Downloading modules when drupal.org is offline

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Mon, 2007-07-30 12:36

Drupal.org being unavailable quite frequently these days, some may find it hard to download the module of their choice.

Luckily, the downloads are static files served as public downloads outside Drupal itself: all it takes is knowing the proper URL, and they are all gathered on ftp://ftp.drupal.org/pub/drupal/files/projects, just waiting for your favorite FTP browser.

Creating Google Gadgets within Drupal

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Thu, 2007-07-19 15:43

2009-05-24: UPDATE: now ported to D6

screendump showing the Drupal API google gadget Having recently discovered the Google Gadgets API, and being on vacation this week proved too much of a temptation: I had to build one using Drupal. Here is a way to do it, as a module creating a Google Gadget to directly search http://api.drupal.com/ from the iGoogle home page. User preferences allow searching the various versions of the API and default to Drupal 5.

First spammer working around captcha

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Tue, 2007-06-05 01:25

After almost six months without abuse following the installation of the captcha module, a spammer found its way through it, to promote a ringtones site.

Not that it did him/her much good, since comments are premoderated anyway, but still...

Sheer luck, of astute pattern matching and module workaround ? Oh well, it's still six months of peace gained. Well worth the almost nonexistent hassle, it seems.

Block party postmortem Frederic Marand Thu, 2007-05-31 22:03

City display announcing the 2007 block partyThe block party is over, and the concert went reasonably well: rain on monday, rain on wednesday, and nice weather on tuesday, just when we played !

Some photos from the party are available on Flickr.

Next concert: "Immeubles en fête" Frederic Marand Sun, 2007-05-27 23:08

"Immeubles en fête" is a yearly block party held everywhere in France.

Come and hear us at the Villebon event, on 2007-05-29 19:00 to 22:00 !

Immeubles en fête Villebon 2006
Some designers will never learn Frederic Marand Tue, 2007-05-22 19:40

GfK seems to believe MSIE and NN are standards compliantIt's 2007, people ! Rejecting Opera for its lack of standards compliance and advocating MSIE and Netscape Navigator instead is just ... well, you know what.

Can't but wonder whether they heard about the Acid test, or about that small, relatively unknown browser named Firefox.

New release system for OSInet contributions Frederic Marand Sun, 2007-05-20 19:26

The "heavy" modules OSInet contributes to Drupal (G2, Helpdesk, Zeitgeist) have now been placed under the new release system.

Branches and releases have been created where applicable:

Floating menu in Mediawiki 1.7

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Thu, 2007-05-10 14:21
Just a quick note about Mediawiki today, because I noticed I hadn't been writing about software for quite some time. I just installed Mediawiki 1.7 on a server, and was annoyed by its table of contents (TOC) being in the normal HTML flow under the default "Monobook" skin, unlike Dokuwiki, for which the default skin neatly places the TOC on the top right of the main area. Of course, you can always use per-page directives to define this, like {{TOCright}}, but this is tedious to do on every page. After considering alternative skins, I figured it might not be that much to tweak, and indeed it is quite simple once you know where rules are located. so here we go:

Servon recording

Submitted by Frederic Marand on Mon, 2007-04-09 20:28

Although technical problems (batteries !) prevented a full recording of the concert, the middle section is now available to group members.

Regrettably, until licensing terms are cleared up, these recordings cannot be made public.

In the meantime, here are a couple of shots from musicians playing in the other bands that night: