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Goodbye iPhone, hello DroidX

on July 17th, 2010 at 11:35:25 PM
Why? Because I wanted to be on Verizon instead of AT&T, but the more important reason was to get better integration with gmail and all the google apps (calendar, docs, talk, etc). I compared the Droid and the DroidX and I picked the X because it has a bigger screenm, better camera, vid camera, more memory, etc. It's much easier to use the screen keyboard because it has a bigger screen, has suggested ... "text_exposed");'>See Morewords, and because it has this cool vibration feature when you touch a key - I don't know why this helps but it does. The DroidX doesn't have the iphone's beautiful UI, but it's fast and practicle. And they added a bunch of features to give you a lot of smart shortcuts (eg. when I click on my husband it calls his mobile, or click on my sister and it launches the texting screen). So far, so good. I really like it.

Vacation in LA

on July 15th, 2010 at 10:48:03 AM

We spent last week in LA visiting friends, family, and our favorite places. A quick rundown of our week (photos coming soon): BBQ and fireworks at our friend Tom's in Pasadena with some of the LAFMS crew, BBQ with our LA friends, dinner parties with lots of Gromfins, Olvera street, The Getty Center, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park Observatory, Millie's Cafe, and lots more.

Design for Drupal Camp Boston 2010

on June 21st, 2010 at 8:47:58 AM

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The Design for Drupal Camp crew did it again and put on a great camp. I saw a lot of familiar faces but also lots of new people. The D4D camp is a great event for bringing new people into the Drupal community. Many of the sessions were geared for people new to Drupal, including my session which was about using Drupal Gardens as a fast and easy way to get a Drupal 7 site up and running (session video). Over 80% of the audience in my session were people who are new to Drupal, and I was stopped a couple of times by people wanting to see how to do things like move a block to a different region or hide the site name. People were glad to know that the service is free this year and when we start billng in Jan 2010, that the will be a free option as well as affordable premium plans.

A quick look at the ThemeBuilder power theming feature

on June 16th, 2010 at 10:34:43 PM

I'm not a CSS expert, so I love that I can create beautiful themes for my sites without writing a line of code. Ok, a real designer wouldn't call my themes beautiful, but they look good to me. We designed the ThemeBuilder both for people who aren't fluent in CSS and for professional designers who need to create sophisticated themes for their sites. When we released the first version of the ThemeBuilder, designers told us that the ThemeBuilder was limiting. As one designer told me, using the ThemeBuilder was like "themeing with mittens". We took this feedback and went back to the drawing board to rebuild our themes and add a lot more power to the ThemeBuilder. The latest release of the ThemeBuilder gives you the option of working in a Power theming mode to take advantage of new feautures.

Here's a quick 2 min video to show you what this feature looks like:

If you don't have time for a video, then here are a couple of screenshots of the ThemeBuilder turned off and on.

With power theming turned off, you'll click on an area of your page and the ThemeBuilder will select the regions that are most commonly styled, like the header, navigation, or sidebar regions.


When you you turn on power themeing, the ThemeBuilder gives you access to more specific areas so you can do more fine-grained styling.

To learn more about how the themes work in Drupal Gardens, read these blog posts by Jesse Beach, one of our engineers. Her first is an intro to ThemeBuilder theming, followed by one describing stacks, wrappers, and columns.

Using your Drupal site in other languages

on June 15th, 2010 at 1:00:19 PM

If you want to use the Drupal admin UI in languages other than English, here are the steps. I'll add screen shots and more details later.

  1. Go to Modules and enable the Local module
  2. Configure the Local module and add a language
  3. Find the .po file you need from the OSU Open Source Lab site. Download the file you need (eg. drupal-7.0-alpha1.es.po) and rename it to match the original (eg. drupal-7.0-alpha1.es.po)
  4. Go to Configuration - Regional and language - Translate interface - and to the Import tab. Browse for and upload the .po file.

10,000 sites on Drupal Gardens

on May 30th, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

We blew past the 10,000 site mark at the beginning of June. Dries wrote a great post about it. Beta testers are loving Drupal Gardens and we're getting fantastic feedback. If you want to check it out, click the signup link and add your name to the list. I'm sending out new beta invitations ever day.

Fonts, wonderful fonts

on April 29th, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

To give Gardens users more font options, we integrated with a font service called TypeKit. Drupal Gardens users can get a TypeKit account (there's a free option) and tell TypeKit the url of their Drupal Gardens site. When usrs select fonts on TypeKit site, the fonts will appear in the list of fonts in the ThemeBuilder and they can add them to their site. Here's a post that Dries published with a link to a short video I created to show you how it works.

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Over 5000 sites on Drupal Gardens!

on April 5th, 2010 at 12:57:51 PM

Gardens has been open for 8 weeks and testers have created over 5000 sites.

Women reinvest 90% of earnings in family vs. 35% for men

on March 9th, 2010 at 7:00:00 PM

* When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it in their families and community - compared to just 30%-40% for men.
* When a girl in the developing world gets seven or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children.

Efforts to educate and empower women and girls is gaining momentum. Some of the best information is at Girleffect.org. Their fact sheet is attached.

Business Week article about this

Another important effort in support of this is Greg Mortenson's CAI organization that builds schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Dontate to Partners in Health in Haiti and put your money to work immediately

on January 16th, 2010 at 10:15:49 PM

Partners in Health has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. They urgently need your support to help those affected by the recent earthquake. PIH has been designated by the World Health Organization to serve as the coordinators of the public hospital, Hopital de l' Universite d'Etat d'Haiti (HUEH), where thousands are suffering in need of medicines and surgeries. They're helping to restore services and create a base for emergency triage and surgical teams in Port-au-Prince. PIH has an extremely effective operations - your money will get to people who need it fast.

Click to learn more and donate

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