Customized Suzuki Intruder in French village
Photo: Copyright © 2014 Eelke Blok

Debugging Drush with Eclipse and XDebug

Update 15/4/2017: This is a fairly old post, by now. I've done a more recent post on debugging drush on a setup with PhpStorm and Vagrant.

Drush is a command line tool to interact with the Drupal Open Source CMS (Get it? DRUpal SHell). It is an invaluable tool that many Drupal developers love once they start using it. Another tool I personally love greatly is the XDebug PHP debugger. I use it almost daily to quickly find out what is going on in a PHP website I am working on. It can be a pain to set up, but once you have it, firing up a debugging session is as easy as hitting a...

Changing a user's password in OpenX 2.8

The user management of OpenX is a little confusing if you are used to other systems. There is a blog-post about the user system on the OpenX-blog giving a good overview.

One aspect that they seem to have forgotten is dat users may want to change their password. A "I forgot my password" link is provided, but other than that there is no way to change your password.

No more multi-language

So you may see a few weird menu items, blog posts and/or categories. This is because I disabled the WPML (multi-language) plugin. Recently, they went commercial and since then (or thereabouts) I've had trouble updating. Then, my server was hacked. I am not in the least way implying this was due to WPML, but the fact is that it was out of date along with three other plugins. The others I could update. WPML, not so much.

Since it really is not much more than a gimmick, I decided to switch off the plugin, which means all content is now mixed on the one site. Not sure what to do with...

Lego MindStorms digital clock

I can't wait until my kid will be old enough to play with Lego (OK, so that may be slightly premature, considering we're due in april). Maybe I shouldn't look for excuses and just get some. This stuff is so cool. Incidentally, the numbers are black on white. Believe it or not, I took a few seconds to realize that.

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Finding number of Drupal-nodes created per hour in a single query

For a customer I've been running an import of old content into a Drupal installation and I got the feeling that the process seemed to run slower and slower. We say "meten is weten" in Dutch ("measuring is knowing"), so I wondered if it was possible to write a single SQL query to find out how many nodes were created per hour since the start of the import. This is the query I came up with:

Wall Street Journal: What Part of ‘Mini’ Did You Not Grasp, BMW?

This reviewer from the Wall Street Journal puts into words what has been my opinion about the Mini Countryman for a while. It's great my dad still gets to drive a Mini because of it, it's a great drive, I might even consider it myself if I was really pressed for space. But...

We'd never build a full-size Mini truck, would we, Meine Herren? The Germans burst into gales of laughter: Hah. Hah. Hah. Hah. Never a D-segment sedan? Again, Das ist nicht moglich!

Then Klaus from marketing pipes in: But we could sell a few thousand more cars if we just made them bigger....