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Add a Google CSE to a Drupal 7 site without using google_cse module

The https://drupal.org/project/google_cse module appears to be a dead project - the Drupal 7 port hasn't had any activity in over 2 years. If you want to use a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) on a Drupal 7 site, what do you do? Turns out it's relatively straight-forward to just generate the CSE over on Google's website, take the code and paste it into a Block, and that's it.

Apple's new iPhone trade-in upgrade program is good recycling news

iPhonesApple's iPhone trade-in program is rolling out in Apple stores across the US according to several reports.  It's possible to trade an iPhone for a later model through several places now, such as Best Buy.  But from Apple's point of view they want the customer to remain an Apple iPhone customer, whereas through other programs the "upgrade" could be to an Android device.   Customers are given a value for their iPhon

Olympus E-PL2 upgrade choice between E-PL5 or Nikon D3200

E-PL5-hero-black_1Have been looking for a new camera to replace my Olympus PEN E-PL2 and after weighing a number of parameters am going to upgrade to the Olympus PEN E-PL5.  I'm doing this instead of, for example, a Nikon D3200, for reasons I'll get to in a minute.  The E-PL5 is hugely improved over the E-PL2, and because it's nearly identically sized switching to the E-PL5 will be very familia

Textastic is a free competent programmers text editor

textstaticsMac's get used by software developers to write code.  We coders need competent software text editors.  That means syntax coloring and some other specific features for coding, such as making sure not to mangle the difference between a tab and a space.  Textastic is a competent programmers editor that happens to be free and is available in the Mac App Store.  It's also available as an iPad/iPhone app, and an upcoming version wi

Fotor - the free image editing app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windoze

I'm in the market for a free or low cost image editing application, one to resize images, do a little bit of touch-ups, manipulate the metadata tags, that sort of thing.  Nothing complex, and I certainly don't need Photoshop.  I heard of Fotor, supposedly a good image application and better yet it's free.

I have tested the Mac OS X desktop version on my laptop.  It's downloadable via their website, or available through the Mac App Store.  I got my copy through the App Store, and it was quite easy.

Findings while looking into implementing simultaneous multi-user editing on top of Node.js

I'm pondering developing something to support multiple people editing the same document at the same time.  I thought I'd seen a demo using something like backbone.js, socket.io, websockets, or something.  But that was months ago, I can't find it now, and after some searching have come up with some interesting pointers to some stuff but nothing that provides a solid starting point.  Instead I came up with warnings that this is HARD stuff - as in CompSciHard - including one toolkit written by an ex-Google-Wave engineer who said it took them 2 yrs to write Wave, and it would take another 2 yrs

How to diagnose Mac OS X startup disk being almost full

The 200 gigabyte disk in your laptop may have seemed infinitely huge when you bought it, but as it so often seems true there's a pattern of empty space getting filled up with stuff.  On a Mac OS X machine you find out the disk is full when the system pops up a dialog saying "Your startup disk is almost full.

Managing a Node.js server process with forever and an LSB-style init script for Debian

Want to run a Node.js process in the background with a good assurance it'll stay running?  Forever (https://github.com/nodejitsu/forever) provides some level of management and monitoring that a process you put in the background will keep running, and be restarted if it crashes.  Additionally you're likely to want to have the process (forever plus your server) started automagically when the system boots up.

Why is Google canceling Google Reader? Was it due to the redesign that gutted features?

RSS ReaderIt is surprising when a company wants to kill a popular product, and Google Reader certainly is a popular product.  Lots of people are using it, and are rabid users of the service.  But as I noted earlier, Google is planning to kill Reader in July 2013, and my response is to collect some requirements and look for a

Google Reader being retired in July, despite millions of passionate users

RSS ReaderToday, Google announced that Google Reader was to be retired on July 1, 2013.  For me this is a difficult piece of news to receive, because I read the news using Google Reader, and I am constantly using that application to keep abreast of news.  Google Reader, coupled with Google Alerts, has been an excellent way to keep up with things.  With the combination, I've programmed a long list of news/blog searches into Aler

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