Drupal LogoHere’s another quick Drupal 6 tip: if you have the Update Status module enabled, you can get notifications by email when updated modules for your site are available.

This is a handy thing to have, particularly for security updates. As I understand it, the Update Status module periodically checks against the Drupal website (on each cron run) and will notify you if updates are available. I think it only checks activated modules though, so if there are updates to inactive modules, it won’t notify you.Continue reading

Drupal LogoIf you were reading a couple of weeks back, I was musing about the effectiveness of minimalist blog designs and their impact on search engine optimisation.

The basic notion was that by eradicating all the extra stuff on the page and just displaying the page and the bare minimum of navigational links, you could improve search engine relevance and as a result, rank higher for any given search term. Why? Because, providing that the content is well written and follows the principles of good titling and semantic markup, there will be less irrelevant garbage on the page to confuse a search engine.

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Something that bugs me in Ubuntu is the default text size for window titles and desktop icons – it’s far too big. How do you change it?

Well, in Ubuntu 8.10, you browse to the System -> Preferences -> Appearance programme, and on the Fonts tab, you should be able to set the font size to your liking. I shrunk the font down to 8. I think this is pretty readable and saves a bit of space on screen.

Of course, while you’re in the Appearance programme, you can modify the actual display fonts for your screen and whether they’re bold or italic.

There you go, another quick tip. Hope this helps some of you out.

Rachel and Jake (composite)

A combination of two separate photos I took while at the St Patrick Center in Downpatrick yesterday. Still messing about with the various modes on the camera, trying to get them to work for me!

Drupal logoI’m working on a Drupal theme at the minute where I need to work out whether a user is is logged in (or not) and show them a message accordingly. One such scenario is user invitations:

  1. I want to build in an invitation to become a member. If someone is already logged in, they don’t ned to see this message. If they’re not a user (or not logged in), I want them to see a message saying “Join our community” and providing a sign-up link.
  2. Certain pages have a wiki functionality. I want non-users to see an invitation to join up and edit, while existing members will see a message encouraging them to get involved. Slightly different messages, but both hopefully effective.

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Firefox LogoHere’s a quickie Firefox hack – there may be quicker ways of doing this, but this is pretty nifty all the same.

Let me explain why I needed to search across all subdomains: on Unreality TV, we have a handful of subdomains, each containing its own installation of WordPress. Now, when I’m writing about a topic for the music blog, I might want to see what else we’ve written with regard to that person or band or celebrity.

Now, I could simply do a Google search and include “Unreality” as a keyword, which works fairly well. Lately though, I’ve taken to using an advanced search feature – the site: operator.

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