Change the Locks

When I worked at Sherwin Williams, they had a policy: Any time a key holder left a store, you immediately changed the locks, even if the person was still working for the company. This may seem to be over-cautious, but it actually protected the company and the employee. In IT, I have continued to use the analogy of "change the locks" in many scenarios.

Welcome to has gone through another makeover. I have finally upgraded to Drupal 7, and I have added a bunch of modules that should make administering the site a lot easier.
Check back often for changes.

The Matrix of Webform Select Options

This post explains how to use Drupal Webform select options to create four different types of HTML code: a drop-down select, radio buttons, a multi-select, or checkboxes.

Why can't I have a waffle?

Or, What does "scale" really mean?

If you interact with technical people, you will inevitably hear the word scale. They will say something like, "it doesn't scale well", or, "we need to make sure that this can scale up". Maybe you aren't sure what this means, but you nodded your head anyway. Well, let me tell you what they are talking about.

Patience, Professionalism and Permanence

Three things to remember when participating in an online community

I have another article up 'How to Represent Your Organization in Online Forums' hosted by my employer ForeSite Technologies.

The paper covers what you should and shouldn't do when representing your company, charity or school online. Specifically, how to maintain a professional reputation in a world that is both immediate and permanent.

Drupal Camp Western MA

I'm on the intertubes!

Recently, I made two presentations at the Western MA Drupal Camp. One presentation was for people new to Drupal and the other was a very advanced look at the framework for database administrators. I have posted my slides on the camp website. Also, the first presentation was streamed live and is available for viewing. Feel free to take a look at the links below.

Who's on first?

If you are interested in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) you may want to read a recent whitepaper that I wrote 'Writing for the Web - Guidelines for Prominent Content' hosted by my employer ForeSite Technologies.

The paper goes over what content a search engine is likely to look at first and how to optimize that prominent content without looking like you are trying to game the system.

It's official

For years, was both my personal and professional website. Since the site makeover, it has become purely a venue for my professional publications. However, I have always had a lot of fun, non-work-related content that I wanted to share. Therefore, Anna and I are announcing Feel free to hop on over and take a look.

I'm sensitive about my case.

Case Sensitivity in MySQL

Yesterday I spent more than an hour trying to get a MySQL export from a Windows machine to play nice with a Unix server. This problem was compounded by Windows hiding a configuration file from me. Luckily for you, I eventually solved my problem and decided to write another Mistakes story.

Drupal Droplets: Task One

The setup

Recently, I did some pro-bono consulting work for a client. As part of our agreement I made it clear that I would retain the rights to the code I wrote. The reason I did this is because I wanted to be able to give back to the community, and now I am going to do that. The work was made up of six tasks, ranging from trivial to complex. I intend to write six articles based on these tasks. This is the first.


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