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Installing Drupal Part I

The Drupal setup portion was pretty easy, I just had to create a database and provide the database login credentials to the Drupal install page. This page is the default page of where you put the install. After this, I was able to post and do all sorts of things. I did hit a hitch though, when I started playing around with the Drupal "Administer/Site configuration Clean URLs/Clean URL's". At first it wasn't enabled, and of course for Search Engine Optimization I wanted them to work. I knew this could only be done by a .htaccess file, but where was it? Well, after further searching on Google I find this little article: Where it tells you what needs to be in the missing .htaccess file, however the information they provided was: RewriteEngine on RewriteBase / RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA] Which then gave me an Internal 500 server error, and I kinda new what was going on. But I was being kinda lazy about it. I checked the apache2 log: [Thu Jun 14 13:17:58 2007] [alert] [client] /home/geektank/public_html/.htaccess: <Directory not allowed here, referer: You will need to remove the "<Directory" portions to make it work as .htaccess files can't have this information, otherwise they will get this error. Duh, I mean it even said on the the Drupal page about the information they provided: If you don't use the .htaccess that comes with Drupal you'll need to add some rewrite rules into your apache directory directive. Consult the .htaccess file in Drupal for examples of rules. I was still getting a 500 Internal Server Error, and I saw this in the apache2 error log: [Thu Jun 14 13:18:22 2007] [alert] [client] /home/geektank/public_html/.htaccess: Invalid command 'RewriteEngine', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration, referer: LOL, I didn't enable mod_rewrite in apache2. Mind you this is a new install of Debian Etch, so I just did a2enmod rewrite and viola, nice clean links! Now I just need to get the formatting down for Drupal. I'm use to MediaWiki, which powns.
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LG to supply TV converters for US government program

Very interesting, no more analog TV channles. I wonder if Canada will follow suit.
LG to supply TV converters for US government program - For some, February 17, 2009 is going to be a frustrating day, as it marks the end of the line for American analog television broadcasts. Those with old-school wood-paneled TVs are going to either need to go out and buy a new set or purchase a converter box to be able to view the new digital channels. If I wasn’t already gadget-obsessed, I’d be mad as hell if someone forced me to upgrade my TV and I’d be even more furious once I found out how much it was going to cost me. Luckily, your trusty National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)has a solution.
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Solar motorbike uses snail shell shape for surface area

Solar motorbike uses snail shell shape for surface area -

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Powering a car with solar panels is a relatively easy task, but on a motorbike it's a lot harder to find flat surfaces to catch the sun. That means that a solar powered motorbike has got to look rather odd in order to provide enough surface area for the panels: hence the snail shell-like design of SunRed's prototype solar powered bike. When (or if) SunRed completes a real world prototype, the bike's surface area will be 25 square feet, allowing the bike to store enough of the sun's energy to ride for 13 miles at speeds of up to 30 MPH. The motor is integrated into the wheel too, so there's no transmission. Once these "green" bike thinkers sort out the problem of running a bike without oil, we hope they'll move onto making them a little less fugly. It seems like a precedent is being set here.

[Via Autoblog Green]


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