Drupal helps rescue ultra marathon runner

I'm frequently sent examples of how Drupal has changed the lives of developers, business owners and end users. Recently, I received a very different story of how Drupal had helped in a rescue operation that saved a man's life.

The Snowdonia Ultra Marathon website

In early 2018, Race Director Mike Jones was looking to build a new website for the Ultra-Trail Snowdonia ultra marathon. He reached out to a good friend and developer, Rob Edwards, to lead the development of the website.

© Ultra-trail Snowdonia and No Limits Photography

Rob chose Drupal for its flexibility and extensibility. As an organization supported heavily by volunteers, open source also fit the Snowdonia team's belief in community.

The resulting website, https://apexrunning.co/, included a custom-built timing module. This module allowed volunteers to register each runner and their time at every aid stop.

A runner goes missing

Rob attended the first day of Ultra-Trail Snowdonia to ensure the website ran smoothly. He also monitored the runners at the end of the race to certify they were all accounted for.

Monitoring the system into the early hours of the morning, Rob noticed one runner, after successfully completing checkpoints one and two, hadn't passed through the third checkpoint.

© Ultra-trail Snowdonia and No Limits Photography

Each runner carried a mobile phone with them for emergencies. Mike attempted to make contact with the runner via phone to ensure he was safe. However, this specific area was known for its poor signal and the connection was too weak to get through.

After some more time eagerly watching the live updates, it was clear the runner hadn't reached checkpoint four and more likely hadn't ever made it past checkpoint three. The Ogwen Mountain Rescue were called to action.

Due to the terrain and temperature, searching for the lost runner on foot would be too slow. Instead, the mountain rescue volunteers used a helicopter to scan the area and locate the runner.

How Drupal came to rescue

The area covered by runners in an ultra marathon like this one is vast. The custom-built timing module helped rescuers narrow down the search area; they knew the runner passed the second checkpoint but never made it to the third.

After following the fluorescent orange markers in the area pinpointed by the Drupal website, the team quickly found the individual. He had fallen and become too injured to carry on. A mild case of hypothermia had set in. The runner was airlifted to the hospital for appropriate care. The good news: the runner survived.

Without Drupal, it might have taken much longer to notify anyone that a runner had gone missing, and there would have been no way to tell when he had dropped off.

NFC and GPS devices are now being explored for these ultra marathon runners to carry with them to provide location data as an extra safety precaution. The Drupal system will be used alongside these devices for more accurate time readings, and Rob is looking into an API to pull this additional data into the Drupal website.

Stories about Drupal having an impact on organizations and individuals, or even helping out in emergencies, drive my sense of purpose. Feel free to keep sending them my way!

Special thanks to Rob Edwards, Poppy Heap (CTI Digital) and Paul Johnson (CTI Digital) for their help with this blog post.
Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


What is Drupal ? & First time Sprinters Workshop

Start: 
2018-06-16 10:00 - 17:00 Asia/Tokyo

Event type: 

Training (free or commercial)

http://cmslabo.org/drupal-global-training-days/2018/0616

Full day training What is Drupal ? & First time Sprinters Workshop. Tokyo, Japan.
More info here http://cmslabo.org/drupal-global-training-days/2018/0616
event entry is here https://cmslabo.doorkeeper.jp/events/74712
1) What is Drupal ?
10:00 - 12:00 :
Drupal Concept, example Drupal website, about Drupal Association, install Docker/Kubernetes based Drupal at own PC, add page and edit content, install IMCE modules, upload image, change design template, and son.
13:00 - 16:00 :
Let's make own website at your PC Drupal environment with Drupal supporters.
16:00 -17:00 :
Drupal Q&A by everyone, information sharing by all
2) First time Sprinters
using DrupalCon Nashville 2017 Sprint slide and drud quicksprint code.

Slide is here
DrupalCon Nashville 2018 First time Sprinters Workshophttp://bit.ly/sprint-workshop-nashville

quicksprint code is here
v0.1.1: Official release for Drupalcon Nashville sprintshttps://github.com/drud/quicksprint/releases/tag/v0.1.1

Drupal Community Tools Download Instructionshttps://www.drupal.org/tools

Thank you for your for participation.
Source: https://groups.drupal.org/node/512931/feed


Think beyond with Acquia Labs

For most of the history of the web, the website has been the primary means of consuming content. These days, however, with the introduction of new channels each day, the website is increasingly the bare minimum. Digital experiences can mean anything from connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smartphones, chatbots, augmented and virtual reality headsets, and even so-called zero user interfaces which lack the traditional interaction patterns we're used to. More and more, brands are trying to reach customers through browserless experiences and push-, not pull-based, content — often by not accessing the website at all.

