Archive - 2009

December 25th

It's Nagios Drupal Monitoring time for us dogs, now that Acquia is mumbling in its beer.

Aquia Drupal - free as in beer and speachI still have my brown Acquia T-shirt that was distributed at the March, 2009 Washington DC DurpalCon. On the back it says "Free as in beer". Well, the free bit still applies to Acquia Drupal, and the various stacks which are useful for various operating systems and environments to a lot of people. But now Acquia is mumbling in their beer: no more freebie community style accounts, you gotta start paying for site monitoring via the Acquia Network once the initial 30 day trial period ends. OK, it does include goodies like Acquia search, and other stuff. But to get a solution that is truly free as in beer, and a richer solution at that, it's clearly Nagios time for us dogs.

This is a detailed howto article, but you can skip the parts that you don't need easily, and it will get you up and running with an enviable Nagios Drupal Monitoring station. Just jump in wherever:

Google Translate madness for Drupal - stick it in with a simple template addition

This short article explains how to quickly and easily add Google Translate functionality to Drupal content without hacking any blocks or the actual content itself. You simply stick it into a page template where it belongs.

I guess this should be done up as a module like the Google Analytics module, which helps you configure the addition of the necessary HTML and Javascript code to the pages you want through an admin interface, especially considering you need a Google key for Analytics.


But for Google Translate you do not need any keys yet and this is so simple it's hardly worth the CVS.

October 5th

Bazaar: new website launch - great usability & stick Bazaar Explorer on Jaunty

Very cool, Emma proudly tweeted (and justifiably so):

The new Bazaar home page has launched! Check it out at #bzr #redesign

OK. Headed right over to Very cool. I've been using Bazaar for most of my development over the past few months, and have had quite a few tugs with their old website. One of the hardest things was to know what was current, what was old, what was easy, even though the quantity of good docs has never been a problem.

Now I discover this cross-platform Bazaar Explorer desktop app I didn't even know existed! Check out the demo right from the home page!

So even though I'm basically a command line worker, I immediately stuck this on my jaunty laptop, because on one of those bleary "who am I and what's my name?" mornings, it's going to give me a nice bookmarked overworld of what I'm up to and what I should be doing of a morning.

August 14th

Project Flow & Tracker "Paris" - Part 3: Towards integration with Open Atrium via our very own branded Feature Server!

So today finally Project Flow & Tracker meets Open Atrium, and does so in style. My friends at Development Seed just told me about the new availability of the feature server code (w00t! out just a couple of days right here:, not to mention a spanking new theme, singular,

"a minimal theme that can be rebranded quickly and simply using background images a la Twitter. The theme comes with several prepackaged backgrounds and site administrators are encouraged to upload their own."

also out just a couple of days, and which can be found at . Singular and depends on the base theme Tao: (also fresh meat!).

So we will be diving right in. Here are the steps we will be taking, so hang on to your mice, it's going to be a fun ride:

August 8th

Project Flow & Tracker "Paris" bursts into life as a feature - Part 2

Dedicated to the compadres at #drupalcampla

Today we witness the birth of PFT "Paris" as a feature, that is, based on the Open Atrium compatible features family of modules which promise plug and play feature components for Drupal. It should also serve as a useful tutorial on how to get started with features (and a smidgeon of drush and bzr too!). And you can download the whole shebang and enjoy Project Flow & Tracker lite. What we'll do: