• Fixing Categories for Windows Live Writer in Drupal 6.x

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    When using Windows Live Writer for blogging with Drupal you have to consider a few things, when setting up your account as explained here for example.

    But even then, you cannot download any categories from Drupal for use in Windows Live Writer. There is a small bug in the blogapi.module (located under /modules/blogapi/ in your Drupal installation).

    Inside this file there is a function at the end of it named _blogapi_get_node_types().

    function _blogapi_get_node_types() {
    $available_types = array_keys(array_filter(variable_get(‘blogapi_node_types’, array(‘blog’ => 1))));
    $types = array();
    foreach (node_get_types() as $type => $name) {
    if (node_access(‘create’, $type) && in_array($type, $available_types)) {
    $types[] = $type;

    You simply have to delete the red marked parts and everything will work as expected.

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  • FedCon XVII – Well Well…

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    So, after my first and kind of overwhelming FedCon XVI last year, I tried out FedCon XVII two weeks ago. Well, maybe I was a bit more down-to-earth, maybe I didn’t see the thing through rose-colored glasses, but this FedCon wasn’t nearly like my first. It may also have been the fact, that “Jägermeister” – the big sponsor this year – was everywhere! (Well not inside the restrooms. At least I haven’t seen them there.) Even Marc B. Lee called it the “JägerCon”. There were other things I very much disliked, but I spare you the details. As you may have experienced yourself: The good things stay in memory and the bad things (were there any?) will pass away.

    “Stop whining and bring up some of the good stuff!” you say. Well, here it comes…

    Mary McDonnell alias Laura Roslin from Battlestar Galactica was very much a pleasant surprise. She was moved to tears at the closing ceremony and she didn’t play her role there. Throughout the panels, she formed one of the running gags at FedCon. Wanting to say a few words in German, she said: “Es ist so geil hier zu sein!” She thought that “geil” means awesome, but in German it’s more “horny” than “awesome” 😉
    Another quote when answering a question: “I ordered someone out of an airlock. I don’t know whom, there were so many.”
    I still don’t know, where that question came from, but another running gag was: “Have you ever seen Jamie Bamber naked?” Even people from the audience, even Marc B. Lee himself inside the audience asked the different actors/actresses on stage this question more than once.
    Brent Spiner alias Data in TNG – he would make a great stand-up comedian – was hilarious on stage. He came up with the theory, that you tell a bad joke, no matter how bad, and repeat it 10 times, the audience will die of laughter. So he told us: “How proud he was playing on Battlestar Galactica.”. You may know, or may have guessed, Brent never played on BSG. But after the 10th time telling this in the strangest situations, the audience was rolling on the floor laughing.
    Did you know, that Rene Auberjonois alias Odo in DS9 actually played with the great Audrey Hepburn on Broadway? And that he and his wife are calling their house in LA “the house that Star Trek built”?
    Bruce Boxleitner (left) alias John Sheridan in Babylon 5 had a panel together with Peter Jurasic alias Londo Mollari in Babylon 5. Those two also did Tron together by the way.
    This panel was clearly the highlight of the whole weekend! You really had to see those guys to believe it.Some quotes:
    Bruce: (responding to a question about the making-of of a movie) “I don’t know, if they put it on tape”.
    Peter: “It’s called DVDs now!”Bruce: (responding to a question concerning what happened to the planet next to Babylon 5 after its destruction) [serious facial expression] “Well, I guess it’s still there.”
    LeVar Burton (Geordy La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) and Brent Spiner were great together. Shame on LeVar and Brent, leaving the panel after 20min, to catch their plane.
    But afterwards Marina told us much funstuff from the set at TNG. Her standard quote as the ship’s counsellor was “Captain, he’s hiding something”. One day after that quote saying it to Patrick Steward (alias Jean-Luc Picard), he answered (in a funny way): “Yeah, I know that you stupid cow! You waste of space!”
    This year’s costume contest was great as always, but the about 3 meters high an 4-5 meters long At-At was amazing!
    You are dooooomed!!
    What a nice couple!
    Even Stormtroopers have to go shopping from time to time.
    Last, but definitely not least Giles Aston in his fabulous Nemesis costume taking a picture with me at the end of FedCon.

    I’d like to close now with words from Londo Mollari: “That wasn’t so bad after all, yes?”

    Like last year, you will find a selection of the photos I took on google photos.

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  • I got “morning brewed”…

    By in General, SonicFileFinder on

    I was very delighted this morning seeing that SonicFileFinder got “morning brewed” by Chris Alcock! This is so awesome, thank you Chris!

    After the Daily Grind was gone, Chris jumped in and continued the tradition. I really enjoy reading his blog and I already infected some of my colleagues. If you don’t know the “Morning Brew” yet, I strongly advise to get there. Chris blogs about interesting finds regarding .NET with a lot of “must reads” in it.

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  • SonicFileFinder 1.9.1 released

    By in Development, SonicFileFinder, Tools on

    SonicFileFinder is a free add-in for Visual Studio that allows a fast and convenient search for any file within every Project of the loaded Solution by entering the complete filename or just a part of it. The found file(s) can either be edited with a single keystroke or a Windows Explorer / CommandLine prompt can be opened at the file’s location.

    What’s new?

    Version 1.9.1 is a bugfix release due to changes in Visual Studio 2008 automation model. Big thanks to Jacobo Amselem for reporting the bug and testing the beta version!

    • FIXED: SonicFileFinder sometimes crashed Visual Studio or simply closed itself without a warning, when using some of the new projects types in Visual Studio 2008. This problem occurred for example using the new database project types in Visual Studio Team System 2008.

    Download it on the SonicFileFinder website.

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  • Website Migration – New CMS (Drupal)

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    I just went live with my new website based on the Drupal CMS system. It’s not perfect and some stuff is missing, but the basic stuff should work.

    Links to content of the old typo3 based site should be completely redirected to the new site. Although I expect there will be a few links I forgot, so the next days could be a bumpy ride. I’ll check the log for dead links, but please tell me, if something doesn’t work as expected.


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