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Twilio Drupal Bridge - a voice web browser

Twilio Drupal Bridge - a voice web browser  - a modest proposal

helen.ls.net - software status

 helen.ls.net - software status


All websites, but especially Drupal sites with open registration, are subject to relentless attacks from malicious users and scripts. You can suppress a significant proportion of these with http:BL.

Slide show creations

Slide shows can be a bit difficult to create if your  new to svg, inkscapes etc. If your looking for a quick, and easy way to create slide shows like I was you may want to try www.photobucket.com The slideshows work with drupal, facebook, myspace any website that you can post html to. This site is very easy to use, even for the beginner. You simply create a user and upload a few pictures, and your ready to start. After uploading your pictures you simply click slideshows.


One of the hazards of making registration easy is that you get spammers as well as the people you really want to connect to. Once moderation is set up, your site is a "honey pot". Sooner or later someone will post something objectionable.


Ot the thousands of available contributed modules, there are a few every site should have. One of these is "pathauto" which depends on "token"and "cleanurls".

As the user which owns the site:

drush dl token
drush enable token
drush dl pathauto
drush enable pathauto

The defaults are fine except "admin/build/path/pathauto". In the section URL aliases, check the box "Bulk Generate".

Of course, you need "drush" but that is another story.


Drupal upgrades

The release of 6.15 and 5.21 prompted a review of local Drupal sites. We have a collection of 44, many experimental, some customer evaluations and a few "productive" sites. Fortunately, all our sites have a similar file structure and we can obtain a status report of all Drupal code with a few lines of code.

Future of Web Hosting

I was induced to rethink web hosting while chasing Aegir - a  hosting management system for the Content Management System (CMS) Drupal. While you may crack open a book on the basis of its cover, It is the first few seconds of the reading experience that hook you into reading more. If that first few seconds is a repeat of the last experience, you may be inclined to say "I've read that book before" and put it away.

Fixing Crashed MySQL Tables

Note: the gremlins came back today. The sessions table had mushroomed in size. I had to repair it before I could empty it but life seems better now.


I found one of the web servers unresponsive on Wednesday morning. Worse, the router between my workstation and the web server was gasping. In a rash attempt to improve life on the router, I thoroughly trashed it. But that is another story.

Drupal updates

Updates are not so bad.

I downloaded 5.19 and 6.13 from drupal.org to /root.

Then I extracted both files creating the directories /root/drupal-5.19 and /root/drupal-6.13

Immediately I renamed /root/drupal-5.19/sites/default/settings.php to settings.php.org. If you forget this step you will wish you had a backup of settings.php.

Then I "su" to the appropriate user; cd to public_html/domain_name and

cp -a /root/drupal-x.yy/* .

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