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When people search for reviews about any web hosting provider, both positive and negative comments are found. In other words, there is no web host without any negative and positive reviews on the web, and this makes users confused.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon): Full Review

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At first glance, OS X 10.9 Mavericks looks like OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, with the addition of a Maps app and an iBooks app that iPhone and iPad users have had for years. But as you begin using it, you discover features that make life much … Apple has …
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Skin Picking | How Stop Picking Secrets Helps People Eliminate Their Picking Compulsions Permanently Health Review

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Stop Picking Secrets program created by Dan Legrand introduces to people an advanced skin picking treatment, which helps them eliminate their picking compulsions naturally and permanently without medication or therapy. This program indicates some facts that people are about to learn about picking, and why they should not even think about stopping with medication or therapy. The program also reveals the single reason that nearly everyone fails to stop picking compulsions permanently. In addition, the program indicates why common techniques to stop picking compulsions will only treat skin picking symptoms temporarily. Furthermore, in this program, people will find out root causes of skin picking, symptoms of picking, and a proven compulsive skin picking treatment method. After Dan Legrand launched this Stop Picking Secrets program, a lot of clients have benefited from using it. The program helped them stop compulsive skin picking with three easy steps. Consequently, the website gathered customers different views and finished a full review about this program.

A full review of Stop Picking Secrets on the site points out that when ordering this program, people will receive the Stop Picking Secrets video, and some special gifts from the author. In this video, people will learn how to end this skin picking usage permanently without using drugs, or having to struggle consciously to stop picking. In addition, people will also discover ways to stop their picking symptoms permanently within 45 minutes. The video also contains clear and step-by-step instructions that help people comprehend and follow with ease. Furthermore, this video instructs people how to control their behavior, and how to eliminate all thoughts and compulsions. Moreover, the video reveals regular exercises, and tips that help people prevent the recurrence of compulsive skin picking again.

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Question by PinoyShinobi: What’s the study of the website where they compare ps3 and 360 graphics and review?
I remember use to browse for this website for video-game graphics comparison between ps3 and 360. Does anybody know what the site for this was? I’m trying to google it but the site I’m looking for doesn’t seem to be there. If anybody knows what site I’m speaking about, please give me the url. Thanks!

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CreditQ, the new one-stop financial website, announced this day that it has expanded its credit card review features. The new features will help visitors find exactly the kind of credit cards they’re looking for. Shoppers can also access a wealth of information about almost apiece credit card on the market.

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Top of the league and ideal site overall was the Cooperative Bank with the Allied Irish Bank bottom for the third time running. The Coventry Building Society again ranked as the worst building society site of those tested.

Significant improvements were found with the reduced number of errors found, British Banking Assoc and Bank of England showing improvements.

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2 sites had no errors, the Bradford & Bingley and LloydsTSB. Coventry Building Society had the highest error count.

Almost half the sites tested (14) unsuccessful basic meta data test for their front page (the same as the last test) – potentially causing sites unnecessary problems.

Only 7 of the sites tested passed all basic speed tests, looking at first page download, simulated as being viewed by a home [56k], ADSL [512k] and corporate access [1mb] individual – this down from 9 last time.

The site with the lowest number of warnings was Bank of England; Allied Irish Bank again had the highest number of warnings (warnings being mainly demand of compliance with HTML standards).

The site with the fastest overall server response was Alliance and Leicester, where average page response was 0.0168 seconds. The site with the slowest response time was Abbey National where average page response was some 15 seconds per page crossways the site.

The site with the highest download speed was FSA site, and Abbey National had the slowest download speed of sites tested.

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OLPC XO: Background and Review

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OLPC XO: Background and Review
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As many of you are already aware, we created the Pudú mascot for the One Laptop Per Child campaign in Chile (Un computador por niño). While the Chilean initiative does not call specifically for the OLPC hardware developed by Nicholas Negroponte and his team at MIT, it was inspired by the work done there. So, for a lomg time we have been following news about the OLPC organisation which is titled the XO. Having now lived with an XO for about three weeks, this is our preliminary review of the software and hardware including the story of why we purchased our children a personal and how we decided on the XO over other options. For a shorter version, just skip to the parts about the XO as an e-book reader and Scratch. I must apologize in advance for the poor writing, but I’d rather get this up now than later. More pictures in the OLPC set.