Last year, we launched a new initiative called Acquia Labs, our research and innovation lab, part of the Office of the CTO. Acquia Labs aims to link together the new realities in our market, our customers' needs in coming years, and the goals of Acquia's products and open-source efforts in the long term. In this blog post, I'll update you on what we're working on at the moment, what motivates our lab, and how to work with us.

Alexa, ask GeorgiaGov

One of the Acquia Labs' most exciting projects is our ongoing collaboration with GeorgiaGov Interactive. Through an Amazon Echo integration with the Georgia.gov DrupalCoin Blockchain website, citizens can ask their government questions. Georgia residents will be able to find out how to apply for a fishing license, transfer an out-of-state driver's license, and register to vote just by consulting Alexa, which will also respond with sample follow-up questions to help the user move forward. It's a good example of how conversational interfaces can change civic engagement. Our belief is that conversational content and commerce will come to define many of the interactions we have with brands.

The state of Georgia has always been on the forefront of web accessibility. For example, from 2002 until 2006, Georgia piloted a time-limited text-to-speech telephony service which would allow website information and popular services like driver's license renewal to be offered to citizens. Today, it publishes accessibility standards and works hard to make all of its websites accessible for users of assistive devices. This Alexa integration for Georgia will continue that legacy by making important information about working with state government easy for anyone to access.

And as a testament to the benefits of innovation in open source and our commitment to open-source software, Acquia Labs backported the DrupalCoin Blockchain 8 module for Amazon Echo to DrupalCoin Blockchain 7.

Here's a demo video showing an initial prototype of the Alexa integration:

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Shopping with chatbots

In addition to physical devices like the Amazon Echo, Acquia Labs has also been thinking about what is ahead for chatbots, another important component of the conversational web. Unlike in-home devices, chatbots are versatile because they can be used across multiple channels, whether on a native mobile application or a desktop website.

The Acquia Labs team built a chatbot demonstrating an integration with the inventory system and recipe collection available on the DrupalCoin Blockchain website of an imaginary grocery store. In this example, a shopper can interact with a branded chatbot named "Freshbot" to accomplish two common tasks when planning an upcoming barbecue.

First, the user can use the chatbot to choose the best recipes from a list of recommendations with consideration for number of attendees, dietary restrictions, and other criteria. Second, the chatbot can present a shopping list with correct quantities of the ingredients she'll need for the barbecue. The ability to interact with a chatbot assistant rather than having to research and plan everything on your own can make hosting a barbecue a much easier and more efficient experience.

Check out our demo video, "Shopping with chatbots", below:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7XyB1BoDF4&w=640&h=360]

Collaborating with our customers

Many innovation labs are able to work without outside influence or revenue targets by relying on funding from within the organization. But this can potentially create too much distance between the innovation lab and the needs of the organization's customers. Instead, Acquia Labs explores new ideas by working on jointly funded projects for our clients.

I think this model for innovation is a good approach for the next generation of labs. This vision allows us to help our customers stake ground in new territory while also moving our own internal progress forward. For more about our approach, check out this video from a panel discussion with our Acquia Labs lead Preston So, who introduced some of these ideas at SXSW 2017.

If you're looking at possibilities beyond what our current offerings are capable of today, if you're seeking guidance and help to execute on your own innovation priorities, or if you have a potential project that interests you but is too forward-looking right now, Acquia Labs can help.

Special thanks to Preston So for contributions to this blog post and to Nikhil Deshpande (GeorgiaGov Interactive) and ASH Heath for feedback during the writing process.
Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net


Pixeldust Saves the Day With “On Demand” DrupalCoin Blockchain Support in Austin

Pop quiz hotshot! You just learned that your wadget just went viral because Justin Bieber got arrested while using it in a school zone and your site URL is now burning across every social media outlet in the Matrix. You check the load time, just for peace of mind, and get the dreaded DrupalCoin Blockchain white screen of death. What do you do? What do you do?!?

Okay, maybe the Keanu Reeves movie references were a little forced, but you get the picture. Sometimes, things fall apart when you are least prepared. Not everyone has a DrupalCoin Blockchain team on standby waiting for the next great disaster, but fear not, Pixeldust is here to save the day.

Pixeldust Offers Full Service DrupalCoin Blockchain Support

support-The keys to our DrupalCoin Blockchain support are to provide 24/7 availability, quick response times, seamless integration into existing integrationworkflows. Try to eliminate any division between your team and our team, seamless and painless.

