Jonathan Dowland: Useful Mac programs

Planet Debian - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:02

A little over a year ago I wrote about how I'd been using a Mac as my main work machine. I hadn't written anything on the subject since. Here are four useful Mac programs that I can recommend to people.

Sizeup, from Irradiated Software. A bit Like Windows' aero snap, but on steroids. I love this. I regularly move windows between two desktops (external and internal display), resize and centre them or put them in one quarter of the screen with just a few presses. The "snapback" feature is also great.

X Lossless Decoder (XLD). A handy transcoder that can use QuickTime encoders and so can write out Apple/Quicktime/iTunes-encoded AAC/MP4 files en-mass, translating file meta-data.


LimeChat, an IRC client. I theme it to look like Colloquy. The net result is pretty clean. I like using a proportional-font for text things, so getting IRC out of a terminal is a win for me.

LimeChat automatically fetches and thumbnails URIs to images that people paste in channels, which is either incredibly convenient or a curse, depending on the channel. You can toggle that behaviour but only across the whole client, not on a channel or network basis.

Finally, 1Password is an incredibly slick password manager. I use it in a very basic fashion: no mobile client, no syncing to anything outside of my workstation. You could also use LastPass which is similar and has a Linux client. I haven't tried it, but there's a third party tool to read 1Password password stores on Linux written by Ryan Coleman of SDL fame called 1pass.

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IXIS: End of life imminent for Drupal 6

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:01

Launched in 2008 Drupal 6 has served a large base of sites for the past 7 years even with the more recent Drupal 7 launched in 2011.

As a provider of Drupal support and hosting services Ixis still look after a number of clients who are running the latest up to date Drupal 6 codebase. However, with the announcement of Drupal 8 launching on November 19th 2015 this starts the countdown to the end of the extended support policy - which is 3 months after the launch of Drupal 8. The final 3 months will only cover security updates - not functionality or bug fixes.

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Drupalize.Me: A Simple Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 Migration

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 15:00

With the official release date of Drupal 8 right around the corner, I wanted to take a look at how much effort would be required to migrate our blog to Drupal 8. In this blog post we'll take a look at the current documentation, and status of the migrate module in Drupal core as well as a couple of contributed modules that can help us out.

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Mike Stiv - Drupal developer and consultant: Speeding up your Drupal website with cloudflare

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 13:44

Cloudflare claims that can boost the speed of a website. But how much benefit can a site get? I am using Cloudflare for some drupal sites, but I never had a clear picture of how much the speed improvement really is. In this post I will present some data that I collected. The site I tested is a drupal site, but similar results can be expected for any other CMS like wordpress or joomla.

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Ritesh Raj Sarraf: apt-offline 1.7

Planet Debian - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 13:29

Hello World,

In this part of the world, today is a great day. Today is Diwali - the festival of lights

On this day, I am very happy to announce the release of apt-offline, version 1.7. This release brings in a large number of fixes and is a recommended update. Thanks to Bernd Dietzel for uncovering the shell injection bug which could be exploited by carefully crafting the signature file. Since apt-offline could be run as 'root', this one was an important bug. Also thanks to him for the fix.

During my tests, I also realized that apt-offline's --install-src-packages implementation had broken over time. --install-src-packages option can be useful to users who would like the offline ability to download a [Debian] source package, along with all its Build Dependencies.

For further details on many of the other fixes, please refer to the git repository at the homepage. Packages for Debian (and derivatives) are already in the queue.

Wishing You and Your Loved Ones a Very Happy Diwali.