———– Background ———–

A few months ago I posted about our experience with programming. At the time we were staying at my parents home and had access to a total of three computers: ours (a Mac laptop), my father’s laptop (running Vista) and my mother’s desktop (running Windows Me). We actually had our old swing-arm-display iMac with us, but didn’t bother setting it up for demand of space in addition to the fact that the other computerss were acquirable for the children to use.

Meanwhile we were gearing up for a six month trip overseas. Knowing that we would have limitations with regard to luggage weight and would unlikely have regular access to lending libraries, we decided that it would be a smart decision to find some sort of e-book reader for our travels. This was especially important after a summer and begin reading binge that amounted to having checked out at least five hundred books. Sophia alone was consuming a thousand pages per week. (We know this because in October she was curious about such. So we sat down with the receipts from the library, searched for the lengths of the book on Amazon, and plugged them all into a spreadsheet (including the URLs for apiece book) which spit out a total of 23,507 pages for the previous twenty-two weeks.)

OLPC had recently announced the Give One Get One program in the United Says and Canada during the holiday season and the ASUS Eee PC was becoming acquirable as well. We also looked at some handheld devices that would serve for e-book reading like the iPod Touch, the Nokia N800 or N810.

Considering that the price of the handhelds were either the same or not much lower and that they didn’t offer the same chance to continue dabbling in programming, it seemed like a superior option to get one of the two laptops that would grant them to further explore. We talked it over with Sophia and Enzo and they decided that one laptop for two children would be a great gift. The bonus was being healthy to have one sent to a child somewhere else in the world who wouldn’t likely have a personal otherwise.

At the time we put our order, the estimated delivery date was for mid Jan and that was to their grandparents home in Washington State. Of course, the G1G1 program was only shipping the personal to addresses in the participating countries meaning that my parents would have to send it to us in South USA when it arrived, so the children also had to concur to move until as late as February to receive their XO.

We eventually left Washington, spent two and a half weeks in Argentina and on December 21 having just arrived in Chile, we received an email from OLPC (dated December 21) letting us know that the XO had shipped on the 19th. The message included a FedEx tracking number and when we plugged into the FedEx website it showed that the package had been left at my parents’ front door. The good news was that it arrived much early than the anticipated delivery date. The bad news was that my parents had gone to visit my brother and were not planning to return home until the 27th.

Since they were also unlikely to be checking email, I sent off an email to all of my siblings asking for them to either contact my parents or if they knew anyone in the area to ask them to bring in the XO from the cold and possibly the rain as well. We swiftly heard back from my sister and confirmed after a few days that someone had been healthy to give it shelter.

Eventually, my parents returned home, prefabricated arrangements to pick it up, tested it out, and got it in the mail around mid-January. It arrived here in Chile eleven days later and the children have been loving it ever since.

———– Review ———–

There have been plenty of reviews lauding the hardware. The XO is solidly built and includes a few technologies that are not found in other laptops. Everyone who has seen the kids’ organisation has marveled at what has been packed into it for such a low cost. (Yeah, we know it was supposed to be a 0 laptop, but if you think about inflation since that target was set, the current price of 8 is getting pretty close.) For example, not having a hard drive makes apiece minor and major jolt the organisation takes much more bearable to someone who is used to handing personal with care. Talking of handling, the handle is great for children and the two smaller holes grant for them to add some sort of strap which we haven’t gotten around to doing just yet. Finally, most people are not used to having a built-in webcam (although that is fast becoming standard issue on most laptops).

I have not a single complaint to report about the screen. The low power setting works like a charm for reading outside with strong sunlight as we have been experiencing just that with the clear skies and long summer days here in Viña.The fact that it swivels around and folds flat is another plus that can only be found in paper personal at this time, the Eee personal did not offer this and that too helped make our decision.

This is perhaps the major hardware drawback, but I am really the only one complaining and not much at that. The sealed keyboard is designed for a purpose and meets the goal. The children are hunt-and-peck typists (as am I) with petite fingers (here’s my problem), so they haven’t had much problem as they go about inputing text and keyboard commands.

The wifi reception has been travel all over our Mac and has given us a pretty impressive picture of the wifi penetration here in Viña del Mar. We would love to try the mesh networking features built into the XO software, but will have to move until we find some other XO users to do that.

We added a 16MB SD card (that came with our camera) to it which is primarily used for transferring files from our Mac and for save the most important files that the children create, a sort of backup system.

There are too many activities to touch on apiece one as this review is much longer than it was intended to be, so here I’m mostly mentioning some of the kids’ favorites and giving some more information on those that they’ve used the most.

