Productivity: Eating A Live Toad

All of us can become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of projects and tasks thrown our way. Sometimes, when staring at an inbox with 45 new messages and a blinking overdue task reminder, one can become paralyzed from not knowing where to begin. It's best to have a standing policy in times such as this to give you a quick answer to that question, so that when your brain is not at its best, you can still keep moving. My policy is "Start with the toad."

Drupal: File Uploads

Like most Drupal tasks, uploading a file is dirt simple. But only if you already know how. Lucky for you, I do.

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Drupal: Theme Forensics

Doing a back trace through Drupal code on exactly where an undesired activity is originating is a fairly well documented challenge. Once you've finally figured out that you want to look at something in a theming function, you still have to figure out which one. There are theme functions, more than one, in almost every module that displays something, and between core hooks and module hooks, you can pull a lot of hair out looking for the the one you need. There is a trick to making the search a little easier.

CSS: Website Font Customization

Because I have a pathological problem with leaving well enough alone, I was looking for yet another way to tweak my blog and hit on font customization. Web standards organizations and browser distributors are slowly converging on something approximating an agreement on how this is going to work. While we aren't really "there" yet, we're closer than ever before. Close enough, anyway.

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Drupal: WSOD

I've been trolling the boards a lot this week, looking for help on various road blocks. One issue I've seen a TON of is people running up against the the brick wall of the dreaded WSOD (White Screen of Death). This is when something breaks your Drupal site and the only feedback you get on the error is a blank white screen full of absolutely nothing. It can be pretty frustrating, but you need to know that there is a simple fix.

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