June 2010

Spread the word

You just wrote a blog post that you believe might be useful for others. Here's a simple way to lower the threshold for readers to bookmark and spread the word about your featured post: Share This. This neat Drupal module will display a "Share This" widget, where your audience can select their preferred soclai networking site where they want to share your words.

Configuring an SMTP server for sending mail with Drupal

Sending mails from Drupal is a feature we take for granted. Sometimes however you can't rely on the default SMTP settings available from your hosting provider. This week I was unable to send mails from my Drupal site, because the default sendmail installation was no longer functioning. Fortunately I quickly found a solution with the SMTP Authentication Support module.

Rearranging comments in Drupal

Moving comments around in Drupal is not (yet) straightforward. There is an experimental module that aims at providing this type of funcitonality, but the maintainers strongly discourage you in using it on live sites. If you're a daredevil, just go ahead and play with the comments table. You might ruin your comment structure though… unless you want to understand how Drupal manages comments. After reading this post you should be able to move comments without fear.

One URL to Rule them All, One URL to Find them, One URL to Bring them All and in the Web Bind them

If you read Tolkien's books you most likely will recognize the title of this blog post. It's about power. Absolute power. If you aim for high impact communication on the overloaded Internet, you better avoid being sandboxed by search engines because of duplicate links to essentially the same content. In addition, you don't want to confuse your audience in a spaghetti of URLs. Finally, duplication is hard to maintain anyway.

Fortunately there's a simple yet effective solution: the Global Redirect module.

Replacing node/123 links with more meaningful URLs

Ever wanted to know why Drupal exposes content via links like "node/123" instead of "content/some-more-meaningful-page-title-reference"? Or are you unhappy with URLs like "node/123"? Then read on.

The way Drupal manages content requests out-of-the-box is very lean and efficient, but it is not very meaningful for human beings, content recommendation engines or search engines. Fortunately there is an easy solution, requiring only 2 extra modules: Pathauto and Token.

EAGLE library for 2.45GHz planar inverted F antenna (PIFA)

In creating Mark II of a Bluetooth link with my telescope mount, I realized I would need a 2.45GHz antenna for better performance. So I went looking on the Internet for information on Bluetooth antennas. I collected 5 basic options: quarter-wave wire antenna, half-wave wire antenna, chip antenna, external 50Ω antenna, and planar (PCB) antenna:

FireFox Extension for Cloudy Nights Forums: version 1.0.0 has been released!

The first public version of cn_ubb_enhance , a free FireFox extension that enhances your Cloudy Nights user experience, is a fact! You can download it here: http://shutterfreak.net/xtra/firefox/cn_ubb_enhance/cnubbenhance-1.0.0.xpi Version 1.0.0 is a complete rewrite since version 0.5 as a 100% native FireFox addon. No more GreaseMonkey meddling and related potential security issues. This version contains the following fixes and changes: