Home & web design

Today was a bit of a busy day.

started with some discussions on some home design with ju, hijaz and kahar. they shared their websites as follows:


unfortunately, our ambitions are not for big houses. 🙂

but hijaz and kahar had some pretty good house designs. and they seem very passionate about this work they did. so thinking of how to help them with my hobby of website building.

after this, i got home to do a bit of research on updating the drupal websites – to help put together hijaz & kahar’s site. what they needed is a site which they can update the progress of their homedesign works – with posting of multiple images as well. a thought would be to combine all their blogspot sites into one, with different projects categorised separately as taxonomies.

i need to investigate and test some useful drupal modules for drupal 6:

http://drupal.org/project/imagebrowser – demosite: http://demo.coredesigns.co.uk/
http://drupal.org/project/imce – demosite: http://ufku.com/drupal/imce/demo

What kind of person are you?


According to an article in the Perth Now, most people will see this dancer moving counter-clockwise because they use more of the left side of their brain and tend to be more logical and practical. People who see the dancer moving clockwise (like me) are right brain dominant and tend to be more risk taking and imaginative.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

From Viewzone:

Experiments show that most children rank highly creative (right brain) before entering school. Because our educational systems place a higher value on left brain skills such as mathematics, logic and language than it does on drawing or using our imagination, only ten percent of these same children will rank highly creative by age 7. By the time we are adults, high creativity remains in only 2 percent of the population.

So what kind of person are you?

I don’t know why I love BMW’s, but I do… check this out

For me, BMW always makes cars for the driving enthusiast in mind. They call themselves the Ultimate Driving Machines. It’s no wonder. BMW has a long history of building real world performance cars right from the 70s. BMW’s proud motor-sports history vouches for their performance car pedigree.

So, if you are like me – you gotta check this Top Gear video of the M3 CSL, the spiritual successor to the classic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” from the 70s. Woooo hooooo!

Top Gear-BMW M3 CSL – video powered by Metacafe

My projects: problems with multi drupal sites install

I post this on the drupal website at http://drupal.org/node/91684

I have posted a couple of requests for support on the following threads:



…but can’t seem to get any answers. perhaps my requests are buried deep in the thread. so i decide to create a new thread to seek help.

what i am trying to achieve

i would like to setup more than one drupal site using a single code base. each site would have different settings / databases. i do not want to have subdomains (although this could be a later requirement) or parked domains (as suggested by fidelis on http://drupal.org/node/62255#comment-126409). my response: i intend to set up various community interest sites with a single domain as being the traffic aggregator, so the additional domains is not an option.

the problem

my main site, http://www.tivix.net/ points to “/public_html”, which in my understanding is the drupal root. all my drupal files and subdirectories are installed in “/public_html”, so the sites directories are located: “/public_hmtl/sites” and the corresponding url for the second site is intended to be http://www.tivix.net/newsite

I have setup the configuration on sites/www.tivix.net.newsite/settings.php accordingly with the necessary mysql database access variables (different from the mainsite database) and the base url being http://www.tivix.net/newsite

when i point the browser url to http://www.tivix.net/newsite it does not reach the newsite controls & database, but instead reaches the mainsite controls with a “page not found” error.

i considered the standard multisite install with a couple of options:

option a.
maincode installed in /firstsite/ subdirectory from the root (url1 = www.tivix.net/firstsite). i would like to access another site via url2 = www.tivix.net/newsite. so i created the subdirectory under /firstsite/sites/www.tivix.net.newsite/ but i cannot seem to access it via the url2 above.
option b.
maincode installed in / root directory (ie public_html) (url1 = www.tivix.net). i would like to access another site via url2 = www.tivix.net/newsite. so i created the subdirectory under /sites/www.tivix.net.newsite/ . Still, i cannot seem to access it via the url2 above.

using option b above… i tried symlink as follows:

ln -s root root/newsite


ln -s root/ root/newsite/


ln -s /public_html /public_html/newsite


ln -s /public_html/ /public_html/newsite/

neither works.

anything else needs changing? .htaccess perhaps? if so, what do i look for and change?

what i am using

  • cpanel based shared webhost
  • php 5.1.5
  • mySQL 4.1.21-standard
  • phpmyadmin
  • drupal 4.7
  • putty SSH
  • url friendly links

no shell access.

my skill level

beginner. i know very little of unix / linux commands. very little of htaccess. i’ve read the handbook and the install instructions over and over again and i am very confused. i still do not know how to set it up properly.

I appreciate any help i can get here.