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InternetDevels: Drupal 7 and ApacheSolr: tips and examples for beginners

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 13:14

Hey there! If you are interested in Drupal web development, tips
by our dev could do you a world of good. Welcome to learn
things about Drupal 7 and Apache Solr. 100% profit! ;)

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Mike Gabriel: My FLOSS activities in Octobre 2015

Planet Debian - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:07

Octobre 2015 has been mainly dedicated to contracted/payed work. Only a few issues I could address during the last month:

  • Fix FTBFS of Arctica Greeter on non-Ubuntu systems
  • Co-working on renewed Xinerama support in nx-libs
  • Development of GOsa² Password Management Add-on
  • Improving Debian Edu main server upgrade documentation (from Debian Edu squeeze to Debian Edu jessie)
  • Fixing my personal Horde Groupware installation for access via mobile devices
  • Learning Dovecot et al.
Arctica Project

While having a week off from work, I managed to get Arctica Greeter to build on non-Ubuntu systems. The issue was very simple. The build crashed during the test suite run and it was caused by the XDG_DATA_DIRS variable not being set in my clean build environment. Furthermore, I added various more session type icons to Arctica Greeter (XFCE, LXDE, MATE, OpenBox, TWM, Default X11 Session, etc.) and also rebased the Arctica Greeter code base against all recent commits found in Unity Greeter for Ubuntu 15.10 / upcoming 16.04.

Together with Ulrich Sibiller, I continued our work on the new Xinerama implementation for the remote X11 server nxagent (used as x2goagent in X2Go). However, this is unfortunately still work in progress, because various theoretical monitor layout issues became evident that require being handled in the new code before it can get merged into nx-libs's current 3.6.x branch.

Also, I managed to do some little work on https://arctica-project.org, the still too rudimentary project homepage.

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WDTutorials.com: How To Install Drupal 8 (Linux) (Drupal 8 Tutorial #2) (Article + Video)

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:57

How to install Drupal 8 in Linux server (Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS), set permissions and setup virtual hosts. In the video I also show how to remotely edit the files from Mac with Atom editor.

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Gábor Hojtsy: Drupal 8 multilingual tidbits 19: content translation development

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:19

Up to date as of November 11th, 2015.

Now that we covered how content translation workflow works in Drupal 8, its time to look a bit at the API side. In Drupal 7 this meant dealing with scary seemingly infinitely nested arrays with language codes, field names, deltas, etc. Drupal 8 makes this a whole lot simpler.

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frobiovox.com: Altering Entity Field Querys for JOINS ORs and Profit

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 01:00
One of my favorite features from Drupal 7 is the EntityFieldQuery. The power of the EntityFieldQuery is a well known thing, and I a have written about extending EntityFieldQueries with subqueries before. This time I will go into extending the query as a query object, using Drupal's hook and alter architecture. Simple EntityFieldQuery For our example we will start with a simple EntityFieldQuery for getting a list of nodes. $query...
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OSTraining: Use Cloud Zoom for Thumbnail Galleries in Drupal

Planet Drupal - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 00:20

Cloud Zoom is a JQuery addon that provides image galleries that are ideal for shopping carts.

Cloud Zoom will show a small, thumbnail sized image. When you hover over the small image, you'll then get a large version of the image. This effect is really popular in e-commerce: you'll see it on Amazon.com and in Drupal Commerce.

Here's how to use Cloud Zoom in Drupal:

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Entity Pilot: Entity Pilot in public beta - painless content staging for Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 23:23

Today we're proud to announce that Entity Pilot has entered its public beta phase, just in time for the 8.0.0 release of Drupal 8.

This means you can get started sending and receiving content between your Drupal 8 sites and building up a content-repository to power your content network.

Read on to discover painless content-staging for Drupal 8

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Jaldhar Vyas: Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak 2072

Planet Debian - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 22:42

Wishing you all a happy Diwali and Gujarati New Year (V.S. 2072 called Plavanga.)

Instead of being something sane like a flat disk supported by four elephants standing on a tortoise, the Earth is an oblate spheroid in heliocentric orbit. The Moon too offends by maintaining an unreasonably non-epicyclic orbit. Combined this means that in the Americas (plus Iceland if there any Hindus there) observe Diwali today whereas in India and the rest of the world it is tomorrow. Technically in these longitudes, the Ashvayuga amavasya tithi pervades both Tuesday and Wednesday but as Lakshmi Puja takes place at the pradosha kala, it ought to be celebrated today though no doubt most of the non-astronomically minded people will just follow India any way. The New Year is on Thursday all over the world.

Well, regardless of when you celebrate, may your year be full of happiness, good fortune and prosperity.

