Awesome Service

I came across a hilarious service the other day. It's called "Let Me Google That For You" and it is just that. So the next time you are on a forum or anywhere, and someone asks one of those questions that they could easily have found out by a quick search, let them know by searching Google for them!

Mission Photos

I recently found a couple of disks from my mission. On there, I found a ton of pictures. Most of them were taken by other people because I didn't have a digital camera on my mission. All the same, I went ahead and uploaded them all online at Photobucket (one of the only places where I could create embedded albums). Check them out here: Just as a note, the albums listing is on the left hand side of the page in a "block".


Drupal Install

Recently I was at my parent's house and my Dad asked me about setting up Drupal. He had read my Nimfahtography post and was wondering what it took. Since I use Drupal almost everyday, I suppose I take this for granted. Here is the easiest way that I have found in setting up Drupal on Windows XP. This setup will be similar on other systems as well.

1) Setup a LAMP server (Apache, PHP, MySQL). The easiest way to do this is to grab a pre-bundled version of all of these using WAMP. Run through the install and the standard setup should be fine.

2) Create a MySQL DB. Once you have WAMP up and running, you can create a new database by visiting http://localhost/phpmyadmin. Your best option is to probably create a new user.

This will aid your setup when installing Drupal. Remember the username and password.

I usually like the above options when creating a new user in MySQL.

3) Download the lastest version of Drupal. Unzip it and put it in your root directory (if you used the WAMP defaults, then this should be C:\wamp\www) under a directory called "drupal". Just to make this clear, once you have the files there, you should see index.php inside the "drupal" directory. There will also be several other files.

4) If everything was done correctly, you should now be able to visit http://localhost/drupal/install.php to install Drupal. You will need the username and password for the MySQL db that you setup above.

5) That should be all you need. You should have a basic Drupal Install with all of the defaults.

6) From there, I would recommend a few modules. Admin Menu, SMTP, CCK, and Views. Make sure to put these modules under the following "drupal\sites\all\modules\contrib". Likely all these directories don't exist, but be sure to create them. You can install the modules at http://localhost/drupal/admin/build/modules.

7) Play around from there. I will post more later. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them here and I will try to answer them. You can also search Google for your questions.


I recently redid the Nimfahtography site for my wife's photography using Drupal. If you haven't seen the new site, check it out. If you want to see all of the technical details of how I did it and why I did it, you can see the write up here. This is just one example of something you can build in Drupal in less than a week (working a couple hours a day on it).

Drupal Tank

I attended my first Drupal Tank meeting this past Tuesday. For those of you don't know, the company I work for uses Drupal for their website, and thus I am very involved in the Drupal community. This meeting was for all of the Utah Drupal users. We had a good meeting, although there was a period where we spent way too much time deciding what we will talk about next time. All the same, some of the good resources I came away with:

There were several other things gone over as well, and overall a very good and useful for meeting.

If you haven't heard of Drupal, you have probably used it. There are thousands of sites using Drupal, and lots of really big names using it as well (The Onion, Sony, and many more). You can find a good looking list here. Pretty impressive.

Google Chrome and Hotmail

I fixed it!! Hooray! So if there is anyone else out there that is also using Google Chrome, but is having issues with Hotmail, you can fix it with a fairly easy fix.

  • Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut
  • Click Properties
  • Paste the line below to the end of the Target field.
  • --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1 Safari/525.19"

That is all. It should work now without any issues. If you are having problems, then make sure that you have a space between the end of the current text in the target field, and the text above (the first '--'). Here is what my target string now looks like:

"C:\Documents and Settings\Tenney\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1 Safari/525.19"

Oh yeah, what it does, is it fakes out Hotmail to make it think that it is really Safari. Darn Hotmail folks won't let Google just have their own... :).

Found the fix here.


Can't say much more than that. The Utes have earned the respect of the nation and are probably going to be the number 2 team when all is said and done (too bad they couldn't play for the National Championship because I think they could have won). Utah has been the best team through all their games this year. Thanks for making it such an awesome year Utah. This is the best Ute team ever (probably about equal to the 04-05 team but this year's team had a chance to prove it). I'll definitely be enjoying this one for the next 7 months. Thank you Utah!

Done and Done

Yes, I am officially done. The only thing not yet official is my diploma - I am still waiting on that to come in the mail. Other than that, I am working full time and not doing any more schooling for the time being. It is a nice and relaxing feeling right now and I am very much enjoying it. My brother's wife, Christie, and my wife planned a graduation surprise party for us on the 26th of December with several of my family and friends attending. I would say it was a great event, but unfortunately, I was down and out the whole day, with a lot of it spent in the bathroom :). I felt really bad, but I understood that everyone had a good time and BJ ate my share of food. Thanks to Christie and to my wife for the great time. Here is the video that my wife put together for the party!

Oh yeah, I have been enjoying lots of sports programming with my time off, specifically bowl games. Only another 5 days to the big Utah game. I am so excited.

Joining The Century

I haven't written for a while, but I am going to try to do better. Just wanted to make a quick post that we have officially joined the century (according to my mother). Santa was nice and brought us cell phones (and kind enough to land me with the monthly bill). Here is the phone that I got:

The big difference between mine and this is that it is white. All the same, if you want my number, then let me know. We are with the cheapest guys (T-Mobile). I guess now people can always find me...This is my first time ever owning a cell phone, so we shall see how it goes.


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