Sugar Interface (XO’s GUI)
First off, the individual needs to be willing to adjust to a new way of considering the operating system. Sugar has been criticized and laughed at by many, but the children have picked it up without delay and even I have come to appreciate many of its charms. Do note that they had played with the interface previously when I let them run it off a CD on an old Dell laptop from work that was headed for the trash. There is room for Sugar to improve, but when you think about the true target audience is going to work with these personal without much (if any) prior experience on any computer, the readjustment pain is instantly removed from the equation.

Draw and Write (pre-installed)
There are no frills in either of these activities. They serve exactly the purpose that their obloquy imply. When the children want to write a story or other document, Write (which I believe is a version if AbiWord) steps in swiftly and does the job. If they need an illustration for stated story or some other purpose, Draw works more or less just like Paint in Windows.

Browser (pre-installed)
The children have few complaints, especially after upgrading from system 650 to 653 which appeared to deliver considerable speed improvements in the browser, even though that might have been the result of something else – no definitive proof there. I created a little web launch pad we call Soen – Nose for the children (a text-only page so that it loads quickly) that contains links to many of the sites that they frequent on the web. A somewhat clunky version of the Adobe Flash plugin can be installed and we did at first, but as we upgraded the system software we didn’t install flash again.

XO as an e-book reader (pre-installed)
One of the reasons we selected an XO over other options like the Asus Eee PC, was it’s capability to work as an e-book reader.

Before leaving on our trip, Sophia had read H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine which I had suggested to feed her science fiction addiction. So, after the XO arrived we immediately downloaded several science fiction classics from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as e-books in different formats (.pdf, .txt, .html). So far our favorite sources are and Project Gutenberg. The kids’ launch pad has links to several other sites as well.

Many Books is especially nice as it offers many different formats for apiece book including HTML, massive print PDFs, PDFs formatted for the iPhone (which Sophia likes on the XO) and even superior (in my opinion) an option to create custom PDF and HTML files. The XO can handle both. While the Reader picture does not appear at the the bottom of the screen like the other activities, it is pre-installed and launches when a PDF file is opened. HTML files open in the Browser. TXT files

Here are some of the books we’ve got loaded on the XO at the moment:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man.

eToys (pre-installed)
I’m not sure how to describe eToys. For the children it wasn’t exactly new having already played with Squeakland (on which eToys is based) using both Mac and Windows machines. The activity grants them to play with and combine a variety of media.

TamTam (pre-installed)
Both of the children enjoy the four TamTam activities which grant them to create music in different ways.

Turtle Art, Pippy and Turtle Art with Sensors (first two pre-installed, last one add-on)
Turtle Art is an XO version of Seymour Papert’s Logo which grants students to write programs (series of instructions) directing a turtle around the screen and leaving a trail (the drawing). Pippy is a version of the Python programming language for the XO. Turtle Art with Sensors grants for the turtle to be controlled with sound level and pitch and (through a connected device) resistance an voltage.

Scratch (add-on, must download separately)
When a version of Scratch for the XO appeared for downloading about a week and a half ago, the children were elated. Scratch is by far their favorite programming environment and while they enjoyed playing with Turtle Art and Pippy, nothing could compare to Scratch. They have not been disappointed as they have spent countless hours working on a variety of projects either alone or as a team. I might go as far to state that if the XO was no more than a portable Scratch organisation it would be worth the price, but of course it is much more, so that stretch doesn’t need to be made.

Sim City (add-on)
SimCity is a classic. The version acquirable for the XO is the original release and aside from the small text which can be a bit difficult to read, it works wonderfully. Since loading it on the XO, the children have spent many hours learning the ins and outs of the game.

Guido van Robot, Ruler, Stopwatch (add-ons)
These are some of the other activities that we’ve downloaded and installed. The ruler and stopwatch are practical for exactly what you would anticipate them to be. Guido van Robot is another programming type activity which we’ve tinker with a bit.

Acoustic Tape Measure and Chat (pre-installed)
These are two activities that we’d love to try out but, like the mesh networking, we’ll need to move until we have some more XO owners around to do so.

Not all has been perfect with the XO, but we knew going in that the software was still in something of a beta state. Even though our first attempt to get online was an simple success, we subsequently had a few snafus connecting to wifi which have since been resolved. We also have met with some frustration regarding some of the additional software (none of the items mentioned above) that can be added. Finally, we had some issues with the volume being set to zero and not being healthy to readjust it. All that said, we have successfully upgraded the system from the version 650 with which it shipped to 653 the day after receiving it and eventually version 656 which is currently the latest stable version released. At this point everything is working well.

