Archive for January, 2004

‘Theme’ issue resolved

As you can now attest, the site theme issue has been resolved. I really like the look and feel of the site now, so it looks like I’ll be sticking with it. Just a few tweaks here and there…

Have I mentioned that Drupal ( http://www.drupal.org ) really rocks?

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My current online RSS reader of choice

I’ve been using http://www.bloglines.com for about 2 weeks now and I must say, I’m addicted to it. Previously, my reader of choice was PocketFeed on my PocketPC. It’s a great app, but the current development effort is EXTREMELY slow, with a small, incremental release once every 6-9 months if you’re lucky. It also restricts me to a PDA only solution for all my RSS reading. Now with Bloglines, I have a full web-based interface for reading/tracking all my feeds of interest, as well as a ‘mobile’ version, which is perfectly designed for my PDA. I get the best of both worlds! And with OPML support, I can easily move my ‘feed list’ around to/from any machine I want, if I need to at all…

Bloglines sure makes my life easier…

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Cool Windows XP Internal System Tools

While doing some troubleshooting on my Windows XP workstation at home, I had a need to determine what network connections my computer currently was using and what processes were attached to them. Sure, I could run ‘netstat’, but that will only tell me what connections I have. If I spot anything out of the ordinary, it doesn’t tell me what ‘process’ is using that connection. That’s when I hit Google and found this gem of a site, http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/utilities.shtml

The utility I actually needed was called TCPView, but the owner of this site has authored a slew of other very cool utilities, much like the ones I use everyday in a Linux environment.

Utilities like:

  • Handle – This handy command-line utility will show you what files are open by which processes, and much more.
  • RegMon – This monitoring tool lets you see all Registry activity in real-time. It works on all versions of WinNT/2K, Windows 9x/Me and Windows 64-bit.
  • Process Explorer – Find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open, which DLLs they have loaded, and more. This uniquely powerful utility will even show you who owns each process.

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Issues with my current website ‘theme’…

I run the latest and greatest CVS version of Drupal under the hood of this site. Looks like the latest changes to the core changed the way a couple of functions I use in my new theme work. Until I can get the code rewritten, this is how the site will look. Not great, but usable I guess…

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My Yahoo! RSS Beta Launched

While browsing through my daily dose of RSS feeds, I came across something that caught my eye. The words “Yahoo!” and “RSS” together in a subject-line. At first glance, I assumed it was about the new Yahoo! XML feeds that became available a few months ago. What was different this time was that the subject said “My Yahoo! RSS”. Could it be true? Could My Yahoo! become an RSS aggregator? Well, the answer is yes!

You can see some details here: My Yahoo! RSS Beta Launched

You can also go directly to the My Yahoo! RSS Addition page: http://e.my.yahoo.com/config/promo_content?.module=ycontent

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Added a Photo Gallery

I added a photo gallery to the site, as well as the option to post stories/entries with an image attached. Great for when I take a picture with my phone and just have to show it off to everyone :)

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My site logo is crap

Last night, I stayed up late to whip up a new site logo just to use as a placeholder. This morning, I wake up, check the site and see that I can’t even get my colors straight… I’m begining to really hate that logo. I love the whole ‘house’ theme, but I’m seriously considering dumping that little house image unless I can come up with something more creative. Anyone out there have any ideas?

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Yes, I finally updated my site…

I finally got tired of getting ridiculed by Scott and Matt and took the time to get a few things straightened out in order to get the new site out.

I’ve moved away from using Postnuke, which was becoming more of a burden each time I wanted to do something with the site. It was also heavy and full of bugs that drove me nuts. I’m now using Drupal as the core CMS for the site. It’s MUCH easier to play with the code, the look and feel, etc. Also, I have been dealing with a couple of members of the development team and find this Open Source package an refreshing change from other cores I looked at.

I still have work to do, but what you see here is probably 75% of what the site will actually end up looking like. Let me know if you have any ideas and/or issues.

Thanks.

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