Tech Tutor

Tech tutorials and advice from a web guy who uses Drupal and the things that make it work.

21 Jan 2016 - 02:56

For my own memory, I'm listing things that upgrading to El Capitan broke in my dev environment. (All these were working before the upgrade.)

1 May 2014 - 03:53

Or, perhaps "Revealophobia"? I was wondering whether there's a word for that feeling of, "Oops, I just clicked an advertising link or googled for something I don't really care about and now Google thinks I'm a fan of [insert product or service here]." "Misinterpreted-o-phobia"?

14 Feb 2014 - 04:30

In Estonia, newspaper websites are generally cesspools of animated gifs and flash banners. I have been using an ad blocker for so long I had somewhat forgotten how these pages look in their natural state. I did a screenshot comparison of a page with and without an ad blocker. See for yourself.

5 Oct 2011 - 10:06

This August I bought a snazzy Sony Ericsson Neo during my trip to Estonia. For my two weeks there (using my local, Estonian number) it was my portable Wi-Fi router and I could access my work computer half a world away while we were doing 100 km/h driving between Tallinn and Tartu. It was my first experience having a self-contained, 24/7, mobile internet workspace and it was pretty cool.

18 Nov 2010 - 16:46

I recently had the unfortunate experience of having to alter SELECT statements between my dev machine and testing machine since the database structure, which should be an exact match, had somehow changed between the two. Everything worked at good ole' localhost, but when I uploaded to the testing server, no query results were forthcoming.

13 Oct 2010 - 09:15

Yesterday I sat down for 20 minutes with a friend who wants his website re-done. Until now he has had what I would call a proof-of-concept version that I threw together years ago as a starting point. (an online equivalent of a paper-based wireframe) I guess he was satisfied because we never subsequently sat down to develop any actual look/feel or functionality requirements. The site just stayed that way - even the bogus content I entered as placeholder text.

6 Oct 2010 - 16:00

My 1995 Volvo has a stock radio/cassette player (yes, cassette player) that has a self-locking anti-theft feature. Specifically, if the radio is disconnected from its power source (for instance, if the car battery is disconnected) the radio asks for a code before it will play. I don't know how many radio thefts this feature has prevented, but I suspect it's not too many. A potential thief would have to recognise ahead of time that, if stolen, the radio will be useless without its special four-digit code.

24 Sep 2010 - 13:38

A department at work organises and hosts events on a regular basis and they finally wanted to get their info up on the website. However, even before they had their first events listed, they wanted an archive of past events and wanted to have a dropdown on their page which listed monthly archives (ie. September 2010, August 2010 etc.). I decided to approach this using Views. Building the view to list past events was no problem, but loading this information into a dropdown was much more involved than I had expected.

15 Sep 2010 - 09:35

I recently noticed that the main menu of a site I work on had an approximately 5x5 px white box at the beginning of the main menu that shouldn't be there. Some pages had it while others didn't. I tried to right-click and "Inspect element", but my context menu was the kind you get when you right-click on a Flash object. Huh? I didn't have any Flash on that page.

23 Jun 2010 - 00:33

My jQuery Internet Explorer warning box politely asking users to upgrade their browser

How about that! I'm a Drupal association member.

Attention IE user!

It turns out you are using an outdated browser and my site might look a bit weird for you. (images are off colour, text gets cut off, layout is wacky) This is because your browser does not implement web standards. Please consider an upgrade.

Alternatively, you can try other browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Apple's Safari. Every web developer on the planet will thank you! (and that's not really an exaggeration)

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