Generating Apache style .htaccess redirects from Drupal's Path Redirect module

The "Path Redirect" module for Drupal 6 (http://drupal.org/project/path_redirect) is an excellent way to set up redirects from one URL to another. This module can be used for any purpose where you want the HTTP request for URL's on a Drupal website to automatically redirect to another URL. For example :-

  • you might want to have a nice URL to promote for some excellent product (example.com/excellent-camera) that lands on a merchant website while hiding the complexity of the merchant URL (making sure to include the affiliate link).

Previously - On Doctor Who

Hilarious retrospective of the entirety of Doctor Who from 1963 up until late 2011 Matt Smith.

Doctor Who The Cast and Crew Discuss Let's Kill Hitler - official previews and trailers for Doctor Who season 6 part 2

The next season of Doctor Who is coming up - and the BBC has released this bit of a video to tease our appetite. The first half of season 6 left us with lots of questions.. like, why was that little girl regenerating? The trailers they released also leave lots of questions and tantalize with many new things. The entrance into Hitler's office is - well - fitting. It's clear the arc here is about The Doctor actually dying, or not. And clearly we're gonna see more of Eye Patch Lady, and somehow River Song has an Eye Patch at some time? Why would that be.

Is Drupal's complexity turning people off? Hurm...

Ben Buckman asked a question that struck deep into a dissatisfaction that's been growing in me about Drupal. He spoke it from the perspective of someone who's spending a lot of time inside the code, but I have a different perspective and take on it because I prefer to stay at the admin screens. He talked about the API complexity, stuff that isn't working that used to work, modules not conforming to long-standing practices, modules not using core Drupal features when arguably they should, and so forth.

The potentially never-ending cost of email attachments

What's the cost of sending an attachment through e-mail? The cost to you is essentially free except that it's amortized into the cost of your internet access arrangement. But what's the real cost? And what's the cost of all attachments sent every day? This may seem like a trivial question, but as we move towards "cloud computing" and storing everything, including our e-mail, in the cloud it's worth thinking about what it means and the various effects of storing our email or pictures or videos or social history in the cloud.

Spamazon? Spammers filling electronic book marketplaces with junk?

A recent article by a Salon.com co-founder Laura Miller about the proliferation of cheap junky books in the Kindle marketplace. She's blaming spammers doing algorithmic manipulation of texts to spin off low quality books and in some individuals have posted thousands of books on Kindle. The fear is that the Kindle marketplace will be so full of junkyness that Kindle customers will be unable to find useful books and be turned off by the whole idea of purchasing electronic books instantly delivered wirelessly to a portable device.

What to do when you're screaming "SOMEONE ON BLOGSPOT HAS STOLEN MY ARTICLE!"

Say you've written an article that's getting a lot of attention. Say that someone running a blog on blogspot.com has copied the content of your article, word for word, posting it on their blog. It's a case of outright theft of your work. Maybe you spent the weekend traveling and staying in a hotel to get the information for that article, and they're directly stealing your hard work. It's a case of copyright infringement and obviously going to violate the terms of service for blogspot.com Who do you call?

Pandoc: a universal document converter, ePub creator, etc

Pandoc is called "a universal document converter". It "can read markdown and (subsets of) reStructuredText, textile, HTML, and LaTeX" and it "can write plain text, markdown, reStructuredText, HTML, LaTeX, ConTeXt, PDF, RTF, DocBook XML, OpenDocument XML, ODT, GNU Texinfo, MediaWiki markup, textile, groff man pages, Emacs org-mode, EPUB ebooks, and S5 and Slidy HTML slide shows". This makes it feasible as a universal document restructurer that could feasibly serve as a key segment in publishing electronic books.

Review: Doctor Who S06E05: The Rebel Flesh

What happens when Doctor Who meets a twisted version of Frankenstein? What we get (this time) is Rebel Flesh, that is Flesh that goes on a rebellion. What happens when the creations of our technology take on a life of its own, starts running around making its own decisions, having its own offspring, and engaging in rebellion or perhaps what they might think of as a war of liberation? That's what we have in this story, a technology which can program "Flesh" to be "anything" hence create life, and what happens when it takes on a life of its own?

Review: Doctor Who S06E04: The Doctors Wife

After the screwball tightly interwoven story arc laden season opener (Review: Doctor Who S06E02: The Day of the Moon and Review: Doctor Who S06E03: The Curse of the Black Spot), the powers that be must have realized we needed another "straight adventure" story with not a lot more than the episode in mind. That's more or less what we have - except the topic turns out to be something which fans for decades have pondered.

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