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Do It With Drupal

Do It With Drupal has been great so far! Met lots of people and have been having a great time! We went out to eat last night at Bourbon House Seafood on Bourbon Street: !sites/nickvahalik.com/files/IMG_0441.jpg! !sites/nickvahalik.com/files/IMG_0444.jpg! It's a wonderful place. Great food and not too pricey! Seafood platter = win. The conference came up to full speed this morning and there has never been a dull moment. Lots of great ideas and some good conversations. !sites/nickvahalik.com/files/IMG_0447.jpg! So far, a few thoughts: * There are a *lot* of .edus here.

I Hate Microsoft Office 2008 For Mac

I have no earthly idea *why* it does this, but it really makes my blood boil: !/sites/nickvahalik.com/files/office_forgets_filenames.png! Just in case you are wondering what the problem is, my documents are not named _Document1 [Compatibility Mode]_ and _Document2 [Compatibility Mode]_. They are called... well it doesn't matter what they are called but it's not this! I'm sure you can imagine what it's like having to use 2 programs to figure out what I'm looking at.

Do Your Hot Corners Ever Stop Working In OSX?

Mine do. I'm not sure what's causing it, but I know what fixes it: killall Dock Now, if I could only get my system to wake up 100% every time.

Different Strokes For Different Folks

My boss was kind enough to send me the link to "this Wired.com article about how 'Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004'":http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/magazine/16-11/st_essay. I think their article has some merit, but there is something they are missing. I'm not sure about you, but I'm the exact opposite of what they are talking about. bq. Twitter — which limits each text-only post to 140 characters — is to 2008 what the blogosphere was to 2004. You'll find Scoble, Calacanis, and most of their buddies from the golden age there.

Download, Uncompress, and Untar a File

Just wanted to write this little shell code snippet down because I've been using it quite a bit. It downloads, ungzips, and untars a file without saving it using "wget":http://linux.die.net/man/1/wget: wget -O - http://example.com/file.tgz | tar xvz Or, if you're Mac Like Me, you'd use "curl":http://curl.haxx.se/docs/manpage.html: curl http://example.com/file.tgz | tar xvz Beats having all those .tar.gz files laying around like dirty kleenex.

Why Can't We Monitor File Uploads In Major Browsers?

"This guy says everything I wanted to say":http://michaelkimsal.com/blog/why-do-browsers-still-not-have-file-upload-progress-meters/ and more. His article was written in late June of this year and everything still applies. I'm working on something like this right now. Gosh, it's infuriating.

Fixed My First Dryer Today

I have an old GE Dryer (Model # DDE5300BBL) downstairs. The belt popped in it about a month ago and I finally got around to fixing it. Unscrewed everything, cleaned it, but then I couldn't find out how the belt fit. Luckily, everything is on the internet.

Join The Central Texas Drupal User Group!

After talking with some friends and colleagues, it seemed about time to go ahead and start up the "Central Texas Drupal Group":http://groups.drupal.org/central-texas. Once we get enough people, we'll start meeting (monthly most likely). Since the distribution of people is split 50/50 Waco/Temple, the location of the next people that join will decide which city we'll meet in.

Sign up now, and let anyone else you know of know so we can form a group of developers in Central Texas!

Authorize.Net Password Reset "Bug"

It turns out that when you reset your password in "Authorize.Net":http://www.authorize.net/, the password reset page's new password fields have a maxlength value of 50. This is great, but the login form for the Merchant page's login only has a maxlength value of 25.

p=. !http://nickvahalik.com/sites/nickvahalik.com/files/50_char_pw_reset.jpg!

The end result is that putting in a password of 26 characters or more in the password reset screen will make you pull your hair out when you can't login to the site (saying that your password is incorrect!)

Verizon Wireless Early Termination Fee Settlement

Wow... this is pretty cool. Looks like anyone who got charged an Early Termination Fee between July 23, 1999 thru August 10, 2008 might be eligible for a settlement.

Go to "http://www.verizonetfsettlement.com/":http://www.verizonetfsettlement.com/ for more information. I filled out mine this morning!

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