First impressions of Drupal 6

Drupal is moving forward, and the team is getting ready with Drupal 6. I'm doing a test installation and live-blogging what I see as I do it.

I first went into my web hosting control panel, and added a new mysql instance. Since the Drupal 6 beta 1 page says this beta version should not be used on production sites. We've resolved most errors reported so far, but there are outstanding known issues in bold letters, I'm not converting a production site (yet). Instead it's a test site on one of the "spare" (unused) domains I own.

Installation steps were:-

    How to create a podcast using Keynote

    I searched around the Net for this information and didn't find any discussion, so here goes with the solution I found. Suppose you want to make a video podcast out of a [amazon:B0007LW23A|Keynote] presentation? The obvious step, to use the Export feature in Keynote, just results in overly large files. I want to take this step by step and explain what I did to get a reasonably sized file.

    First, in Keynote I created my presentation. It's a normal presentation so don't sweat over this part.

    Chris Hedges on “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America”

    Chris Hedges on “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America” is a very stunning interview about the role of fascistic thinking in America, that has subverted the Christian Right, and is threatening to turn the U.S.A. into a Theocracy. Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves.

    Viacom and YouTube duking it out over video sharing

    In this CNET article Viacom moves on without YouTube a very strange argument is made. The situation is that clips from Comedy Central programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are very popular on YouTube. Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, has demanded that over 100,000 clips be removed from YouTube.

    Digital photo wallets, and other portable storage

    Say you're taking a long trip, bringing a digital camera, you don't want to lug a laptop computer, and you don't want to lose the pictures you're taking.  It may be a once-in-a-lifetime trip somewhere like a trip to Antarctica, or a 50th wedding anniversary, where losing the pictures you take means they cannot in any way shape or form ever be recaptured.

    Quick look at image browsing alternatives for the Mac

    Obviously iPhoto is the 800 pound gorilla when it comes to browsing and archiving images on the Mac.  iPhoto comes bundled with all Mac's and it's a decent enough application for most users.  But it's the be-all-end-all of image browsing applications so let's look at some alternatives.

    Thoughts on "perfect" image browsing

    In my previous blog entry I discussed a flaw with iPhoto.  Namely that iPhoto stores your pictures in a screwy library directory structure that basically entraps your pictures in their application.  So it's not permanently entrapped but it is enough of a problem that I spent awhile trying to think of what my ideal solution would be.

    Fixing a fatal flaw in iPhoto

    I've grown to dislike iPhoto for one feature.  Overall it's a really nice application with a lot going for it, useful features, the ability to create picture books and have them printed automagically, etc.  But the critical flaw is that your pictures have to be encased in its proprietary storage system.   On importing photos into iPhoto it makes a copy of each image file in its own directory hierarchy and any edits it does on the images are on that copy.  You are expected to delete your copy and only use the copy which iPhoto has.

    The fight over entertainment in your living room

    I recently bought a Mac Mini to try installing in my living room. It's an experiment to see what having a powerful multimedia device can mean when it's taken away from the office desktop and you try to put it in the living area. It's an interesting experiment and I'll be posting some observations about it later. However I'm finding this CNET NEWS article interesting: Apple, Microsoft have designs on your living room


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