Florida DrupalCamp 2010 official press release

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DrupalCamp Brings Florida IT Community Together

A dedicated community of Open Source content management software developers from throughout the Sunshine State are convening February 20th and 21st at the annual Florida DrupalCamp in Altamonte Springs.

This year, new and seasoned users of Drupal (Drupal.org) will spend Saturday participating in beginner, intermediate and advanced education tracks, and Sunday working together in a "Coding for a Cause" sprint to create a Drupal web site for a selected non-profit organization.

Open Source tools like Drupal are a great resource for companies and organizations to cost-effectively connect, communicate, and organize people and information using the Internet. Drupal is a completely free modular content management system that can be used to easily build and customize websites and use blogs, video and user content to build communities.

The event is an opportunity to get an overview of Drupal and what it can do. Attendees can also get to know the developers and user community in Florida, and hear guest speaker Addison Berry of Lullabot discuss how everyone can participate in the growing international community.

The event will be held at the offices of Mind Comet in Altamonte Springs. For more information and to register, visit http://2010.fldrupalcamp.org/

Archive of Page Title module with critical bug fixed (654758)

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While working on multiple sites I've used a wide range of Drupal modules for the purpose of boosting the site's search engine ranking by way of common SEO practices.  One common requirement for this is to be able to override the browser title, aka "page title" beyond just using the article's title.  Thankfully there happens to be a module (i.e. a plugin) specially for this, the suitably named Page Title.

The Page Title module lets you set up a series of rules to control the title based on different things - the type of content, the vocabulary the keyword/term belongs to, etc, which covers for the vast majority of uses.  For those occasions when you need a little more flexibility there's an option to allow each item to be overridden on an individual basis, so e.g. one node can have some extra words added to the title.  The workflow should then be:

  • If an item-specific title is assigned, use it,
  • Otherwise use the configured rule (dubbed a "pattern"),
  • If no rules match the current situation, just a default.

The problem was that for taxonomy term pages ("category" or "topic" pages in in layman's terms) the overridden title was never loaded, it always used the rules.

After about two hours of poking around and testing different techniques, I put together a patch that should work correctly.  In my albeit limited testing it seems to correctly handle page rules and overrides for both normal content (nodes) and term (taxonomy-term) pages and so should be fine to use.  While I have submitted a patch there are always users who do not know how or are otherwise unable to deal with patch files, so to give others a chance to test this change I'm providing a full download of the module's current latest code with the patch applied.  If you happen to have some time to test it out, please do so and submit any feedback or virtual high-fives to the original issue on drupal.org.

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In an effort to take the title as the worst movie studio on the face of the planet way from current title holders The Asylum, Maverick Entertainment decided to rip off Star Trek with a truly horrible waste of time.  Lets take a quick list of the bad parts:

  • A snoozeworthy five minute monologue explaining their way from the space race to "FTL drives", to colonizing multiple planets and to the ubiquitous war,
  • A Star Trek-like font is used for the main title,
  • Horrible acting,
  • Pathetic "special" effects,
  • Terrible editing which in some cases leaves people just standing there for several seconds before they either read the next line off their queue cards or hit someone / something,
  • An utterly pathetic rip-off of Klingons as a genetically modified cybernetic human sub-species that randomly place high-voltage splayed power cables in their chest "gadget box" to "recharge",
  • A story that makes you want to instead read the intellectually superior "Go Dog, Go".

This has everything you need to get a good drinking game going, if you don't go insane first.  I forced myself to watch 25 minutes of this crud just so I'd have some ammunition to rip it to shreds, but at that I hit the eject button - the only reason I didn't immediately destroy the DVD was because it was rented from Blockbuster.

As a minor example of just how desperate they were with the script, they actually had the line "I'm a doctor, not a soldier damn it!"

Do not rent this movie!

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