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Getting back into the Saddle

So, I’m trying once again to improve and figure out better ways to handle the site. One thing I’m trying to do is outright upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, integrate Facebooks Accelerated Mobile Pages API (AMP), and generally clean up things so it looks better on mobile and general pages. I’m still using Drupal because I feel it’s the best framework for whats being built here, and I like the level of control over the entire page it provides.

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Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

So, I finally got the chance to sit down and watch this series. Netflix has become one of the best places for Original Series in recent years. Taking some story or idea and giving it form in a way that only HBO and Showtime seem willing to try and match. Occasionally SyFy will get something truly special like “The Expanse” but even then, it’s few and far between. New and Interesting are always welcome in my opinion.

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Black Panther

T'Challa on the Throne

So, after a nice fajita dinner at my favorite local Mexican Restaurant, I went and saw Black Panther. This is the first MCU movie that had a character appear in a movie prior to an Origin/Self-titled movie. For those who have barely any exposure to the Character outside of his role in Civil War, this is the time to learn about him and where he came from. The turn out at the local theater was what I expected for a general Marvel movie since the ethnic break down here is mostly Caucasians and Hispanics.

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Windows Based Development

Windows 10 Start

So, the fact is that I spend all my time in Windows 10 these days. I don’t bother with dual booting into a Linux install mostly because I just don’t like the idea of having to move from one thing to the other. The other truth is that I really have no need for a multi-boot system. Now, the only real place this causes problems is with developing my Drupal and Wordpress ideas if I have any. But fear not, there are options specifically for this sort of thing.

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Drupal 8 Bookshelf Thoughts

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So, I’m trying to get a Drupal 8 Version of this built. While I’m doing that I’m considering what I may want to do in a full site rebuild into Drupal 8. This would mean that everything in Fanbards.net would be upgraded to the new version of Drupal, not a bad thing per say. It does allow for a reexamination of how I have things done with the current build, and how I might improve. It also allows me to consider how I may want to rebuild DhampirDreams.com which, while different in setup Fanbards.net has some similar needs.

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Bright

Bright Movie Poster

Got to watch Bright tonight. I have been looking forward to this since I saw the trailer from SDCC. I was impressed then. And I’ll be honest. It was worth the wait. I enjoy fantasy elements, and this movie sets up the basis for a world that could be used to write a ton of stories.

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Create your own Personal Homepage - Part 1

This is the first of a series of Videos I'm going to start producing about how one can create their own personal Homepage for their own use using features in Windows 10 and various other needs like PHP, MySQL, and maybe some other things.

One big thing is that no matter what, if I run into a problem I'm not editing it out. I'll cut from there and go find the answer to share with you, the viewers. Let me know how you find all of this.

 

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Xbox Game Pass Release Date

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a new game service. For a monthly cost of $9.99 USD a month, you will be able to download and play any game made available through the service on your Xbox One.

So for the cost of Netflix you will have full access to at least a hundred Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. There will also be a discount if you chose to buy any game currently on the service, as like with Netflix there will be shifts in the content. The line up will change over time, so you may need to still purchase a game you enjoy if you want to keep it.

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IIS Drupal Development - Part 1

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I’m thinking of starting to develop my Bookshelf variants and Setting up development sites in my Windows System Natively. That would mean that instead of having a Virtual Box server, or a stack from Dev Desktop that I’d set everything up manually myself. And frankly, I think that alone might be interesting enough to try.

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Drupal 8 Conceptions

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So, I’ve redone my computer recently, was trying to fix something on my phone and its communication with the desktop.

I’m tempted to try and either build a virtual Server in Virtual Box again, or go ahead and try to run Drupal in a Microsoft IIS server. Nothing says this is impossible, and with my needs it frankly might not be impossible. It’s an interesting idea in any case, and since all I want to do is mostly run PHP Drupal Related code and configuration, it’s not unreasonable to me.

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Importing and cleaning Stories

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We have finally gotten all the kinks out of our importing protocols. So now you should start seeing the story pages populate with content. As we go through and double check our cleaning you'll see more stories from the past show up.

I have the importers set to run once every 24 hours. So check back daily for new/old content in the story archive.

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Aquia Dev Desktop

Aquia Dev Desktop

One of the Easier ways I’ve found to start running a local development setup of Drupal on Windows 10 is by using Aquia’s Dev Desktop package. Dev Desktop provides you with a working setup for Apache, Mysql, and PHP along with a running Drush command line program you can in fact run from console. This is one of the major things a person developing in Drupal needs.

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Drupal Development on Windows 10

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Okay, I run a Windows 10 Home box at home. That makes for difficulty when I want to run local development. The reason being Drupal focuses on running in Linux on Apache servers. It's not impossible to setup a development environment on Windows, but it is difficult.

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Rules

One of the types of processes you will want to have setup are preconceived actions. Responses say to someone saving off a new piece of content. Or someone say, marks a forum post to be followed. Well then you have things you want to happen at that point. Actions that shouldn’t need a human there to execute. In Drupal 7, you go to Rules for that.

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Bookshelf Purpose

Welcome back to the bookshelf!

Recently I rebuilt Fanbards using the modules I created in Features in order to provide some kind of ease of use for archiving. I’ve still ended up with a ton of modules though. I’ll be working on pruning that later.

But as I have worked on this build, I have come to realize that a lot of what I did on this site might not be reasonably included in a feature set meant to be general enough for every possible use case.

Entity Book

So I caved after years of hearing how I should be using Entity References over Book module for all my stories and such in the Fanbards.net archive. Book module provided built in navigation and organization of structured content and was easily handled for display, but was a pain to make easy for folk to add to.

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Fanbards Site Reboot

So I’ve been working on trying to create a Drupal Feature Set that takes everything I've tried to do for Fanbards and put it into something that others could use for their own story archives and communities. I'm also hoping it will help me fix things with out doing what this post will be describing every time.


My goal is to improve things on the page and hopefully increase some community involvement. The big things I’ll describe here, and open up the comments for discussion.


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