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Running Drupal Javascript tests on Vagrant

The last three days, I was at the code sprint for the Drupal Camp Munich 2016, hosted at the Hubert Burda Media offices. It was a great experience. It was my first community code sprint, I've met some great people and I've learned a ton in three days. I have to thank the organizers of the sprint as well as the camp organizers, and of course my employer One Shoe to give me this opportunity. We have been working on the Media Initiative, to get a solid Media solution into Drupal core in an upcoming minor release (e.g. 8.3 or 8.4). Christian Fritsch, one of the main developers for the Media...

Debugging drush scripts with xdebug and PhpStorm on Vagrant

This is a subject that seems to come up again and again. I figured this out once before, but back then I was using Eclipse, while I am now a PhpStorm devotee. Also, I've long since started using Vagrant, which means that every debugging scenario is now "remote". Usually, this is not a huge issue, but with command line debugging, this presents a bit of a challenge.

Randy Fay has done a nice write-up back in 2013, which covers most of the bases. It does leave one missing link, which seems to have come up only recently; a recent change in drush has broken debugging through xdebug,...

Cutting The Mustard: Future Friendly Browser Support

Was just linked to this from an issue that is highly likely to make a big impact on Drupal's future (Select a new client-side framework for Drupal core, worth a read in itself if you're interested in that sort of thing). Even though it's from 2013, it's still a very relevant (and entertaining) set of slides about responsive web design.

Show me your fight face.

Apple TV: keeping the score

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog post about my hopes and dreams for Apple TV. Then, finally, at the last Apple event on september 9 2015, Apple unveiled their plans for the next iteration of their smart TV platform. And, it has been on sale since late last month. I ordered one on the very first day of pre-orders, so I've had it since a few weeks now. Which means, it's time to make up the score.

Video: Building Lego Technic Service Truck

Last year, my employer gave me (and all of my colleagues) a gift certificate as a christmas present. After a little pondering, I decided what to do with it.

Just endulged my inner child, ordered the Lego Technic Tow Truck with the gift card I got for christmas from @DOPnu http://t.co/B3weGN8dvq

— Eelke Blok (@eelkeblok) February 15, 2014

Being the geek that I am, I decided to create a timelapse of the build process. Being the lazy *ss that I am, it took me almost a year to dive into turning the raw timelapse into a complete video. But, I have, and here it...

Concept: My hopes and dreams for Apple TV

I have been an Apple TV owner on and off since the very first one from 2007. It wasn't in the same small black puck from factor you may know from today. It was much larger, sort of a hybrid between the design of the Mac Mini of its time, and today's Mac Mini; the design cues were clearly from then, with an aluminium "band" serving as the front, sides and back, and a white-and-grey plastic top (but where the Mac Mini was a grey Apple logo on a white field, Apple TV had a white "tv" on a grey field). The measurements, however, were much more like today's Mac Mini; much lower, deeper and...

Comparison of bookmark services

I have been a Delicious user since 2006. Of course, some time ago, we had a long episode of uncertainty, but that has come and gone. Things have quieted down around Delicious. I'd almost say too quiet, and I'm wondering if we are going to suddenly be greeted to a "Sorry, Delicious is no more" message some time in the not too distant future. Also, I've had some small frustrations lately, which I won't go into here. To make a long story short, there were some reasons for me to go and look for alternatives to delicious. There are many articles about that on the Internet, but obviously, none...

What happens to your data when your computer floods/catches fire/explodes?

So, what did you answer to that question? If it was, "Meh, that's not going to happen to me", think again. If it is, "I'm making backups", good for you. But how safe are your backups? Some say, one backup is no backup. This is especially true if you're just backing up to an external drive connected to your computer. Yes, it will safe your hide when the hard disk in your computer dies, but what if a bigger disaster happens? Of course, I wish no one to have their hard disks crash on them, let alone worse. However, what if your upstairs neighbour has a leak and it is right above your computer...