GMail “Synchronization Has Stopped Unexpectedly” Error

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For a few days, my offline Gmail was refusing to synch up with the server. Every time I would try, I would instantly get an ! in the synch status and it would say “Synchronization has stopped unexpectedly”. Well, yeah. I had figured that part out. I’m sure there are lots of reasons for this, […]

Twitter for Writers

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How do you promote your book with Twitter? It’s not necessarily obvious, especially for those of us who are writers and scholars first and foremost. But publishers aren’t doing much for new authors anymore, so you have to do it yourself.

Podcasting Advice from Andrew Warner of Mixergy.com — Thank You!

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I wanted to do some interviews with people at a distance but was struggling with a lot of technical issues — bad audio and video quality, cumbersome and unreliable recording process. I asked Andrew Warner, who does great interviews on Mixergy, if he would help me out. Despite a super busy schedule, he consented to talk to me and just cut through so many of the problems I had. Here’s some of the advice he gave me.

You Can Always Yell Later

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My mom taught me as a child, it’s really hard to unyell once you’ve yelled. If you want to get what you want, start soft. You can always yell once that fails, but you once you’ve yelled, it’s too late for the soft approach.

Seeing All Child Nodes in Drupal Taxonomy

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I have been tearing my hair out a bit trying to figure out how to save a whole taxonomy lineage in Drupal, so that everything tagged with a child term would be tagged with a parent term. In other words, given a taxonomy like: 1. United States 3. California 4. Vermont 2. Canada 5. Alberta […]

Live Mesh Review: Big Mistake! Back to Allway Sync

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Always looking for a better way to synch my laptop and desktop, so I tried Live Mesh. After many computer crashes, narrowly escaped with my data intact. So I’m back to Allway Synch, which has, in over a year of intense daily use, put my data at risk.

Review: Pro Drupal Development by John VanDyk

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If you’ve torn you hair out and still don’t really feel totally comfortable with the Drupal forms API, or with getting your module to affect the menu system or have lingering questions about anything in Drupal core, this book is a godsend. It is so much clearer and more accessible than the online documentation and the index is great. Within the first day I had it, it saved me a couple of hours of effort. Highly recommended.

Social Proof (Weapons of Influence, part 3 of 3)

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We all know birds of a feather flock together, but we’re often unaware of how frequently we flock with birds of our feather. Even when we say we are uninfluenced, the opinion and action of the crowd often get us to behave in ways we do not expect and can be used against us to influence our actions through the principle of social proof. (part 3 of 3 in the series on Weapons of Influence).