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.

Measuring home heat loss through windows or pipes with a hand-held IR thermometer

Earlier I wondered - Do window insulation films reduce heat loss in winter? That post links to a bunch of videos talking about using plastic films or other layers of plastic to sorta mimic multi-pane windows. The best insulated windows are apparently ones with multiple layers (multi-pane), but if you're like me and have a landlord it's not possible to swap out your single-pane windows for better ones. Maybe adding a sheet of plastic will add a good enough air layer to create some insulation effect. Maybe.

Do window insulation films reduce heat loss in winter?

It's winter time and the noninsulated older house I live in is again cold. There's not a lot one can do with this old house, because the walls themselves seem to not be insulated (they're cold to the touch). But the windows are single pane and obviously a lot of heat is lost through them. Glass simply does not do much for insulation, though modern double or triple paned windows are much better. In my case this is a rented house, and it's simply not possible to install better windows. But something I can do without seeking landlord permission is to install window insulating film.

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.

Blocking an undesired item while using the Amazon Store module for Drupal

The other day I was contacted by a lawyer about an improper use of their trademark. Unfortunately the improper use stemmed from a product listing controlled by the "Amazon Store" module, and is in data retrieved from amazon.com using their affiliate product web services API. The "Amazon Store" module implements something like the "aStore" feature supported by amazon.com, but hosted on a Drupal site. Because all the data comes direct from amazon.com there is little control over how it is displayed.

Maybe the Domain Access module causes more trouble than it's worth?

I've been trying out the Domain Access module and made a couple blog posts describing the learning (see: Configuring Drupal blocks when using the Domain Access module and Looking at (and a debugging tip) the Domain module for Drupal). In a comment, David Hansen Lange made an observation that's been in the back of my mind.

Configuring Drupal blocks when using the Domain Access module

Following on from my blog post the other day, Looking at (and a debugging tip) the Domain module for Drupal, I want to look at one of the gaps in the Domain Access module. Out of the box it does not modify the blocks configuration pages, meaning that out of the box all configured blocks show up for all domains. This is unlikely to be what you want, instead what's likely is to have different blocks for different domains.

Looking at (and a debugging tip) the Domain module for Drupal

This week I decided to try out the Domain module for Drupal. The immediate goal was to support multiple domains and what looks like multiple websites out of one Drupal instance. I'm thinking there might be an advantage where the content across related websites could be more easily cross-referenced between the sites. Plus I'm expecting a maintenance gain from having one Drupal instance rather than several. Plus I'm working with an organization that could want to support multiple websites for its committees.

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