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It's Not the Pen

As developers and tech-heads, we all have our personal biases. I dare you to estimate how many times you have partaken in, or broken up, heated debates over programming languages, frameworks, or perhaps the conflict that warranted personalization in a series of commercials: Mac vs. PC. We love our gadgets and software with good reason. After all... Read More…

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TinyDNS as a Puppet Module

As a data center operator we are in need of DNS handling for our internal servers and appliances. Handling IP’s for everything is not really an option and also changes to servers are much easier to handle if we can use assigned domain names instead of IP addresses. When we started looking at open source DNS servers for the Linux operating system there are really 2 bigger contestants out there in the market: Bind and TinyDNS. This said Bind pretty much owns the market. That comes with advantages and disadvantages. One big advantage of Bind over TinyDNS is the amount of documentation and support on the community. It’s been around for so long you find pretty much any answer to any question you’ll ever have. The big downsides of Bind are its size and the fact that it is used all around. So obviously security vulnerabilities are mostly exploited on commonly used systems since you get more bang for your buck. Read More…

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How to Pass Multiple Values through an Exposed Filter in Drupal Views

I regularly work with Views and recently I have had a few odd needs. One of which was when a user selects an item, that item then disappears from the view. The view has exposed filters with AJAX turned on. Since I don’t know how many items I’ll need to filter, I’ll need a way to pass multiple values through an exposed filter. Views apparently does not do this out of the box. If I was filtering on a content field setup for multiple values this may be easier. But no, I am filtering on nids. Since nids are a system field, Views sets the filter handler to 'views_handler_field_numeric'. Which gives me a textbox for input and numeric operators. Read More…

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Faster Database Backups via Drush! Plus Capistrano Integration

When working with Drupal sites, Drush is your go-to tool. This post is going to focus on the drush sql-dump command. This allows you to export your database to a sql file, so you can restore it later. This can be particularly useful when you are working in a development environment and need to deploy a site to production for the first time. Or when you start work on a new clients existing site, you need to export their live database and download it to your local environment. Read More…

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How To Detect Which Element Was Clicked, Using jQuery

Sometimes we would like to find out which particular element (or set of elements) has user clicked on. However, binding click events on each element manually might not be the most practical way of accomplishing this. Or we might want to fire a certain event if user clicks on anything but particular element(s). I will describe one of such scenarios below and offer one of possible solutions to it using jQuery. Example In our example we have a menu toggle button which shows/hides menu item list. We want the item list to stay open until user clicks on the menu toggle button or somewhere outside the item list. Read More…

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Metal Toad Hosts Women Who Hack

With our recent remodel complete and the dust cleared, it was time for Metal Toad to host our first event. On Sunday, we welcomed Women Who Hack, a monthly gathering "for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome." Read More…

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