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Benjamin Melançon

Being Agaric

You have to want to do amazing things with Drupal. You have to be dreaming big.

Forget Drupal (OK, not really). An Agaric has passion for doing what is right for the web, and for the collective, for the people of the world off the web, too.

Building a company is a lot of work; building a collective company may be harder. None of us want to knock ourselves out only so someone can make money. That's great but if that's your primary goal, there are lots of opportunities out there in Drupal right now.

Twitter module for Drupal plus Facebook plus Adium equals end of schizophrenia

One status for all your online identities: the end of schizophrenia! Update your status on your Drupal site, and keep your wider wired and wireless world informed.

First, the Twitter module for Drupal by walkah is very simple and a little non-intuitive as to where to do settings, so we'll start with some Twitter module documentation that should be cleaned up and put on Drupal.org (pending the commit of a patch Agaric used and probably other enhancements of the module).

Increasing PHP file upload limits... capabilities is another matter

Upping PHP's maximum file size upload limit:

Your problem: the file upload settings page on your Drupal site (if you've found it) is telling you silly PHP won't let people upload big files, to wit:

Your PHP settings limit the maximum file size per upload to 2 MB.

There's two places that this has to change in your php.ini file; this can also be set in your settings.php PHP initialization variables.

Will money screw up the open source volunteer ethos?

Yes, I'm worried about what happens when you inject money where things were volunteer.

I hope that instead funding particular improvements will support, and indirectly reward, the volunteer code and patches that are central to open source free software development.

Community-Managed Categories Proposal as Submitted

[Proposal to Google Summer of Code 2007 with the Drupal project as originally submitted. Now re-titled Community-Managed Taxonomy to get more with the Drupal way.]

To introduce several features to enable communities of users to create and manage categories directly. Users will be able to vote to combine terms or to move terms under one another in a hierarchy.

Amazing Auction Enhancements

Updated to work with E-commerce Version 3 for Drupal 4.7
Files at bottom of post. Sorry about that folks! Module still Amazing Things specific in places, needs to be ported to 5 and cleaned up. Sponsors?

2008 Autumn Auction Season Update

Where is the Semantic Web?

Here I am, a wildly successful web developer, with "wild success" defined as "receiving money," and I want to publish a book review on my blog.

So of course I read the Wikipedia entry on Semantic Web.

And several hours of research later, I'm still not quite sure how to write up a book review, with author and publisher and ISBN and all that exciting information encoded in a way that tiny little people in mechanized bloodhounds (or however search engines and aggregators work) can find it when searching for such info.

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