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M3talinks for Jun 22nd

Today’s M3talinks for Jun 22nd

  • Mensch — A coding font – The latest MacOS release (10.6, or “Snow Leopard”) comes with a new monospace font. It’s called “Menlo” and it’s a slightly modified form of the standard Linux font (with appropriately weightly Linux name) “DejaVu Sans Serif Mono”, which is itself an updated form of Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. Apple’s modifications are a definite improvement to my eyes, mostly because they thicken up some of the wispier glyphs from DejaVu, like the underline and period. There’s a great comparison over here.<br />
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    One thing that bothered me, though, is that they turned the zero into a 1980s-style “slashed circle”. Unhip, daddy-o! I couldn’t limit my tweaking to the zero glyph, so in the end I made about a dozen changes. Bitstream released these fonts with a very open license that only requires that you change the name if you change anything about the font, so I'm releasing my changes with the same license, as the font “Mensch”.
  • Puppet Drupal recipes | Bitfield Consulting – Drupal, Puppet. Puppet, meet Drupal<br />
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    Puppet and Drupal make a great combination. Drupal is an amazing tool for quickly constructing attractive, functional web sites. It lets you manage large numbers of web sites from a single installation, and (via add-on modules) provides almost any CMS or blog feature you could want.<br />
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    However, like any powerful tool, Drupal takes some learning. It also needs a certain amount of discipline to manage Drupal servers without getting into a chaotic mess. The Drupal sysadmin can end up trying to navigate a spaghetti of ad-hoc symlinks and face problems upgrading, maintaining, monitoring and backing up a large Drupal installation. Aegir can help with this (I’ll look at Aegir vs. Puppet in a future article) but first we need to get Drupal itself under control.<br />
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    Fortunately, Puppet can help you tame Drupal and use the power of configuration management to bring your Drupal sites under control.
  • Puppet Drupal recipes | Bitfield Consulting – Drupal, Puppet. Puppet, meet Drupal<br />
    <br />
    Puppet and Drupal make a great combination. Drupal is an amazing tool for quickly constructing attractive, functional web sites. It lets you manage large numbers of web sites from a single installation, and (via add-on modules) provides almost any CMS or blog feature you could want.<br />
    <br />
    However, like any powerful tool, Drupal takes some learning. It also needs a certain amount of discipline to manage Drupal servers without getting into a chaotic mess. The Drupal sysadmin can end up trying to navigate a spaghetti of ad-hoc symlinks and face problems upgrading, maintaining, monitoring and backing up a large Drupal installation. Aegir can help with this (I’ll look at Aegir vs. Puppet in a future article) but first we need to get Drupal itself under control.<br />
    <br />
    Fortunately, Puppet can help you tame Drupal and use the power of configuration management to bring your Drupal sites under control.
  • Puppet Training – Mike McGrath's slidedeck and audio for his Intro to Puppet workshop.

M3talinks for May 5th

Today’s M3talinks for May 5th

  • ZenCoding.vim – vim plugins for HTML and CSS hi-speed coding. : vim online – ZenCoding.vim : vim plugins for HTML and CSS hi-speed coding.
  • zen-coding – Project Hosting on Google Code – Zen Coding is an editor plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions—similar to CSS selectors—into HTML code. For example:<br />
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    div#page>div.logo+ul#navigation>li*5>a<br />
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    …can be expanded into:<br />
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    <div id="page"><br />
    <div class="logo"></div><br />
    <ul id="navigation"><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    <li><a href=""></a></li><br />
    </ul><br />
    </div>
  • Third Tribe Marketing – Mention the words "Internet marketing" to some, and images of obnoxious "gurus" spring to mind, complete with big red headlines, yellow highlighting, and excessive hype. And yet real Internet marketers (not get-rich-quick scam artists) are some of the smartest, wealthiest, and most ethical entrepreneurs you'll ever meet.<br />
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    Mention the words "social media marketing" to some, and images of touchy-feely idealists who promote community over commerce and conversation over cash come to mind. And yet some of the smartest people in the space successfully participate in social media for higher traffic, better search engine optimization, and larger profits.<br />
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    The black and white division of online marketing into two tribes is not real.<br />
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    These people learn from all sides and apply what they learn in a way that works for them. This tribe profits from the intersection of pragmatism and progress.<br />
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    This is the Third Tribe.