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    Lessons from Disney+ Launch

    We have been waiting, like many people, for the launch of Disney+.  We were genuinely disappointed by the outages and management issues that were covered so widely in the press.  

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    Creating a Custom Panels Layout in Drupal 7 (Video Tutorial)

    There are a lot of great tutorials on the web and, as Chris pointed out, Drupal is a pretty developer friendly platform. With some chutzpah and the power of Google, you can build just about anything in Drupal.

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    Using Twitter Effectively

    You may have noticed Metal Toad has been expanding our scope when it comes to blog content – namely a lot of interviews, event coverage, and (soon) a podcast. Because Metal Toad is active in the Portland tech commuity, and because we believe so much in open source software and web standards, we think it is important to try and capture and share as much of the knowledge that is floating out there as we can.

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    WebVisions PDX Interview Series 2012

    The WebVisions Conference came through Portland last week - and Metal Toad was there to capture as many interviews as we could.

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    Sprinting to Drupal 7 - Interviews with the sprint team

    It was sprint time last week here in Portland, where over 20 people came to upgrade up to Drupal 7. There were 5 different teams focusing on different aspects of the project: infrastructure, Git, Project module updates, general upgrade of specific modules, and making the Bluecheese theme responsive.

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    DrupalCon PDX 2013 Kick off!

    Countdown to DrupalCon initiated! Metal Toad went to the kickoff meeting for DrupalCon 2013, which is taking place right here in our fair city of Portland, Oregon. Portland is full of people who are enthusiastic about open source software, and Drupal in particular.

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    Custom Sort Drupal Content with the Draggable Views Module

    In the world of sorting, sometimes 'newest first' or 'oldest first' just doesn't cut it. During a recent Drupal project, we had a client who wanted to be able to control the order of their marquee images in random ways via a drag and drop interface. Enter the Draggable Views module. In about thirty minutes, I was able to set up custom drag and drop functionality for several content types on their site. Let's dive in and I'll show you how it's done. If you prefer a video tutorial, skip to the end of this post.

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    How YouTube Could Still Win Big

    YouTube is a cable network with nothing but public access on. There are literally billions of videos and with over two billion video views per day, there are a lot of people tuned in.

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    Semantic Views is Awesome

    Like any Drupal themer, I've done my share of grumbling about the frequently ridiculous level of nested divs with dozens of classes.

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    Big news for web fonts and video today

    The codec wars around the HTML5 video element might be settled sooner than you think: Basically, Google just open-sourced VP8, a video codec. VP8 is being combined with the Vorbis audio codec to create a new video format called WebM.

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    iPhone video streaming from Drupal's file system

    It's well known the iPhone can play H.264 video. With tools like ffmpeg, hooking this up to Drupal ought to be simple, right? Here are a few snags I hit, and how to resolve them.

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    Multiple dynamic tabs in Brightcove 3

    This week I had the wonderful opportunity to work on an interesting problem that as far as I can tell hasn't been documented. The call came out that we needed to generate a couple dynamic tabs on the top of our player for smart playlists. Now, we already have one dynamic playlist so I thought it was going to be a fairly simple logical step up to three but I was really, really wrong.

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    Converting from Brightcove 2 and loading arbitrary videos

    Over the last two weeks I've been working on a project to convert one of our client's websites to Brightcove 3 players. As I am quite new to drupal but not to PHP you can imagine that many of the problems I had were unrelated to brightcove itself but there were a few aspects that I thought were worth documenting for those who are in the (surprisingly) enviable position of doing this migration.

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