“Designers who don’t understand that websites are business assets which must achieve specific business objectives, which in turn are tied to revenue goals…are not actually designers at all. They are artists.”
“Similarly, if a designer talks about creating “clean” or “usable” websites, leave immediately and look elsewhere. Imagine if a caterer advertised like that. “We provide clean, edible food.” Outstanding—that’s just what I’m looking for!”
“Sadly, most designers don’t realize they’re amateurs. A lot of them have been in business for years, surviving off witless business owners who believe, as they do, that aesthetics are the key to profits. But there is a saying I once heard from Drayton Bird: some people have 20 years of experience…and some people have one year of experience, repeated 20 times.”
I’ve been working with Drupal for the past 4 months and it’s been a rocky road. It’s a complex beast with very little up to date documentation especially regarding contributed modules. I’m constantly searching on Google and on Drupal forums to find answers to my questions, especially views and panels related questions. Generally when I’ve got a programming related problem that I can’t solve I do the following:
Stackoverflow generally is my last resort and if I’m completely stuck I’ll post my query on there.If you’ve never heard of stackoverflow.com then it’s basiclly a free Q&A site for programming related questions where people can ask and answer questions from other programmers and developers. Here is the description taken from stackoverflow’s website:
Now first things first, stackoverflow.com is an amazing resource, generally I post a question on there and get a reply within a few minutes. The problem with stackoverflow is that it covers a vast arrary of programming lanuguages and topics and it can be hard to find what you’re looking for in a sea of questions. I’ve been looking for a site that mimcs stackoverflow but is only specific to Drupal. Well it turns out the the folks that built stackoverflow.com have created comminuity of sites under the title Stack Exchange. You can login and submit your own idea for a stackoverflow style site for a topic of your choice.
Someone has already submitted a proposal for a Drupal Q&A site powed by the software that runs stackoverflow.com. They need so many people to commit to the project before the site will get created. I can see this as being the no 1 resource for getting answers to Drupal questions but it’s not got enough people committed yet to make this a reality.
So you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this?
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Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.
Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they’ll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you’ve installed Dropbox on (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!) Because a copy of your files are stored on Dropbox’s secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.
Just installed iPhone OS 4.0 beta that was released to developers yesterday. It seems to be a great release and delivers on a lot of feature requests. One of the biggest new features was multi-tasking support. Multi-tasking is the ability to switch from one application to another without closing the current application. Basically when you switch apps they are kept running in the background or frozen until you return to them where you can pick up where you left off.
To activate this new multitasking feature in iPhone OS 4, one has to double click the physical Home button (the round button with a icon of a square) to bring up the new app switcher. Now up until now double clicking the home button brought up the iPod controls when music was playing. In this new release the popup iPod controls are nowhere to be found. Here are some other Home button combos:
Click Home once (from lock screen) – Wake iPod
Double click Home (from lock screen) – Bring up iPod controls
Click Home once (from dashboard) – Go to first icon page / search
Double click Home (from dashboard) – Display the new multi-tasking app switcher
Hold Home – Voice Control
Hold Home and press Lock – Take screenshot
Hold Home and Hold Lock – Restart phone
Goodness knows where the accessibility options have gone which used to be triple click Home.
Now is it me or is by having just two hardware soft buttons (i.e. function determined by software) a bit to much on the sparse side? The fact that there are this many key combinations is slightly worrying. Can anyone remember all of these? It also does not help that Apple changes this combinations in each iPhone OS release.
Maybe it’s time that the next iPhone device has a few extra buttons?
If you are running Ubuntu jeOS and selected the minimal VMWare installation option you may find that you receive the following error when you attempt to mount a CDROM using the sudo mount /cdrom command from the command line:
mount: unknown filesystem type 'iso9660'
This is because the kernel does not have iso9660 (cdrom filesystem) support built-in. To fix the problem you just need to upgrade your kernel by running the following commands as root from the command line:
then restart your machine by running the following command:
shutdown -r now
Once you’ve restarted you should now find that you can mount CDROM’s by using mount /cdrom command.
I’ve been given the task at work to mirror all of our websites on-to our local development server. I knew instantly that I needed to use something like rsync but was unsure how to use it. Also rsync runs over SSH and requires human intervention to enter the login password for the remote server over SSH. As I want the mirror to update daily I would need to setup a cron job but that could not work as the rsync command rqquires someone to type in a password.
After Googling I found this fantastic article at How to Forge: Mirror Your Web Site With rsync. It gives an extensive step-by-step guide on how to setup mirroring using rsync, configuring the servers so that rsync does not require a password when connecting to remote server, and how to setup the cron jobs.