Author page: Robin Monks

Installing Drush on a Shared DreamHost Account

[box type=”note”]If you have issues with these directions, please read the alternate directions for installing on a shared host manually without using Pear. MediaTemple is one provider where you must use the alternate directions to get Drush working.[/box] One of the easiest and most convenient ways to get your hands on Drupal is on a shared hosting environment. It’s pretty much where everyone is going to start from…

Can You Get Good Earbuds for Under Five Dollars?

Me and my good friend, danrulz98 on YouTube, wanted to find out if any of the sub-$5 in-ear headphones (earbuds) sold on Deal Extreme were actually usable. Think no set of earbuds selling for such low prices are any good?  You might be surprised by our results! We’re also willing to review other gadgets (doing this review video was incredibly fun). Feel free to send more suggestions…

Details of republic wireless’ $19/mth “Unlimited Everything” Service (with short Q&A)

I love disruptive companies that spring up in markets that are traditionally dominated by powerful corporations and monopolies and force everyone to reconsider the product or business model involved. In Canada and US, one such dominated market is cellular service. Everyone knows they’re being ripped off, but no one really has any choice or say in the matter so they keep paying, and the incumbent companies keep squeezing…

The Viaddress Interview

Viaddress logo (TM Viaddress)It’s been a long while since publishing the last posts I made about the discount package forwarding service Viaddress.  At the time I became involved after getting caught in a massive backlog and found myself joined there with many other customers, and looking for answers which were scarce and hard to separate from the hype and fiction of other forwarding services that seemed equally interested in pitching their own product (I filtered dozens of obviously fake comments from the original two posts).

Eventually tho, the backlog was handled, the comments and emails from concerned customers stopped coming — and Viaddress refunded my shipping fees from the test I ran way back when this whole thing started. They also asked me to take down my earlier posts, but, I made a counter-offer: Lots of folks still come to this site searching for Viaddress and I thought the fairest thing I could do for those curious about the company would be to give Viaddress a chance to tell their story and conduct an email interview.  They agreed and below is the full interview with David Wallace, Vice-President of Viaddress.

Productivity in Drupal’s Development (part 1 of n)

Some of you may recall that a couple of years ago (wow, that long?) I wrote an article on this blog entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Repetitive Tasks in a CMS” describing some of the biggest causes of grief I had when using Drupal (and other online presence/communication creators). I felt it was time for another one of these posts in the same…