updating the site to drupal 6

i recently updated this site to drupal 6.

it was a fairly delicate task.

i had to follow a few steps to make sure that the update worked ok. the first is to put the site on maintenance mode and to backup all my database, settings of the old drupal 5 site. then i created a duplicate “staging” site to test the new site with the new drupal 6 code. then i had to test each version 6 module and themes to make sure that it worked on the new site. once, i got that working, then i ported over to the “production” site. standard upgrade procedures i guess.

still, doing all this at night was not the best. the mind often doesn’t work that well at night. lol.

i cannot seem to get over the problem of images being lost.

this still remains unresolved.

anyway, i am using new drupal 6 themes for the new site.

starting with the adaptive theme. i find it pretty good and flexible. however, i need to get to the task of proper theming and css coding.

this is quite tough.

i am not much of a css coder.

i have a rough idea of the theme in my mind.

but as ever, my mind is a helter skelter of ideas and concepts.

recall, and recall in a structured manner is my challenge.

anyway, i hope to be able to slowly sort these things out over the next few weeks.

then i will start thinking of updating my other sites.

probably will update my-kart.org last of all.

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:

http://www.blogger.com/profile/16807998016910934448
http://bahahouse.blogspot.com/
http://bungalowdesign.blogspot.com/
http://sabrihouse.blogspot.com/
http://zainihouse.blogspot.com/
http://hizalsbungalow.blogspot.com/
http://binarumah.ambok.net/

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/node/206666
http://drupal.org/project/delicious
http://drupal.org/project/imagebrowser – demosite: http://demo.coredesigns.co.uk/
http://drupal.org/project/img_assist
http://drupal.org/project/imce – demosite: http://ufku.com/drupal/imce/demo

What Is Google App Engine?

source site – What Is Google App Engine? – Google App Engine – Google Code

Google App Engine lets you run your web applications on Google’s infrastructure. App Engine applications are easy to build, easy to maintain, and easy to scale as your traffic and data storage needs grow. With App Engine, there are no servers to maintain: You just upload your application, and it’s ready to serve your users.

You can serve your app using a free domain name on the appspot.com domain, or use Google Apps to serve it from your own domain. You can share your application with the world, or limit access to members of your organization.

App Engine costs nothing to get started. Sign up for a free account, and you can develop and publish your application for the world to see, at no charge and with no obligation. A free account can use up to 500MB of persistent storage and enough CPU and bandwidth for about 5 million page views a month.

During the preview release of Google App Engine, only free accounts are available. In the near future, you will be able to purchase additional computing resources.

is the google app engine just another web host using python environment?

from what i read – it sounds like that. unfortunately, it seems a bit more technical than my own ability can comprehend. would like to know more from those who have actually used google app engine…

Productivity 2.0: How the New Rules of Work Are Changing the Game | Zen Habits

source site – Productivity 2.0: How the New Rules of Work Are Changing the Game | Zen Habits

For years, books and articles and blogs on productivity have been showing us how to be more productive: crank out the tasks, multi-task, work faster, be organized.

In short, they’ve taught us to be a good part of a corporation that wants more out of us. But that’s old-school productivity, or Productivity 1.0.

Today let’s take a look at Productivity 2.0: a new set of rules have changed everything for the workers of the world. Don’t crank out tasks — learn to work with a deeper focus. Don’t plan and hold meetings and form committees — just launch the software or product or service and keep improving it. Don’t spend time organizing — you’ve got more important things to worry about.

it is good to re-look at the way we work nowadays. more and more productivity increases are coming from leveraging on the strength and diversity of our connected communities. never before in our history has the ability to access a wealth of talent and ideas been at our finger tips.

7 Ingredients Of Good Corporate Design

source site – 7 Ingredients Of Good Corporate Design | How-To | Smashing Magazine

It’s hard to define design. We have a broad range of definitions to choose from: design refers not only to graphic design, but to design strategy, too. It is used in a variety of industries, such as engineering, architecture and Web design.

This means that design is not just graphical in nature (which is a form of visual artistic representation), but also the planning of processes to achieve certain goals. Large corporations clearly understand this and incorporate every form of design into their strategy to achieve success.

For a good corporate design, we need to be aware of two main elements, which can be further broken down into a total of seven “ingredients”:

* design, as in artistic representation (logo, typography, colors), and
* design strategy (brand, quality, community, culture).

to me design is an important element of an organisation or product. design helps your potential customers, acquaintances and partners decide within the first few seconds on what they think about your organisation. so, i would generally put a lot of thought into design and branding.

the reason for this is the nature of our world today and in the future. our population is increasing. businesses are increasing. the internet is bring down the barriers to businesses and reaching out to even more people than ever before. so many decisions and so little time. so many things are becoming more visual and emotional. and design needs to reflect this trend.