing frameworks for PHP.

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