From a far away place I can announce my colleagues at One Agency succesfully launched a new Drupal-powered site, called CarChannel. Although my father is an auto mechanician, I've never been very interested in what's really going on inside a car and I don't really prefer one model. The fact that the CarChannel site has everything to do with cars didn't change that fact, I was mostly interested making sure I got a topspeed site with Drupal with cool features which also looked nice. It's built on 5.3 and for the first time I'm running it on a lighttpd server *with* clean URLS enabled without any problems, even the imagecache module behaves like it should! But anyways, all you people interested in the latest news on cars with lot's of pictures and cool video's, do check out the site. You can even create your own video channel but only with external video content in fase 1. In fase 2 (I guess somewhere in december) you'll be able to add your home made video's of your tuned car!
Nowadays, I think everybody knows what a Tag Cloud is. It's typically associated with 'web 2.0' - you're free to fill in your own definition of that word. At work today, we received a mail from someone who seems to be higly educated, at least, that's what we think especially since he's a professor on some university. In his mail he talked about 'evocations of thematics' (for the Dutch people: evocaties der thematieken) which he would gladly see on his new website. Although there are almost 30 people at our office, no one really knew what he was talking about, so for this small matter we contacted him and after some explanation we finally realised he was talking about a Tag Cloud. Anybody who has more cool descriptions of common known web terms, feel free to comment!
In the meantime, we did a softlaunch - or a beta-launch as I googlely call it - of the Connectr site. I still have to squash some small bugs, add a few extra features to it and reconfigure the server setup (lighttpd with fastcgi all the way, f*ck apache) before I leave on holiday in november, but I'm quite glad allready with the result. It's built on the Drupal platform and uses external sites like Garagetv and Google for video & maps. Fun to work on, so let's hope this gets some good traffic when the big promotion campaign begins. For those interested in cars, mark the 8th of november, yours truly really built something cool for you!
When I run uname -a on a new system just installed I get this:
Linux swenmacuntu 2.6.20-15-powerpc
Ubuntu on a Mac PowerBook G4. I really didn't feel like doing much today and I want a laptop with me when I go to the DrupalCon next week in Barcelona to do some work there - mainly upgrading my modules to work with the upcoming Drupal 6 release. Since there was a spare powerbook at work, I decided to give it a try and install Ubuntu Feisty. All things like a local webserver, SQL database and some development tools I need, work fine - even the right mouse button click! And to be perfectly honest, it looks sexy too. To bad the battery seems to be more or less dead, it allready dies little after 30 minutes. I'll have to ask my mac-buddies at work if they have a spare battery for me.
Today we moved to a completely new office in Drongen. The absolutely con I had for this move was that we lost the insane connection we had thanks to our link on the Ugent backbone at the old office. There are many pro's though. The building itself is absolutely cool and in some way we'll bond more with our colleagues (I know this sounds corny), because we are packed with developers and designers in one big room. And we are still waiting for our wii to arrive too, so fun times ahead!
Also work related: I'm having an issue with an ssh-configuration where I want to turn of rootlogin (duh) unless our remote server gets an rsync command. I've followed a lot of tutorials allready but somehow I can't seem to get it working. If anyone has *the* tutorial about this, please let me know - I allready know it involves public keys and command validation on the remote server. Thanks. And now on the weekend!
After programming for 5 years with VIM and 4 (or more) terminals constantly open on my desktop, I switched to bluefish editor nowadays. I'm still not sure if I work faster with it - agree, copy/paste between files is a timesaver - but at least my colleagues are happy they hear that annoying bell less everytime tabbing wants to give me options. I tried Eclipse first because the svn plugin would really save me more time, but eclipse didn't really ran smooth on my box. Luckily, I have RapidSVN and in combination with trac we are really starting to have a real professional environment at work.
Of course, when someone comes to my desk asking me something, I open up a terminal and start typing like hell; I can't destroy my cool hacker image right ?
I still have one issue at work now: I recently connected a second screen and the only program not running ok was ioquake. The fps on my Fedora 6 box dropped dramatically when I tried to humiliate my colleagues once again. If anyone has solutions or tips to optimize this, let me know.