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Getting command line access to PHP and MySQL running MAMP on OSX

If you have MAMP installed on your Mac OS X box, you're probably going to want command line access to those applications at some point. Assuming you're running a default install you'll run into difficulty when you type php…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 26th, 2009
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Installing FTP on a CentOS 5 system

I recently had to install a FTP client on one of our live servers. This was a first time occurrence for me, so I thought it might be useful to document for anyone else looking to do the same. - Use yum to install the FTP…
Barrett Olafson
January 22nd, 2009
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VMWare: Recovering from running out of disk space on the Host machine

If you've ever run out of disk space you know what a pain that is. However when you run out of diskspace on the host machine running VMware, things get even more interesting. When disk space runs out on the Host VMs are…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 19th, 2009
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Adding a directory to subversion, and ignoring the directory contents

Sometimes when committing things to svn you want to commit a directory, but ignore all of the files inside it. The /sites/default/files/ directory within Drupal is a perfect example. Here's how: Add the directory, while…
Joaquin Lippincott
November 25th, 2008
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Ubercart Checkout + IE7 + Google Toolbar Autofill = broken

Working on an Ubercart site recently, I ran into a small snag : some of the collapsible fieldsets weren't opening under IE7 when using the Google Toolbar w/ AutoFill enabled. Specifically, the Delivery & Billing…
Sean McKeon
October 25th, 2008
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New Look, New Blog

With our new look and feel finally released to the world, I thought I would take a moment to pontificate and see if I couldn't add something of value to the ever rising tide of information that we find ourselves swimming in…
Sam LaRoe
October 21st, 2008
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Removing a Unix sym link

If you try deleting a symbolic link like this: rm -f test/ You get this: rm: cannot remove `test/': Not a directory Same deal if you try to use 'rmdir' to delete it. Here's what works: Remove the trailing slash from 'test/'…
Barrett Olafson
September 30th, 2008
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Keeping in touch after the event

I attended the AIGA leadership retreat in Omaha, Nebraska (I'm starting in July as the new Web Chair for AIGA Portland). There were some great opportunities to talk about Web Development and get inspired about this great…
Joaquin Lippincott
June 24th, 2008
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Top 12 Drupal Modules

I just got back from Webvisions here in Portland. There were a number of interesting presentations and conferences are always good to get revitalized. One presentation that was of particular interest to me was by Sean…
Joaquin Lippincott
May 28th, 2008
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Paper Prototypes

When it comes to planning a technology application, you can't beat low tech. Given that I run a web technology company clients are often surprised that I rarely use my computer when planning a user interface. Instead I opt…
Joaquin Lippincott
April 1st, 2008

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