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    Archive for March, 2008

    AN Hosting affiliate program

    31st March 2008

    I have just joined AN Hosting Affiliate Program – you can tell by the new link in Web Hosting section in the right sidebar, and by the real huge banner on the blog hosting page (so huge actually that it won’t fit completely with smaller resolutions like 1024×768 and less). I do not yet know if this affiliate program is worth the trouble, but I did find good feedback for their hosting on Drupal forums (here and here and search for more), so that really was the initial reason to put the links to them.

    I would be interested in AN Hosting feedback, as I do plan to try their services one day.

    P.S. A Small orange (direct link) also has lots of positive feedback.

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    WordPress Drupalization

    31st March 2008

    Is that only me, or WordPress is really leaning towards the Drupal ideology?

    Here’s what I mean:

    • user levels were changed to user roles – just like in Drupal
    • now, instead of categories and just recently introduced tags, the word ‘taxonomy’ is used – which is a Drupal slang
    • ‘widgets’ work just like ‘blocks’ in Drupal – even style IDs are assigned the same way, e.g. id=”widget subscribe_to_comments_widget”
    • (add here the similarity you found yourself)

    I wonder, what will be next. PHPTemplate support, as default theming engine? :)
    Or no-backwards-compatibility policy?
    Or, best for WP users, advanced Drupal-like caching and throttling techniques?

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    Developing with Drupal: screencasts

    26th March 2008

    drupaldojo.com – at the moment of writing, has 42 video-lessons (screencasts) of developing with Drupal.

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    Good techie intro for would-be Drupal developers

    26th March 2008

    Drupal technical introduction
    It’s quite old, but as it describes core functionality, it should be still actual.

    Please comment if you know of any other good high-quality technical Drupal introductions/descriptions.

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    2008 Webware 100 Awards: voting is still open

    26th March 2008

    I voted in the 2008 Webware 100 Awards

    Have you voted already?

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    Less than an hour of GoDaddy MySQL5 database downtime today

    26th March 2008

    Must have been some maintenance, as I didn’t notice any changes in PHP/MySQL versions since the 7th of March.

    Update: it seems as though since that short MySQL outage everything is faster at GoDaddy shared hosting. Did they upgrade database server(s)? I have no idea, but I like the change.

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    Death on the roads of Ukraine

    19th March 2008

    Ukraine is the most dangerous country in Europe. That is, in terms of road safety and driving culture (or, to be more precise, the lack of both).

    In 2007 in Ukraine, there were over 62 000 road accidents with over 9 000 killed and 77 000 injured.
    This is 20% increase comparing to 2006.
    And this is also almost two people dead from road accidents per 10000 of population, and 16(!) people injured per 10000 of population.
    Based on these numbers, every Ukrainian is (on average) at 0.16% risk of being injured and at 0.02% risk of being killed in a road accident.

    (An increase in the number of new cars sold in 2007 relative to 2006 was 46.1%: from 371000 sold in 2006, up by 171000 to 542000 new cars sold in 2007.)

    On average, road kill accidents take 3-8 times more lives in Ukraine, then in other European countries.

    If you visit Ukraine – watch out for reckless, drunken, stupid, blind, ignorant drivers and violating, unpredictable, dummy pedestrians.

    The further from the Kyiv’s downtown you are – the more watchful you should be.

    This post used the numbers from this press-release (in Ukrainian).

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