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Shameless plug: Building an Emergency Alert System for the 21st century

2011-11-29 Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I wrote a response to Ruth’s article “How the Emergency Alert System has already been tested–and could be improved”.  When I showed her my response and asked for help making it sound good (as you should already know I could keep several editors busy on a daily basis).  She provided some very good insight on how to improve my writing (but I like words with ‘z’ in them) and also offered to publish the paper on the OpenSource.com website.  How could I refuse such an offer?  So here it is, the awesome response and plan for bringing the emergency alert system into the 21st century kicking an screaming, Building an Emergency Alert System for the 21st century.

Oh, and if you find any problems in the essay blame my editor.

 

New Drupal modules ready for review

2011-03-05 Leave a comment

Today I took a few minutes and packaged up some Drupal modules that I’m using on my Drupal instance.  They have been submitted for review so if you’d like to see them in the Fedora repos, and you are a reviewer, please take a look at the following tickets and see what I missed!

drupal6-yubikey

drupal6-video

drupal6-image

drupal6-filefield

drupal6-acidfree

Categories: Drupal

Yubikey and Drupal

2010-10-13 Leave a comment

I received my Yubikey in the mail today.  This is a neat little device for multi-factor authentication and one that I’ll be writing about more later.

I’ve been experimenting with Drupal and found a module for Drupal that implements Yubikey authentication!  It can support both two-factor authentication (password and one-time-password (OTP) from a token) or authentication from just the token.  Setup was easy and once I figured out that my server wasn’t using PHP4, which had to be upgraded to PHP5, implementing the module and setting up the users was a snap!

If you have a Drupal installation you might consider augmenting your authentication security by using a Yubikey.

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Categories: Drupal, Security, Yubikey

Help wanted: Drupal/Web Designer Guru interested in improving the Fedora Insight experience!

2010-10-05 Leave a comment

Are you Drupal or web designer looking for an outlet for your creativeness? The Fedora Insight team is looking for you! We have the following tasks that need some TLC by a new volunteer to the team:

1) CSS and Theme work. The CMS program Drupal gives us an excellent framework but now it needs some color! We need someone that can help design the CSS and do some work on the theme that we use that makes the Drupal installation Insight. Our own Hiemanshu Sharma has been working on CSS and could use some teammates to assist. If you have HTML/CSS experience, this is a very easy way to help the Fedora Project.

2) Expanding Insight. The current Insight goal is to serve up the Fedora Weekly News (FWN) but our next phase include rolling out this solution to other projects within Fedora. For instance, we want to be able to promote selected stories from places like the Fedora Planet that give casual readers an idea what Fedora is up to on a regular basis.

3) Drupal package maintenance. Drupal has several packages in the Fedora repos. We need some assistance with maintaining these packages, which should be a simple job as soon as Drupal 6 is accepted. Packaging in Fedora is straightforward, and there are plenty of examples to go by already, including CCK, Views, and other popular contributed Drupal modules.

Do any of these jobs sound fun to you? If so please follow these simple instructions. We’d love to have you on the team!

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Sparks’ Fedora Project Journal by Eric H Christensen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Categories: Drupal, Fedora Insight

Clustered Drupal

2010-06-18 Leave a comment

Last night I posted a request for assistance getting three Drupal instances up and running on three different servers.  Well I finally figured out what the problem was.

I now have three instances all showing the same information!  It really wasn’t that difficult but since my $DAYJOB doesn’t involve much sysadmin work anymore I was making rookie mistakes.

So now that I have this work done I’m going to document the additional steps and then try to recreate everything from those steps to make sure everything is working properly.

I had thought that I would use this weekend to tackle the problem but it appears that I’ll have the weekend to tackle some other problems!  Maybe I’ll get my SLUG back up and functioning properly.

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Categories: Drupal

Need some help: Drupal from EPEL on CentOS 5

2010-06-18 Leave a comment

Tonight I setup a few virtualized CentOS 5 servers and installed Drupal 5 from EPEL.  Everything was going so well until I tried to run the Drupal installer.

The Drupal installer requires write permissions to ./sites/default/settings.php during the installation process.

Great, except that file already has 666 permissions set!  I’ve gone rounds with it and I just can’t figure it out.   Is there anyone running Drupal from EPEL that might have tweaked something post install?

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Sparks’ Fedora Project Journal by Eric H Christensen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Categories: Drupal
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