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Getting Things Done


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Welcome to the September 2010 edition of The Geeks and God Podcast. In this month’s episode we'll talk about Getting Things Done. In this month's Drupal Spotlight, we'll look at part one of our spotlight on accessibility, and why it's important for all websites.

Update: Links and details now available in the transcript.

Google Priority Inbox

It's ironic that in the week between recording this podcast and the publish date that Google has released Priority Inbox for Gmail.

I've had this enabled for several days now, and have pretty much moved back to the standard inbox. Between trying to keep unread messages to a minimum, having rules to apply labels automatically, and either archiving or deleting messages that I've processed, I'm finding that Gmail's automatic prioritization actually slows me down. Then again, I may find it more useful once I've fallen behind in inbox processing again, which happens from time to time.

Techmate commented in an email that he's really liking OtherInbox's Organizer integration with Gmail, especially with Priority Inbox enabled. Check out this post for more details.

Priority inbox is a cool

Priority inbox is a cool idea. Otherinbox has been a tremendous help in keeping emails organized and manageable.

Email Management

Ed requested that I post this video, enjoy: http://blip.tv/file/1903489

Re: Email Management

Thanks Joe - that reminds me: I really ought to do something with the video I took of you at the conference!

You're Welcome

You're welcome. Looking forward to seeing what you're going to do with the video.

Pushing content of a type to other pages using views...

Hi all,
So I have inherited a website, and I need to create a mechanism so nodes' contents are pushed to other pages using a view.
An authenticated user would achieve that by picking the feed item they want to push, go to the edit environment, and from there, there is a selection list that would allow the authenticated user to pick all the pages they want to push that one item to and hit save.
I have created that selection list, I have also created the view that generates the block for that pushed items to show up. The problem is that it doesn’t work. I set the filter in view to “Node: type = feed item”
Also I have configured the block so it’s only visible in the desired pages.
Is there something else I should look into?


Drupal Stuff

After posting the content below, I realized I placed it wrongly. I apologize. It has nothing to do with this topic but the options seem to be to save or preview; not delete or move. So I'm at a loss as to what to do other than offering this simple apology. If someone is able to move this query to the appropriate place, I'd sure appreciate it. My initial post follows...

My drupal site has been up for like two months now. Trouble is that I can't seem to figure out what to do next. It's not for lack of ideas, it's a lack of core skills that give me just enough to take the first real working step.

My first goal is to set up a page for audio downloads so that approved users (home group leaders) can download a self-extracting file that contains a set of MP3 bible study files for use in home groups along with MS word files for printing so that attendees can follow along and fill in the blanks on their notes. These files are to be available only to leaders for use in the home group they lead.

And that's where the rub is. I know I can set up a podcast, but that's available to the world.

There's so much more that I want to do, but as they say, it all depends on the first step. And that's where I'm stuck.

Any ideas for getting unstuck?

PS: The church I'm a part of is one church, based in Hawaii, with 64 (running count) extensions around the Pacific Rim and beyond. The senior pastor is senior pastor of all 64 with local site pastors in each local church. Because of that structure, I believe the end product of this and related work will be extremely noteworthy. And because of the impact, I believe that's why perhaps it has been so difficult to get going. It's similar to the struggles we've had coming up with a database that works with that kind of infrastructure. In short, it doesn't seem to exist.

Hello, You could create a new


You could create a new content type and only give logged in "authenticated" users access to view the content for that type. You can then just upload the files using Drupal's core upload module.

That would be a simple way which wouldn't require additional modules.


Mark Shropshire "shrop"
Geeks & God Forums Moderator

Podcast Idea

Thank you for your quick response. It sure makes a good impression to those of us new to your site.

I keep coming back to your site to dip my toes a little deeper into the pool. But after scanning through the list of podcasts, I noticed what seems to me a glaring omission. I saw a 'What's coming in Drupal Six podcast a while back but nothing for Drupal seven. That could be on us any second right? In fact, I as a Drupal noob am wondering if I should develop the idea you propose above, or wait for seven, or try it out in Drupal six, then junk everything and implement it for real on seven.