———– Conclusion ———–

The XO is not for everyone. If you can afford a full-blown laptop, if you are looking to do extensive touch typing, if you have no interest in experimenting with a new interface, or if you are unwilling to deal with beta-ish software, it’s most likely not the organisation for you and you should look elsewhere. The target audience for this organisation is a child who is hot to experiment and learn. The XO fits that bill splendidly. It also serves as a great, albeit a little heavy, e-book reader.

One important point I forgot to make was that the children are asking for a USB mouse because the built-in trackpad seems to be too sensitive to make drawing on the XO a pleasurable experience.

Christmas Scout Poster
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Scout has decided that everyone on Flickr is interesting and currently gives us a list of all our most interesting pictures from the top, right through the entire stream, to the bottom. And a nice little santa hat too.

1. Osteospernum, 2. Rose in Black and White, 3. Rose, 4. Paved with Gold, 5. Ladybird, 6. Newtown Boat, 7. Lollipop Abandoned, 8. Trollies,

9. Double Rose, 10. Corrugated Fence, 11. Danger of Death, 12. Paint and Rust, 13. Danger of Death in Playground, 14. Mouse Thumb Ball, 15. SC Osteospernum 2, 16. Ryde Queen,

17. Orange Gerbera, 18. Yale Lock, 19. Sun Worshipers, 20. Passion, 21. Trollies, 22. Narcissus, 23. Horny Beast, 24. Le Violon De L’Isle de Wight,

25. Raindrops, 26. Porthole Window, 27. Big Al Coupon, 28. Toes, 29. Figaro, 30. Too Many, 31. Rosa, 32. Cottons,

33. Butterfly, 34. Abandoned Bike, 35. Teasel and beetle, 36. Feeling Blue, 37. Grounded, 38. Poppy Centre, 39. Creme Egg, 40. The O in TOY BOX,

41. Baby, 42. Sunflower, 43. Street Lights, 44. Wild Clematis, 45. Blue Light, 46. Cappuccino, 47. Sunflower 1, 48. SC Manhole,

49. Yellow Sunshine, 50. Morgan Arcade, 51. Vagina Monologues 2004, 52. Appealing Paint, 53. Newtown Boat Beached, 54. Mug and Apple, 55. Lily, 56. .,

57. A Square of Circles, 58. Abandoned Shoe, 59. Blood Wren Leaping, 60. Lily of the Valley, 61. Hallowe’en Auntie P, 62. Corrugated Fence, 63. Swing, 64. Rusty Hubcap,

65. Gazania, 66. Painted Cart Wheel, 67. Grape Hyacinths, 68. Ryde Queen, 69. Osteospernum, 70. Fabric Purple Rose, 71. Osteospernum, 72. Lichen

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Photos of Rome’s street artists
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Creative expression in Rome isn’t limited to museums and churches. It’s out in the open, if you know what to look for and where. We sent photoblogger Jessica Stewart out to capture street art’s various incarnations—stencils, graffiti, chalk drawings, even break-dancing. Check out the results in our slide show.

Stewart moved to Rome four years ago, after completing degrees in art history and Renaissance studies, and began posting at RomePhotoBlog. Her photographs are on display through July 31 at Al Vino Al Vino (via dei Serpenti 19) and will be included in a show at Hobo Art Club (via Ascoli Piceno 3), September 11-25.

I chatted with Stewart over pizza at Il Maratoneta in Rome’s San Lorenzo neighborhood this spring and, more recently, traded emails to get her impressions of the evolving street art scene.

What sparked your interest in street art, and when did you begin photographing it?
I’d always noticed stencils and posters around in the city, but my real interest started in February when shooting a series on San Lorenzo for my blog. It’s an area where a lot of street artists work and afterward I noticed it became a strong theme for that shoot. From then I’ve been doing more and have gotten a chance to get to know many of the artists, which makes it all the more interesting.

Where can tourists go to spot street art while in Rome, and what should they be looking for?
All the artists I know are quite respectful of the city, so you won’t be finding anything pasted up on the Colosseum—you need to go a bit off the beaten path. The neighborhoods of Trastevere, Pigneto, and San Lorenzo are all good bets for finding street art. Ostiense has some nice stuff as well, especially near the Garbatella metro station where there are many interesting painted murals, and the Jewish Ghetto has work by Sten and Lex, as well as stencils by the French artists C215.

