On Death 27 Mar 2013

The following was written and unedited on 13th March 2013 the day after my Grandma died. Death is never an easy subject to tackle, it’s something that everyone must face in their own time. Whether it be a close relative or friend death happens and you can’t avoid that. What perplexes me is why death is such a taboo subject, gone are the days when the thought of it used to paralyze me with fear. Yesterday my grandma passed away and I’m happy, yes happy. She was in a lot of pain and she wasn’t the person I knew her...

When does a camp become a conf? 03 Mar 2013

I’m on a train heading back from drupal camp London, after a great weekend it got me thinking what is a camp and where do you draw the line? With over 300 sign ups its rumoured to be one (if not) largest camps in the Europe. At what point so you say it was a conference? The Saturday saw 5 tracks (3 more than NW) with talks lasting 30 minutes. I’m inclined to say that the original idea of a camp has grown way bigger than expected as the rise in drupals popularity has increased. With the emphasis on community...

Drupal Deployment using deb packages and Jenkins 17 Feb 2013

I couldn’t sleep last night due to a stupid amount of coffee while my brother came round so I go to thinking how I could sort out the mess that is currently my production server. I first thought about using codebasehq/deployhq but decided I don’t need any more money going out of my account when I have the skills and knowledge (also hardware) to do this myself. After seeing how we deploy stuff at work I figured I’d try and port it across to Debian based servers and make quite a few changes based on my requirements. Here is an...

Must have Chrome tools for Drupal Admin 13 Feb 2013

Here are some really handy tools for when you have to deal with Drupals admin interface Autofill - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nlmmgnhgdeffjkdckmikfpnddkbbfkkk Automatically fill out forms, great for testing node/add forms with specific sets of data, can store profiles for use on multiple sites. Edit This Cookie - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fngmhnnpilhplaeedifhccceomclgfbg Excellent tool for checking out cookies on a site, useful when testing SSOs. Link Clump - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lfpjkncokllnfokkgpkobnkbkmelfefj Right click and highlight a bunch of links then open them up in new tabs, more helpful than you’d think when having to test n number of pages during a migration. HTTP Headers - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hplfkkmefamockhligfdcfgfnbcdddbg Handy for...

New domain! 04 Feb 2013

I’ve gone all hipster! Say hello to mikebell.io

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