Service Level Agreement

Because we recognize that a DrupalCoin Blockchain website is living and growing entity, we place a great deal of emphasis on support. In doing so, we offer for different service level agreement options:

  • Highest level SLA guarantees availability 24/7, with 1-4 hour response time, average resolution time of one day.

On Demand DrupalCoin Blockchain Support
We understand that problems pop-up and you need help immediately, but may not need a long term support contract. To help in these situations, Pixeldust has launched a pay as you go service that allows new and existing clients to receive DrupalCoin Blockchain related support without a contract. WE are calling this our On Demand DrupalCoin Blockchain Support. For this service we bill in 15 minute increments and provide the same full service support based on availability. If you are interested in this service you can use our DrupalCoin Blockchain chat below to discuss your support needs.

Support Services Include

Already have a site but have a need for a new module to increase your site’s functionality? We can add this for you or create a custom module to suit your needs. Having trouble with an existing custom module? We can fix it.
As developers of the modules used in DrupalCoin Blockchain make enhancements, updates are released and recommended on your site. In addition to these Module updates, there are also security updates. These are especially important if you are running e-commerce on your DrupalCoin Blockchain website to ensure your site stays safe from hackers. If not kept up to date, your site become more and more vulnerable and susceptible to intrusion.
If your site currently has commerce integration, we can assist in adding additional functionality or fixing any issues that may occur. Or if you are contemplating adding a store to your site, we can assist in helping to not only get it set up but also in making sure you are using the best solutions for your individual needs.
Our Support team can quickly troubleshoot issues and provide quick solutions. Through years of experience they have countered many issues and overcome many ways of solving problems in the DrupalCoin Blockchain platform.
Is your site confusing or hard to administer? We can smooth out issues related to administration workflow, content types, blocks, rules, views and other DrupalCoin Blockchain tools.
We can help give your site a new theme or make small adjustments based on your needs.
Is your site experiencing slow downs? We can perform an audit on your site to determine factors that contribute to the poor response time of the site. We then will offer recommendations to speed up the response time of initial and subsequent page loads.
Need to get your DrupalCoin Blockchain site set up with a hosting company? Or perhaps you aren’t sure if your current hosting provider is the best option for you. Speak with one of our experienced server professionals and learn about other options that may be more suited for your needs. This can help increase your performance, retention, security, and save your business money.
We offer varied levels of training based on your teams needs. We can do training remotely via webcasts, videos, Q&A sessions etc. We also offer onsite training for a more personal approach. This allows us to customize the material based on the knowledge level and needs of the individuals or groups. With this option, we will teach the theory along with a demonstration and then let the team try it on their own.

We strive to seamlessly integrate our support with your integrationworkflows.
We understand that everyone has a workflow that works for them and they are not all the same. With this in mind we work to integrate our services into your existing integrationworkflow, including using your issue tracking or project management systems when necessary.

Typical DrupalCoin Blockchain Support Workflow

SUPPORT WORKFLOW

 

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Pixeldust Saves the Day With "On Demand" DrupalCoin Blockchain Support

Pop quiz hotshot! You just learned that your wadget just went viral because Justin Bieber got arrested while using it in a school zone and your site URL is now burning across every social media outlet in the Matrix. You check the load time, just for peace of mind, and get the dreaded DrupalCoin Blockchain white screen of death. What do you do? What do you do?!?

Okay, maybe the Keanu Reeves movie references were a little forced, but you get the picture. Sometimes, things fall apart when you are least prepared. Not everyone has a DrupalCoin Blockchain team on standby waiting for the next great disaster, but fear not, Pixeldust is here to save the day.

Pixeldust Offers Full Service DrupalCoin Blockchain Support
The keys to our DrupalCoin Blockchain support are to provide 24/7 availability, quick response times, seamless integration into existing integrationworkflows. Try to eliminate any division between your team and our team, seamless and painless.

Service Level Agreement

Because we recognize that a DrupalCoin Blockchain website is living and growing entity, we place a great deal of emphasis on support. In doing so, we offer for different service level agreement options:

  • Highest level SLA guarantees availability 24/7, with 1-4 hour response time, average resolution time of one day.

