Learning new tricks

Well, I’ve been trying to get the Gallery module to work with Drupal. Both of those don’t play nice. In fact, I think messing around one too many times resulted in a corrupt .htaccess file for my Gallery Installation. After much fiddling around, I think I’ve got both installs working fine … separately. I’ve also been having fun with an awesome (and free) tool called Help Maker. Ever wonder how those nifty .chm files are made? .CHM files are help files that are bundled with almost every application worth its salt. Another old Help file format is the .HLP file which is uglier (in my opinion) that a .CHM file. However way you like it, the Help Maker has got you covered and some because it has some other help applications like an Icon Maker, Button Maker, Image Maker, CHM Register, Graphics Converter and Map Editor. Now, I haven’t used all those but it’s essentially got all the tools you need to make the best help manual for your customers. The Help file helps the user to make sense of the application, explains concepts, you get the picture. I’ve tested Help Maker out and it’s so easy to setup that “a caveman could use it”TM. :)In other news, I’ve been busy re-igniting the flames of old friendships. In one day, I’ve managed to bring healing to myself with regards to one friendship that went sour and talk with 3 old friends. Life takes some seriously funny turns. I’ll be praying for the best for everyone. I’m thinking of resuming yoga starting tomorrow or today. If I can get up early… lol

More site updates

Alrighty, my gallery is up and powered by the wonderful Gallery2. It’s different from Coppermine, but being updated frequently. Coppermine’s development seems to have stalled. In any case, I’m have a little bit of trouble customizing it, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it in no time. Meanwhile, I’ve got a fresh Drupal installation up and running. I can tell the differences right away between my current webhosts and my old & evil webhosts (Awardspace). Even though I’d paid nearly $60 as a paid user, I believe I have received substandard service. From my ftp failing on me to not having helpful technicians, I think I will be better off in the future. Here are some things I love about Jumpline already:

  1. I can make backups of my account. This is awesome and a biggie for me.
  2. It’s a virtual dedicated hosting service which means I am sort of running in a sandbox with ‘root’ privileges, but insulated from causing harm to other people’s services even though we’re all installed on the same box.
  3. Even though I have a small 2GB harddrive space, I find that doing memory intensive things on the server are a snap compared to the constant php memory being exhausted nearly all the time with Awardspace.

I could go on and on, but I’m only on the 4th day with Jumpline. That’s all for now and here’s wishing my parents a safe flight!!