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Archive for June, 2007


Posted by Avadhut on 13 June 2007

-Ever had a sense of constance that made you feel like the feelings, emotions, beliefs you held about certain things haven’t really changed in a long time, like, say, since you were in the eigth standard?

Lately, I have begun to feel it sometimes. Have I not grown up or was I never immature?

Either is scary!

-Is it ok to quit your workplace when you realize that the implementation of your creative endevors is directly proportional to the understanding prowess possessed by someone else?[1]

-Is talking gibberish considered a desirable quality for grooms in any culture?[2]

-You really didn’t expect the title of the post to make any sense, did you?

[1] Sometimes, it’s easier to talk in math.

[2] An example—How about telling the story of Die Hard 1 using only sounds and never-before-heard words like “grig.”


Posted in Foo, Office, Weeping cozened indigo | 4 Comments »

Visual sick

Posted by Avadhut on 6 June 2007

Finally, I have uploaded the screen-shots of my Intranet. A wonderfully powerful and ludicrously flexible system implement in Drupal. I wish I could upload a working version somewhere, but my company policies would not allow me to do so.


Frontpage: Custom handcrafted theme, high-clarity PNG icons, etc. The layout and look of the page was possible due to two Drupal modules—Views and Panels. The event calendar on the left is AJAX based and also generates iCal feeds (for MS Outlook). RSS 2.0 feeds are listed at the bottom.  


Handbook: Uses the book module. Again modded and themed to suit our requirements.


Posts: Being editors, my colleagues wanted everything from the posting section’s WYSIWYG editor. The answer was the FCKEditor. I modded it a bit to better suit our requirements. For post classification, I used a hybrid categorization technique wherein primary post classification is done by selecting hard-coded categories and secondary classification is performed by specifying (optional) free tags. Primary classification determines where all the posts show up, and secondary, aids discoverability.


Forums: Taxonomy module facilitated the creation of several nested/flat forums. They are a big hit in the office, accounting for more than 35% of all the interaction. Discussions regarding everthing—from new process reengineering excercises to Intranet look & feel—were discussed on forums.


A simple node page: Shows how a single post/article looks. Notice the green arrows indicating nested comments—makes it easier to track conversations.


Post tracker: Tracks all recent posts, new comments, etc. Life has been easy thanks to the Views module.


Library: Custom node type, Views, & jRating.


Library listing: A book listing from the library. Custom data type themed using the ConTemplate module. Notice the AJAX-based rating module at the bottom. The “loan now” link auto-generates an email in MS Outlook and sends it to the designated librarian. Books loaned out do not have the loan now link, instead they display information regarding who has loaned the book, when, and when he/she plans to return it!


Recommend a resource: Allows anyone to recommend books/subscriptions for the organization to buy/subscribe to. Generated using the WebForm module. It auto mails the forms info to the designated person. Also, it allows someone with enough privelegs to view statistics regarding form submissions and download all submissions in a EXCEL format!


Microsite: A microsite developed entirely within the new system. Notice how the left and right blocks have changed with the change in site.


Event calendar: Allows all to view role-based events, download iCal feed for one/all events, add comments to events, etc. This page view feeds directly into/from the small block on the right.

And finally, for some shock value, below the graphical representation of the database schema—db_schema.png—knock yourself out!

Posted in Drupal, Visual sick | 11 Comments »


Posted by Avadhut on 3 June 2007

Ever tried coding a website in Drupal on a PIII PC with only 128 MB RAM and the following applications running: Dreamweaver 8, Photoshop 7, WS FTP, Sygate Personal Firewall, Apache, MySQL Server 5.0, and Winamp 2.7?

Bonus question: Who in hell’s name came up with the abomination that is fat-free ice cream?

Posted in Foo | 9 Comments »

Sunday afternoon

Posted by Avadhut on 3 June 2007

Its sunday afternoon. Post lunch. My niece, all of three years old, decides that it is the perfect time to tell me a story.

Riya: I will tell you a story

Me: Ok

Riya: Once there was a cat and a monkey. They were standing on top

Me: Of what?

Riya: Shhh! She decided to hit everybody

Me: Who?

Riya: How many questions you ask baba? It has to be a cat only no? How can a monkey hit?

Me: oohh (people, the logic was irrefutable!)

Riya: So she hit everyone. Wait! You want one story or four stories? I will tell you four stories. Ok? So the cat then ate a chapati. It was on the floor. So the monkey laughed.

Me: (thinking to myself—this is going to be a long afternoon)

Riya: So then it rained and they all got wet. And then the rain stopped and they did not get wet for a while. But the it started raining again and they again got wet.

At this point it had started raining outside. The receptive faculty of her creative brain continues to astound me!

Riya: After that they…I will sleep now.

Me: But. But, what about the story?

Riya: How many questions you ask baba?

She then proceeded to scramble out of the room to search for someone who’d ask lesser questions I guess—her Mum.

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