David Herron is a blogger, software engineer, electric vehicle enthusiast, and energy healer.

Repairing book navigation on a Drupal site

Maybe nobody else will find themselves in the situation that's in my hands right now. During the upgrade of this site from Drupal 5 to 6 the book navigation structure got screwed up. Drupal's book content is a tree structured set of pages which are loosely thought of as a "book". It's not really a book, but still the tree structure is a useful arrangement. I've published a lot of pages using the book structure and it was alarming that the structure got lost during the upgrade.


Drupal layout mysteriously broken on Internet Explorer?

On my Drupal-based forum site there was a problem - On Internet Explorer the page layout was horribly broken. The content, instead of laying out in a 2 or three column arrangement, had each section of the right/center/left columns one after another. It was as if some of the style sheets simply hadn't loaded. Fortunately you could still use the site meaning missing style sheets didn't interfere with usability except that the site was horrible to look at and probably turned off any Internet Explorer visitors.


Vonage and "The customer is always right"

I've been using vonage for several years primarily so I could make long phone calls w/o killing the anytime minutes on my cell phone. Vonage is a "voice over IP" telephone service (VOIP) and they've been in this business for quite awhile. Their service acts pretty much like a regular telephone but the connection is over the Internet. In my case I had a special router with a telephone jack, and a regular telephone gets plugged into that jack. Upon picking up the phone (like normal) you get a regular dial tone, you key in the phone number etc the same way as a regular telephone line.


Review: Pro Drupal Development (second edition)

Drupal is a very powerful content management system that can also serve as an excellent web application development framework. The features provided by Drupal are very comprehensive, flexible, and there is a large community of excited people supporting its development. Pro Drupal Development is a developers tome worthy of the system it documents.


Messaging & Notifications modules for Drupal

One key part of a community web site is a way to notify your users of activity on the site. It helps to bring them back if they receive a notification. Otherwise they might forget about the site. Out of the box Drupal doesn't offer notification capabilities but there are addon modules which do this. I've been using the subscriptions module on my main site however it hasn't been all that pleasant.


Installing Netgear's Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) w/o a Windows machine in sight

My latest gadget is a Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) from Netgear. I'm wanting to use WiFi around the house and my prior routers weren't working so well.


A strange Drupal error while running update.php: Call to undefined function: phptemplate_get_ie_styles()

I've upgraded and updated my Drupal installs a zillion times. A strange error has occurred on the last couple of them which has me scratching my head. I want to share some observations in the hope it will help some others..

Upon applying the updates and running update.php I get this error: Fatal error: Call to undefined function: phptemplate_get_ie_styles() in .../themes/garland/maintenance-page.tpl.php on line 23


Drupal disaster recovery with the Backup and Migrate module

I recently had a small disaster on this site -- the database which contains the Drupal config and data for this site, well, it went insane. Certain things were blowing up either with screwed up display or what's known as the "white screen of death". And I could not get them corrected. This is one of the downsides of Drupal is when things go wrong it's often nigh on impossible to diagnose the problem or repair it.


Text Size module for Drupal

The Text Size project provides a neat handy little gizmo to let people change the text size on your site. Have users who need a little help seeing text? This is the thing to let users set their preferred size.

It offers a block you position anywhere blocks go. The block has gizmos letting people set their preferred text size. That's about it.


Looking at Consert smart energy system, and Project FREEDM

"Dedicated to a secure and clean energy future, Consert Inc. is a thought and action leader in the design and implementation of intelligent energy distribution and management networks." Let's see what they mean.


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