Lulu makes it easy to publish e-books and printed books

I've been looking at e-book publishing and am turning my attention to lulu.com. They've been in business quite awhile and the first I'd heard of them was as a service to help authors put together print books for sale through amazon.com. However they've grown quite a bit and for example now sell books directly on their own website.

Their publisher services include all sorts of printed books, e-books, photo books, calendars, CD's, DVD's, Cookbooks, Poetry, yearbooks, etc.

Re: Google AdSense ad serving has been disabled to your site

Dear Google, this morning I found an email with the subject "Google AdSense ad serving has been disabled to your site". It said that a review of my account "found that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our program policies". What a way to get my attention. Unfortunately you offer zero methods for me to respond to you leaving me very unsatisfied with you as an organization. It leaves me with one resort for making any reply, and that is this open letter to you, in the hope that you will see it.

Dramatic performance effect of enabling the Block Cache Alter module on Drupal 6 websites

I have my websites hosted on Dreamhost VPS's and the other day decided to consolidate some of my sites onto one server. Using the Munin monitoring I've installed (see Use Munin to monitor a Dreamhost MySQL VPS) I could see the CPU utilization on the server was very low - below 15% - indicating that the server had CPU capacity. But a different performance issue showed up after consolidating the sites on one server. Namely the memory allocation had to be increased to 3GB when that server previously ran well at 1.2GB of memory.

Tracking Variations in the Earth's Magnetic Field

Scientists have known for decades that the earth's magnetic field reverses from time to time, and that magnetic north fluctuates. Some wise guy (the Buddha) said once that everything changes all the time, and the only thing which doesn't change is the process of change. Anyway, the basic idea is that the magnetic field is not a static thing but varies and moves and changes.

The future of the RSS Remote Enclosure module for Drupal

I know that Drupal has minimal support out-of-the-box for podcasting (simply use file upload, upload a media file, and it becomes an Enclosure tag in the RSS feed) and that modules like File Field Podcaster are supposed to do excellent things for podcasting with Drupal. However for podcast's I've done, I've used the RSS Remote Enclosures module. Around a year ago, due to some patches I'd made to the module, the then-current maintainers handed me the reins of the module but I've done very little with it.

Save your server! Detect taxonomy term loops in Drupal 6!

I dunno exactly how I did this, but the taxonomy hierarchy on one of my sites had a taxonomy loop. That server has been having periodic load overload that kills performance and eventually I realized an issue is this taxonomy loop. In taxonomy.module the function taxonomy_get_parents_all can get tripped up if your taxonomy hierarchy has a loop. I'd found one looped term by hand, and just wrote a little script to detect others.

Review: Drupal 7 First Look

Drupal 7 is in the RC phase, so it's time to begin thinking about your upgrade from 6 to 7. (My condolences if you're having to think about a 5 to 7 upgrade) I wish to present to you my thoughts on a new book which will prove rather helpful in upgrading your thinking to the new hotness of Drupal 7.

Drupal 7 is as different from Drupal 6 as that one was from Drupal 5. Making the upgrade seems to involve not just the technical stuff of the upgrade process, but also understanding what's new and how things are different. This book will give you a very good grounding in that newness.

Is "lots" of followers a good idea? Or is the idea to have valuable conversations?

We’re looking to create social good via social media networking websites. There are plenty of competing ideas on the best way to operate a social media networking account to create the most impact.

Green Transportation Examiner - my main social media for social good project

For a year and a half I’ve been privileged with the role of Journalist, covering the greening of our transportation system. My main gig is on examiner.com with the title Green Transportation Examiner. Examiner.com operates a “citizen journalist” organization with 10’s of thousands of people writing on whatever special topic floats their own boat, and I am one of them. I’m currently learning how to utilize social media networks in promoting the journalist work I’m doing with examiner.com.

Using "drush make" to maintain the source tree for a Drupal site, and avoid killing kittens

To avoid killing kittens through hacking Drupal core I've been maintaining a source tree using Mercurial (see: How to use Mercurial to hack Drupal Core without killing kittens). But, I had an inspired idea recently to see how well "drush make" could take care of the job and maybe stop using a private source tree. One of the key required features would be to maintain a set of local patches. I'm pleased to report some positive success and it looks like a useful method for a D6 to D7 upgrade.

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