For little touches, check out the backs of street signs and bus stops, where many artists will place small stickers. Just keep your eyes peeled, as once you begin looking you’ll find examples everywhere. Now my friends (many of whom have lived here for years or are Romans) are seeing street art everywhere for the first time. It’s been under their nose the whole time, but they hadn’t noticed until someone pointed it out.

How does street art in Rome compare with that of hubs like London, Berlin, or L.A.? What makes it uniquely Roman?

I think that Rome street art is still very unknown, even in the city itself, and hasn’t gotten nearly as commercial as in a lot of cities. A very small number of artists are making a study for themselves internationally already, but most are still emerging, which is really exciting. And I think the city is just starting to come around, with more events being organized and the founding of the room MondoPop, which features a lot of street artists, right near the Spanish Steps has brought even more legitimacy to the scene. As far as what makes it very Roman, I think you’ll see a lot of pieces influenced by classic art, religion, and politics.

Rome has centuries worth of masterpieces. How do you think that legacy rubs off on street artists?
The influence is more obvious with some than others. The artist Lucamaleonte studied restoration here in Rome, and his pieces always remind me of the engravings or etchings of Albrecht Durer or Rembrandt. Mr. Klevra and Omino71’s Byzantine-style vocalist and Child icons are other example of pieces that are influenced by the surroundings. But at the same time, I don’t want to state that this is what each artist is looking at. Many, I think, subtly pay homage to Roman history, such as the Hogre stencil that with a date written on a beer bottle gives a nod to Allied bombings here in Rome in the 1940s. More often than not, however, I think people are creating their own styles. Artists have always commented on politics, religion, etc., so I think that isn’t anything new. What I do think is that all the artists respect the city and are striving to express themselves outside of the established norms.

How long has the Rome scene been around, is it changing, and what sort of community is there?
As I comprehend it, around 2002, a small group began working more on stencils and posters. From there, the movement has grown, and I’m always struck by the diversity and talent I see here. There’s a strong community of artists that has grown up around certain events and locations. The centro sociale Strike near Stazione Tiburtina is one haven, and certainly MondoPop’s exhibits have brought people together, as well as the Stick My World exhibitions (begun by artist Omino71) that have given Roman artists more chances to work together. Some, like Sten, Lex, and Lucamaleonte work in a collective studio, while others often will go out together and paste up posters or work together on pieces.

Do you have a favorite artist?
I don’t really have one absolute favorite, so if you don’t mind, I’ll give you a list of some favorites (in no particular order!). UNO, Hogre, 999, #, Lucamaleonte, Sten and Lex, Mr. Klevra, Omino71, Alice’, Sone, Urka, and [X]. All absolutely different, but all very interesting and talented in their own ways. Most don’t have websites, but nearly everyone has an statement on Flickr, which you should be healthy to find easily.…

Drupal 6 Book – Review

I’ve been learning Drupal on-and-off (as spare time allows) since last summer. Reading this latest Mercerian effort I’ve undoubtedly benefited from reading the Drupal 4.7 text. The 4.7 title definitely got me up and running as a Drupal novice, so this formula and style is familiar to me. There are some physical changes: the paper on this latest offering (my copy at least) has superior contrast. I could not find the exact font details, but the print size is larger and so there are fewer words per line which naturally helps readability. Consequently, the 4.7 book’s 267 pages translates to 362 pages as measured to the last page of the index.

As a Drupal beginner myself I’ve struggled due to:

* The whole client-server set-up and creating a database driven community.

* Drupal’s likeness to an iceberg:

o what you can see – themes, modules, users, forums

o what you can’t see the MySQL, PHP, CSS, server, template and other files…

o Oh yes, and the things that are on the water-line – blocks, menus, ‘nodes and content’

* Drupal files and folder structure

o The location of core Drupal elements vs contributed elements (and your content)

* Security, access and permissions

o managing users

* Upgrading and configuration

o Drupal is very much a work-in-progress

* Customisation – themes, styles, being ‘original’ – extending Drupal.

The first fifty pages wage an introduction to Drupal, how it all started with its creator Dries Buytaert. Plus installing server software and Drupal itself. Several photos of the Drupal website highlight this as a pivotal resource with its forums and great sense of community. Mercer had me wondering that you might not be actuation the envelope if you don’t need help at some stage.