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Red Crackle: How to theme Drupal 8 views by overriding default templates

Planet Drupal - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 21:29
In this post, you will learn how to theme Drupal 8 views by overriding default views templates and use our own markup to build an accordion.
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John Goerzen: Wow. I did that!

Planet Debian - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 20:19

It’s now official: I’m a pilot. This has been one of the most challenging, and also most rewarding, journeys I’ve been on. It had its moments of struggle, moments of joy, moments of poetry. I wrote about the poetry of flying at night recently. Here is the story of my first landing on a grass runway, a few months ago.


Where the air is so pure, the zephyrs so free,
The breezes so balmy and light,
That I would not exchange my home on the range
For all of the cities so bright.

– John A. Lomax

We are used to seeing planes in these massive palaces of infrastructure we call airports. We have huge parking garages, giant terminals, security lines hundreds of people deep, baggage carts, jetways, video screens, restaurants, and miles and miles of concrete.

But most of the world’s airports are not like that. A pilot of a small plane gets to see the big airports, sure, but we also get to use the smaller airports — hidden in plain sight to most.

Have you ever taken off from a strip of grass? As I told my flight instructor when I tried it for the first time, “I know this will work, but somehow I will still be amazed if it actually does.”

I took off from a strip of grass not long ago. The airport there had one paved runway, and the rest were grass. Short runways, narrow runways, grass runways. No lights. No paint. No signs. No trucks, no jetways, nothing massive. In fact, no people. Just a mowed path and a couple of yellow or white markers.

I taxied down the grass runway, being careful to never let the plane’s wheels stop moving lest the nose gear get stuck in a pothole. I felt all the bumps in the ground as we moved.

End of runway. Turn the plane around. A little bit of flap for more lift, full throttle, mind the centerline — imaginary centerline, this time. It starts picking up speed, slower than usual, bump bump bump. Those buildings at the end of the runway are staring me down. More speed, and suddenly the runway feels smooth; it has enough lift to keep from falling into every bump. Then we lift off just a touch; I carefully keep the plane down until we pick up enough speed to ascend farther, then up we go. I keep a watchful eye on those buildings straight ahead and that water tower just slightly off to the one side. We climb over a lake as I watch that water tower pass safely below and to the side of the plane. It had worked, and I had a smile of amazement.

With a half mile of grass, you really can go anywhere.

Many times I had driven within half a mile of that runway, but never seen it. Never wondered where people go after using it. Never realizing that, although it’s a 45-minute drive from my house, it’s really pretty close. Never understanding that “where people go” after taking off from that runway is “everywhere”.

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Steinar H. Gunderson: HTTPS-enabling gitweb

Planet Debian - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 19:25

If you have a HTTPS-enabling proxy in front of your gitweb, so that it tries to do <base href="http://..."> (because it doesn't know that the user is actually using HTTPS), here's the Apache configuration variable to tell it otherwise:


So now git.sesse.net works with HTTPS after Let's Encrypt, without the CSS being broken. Woo. (Well, the clone URL still says http. So, halfway there, at least.)

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Gábor Hojtsy: Drupal 8 multilingual tidbits 18: core content translation workflow

Planet Drupal - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 17:55

Up to date as of November 10th, 2015.

In the previous tidbit, we covered content translation basics. In short now you can configure translatability on any subtype of any entity type, so for example articles or specific taxonomy vocabularies may be configured to have all their entities support translation. Then each entity structure may be configured on the field and in some cases subfield level to support translation. The question is how does it all work then, what do we do to translate content?

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Pantheon Blog: Magic Drush Tricks for Your Bash Shell

Planet Drupal - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 17:00
Drush can do a lot of amazing things that escapes most people’s notice.  For example, did you know that you can change your working directory to a local site by using a site alias?  Just type:     cdd @mysite
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Drupal Commerce: Commerce 2.x Stories: Stores

Planet Drupal - Tue, 10/11/2015 - 15:41

Last time we talked about currencies. Now it's time for arguably one of the biggest new concepts in Commerce 2.x: stores.

Stores represent billing locations, and were made to cover two primary use cases.

Click here to find out what they are...

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