Web Strategy for Progressive Causes and Big Ideas


Responsive teaser list with titles and image thumbnails

Andy's picture
Wed, 08/21/2013 - 9:27am -- Andy

A project we're working on requires responsive lists of content comprised of only teaser images and titles. For such lists to look decent, the elements need visual consistency by virtue of being the same height, though the titles may vary greatly in length and in a responsive setting we don't know the viewport size and how many items will be in a given row. Also, in our case the content won't always have an existing image for us to work with.

So there are two main challenges:

Tracking block configuration with editable content in Drupal 7

Andy's picture
Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:33am -- Andy

Building Drupal sites, I often want to create a placeholder for a small bit of content -- and track that placeholder in code (e.g. with Context, Panels, Features, etc) -- while still allowing the actual content to be edited freely by site editors. If I just create the block via the UI, I'm not tracking the "configuration" of the block (as opposed to its "content") in our version control system, but if I implement a "normal" block in my module, the Block body is not available for editing.

How to stop Gnome Keyring from clobbering OpenSSH's ssh-agent on Ubuntu 12.04

Andy's picture
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 10:59pm -- Andy

Recently installing Ubuntu on a new machine for the first time in a while, I was reminded of some obnoxious and potentially dangerous behavior regarding SSH agent (as articulated by my friend dkg a few years ago). In particular, Gnome Keyring is started by default, has some behavior that I don't like, and is difficult to disable in favor of the SSH agent provided by Open SSH that I prefer. The Gnome Keyring behavior I don't like is:

Climate Change Database for The Nature Conservancy

Andy's picture
Sun, 09/09/2012 - 3:23pm -- Andy

Over the last year we've been working with the Department of Forestry at the University of Washington to help them improve their Climate Change Database, an application to measure the sensitivity of Pacific Northwest species and habitats to climate change. Recently we finished our work by migrating the application over to the UW's partners at The Nature Conservancy.

Scaling Back and Moving Forward

Andy's picture
Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:59am -- Andy

After more than a decade of work and many evolutions along the way, DTEK is scaling back operations and is not accepting new clients. The company will remain as a freelance web development vehicle for me, primarily for the purpose of honoring existing contracts and maintenance retainers.

Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 via Migrate 2

Benj's picture
Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:02pm -- Benj

Upgrading a complex Drupal site can be a tricky proposition. This post will explore using the Migrate module to bring users and their role assignments from a D6 site to a fresh new D7 site. We created similar migration classes for taxonomy terms, nodes, and comments, which will not be covered (see the 'Resources' section below, or leave a comment if you need some direction). This is a followup to my last post about upgrading from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, and presents a potential alternative approach.

DrupalCon Denver

Benj's picture
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 2:57pm -- Benj

This was my third Drupalcon, after San Francisco in 2010 and Chicago last year. Despite my slow and snowy drive from Durango, the weather in Denver was beautiful - and much warmer than either San Francisco or Chicago. The Denver Drupal community deserves a huge congratulations and thank you - this event was outstanding, and I am thoroughly impressed! The venue was great, the sponsors and parties were super fun, the food was probably as good as we'll get when feeding 3,000+ people, and as icing on the cake, the wireless worked great for me!


Eat your heart out, @zoekhollister ! Ha ha, you should stop by! http://t.co/Bb3fr5T9hn 16 hours 32 min ago
@benjfredrick thanks! Feeling old due to a knee injury playing ball last night. But otherwise holding up just fine :-) 18 hours 42 min ago
@mrdmoon Damn. Hope everyone is ok! 19 hours 57 min ago
RT @YourAnonNews: US govt wanted $25 million in fines for #Yahoo's first month of noncompliance w/ #NSA—$400 million for 2nd month: http://… 20 hours 6 min ago
RT @johnbburg: Looking forward to Drupal NoVA tonight. Then the F1 code sprint on Thursday! 20 hours 14 min ago

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