Live Search module for Drupal 5

As Drupal is was approaching its 5.0 release, Jared of littlegreencube brought my attention to the lack of decent live search functionality for Drupal when he saw my article on live search in Drupal. The word "hack" can't aptly describe how much of a kludge my previous attempted approach to live search for Drupal 4.7 was.

According to Google, Santa Claus is...

Recently I've been trying out the US International keyboard layout, so naturally Google's search box was the obvious target. I typed père noël (Santa Claus in French), and out came...

"père noël est une ordure" (Santa Claus is rubbish)

Drupal 5 coming soon

Since Drupal 5 has went through all the beta, and is now in the state of RC1, that naturally means this site will soon follow the steps and upgrade to Drupal 5 when it's released.

Typography Autumn Night

This design, dubbed Typography Autumn Night, has been up for while. It was intended to be Halloween-centered, but now it's a nice reminiscence of Luna, the last design on my very old site before it was using Drupal.

Like Luna, it has a starry background and a huge moon hanging on the top of the page. The moon deserves some special mentioning. It now hangs high and doesn't disappear even if you scroll the page. Too bad Internet Explorer doesn't do this, and I couldn't care less.

Ribbon Component for Prototype

I'm working on a Ribbon component that utilizes Prototype. The Ribbon I'm referring here is the Ribbon UI in Office 2007. Toolbars are passé.
Here is a highlight on the key features of the Ribbon component:

  • Multiple tabs, multiple groups
  • Collapsible
  • Stickybar that is persistent to the left (like the "Quick Access Toolbar" in Office), and a specific Help button
  • Detects mouse wheel scrolling and switches tabs
  • Supports different modes where different tabs are available

Blackberries (the fruit)

Washington State is one of the states that has a lot of berries. This includes blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and whatever-you-can-think-of-berries.

Stating so, as I've discovered, isn't an exaggeration. The amount of berries is so much that if you drive around Seattle you should be surprised not to find blackberry bushes growing in some random place that nobody actually notices.

Live Search

Live search has been one of the hottest features. I decided to give it a try on my site, which is Drupal-powered. And since it's powered by Drupal, there are obviously some little problems that need to be sorted out.

New Look: Typography Paramount

The site now switches over to the clean looking Typography Paramound, a free template from Six Shooter Media.

The original design was Foris, a theme modified from FriendsElectric. Foris was essentially a green version of FriendsElectric, and it unfortunately inherited all flaws of FriendsElectric. This includes:

  • Severe reflowing problems with preformatted text
  • Bloated markup because of the tag soup used to style the page
  • Complex CSS rules that are hard to sort out and modify
  • Certain imcompatibility because of the Drupal 4.7 upgrade Redesign

VoIPerized is a VoIP application around the block, and just like Skype, Google Talk, or other stuff, it lets you call others for free when you're online. The author, Jeroen de Kleijn, thinks the website could be better. I worked with him for several months to redesign the website gradually.

Downloading Vista Over Dial-up

You might think that downloading the 3.1 GB Windows Vista Beta 2 ISO file over a dial-up connection is impossible, but that's just what I did recently.

I started to download it on June 7. Every night, I would start the dial-up connection and let FlashGet download it. This morning, July 3, it's finally over.

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