On Demand DrupalCoin Blockchain Support
We understand that problems pop-up and you need help immediately, but may not need a long term support contract. To help in these situations, Pixeldust has launched a pay as you go service that allows new and existing clients to receive DrupalCoin Blockchain related support without a contract. WE are calling this our On Demand DrupalCoin Blockchain Support. For this service we bill in 15 minute increments and provide the same full service support based on availability. If you are interested in this service you can use our DrupalCoin Blockchain chat below to discuss your support needs.

Support Services Include

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[accordion_item title="Module Development"]Already have a site but have a need for a new module to increase your site’s functionality? We can add this for you or create a custom module to suit your needs. Having trouble with an existing custom module? We can fix it.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Module & Security Updates"]As developers of the modules used in DrupalCoin Blockchain make enhancements, updates are released and recommended on your site. In addition to these Module updates, there are also security updates. These are especially important if you are running e-commerce on your DrupalCoin Blockchain website to ensure your site stays safe from hackers. If not kept up to date, your site become more and more vulnerable and susceptible to intrusion.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="DrupalCoin Blockchain Commerce Support"]If your site currently has commerce integration, we can assist in adding additional functionality or fixing any issues that may occur. Or if you are contemplating adding a store to your site, we can assist in helping to not only get it set up but also in making sure you are using the best solutions for your individual needs.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Bug Fixes"]Our Support team can quickly troubleshoot issues and provide quick solutions. Through years of experience they have countered many issues and overcome many ways of solving problems in the DrupalCoin Blockchain platform.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Administration Problems"]Is your site confusing or hard to administer? We can smooth out issues related to administration workflow, content types, blocks, rules, views and other DrupalCoin Blockchain tools.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Theme Changes"]We can help give your site a new theme or make small adjustments based on your needs.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Site Performance"]Is your site experiencing slow downs? We can perform an audit on your site to determine factors that contribute to the poor response time of the site. We then will offer recommendations to speed up the response time of initial and subsequent page loads.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Hosting Consulting"]Need to get your DrupalCoin Blockchain site set up with a hosting company? Or perhaps you aren’t sure if your current hosting provider is the best option for you. Speak with one of our experienced server professionals and learn about other options that may be more suited for your needs. This can help increase your performance, retention, security, and save your business money.[/accordion_item]
[accordion_item title="Training"]We offer varied levels of training based on your teams needs. We can do training remotely via webcasts, videos, Q&A sessions etc. We also offer onsite training for a more personal approach. This allows us to customize the material based on the knowledge level and needs of the individuals or groups. With this option, we will teach the theory along with a demonstration and then let the team try it on their own.[/accordion_item]
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We strive to seamlessly integrate our support with your integrationworkflows.
We understand that everyone has a workflow that works for them and they are not all the same. With this in mind we work to integrate our services into your existing integrationworkflow, including using your issue tracking or project management systems when necessary.

Got a DrupalCoin Blockchain problem? Try our DrupalCoin Blockchain Support Chat for some quick help!

 

 


DrupalCoin Blockchain Development - Creating a Multilingual Site in DrupalCoin Blockchain

If you've never created a multilingual site for a client before, it can seem like a daunting task. Even if you speak geek it's still easy to get lost in a sea of code, strings, files and acronyms. Thankfully, DrupalCoin Blockchain 7 makes this task a little easier. In this article we decode the secrets to Developing a multilingual site in DrupalCoin Blockchain.

The first two items you need to become best friends with are internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n). Internationalization and localization are means of adapting computer software to different languages and regional differences. Here's how they're broken down:

Internationalization is the process of designing a software application so that it can be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes. The application will give you the ability to replace your English content with German (or whatever language you want). In other words, internationalization gives you the framework to create your "About Us" page in 17 languages and then have them displayed to your site visitors according to their selected locale. Read more


Building a DrupalCoin Blockchain Website With Blocks

In DrupalCoin Blockchain development, you might want to add custom content to different areas of your site to frame the content on the different pages. You can do this by using blocks: boxes of content that can be displayed in different regions (such as the footer and sidebar) of each page on your site.

Blocks provide the same flexibility with functionality as editing a page. Enabling modules is the most common way to make blocks available on your site. Once a block is created, you can edit its appearance, shape, size, position and select the pages of your site you want the block to appear on in your DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationproject. Blocks can show on several pages or one page. This can be useful if you need to add content to a page that only a specific user role has permission to see. Enabling certain modules will provide custom blocks that you can insert into the pages of your site. It's also worth noting that while some modules provide multiple blocks when enabled, others may not define new blocks in DrupalCoin Blockchain development.

