Kaveri's Potential

  • Posted on: 8 June 2014
  • By: John Franklin

I have a lot of respect for AMD because over the years they have come up with a number of true innovations, leaving Intel (sometimes the whole industry) to play catch-up for a bit. The x86-64 architecture (a.k.a. AMD64) provided backwards compatibility to the 32-bit x86 instruction set when Intel was ready to move on with Itanium. AMD followed up by baking the memory controller in the CPU. When paired with HyperTransport, this gave multiple CPU servers significant performance enhancements while still providing memory coherency.

On Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Posted on: 1 June 2014
  • By: John Franklin

I’m a command line guy, through and through. It comes from doing a lot of BSD and Linux system administration where there is no graphical interface. When I build a new Drupal site, the first thing I do is build a new Ubuntu server VM with no graphical interface and configure it all without ever touching the mouse. Adding packages, configuring them, setting up a fresh Drupal install, restarting the web server -- all easily done with a few commands and a good text editor. (Vim, if you’re wondering.)

Read More Link

  • Posted on: 14 May 2014
  • By: John Franklin

I just cut a new release of the Read More Link module. Despite being a pretty solid module, it has never had a proper release, much to the angst of deployment managers everywhere. This release has no further changes beyond the dev copy everyone has been using since November, 2011. This should make it easier for project managers to green light the module.

Better Select

The multi-select box is a standard widget for webforms.  Yes, despite its wide usage, it's also one of the most difficult widgets to use.  To select multiple items requires holding down the Control key or the Command key, depending on which system the user is on.  if the key is not held for even one selection, the whole widget is reset.

After a client had a very long day of re-selecting items, they asked for the select widget to be replaced with a colleciton of checkboxes.

Number Mnemonic

You've seen them on TV: phone numbers made memorable by turning the number into a word or phrase. Maybe it was a golf course family at 1-800-55-LINKS, or the local petting zoo at 202-5-LLAMA.

Have you ever wondered what *your* phone number spells? Sure, you could get out pencil, paper and the supersized Webster's, but that ain't gonna fit on your belt, is it? And unless you're a Scrabble champion, you can bet you're going to miss a few.