It's not my intention to provoke a response from you here. My hope is to communicate the kind of thought process at least some of your 'customers' are trying to work through.

And if you will allow me one personal opinion...

An hour or so of my time is a big chunk. I would imagine that it's even more so for you guys in prep and execution of the podcast. It would be of greater benefit in my opinion if you broke the podcast into two thirtys or even three twentys. It wouldn't entail more work I don't think, but would make it more focused on your part, and easier to digest on my (our) part. You could post them every ten days or so even though they may have been recorded at the same time by you.

Other thoughts keep coming but I'll leave it right there for the moment.
Ron from Maui


Aloha! Mahalo nui loa Ron,

As a former resident of Oahu, it's great to know the podcast is being enjoyed in the islands. Thanks for the suggestion, a D7 issue of the podcast has previously been discussed. At this writing, D7 is at seven critical bugs, so you are correct in your "any day now" prediction. Traditionally there is a lag between when a full version of Drupal is released and when key modules are. This makes sense, as the developers of the modules don't want to invest too much time until they know the core is not going to change. Key modules often have sub-modules built off of them, and those developers don't want to invest the time until the main module is stable.

The community is attempting to reduce this lag with what is called the #D7CX movement. Here, module developers pledge to have a full Drupal 7 release on the day that Drupal 7 is released. You can find a list of those modules here.

My sense is that if you have a site where you will take a long time to develop it and your quick release date is not critical, D7 is ready for you. You might hit some snags along the way...but it's a pretty cool platform to work with. However, for all my client sites I'm still working with 6.

Kipa hou mai,


You don't have to scrap everything


When a site switches from one major release of Drupal to another it isn't necessary to "junk everything" and start from scratch. There is usually an upgrade path. That said, there may be places where you decide to do something in a different way to take advantage of new, or better facilities.

I don't want to disagree with NonProfit because starting with D7 now does have some advantages, especially if you're willing to be stopped in your development while waiting for a needed module.

Happy Drupaling,

Excellent point Curt!

Excellent point Curt! Most modules have an upgrade path from one major release to another (5 -> 6 or 6 -> 7). When there is not a clear path, you can often find other users seeking alternatives in the issue que or the D.O forums. -NP

Being Heard

Wow, you guys sure get an A+ for making the new guy feel like he's being heard... and thanks for the greetings. Aloha to you too.

You ever have one of those dreams where you're frozen? You want to punch, or run, or do something else but your body just doesn't respond. That's how I feel as a rookie with Drupal. I've bought three books so far, have gone through the Lynda.com training class, and asked what I feel are relevant questions.

But I can't seem to figure out the next step. My site is up. I like the look of it. I've even put some text on the front page. But I can't seem to figure out how to do something... anything with the site. There's something that I just don't seem to get. Now to the question.

Is there somebody you can recommend that I can pay a fee to do a simple task that will get me started. I don't mean training. I mean, is there someone I can pay to set up a simple task on my site that I can describe to get me over the hump?

You guys have my email address so you don't have to disclose anybody's email or phone number here. But is that an option? Or perhaps you have an alternative to suggest.

I just want over the hump.

Ron from Maui

PS: Came back to check if there was a reply to this post and found three that followed, apparently from somewhere in Asia. Looks like some kind of spam to me. Just know that it wasn't me.

It's been weeks.


What's up?

Hey Ron, it's difficult to answer such an open-ended question.

What sort of task do you need completed?

But I can't seem to figure out how to do something... anything with the site.
Are you using Views? If you've read three books and completed a training class, this is likely redundant. But when used with CCK, Views will parse out what you want displayed. Perhaps "stories" are sent to the front page while "events" and "podcasts" appear in the sidebar. Views allows you to sort and filter, not just by content type, but by all sort of criteria.

Does that help?