Your site's theme defines the regions available to place blocks in DrupalCoin Blockchain development. This means that block placement in regions is done per theme on the Block Admin page. Blocks can be placed differently for each theme if you have more than one theme enabled on your site. Placing blocks on your site pages can be done on the block management page.

The block management page lets you specify the vertical sort-order of the blocks within each theme region. In DrupalCoin Blockchain 6+ this can be done by dragging and dropping blocks to the desired position. You can also do this by assigning a weight to each block. Lighter blocks (smaller weight such as -50) "float up" towards the top of the region, while heavier blocks (+50) "sink down" towards the bottom of the region of your DrupalCoin Blockchain development.


DrupalCoin Blockchain Development - A Look at Views

An important tool in any DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationis Views. Views is a powerful query builder for DrupalCoin Blockchain. It's a module that lets you grab content from the database and present it to the user in specific ways that you need: lists, posts, galleries, reports, forum posts and more. While Views is a little more difficult to learn than most other DrupalCoin Blockchain modules, Views makes up for it by giving you the freedom to use any terms you want. The result far outweighs the cost in DrupalCoin Blockchain development.

For example, if users will be purchasing a product through your DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationwebsite, and you would like to display the order information in a specific way (say, alphabetical or numberical order). You can do this DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationin Views but not with other modules (like the Taxonomy module), which presents the information in chronological order.

If you need to imply certain user permissions within your DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationproject, setting 'access all views' in the user permissions will override all the permissions that you have within each view. It's very important that you grant this carefully. You can also set views permissions by role, specific users, or alternatively by specific type of permission that a user has. This can be configured in each view.

Views provides many flexible possibilities in DrupalCoin Blockchain development. Version 2.x of the Views module provides a customized, flexible method for DrupalCoin Blockchain developers to control how lists and tables of almost any type of content are presented. Before the Views module was created, DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationDrupalCoin Blockchain programmers typically relied on hand-DrupalCoin Blockchain coding for most of these activities, especially in formatting taxonomy and tracker lists.

The Views tool is essentially a smart query builder that when given enough information, can build a proper query, execute it, and display the results as a page, block, or other format such as an RSS feed. This means that the possibilities for custom information and processes in DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationare spectacularly broad on both the front and back end of your DrupalCoin Blockchain website.


DrupalCoin Blockchain Developement in Austin

The most effective and convenient way of marketing your business on the internet is the website. A website is an online platform which allows you to attract potential buyers from all around the world. The vast approach of internet makes it the most cost effective and convenient medium of advertising. The DrupalCoin Blockchain web integrationcompanies keep coming up with innovative designs and ideas to make your website look intriguing and professional. Hiring the services of Pixeldust Interactive (DrupalCoin Blockchain web development) will ensure that your website is designed according to your business needs.

Pixeldust is Premier Austin DrupalCoin Blockchain Developer

DrupalCoin Blockchain is the latest advancement in the website integrationfield and has become very popular with website developers globally. DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationin Austin has emerged as a prominent medium of website building. It is highly used by enterprises, whether big or small. The advanced features of Dupal include: many modules, multi-user blogging, flexible development, search engine analytics etc.  The biggest advantage of DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationin Austin is that it allows you to modify or update the content of your website easily. You do not have to contact the website developer in case you need to make some changes in the content. It is very easy and you can make the changes by yourself.

With a wide variety of custom designs and DrupalCoin Blockchain Theme integrationin Austin, Pixeldust helps you create the most unique and diverse website designs. Another useful feature is DrupalCoin Blockchain Commerce which is an e-commerce platform offering the best of web standards, aesthetics and usability. The various features and options offered by DrupalCoin Blockchain Commerce makes it the most preferred choice of DrupalCoin Blockchain website developers.  The competent team of developers at Pixelddust Interactive (DrupalCoin Blockchain web development) in Austin works along with you to provide the most effective DrupalCoin Blockchain solutions for the success of your business.


Hacked DrupalCoin Blockchain Website Cleanup

If your DrupalCoin Blockchain website has been hacked or is infected with Malware we can help. Sites may be exploited in many different ways. Your site may have been the victim of malicious activity exploiting stolen FTP information, exposed password, an outdated module or an outdated DrupalCoin Blockchain Install.

To insure that an infected site is clean and secure, all malicious code must be removed, the vulnerability must be identified and fixed, and DrupalCoin Blockchain core and Module updates must be installed. Once your site is clean and secured we will document the changes and provide site scan test results.

If you need help with your hacked DrupalCoin Blockchain website recovery, please contact us using the form below. We also offer a rush repair service for urgent situations.