Archive for the 'technology' Category

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the event happen. And happen it did. A special note of appreciation to Shawn and UCSC and Zach and Stanford, and Will and Chapter Three,  and the amazing volunteers, and participants that made the prequel event something of note and the beginning of a promising future for Hi-Ed summits. [...]

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This post builds on the the already well documented concepts outlined in this blog post to provide additional details for a Snow Leopard, and handle some additional configurations for the 64-bit kernel. The previous post explains in detail how these technologies work, and provides screen shots to guide you in your configurations.

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A little while back ideograph launched mollycrealock.com – a nice, attractive gallery for commercial Toronto photographer, Molly Crealock. It was a challenge to meet the requirements of automatic circular thumbnail generation and custom positioning. The site also incorporates: private client galleries visible based on either user role or user names. Multiple simultaneous file uploads. Easy [...]

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Did I tell you about Sequel Pro? You can use it to connect to your local MAMP and also to remote LAMP mysql servers (via SSH). Why is this so awesome? Well, not only is it 100 times faster than that phpMyAdmin, but you can edit your DB super easily, like a spreadsheet. It is [...]

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Users often require a limited set of stylistic controls over content on their site. We implement this in Drupal using the wysiwg module and TinyMCE. Commonly, users need to create subheadings in their posts. Markup should always be privileged over wrapping content in classes. For example, it is much better, both from a structural and [...]

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Back ups are important. Like brushing your teeth, it’s something you should do routinely. And, as you’d brush before important events, like going out on a date, so should you too backup before upgrading software. I’m going to show you how to use phpMyAdmin to back up and restore MySQL databases. In my next post, [...]

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http://thespringweddingshow.com An innovative project conceived as a walk in the park. (Pulling it off was another story). Working with Brooklyn-based designers Mélngerie, and Toronto-based animators 3Di, and featuring a soundscape by composer Nicholas Longstaff, the project is a time-limited online wedding tradeshow. The interface promotes exploration and discovery by creating a whimsical lanscape, while simultaneously [...]

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Off World

16May09

Off World is a street-level public installation that runs 24/7 during the month of May as part of the 2009 Contact Toronto Photography Festival.

The installation features 11 looped videos playing on cell phones, accompanied by an illuminated text panel. While watching the videos, images are sent directly to your cell phone, either via Bluetooth or email.

The project is the result of a collaboration between filmmaker Mateo Guez, myself, Sanaz Mazinani’s curatorial efforts via the Stephen Bulger Gallery, and with funding from Motorola Canada.

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JMA Consulting

16Apr09

I’ve been working with the firm JMA Consulting for a good number of months now. The firm does a lot of work for non-profits in the areas of citizen engagement and relationship management. They do a lot of work for the Ontario NDP, and organizations in the environmental and educational fields too. I’ve been doing [...]

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I’ve been working with a really fantastic organization, Techsoup Canada, on helping them launch their new site. They do really amazing work connecting non-profits and Charities to technologies that they might otherwise not afford. Techsoup Global was founded in 1987 by a couple of guys in a station wagon, who went around collecting all the [...]

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theRetailSaver.com was built and deployed on Drupal 5.x. When I started development, I think Drupal was at 5.4, but with the flurry of recent updates, we’re up to 5.10 as of this writing. The site is a business listings site, intended to partner with a mail print product put out by Exposure Marketing Solutions. Listing [...]

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westqueenwest.ca was built for the West Queen West BIA (Business Improvement Area). BIAs are associations of commercial property owners and tenants within a defined area who work in partnership with the City to create thriving, competitive, and safe business areas that attract shoppers, diners, tourists, and new businesses. Toronto’s BIAs play an important role in [...]

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DrupalCamp Toronto 2008 took place on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 2008 at the Bissel Building at U of T. Thanks to organizers André Molnar, Alan Dixon, Jane Zhang, Jamon Camisso, Dan Kurtz, myself, and William Roboly (last-minute chauffeur extraordinaire), the event went off pretty well, in my estimation. Some photos of the [...]

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I’ve recently started using Rimuhosting’s VPS services. The server is running CentOS 5 and bundled with a bunch of goodies. A VPS offers more control, but is also more susceptible to hacking attempts, and requires a bit of preventative medicine. This is just a log of my experiences setting up a more secure environment.

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MAMP and XAMP

03Nov07

Running a test server has never been easier than with the advent stand-alone Apache distribution packages. If you’re interested in mucking about in Open Source software package distributions (see my previous post, How to Be Your own Webmaster) or even a hard-core developer the fastest, and safest, way to roll a project out is to [...]

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This is the blog of Andrew Mallis, a Toronto-born, San Francisco-based polymedia artist. I work in new(er) media with code, photography and electronics, and in traditional media by writing, drawing & painting.

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