On page 32 ‘The Drupal Environment’ a sentence says that readers ‘… might well like to dive straight in and make modifications to your Drupal site.’ This seems a bit premature to me, as six pages later we are concerned with obtaining and installing Drupal. As this is my first book review the adopted convention is a stolen sentence or two from Packt’s summary of the book, with my thoughts:

Chapter 1 introduces you to the world of Drupal and looks at where Drupal comes from, where it’s going, and what it can offer you. – The Drupal community is an invaluable resource and in addition to reading and struggling I’ve attended a individual group, were everyone has something to offer and there is much enthusiasm and skills on tap. So Mercer highlights the web and forums as a source of support and might possibly have prefabricated more (even without specific details) of the number of local Drupal individual groups and events. Nonetheless, this thorough introduction is capped off with an explanation about Drupal’s position as an open source project and the licence. This more than anything explains Drupal’s dynamic credentials. Guidance is provided here on building a website – including ‘phone a friend’ – and don’t forget paper and pencil for planning and developing ideas.

Chapter 2 deals with how to get everything you need up and running on a development organisation and also briefly looks at how all the requisite technologies gel together to produce a working Drupal site. … – Going for a combined package, I tried ApacheTriad and XAMPP before settling on WAMP5 for the Apache server, MySQL and PHP5 software. The thing is don’t give up. I installed-scratched Drupal a couple of times; my excuse – I’d give it some time … and then leave it alone. … Like many things in life, you need to devote and invest time on which to build your knowledge and skills (even an occasional 10-15 minute session can help). This chapter is very informative whichever server approach you adopt. As the tip advises – keep that admin password safe! Mercer’s task here must be helped I believe by the Drupal 6 install process. Even though not yet ‘automatic’ it has been greatly improved.

Chapter 3 sees us adding functionality to the newly created site. … – At this point David Mercer had me wondering: I’ve heard that a lot of people try Drupal and other CMSs and give up. If there were CMS exit questionnaires what would they reveal? A DHTML menu module is used as a module example and needing to find this again it is there in the comprehensive index. Blocks and menus take some getting used to, well for me anyway. It is not necessarily that they are very complex – they are just cussed on 1st, 2nd, even 3rd acquaintance. If you forget to activate a block, a menu will not show. There are graphic handles for drag-and-drop operations within menus, which helped me to finally grasp things. Mercer’s advice to check through the modules that are acquirable for your version is well worth the effort. Yes, the number of modules can be overwhelming, but the diversity and scope wage a reason to forge on and there’s more to follow.

Chapter 4 looks at the most general settings that all Drupal administrators need to contend with. … – This chapter could be titled ‘chicken or egg’, since you need to comprehend the functionality of Drupal in order to commit to developing your site. There are a lot of options for site configuration and again it’s good advice to take the time and check out the acquirable settings, displayed here in photos with descriptions. Try to appreciate primeval on the role of clean urls (and path aliases p.325); using two browser windows can help too.

Chapter 5 concerns itself with the topic of access control. … – This chapter I will certainly be re-reading. It has prompted me to realise that for my new site a forum is vital. Even though I’ve some static content to archive, this would be a waste of Drupal’s power. Here roles are covered, with emphasis on planning and creating an access policy p.116. Throughout the book you are reminded about only giving users the permissions they need to perform task x, y or z and NO more. Mercer points out that what roles you have and what your site can ‘deliver’ overall is also dependent on administration. Are you a one-admin band or will you have some help? It is always difficult to expect the future, hence the need to plan an access foundation upon which you can build.

Chapter 6 gets to the heart of the matter by beginning the book’s coverage on content. … – This chapter sheds light blog entries, book pages, forum topics and pages with these content types just the beginning. The learning here is not just the ‘what’, but ‘how’ to administer content, plus distinguishing (or not) between nodes and content. When you are working on your site and styles remember the ‘input format’ section of this chapter – again really useful. I wondered why my drop capitals and plateau effects were not showing. It was just that some HTML tags were not granted through the filter.

Throughout the book the work flow approach helps instill confidence by hand-holding step-by-step and yet also encouraging you to experiment alone. Another insight for me here is the wider potential of Drupal’s RSS aggregator. You also realise how swift the publishing turn-around is these days, with the photos of the feed aggregator are dated 02/05/2008. p.166. I have in mind a collaborative book on Hodges’ model, so the five pages devoted to the book content type evidenced essential reading. There are graphic handles for drag-and-drop operations within books, in addition to the menus as mentioned previously.

