Hacking the K2 User Profile (J1.5)

For those who know how to properly use Joomla!®, you will agree with me that K2 is one hell of a powerful extension for the content management system and if configured correctly, it can be useful in turning your site into anything!

Of late, K2 has been frustrating me. I have been having trouble trying to add custom registration fields to the core Joomla!® user object while still being able to use the K2 user plugin to populate the extra fields. My first thought was to simply disable the K2 user plugin, which I did. This though, prevented useful features like allowing users to add content from the frontend via K2. Disabling the plugin also seemingly broke frontend moderation and these were core features that I (my client) required.

So, how do you add custom fields to Joomla!® and link these fields to the K2 User profile? Read on!

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Windows 8 Review–The Pains…

In my last posting, I mentioned the things about Windows 8 that I liked. In using Windows 8, I have been able to get it to work as my everyday operating system but despite all its cool features, it does have some issues.

Some are easy to get by or find workarounds to; others, not so easy. So, below, some of the things that arched me about this new operating system. I will start with the ones that are easy to live with, and move on to those that really made my life living hell!

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Windows 8 Review–The Joys…

I believe the only way to truly know the workings of an operating system is to use it as your primary OS on your every day PC. It is the best way to learn its weaknesses and appreciate its strengths; wow at its performance and scream at it lack of compatibility with legacy software or drivers.

I have been using Windows 8 on my primary PC for close to a month now, and yes, I have marveled at it. I have cried too. I am not too sure though, which I did more, but trust me, this operating system is a whole new cup cake to deal with. Right now, if you ask me how the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 has been, I will tell you this much…”It might be easier to move from Windows 7 to a popular Linux spin like Ubuntu, Fedora or openSUSE, than it would be to move to Windows 8!” For details on my joys, read on.

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Web Designers vs Web Developers

A friend of mine just tweeted me this and I decided to share with you all. Quite true, might I add.

Read on for full details…

And just for the record, the part in the movie, Social Network, where Zuckerburg is blogging while drunk, trust me, not the best of ideas. Lets just say I thank the Lord that for some reason not known to myself, I could not find the the PUBLISH button. Lucky for me, publishing is not as simple as pressing enter at the end of a stupid post. Enjoy this little snippet of joy below. Continue reading

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Windows 8: Finally, something my computer CAN’T do!

I know from time to time I may have mentioned here how my 4096MB of Random Access Memory is impervious to any software out there but I may have found it’s Achilles Heel! Virtualized Windows 8. Seeing as I was finally able to enable my processors Virtualization Technology features, after doing this, I attempted an install of the 64bit version Windows 8 Customer Preview and I can assure you – that did not go well. I then did attempt the 32bit version and that worked out a lot better. For details on how to virtualize Windows 8 customer preview, click here. For how my first experiences with windows 8 were, read on!

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