Feb 25 2008

Drupal Devroom Videos Online

Luc just pointed me with to his recording of my talk about Drupal and MySQL HA yesterday at the Drupal Room at Fosdem

He also uploaded some other video's from the Drupal room.

More about my Fosdem 2008 experience later :)

Feb 23 2008


Dear Drupal developers :)

Over at planet.grep.be we had some fuzz
about comments, trackbacks and mostly the spam related with having trackbacks enabled.

So the message is clear .. we need to do something about the trackback module so it fits in better with all the great antispam tools are around.
I`m currently not using any captchas on my blog but my spam is down to 1 or to messages a week. My Trackbacks however are still pretty problematic , but they are the only place I need to focus on periodically.

Fairly well hidden in a comment on Luc 's blog someone points out the idea of having a list of people you trust that are allowed to send trackbacks, which sounds to me like a pretty good idea.

So if you are out there , feeling bored not knowing what code to work on .. :)

Feb 14 2008

Where to comment ?

Dear Dag

I`m with Bart on this topic.

It's hard enough to keep up with blogs let alone with comments on the comments you made on those blogs. And as people in your comments noted .. Trackbacks should solve this problem
I actually send a trackback to Leo which made my comment show up in his comments.

Commenting to it on my own blog and trackbacking to the original post actually gives you the benefit of not having to authenticate / register on a gazillion blogs. it gives you better visibility on the comments people make on your comment (If they are nice they include 2 trackbacks), since you don't need to track it on other blogs.

Lots of blogging tools have features to detect trackback urls from original posts that you point to , Drupal can even do that from a cronjob if you want to.
It's however the other side that also needs to have trackbacking allowed.

If the trackback system doesn't work , or if you prefer not to enable it due to the shitload of spam you get on it there's always Technorati telling you that people have been pointing back to you.

Might I suggest you take a look at the Drupal Trackback module , if you enable it this post on my blog should show up a s a comment to your blog entry and we'll all be happy :) And Technorati will update your Authority

Feb 09 2008

I`m Going to Fosdem

thnx Christophe

Feb 06 2008

Fosdem 2008

This February I`ll be heading to my 8th Fosdem in row.

I went to every single Fosdem so far, some years only one day because of other obligations but I was a round most of the time
During the first couple of years I was pretty active in the FIT team, helping out people to find the right rooms , keeping the fosdem contributions safe with Sven, funding different social events and devroom dinners ,
Later I was in charge of the HPC and Cluster devroom in which we also held the openMosix summits.
And back in 2004 I replaced Moshe at the openMosix Summit standing in front of a great audience at the Janson room.

As Wim just pointed out the Drupal Devroom schedule is out
and it seems like 2008 will be the year that I have to rush my talk in order for the Drupal Devroom to close its doors on Sunday evening. I'll be sharing my knowledge on MySQL cluster with the Drupal crowd for them to learn and benefit from.

Jan 28 2008


So while Siteseeing I figured out that indeed NotchUp is a Drupal site.

Not only is it a Drupal site.. and not only can you import your LinkedIn contacts, but they also seem to be able to parse your profile (hResume) ? Do they have access to the LinkedIn API already ?
I was just hoping the could open up that part of their code :)

And yes.. they have a scaling issue :), so I`m guessing they will be the first to pay me real money to interview with them themselves.

Jan 09 2008

New User Autosubscribe to Simplenews

Dear ComputerMinds you seem to have had the same problem I`m encountering today, nameley wanting to have a subscribe/unsubscribe to mailinglist form upon user registration, you also seem to have solved it once. albeit for Drupal 4.7 and you were once even sharing the code with us.
Would you please consider sharing it again, or am I overlooking other alternatives to do the same ?

While I`m at it lets figure out how to change the page a first time user gets when he logs on :)

Jan 08 2008

I got Interviewed

Some people obviously think I`m still interresting enough to interview

Reminds me of my first interviews over a decade ago .. I`m still being remembered by one of my famous quotes back then rougly translated to "those toddlers steal my bandwith" , when being asked about how the growing userbase of the KULeuven PC rooms in the Dekenstraat influenced my network usage :) (Think 1994 ish :))

But the acutal news is that Profoss is coming closer and closer .. and you should now Register!
So all you Drupal and MySQL folks out there.. this is your chance to learn about virtualization !

Dec 27 2007

multipage pager

Dear Lazyweb,

A couple of weeks ago I figured out how to create a multipage form , then some weeks later I figured out how to create a paged resultset

Tomorrow I`ll continue looking for a way to combine them both, but maybe the layzyweb can work while I`m sleeping

Dec 21 2007

Yasn, but something totally different

So the last couple of weeks we've been laughing at different new social networks .. wondering what the use of all those seemingly identical services is as we were looking for that killer extra service they are offering and why on earth (apart from identdity protection) we would want to sign up with with it.

Now Luke just pointed to Puppet being added on Ohloh. I remembered Ohloh and decided it deserved a second look.

I was positively surprised.. Ohloh lets you "stack" the Open Source projects you use then it suggests you with people that use similar tools, or similar tools.

If you stack Drupal it suggests you alternatives you don't need :)

But it also shows you a list of the Top Contributors

If you are an active contributor to a project there is more , it calculates your experience based on your commits in projects.. heck.. not really accurate as it lists me with 3 months C/C++ experience . And you can get Kudo's for your work :)

Now all it needs is being able to link with your friends so you can figure out what tools they are using :)