Lollipop on the Touchpad – Still Sweet After All These Years!

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So yes, I’m one of the guys who bought into WebOS (yes, I had – and still have in a box somewhere – a Pre) and the Touchpad. What can I say, I loved the UX and the concept of true multitasking, swipe gesturing, and the fact that the Touchpad had one of the hottest CPU/GPU combos a the time that could easily overclock to 2GHz. When the firesale hit, I kept my first one and picked up a backup. Only $300 for a pair of 32GB, 2GHz-capable dual processor tablets with 1GB RAM. Not shabby. Continue Reading…

CodeIgniter + Twig = Quick n Dirty ™

In full disclosure, I’m not completely new to CodeIgniter, having built a few freelance projects using the 2.x framework in the past due to it’s speed, flexibility and well-rounded core. It provides a great jumping-off spot for basic PHP-based projects that can benefit from a MVC framework without all the cruft you find in things like CakePHP, Laravel, and Symfony. Another selling point is that in several framework shootouts, CodeIgniter consistently comes in with faster non-cached response times. Continue Reading…

Search API + Acquia Solr; A Tale Of Alters

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So, say you have built a great custom search solution for Drupal on top of Solr using Search API. You don’t want to lose it, so you export the entire config using Features, right? No-brainer…

Oh, wait – the client wants to host on Acquia and use their Solr service. Sure, there’s a module for that as well.

But… How do you properly adapt your exported settings to work on Acquia without having to create a whole duplicate server and index config? Continue Reading…

… and the site is rebooted!

I finally came out of denial and acknowledged that I was never going to upgrade the old Drupal 6 site…

I spend 40+ hours a week hammering on large Drupal 7 multisites for work…

Sooooo I figured I’d simplify my life a bit and use WordPress in this incarnation of my blog site. Here’s to hoping this is a relatively painless learning + blogging experience!