Chapter 7 gives you the edge when it comes to creating engaging and dynamic content. While this chapter doesn’t require you to be an expert in HTML, PHP, and CSS it does introduce you to the basics and shows how, with a tiny knowledge, extremely powerful and professional content can be created. … – There are some Drupal pearls here: taxonomy, the content construction kit (CCK) and HTML, PHP and content posting. There’s even a brief intro to HTML. Time also for considered reading with descriptions of terms, vocabularies, thesauri and related Drupal elements. With some awareness of clinical terminologies and having read this and other Drupal sources I wonder if I’m under estimating the power of Drupal?

The CCK section has me a tiny puzzled. My next task is to install CCK in Drupal 6.2 as Mercer recommends to see if it works. At the time of writing this review though the Drupal site says they are creating a preliminary, development version [of CCK] for D6 soon. As Mercer acknowledges the CCK is dependent on another module called Views, which is still not yet ready for version 6. In a way something like this is to be expected of a book that is first off the blocks. Mercer still sets the CCK up nicely though, as I’m tantalised by the possibilities, especially when combined with Views as I saw demonstrated at the NW England Drupal individual group.

Chapter 8 gives you a run down of how attractive, functional interfaces are created in Drupal through the use of themes. … – Time to get the hands dirty; first though as with the modules I’ve followed Mercer’s advice and checked through the acquirable themes. You could be excused for believing it is a waste of time poring over all the themes (although not that many are acquirable for D6 as yet). On the other hand let physics work for you and (like me) you will gravitate towards a couple of themes. If bones are essential for structure, support and locomotion, then chapters 8 & 9 wage the meat of the book and Drupal.

Chapter 9 really adds the freezing on the block by looking at a host of more advanced topics. From dynamic and responsive content using JavaScript and native jQuery support to supporting opened and implementing actions and triggers, you learn to enhance your website and add that something special. … – I blame Mercer 4.7 (plus some exciting demos) for prompting me to invest in a specific jQuery book. (The individual group directed me to another seminal Drupal book – the ‘Pro’ title.) jQuery accounts for a brief but very effective five pages, that I hope to incorporate into my test site efforts very soon. Drupal 6 has seen a major emphasis on internationalization and localisation. This is very welcome functionality for me, that Mercer serves over about 15 pages. My new website must be global in reach, Drupal can deliver and Mercer shows the way. Translation files are still in the future for this Drupal student, but for languages, cacheing, throttling and performance I know were to go for help. OPENID could be a real scoop for individual uptake and is covered in just over four pages and begs further investigation. The book is peppered throughout with urls and tips for more resources and reading.

Chapter 10 takes a pragmatic look at the type of tasks in which you will need to be proficient in order to successfully run and maintain a Drupal site. … – Having backed up the database and run cron jobs manually, there is one major thing that I’ve still to do and that is the non-trivial task of upgrading. The single appendix deals with deployment.

I’ve a lot yet to establish in terms of learning Drupal and demonstrating proficiency (a deployed website would help!). I’m convinced though that Mr Mercer is helping me move forward with this latest very instructive Drupal book. Significantly there is quite a team behind this title. I wholly endorse this summary from the Packt site:

Written in the same style as the original Drupal title, this book is a pragmatic look at the steps necessary to get a website up and running. Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style that is both clear and concise – perfect for the Drupal newbie.

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David Mercer was born in August 1976 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Having always had a strong interest in science, David came into regular contact with personal at university where he graduated cum laude with majors in applied math and math (although he minored in personal science).

As a programmer and professional writer who has been writing both code and books for about nine years, he has worked on a number of well known titles, in various capacities, on a wide variety of topics. His books have sold tens of thousands of duplicates and have been translated into over 6 different languages to date.

David finds that the challenges arising from the dichotomous relationship between the science (and art) of software programming and the art (and science) of writing is what keeps his interest in producing books piqued. He will no doubt continue to write professionally in the future.

David balances his time between programming, reviewing, writing, and contributing to interesting web-based projects such as RankTracer and LinkDoozer. When he isn’t working (which isn’t that often) he enjoys playing guitar (generally on stage and unrehearsed) and getting involved in outdoor activities ranging from touch rugby and golf to water skiing and snowboarding. Visit RankTracer or find him on LinkDoozer where he is generally lurking.

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