links for 2009-07-31

  • This module allows you to create nodes within a CCK node reference field, and edit and delete them in place. Fields from the referenced node are displayed as the node reference field widget; if you are using a multi-value node reference field, this allows you to "add another item" and use the referenced nodes as a repeatable fieldset. Inline Nodereferences can help you separate pieces of your data model that are not necessarily conceptually separate for your end users.
    (tags: drupal module cck)

links for 2009-07-30

Blackboard Loses Patent Appeal, Again.

A federal appeals court has found all 38 of Blackboard Inc.’s contested patent claims to be invalid in ongoing litigation between the D.C.-based education software company and its Canadian competitor, Desire2Learn Inc.

This is the second time in the course of the three-year lawsuit that courts have poked major holes in Blackboard’s patent.

“Blackboard is obviously disappointed with the Federal Circuit’s decision and will seek further judicial review,” said Matthew Small, chief business officer for Blackboard (NASDAQ:BBBB). “Meanwhile, claims 39-44 of the 138 patent remain valid and enforceable. These claims were not at issue in the appeal.”

via Court rules against Blackboard in patent case – Washington Business Journal: .

Full text of the decision is here (PDF).

Barnes & Noble to Offer Free AT&T WiFi At All Stores

A week after announcing that it was starting its own electronic bookstore, Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest chain of bookstores, said it would be offering free Wi-Fi in all 777 of its stores throughout the United States.
This seems like a really good idea for B&N, a way to lure folks into the store. The article notes that the service will be used to push various ads and offers to visitors on an opt-in basis.

links for 2009-07-28

  • Fancy Login adds javascript based, lightbox-style login functionality to your site. When the user clicks on any link that links to /user/login, they screen dims and a login box is created in the center of the screen.
  • Atom is an XML specification that identifies information contained in a Web site. Using Atom, Web developers produce feeds that enable other Web developers (or consumers who use feed readers) to quickly locate and view information of interest on a remote site. Think of it as a Web site's index, available to anyone who wants it. Using PHP, a popular language of choice for most host providers, a Web developer can easily produce an Atom feed that can then be made available to the various feed readers and other Web developers. The ultimate result is a state-of-the-art information solution that enables the Web content to reach a much wider audience.
  • This module provides a Drupal interface to use the W3C Markup Validator.

    It also provides a module that validates all the pages on your site and stores the results for later review.

    Currently the module only validate nodes and views (page displays) but it's planed to expand it to validate more page types.

    (tags: drupal module w3c)
  • This module loads and manages OpenSecrets bulk data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

links for 2009-07-25

  • The Link Resolver Module provides Drupal with a local mechanism to add and maintain institutional link resolver data (institution name, resolver url, etc). Data can be added manually but is also "automagically" captured via the WorldCat OpenURL Gateway IP lookup service as users visit your site, imported en masse via CVS (a default list is included in the module) or added via a WorldCat Registry Institutional ID lookup.
    (tags: drupal module)

6 More GA Banks Fail, 16 So Far in 09, 64 Nationwide

Regulators on Friday shut six banks in Georgia and a small bank in New York state, raising to 64 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of the banks: six bank subsidiaries of Security Bank Corp., based in Macon, Ga.; and Waterford Village Bank of Clarence, N.Y.
The six Security banks had a total of 20 branches, which will reopen during normal business hours starting Saturday as branches of State Bank and Trust, the FDIC said.
They are: Security Bank of Bibb County, based in Macon; Security Bank of Houston County, based in Perry; Security Bank of Jones County, based in Gray; Security Bank of Gwinnett County, based in Suwanee; Security Bank of North Metro, based in Woodstock; and Security Bank of North Fulton, based in Alpharetta.

via 6 More Georgia Banks Shut Down – News Story – WSB Atlanta.

The only thing that surprises me is that we haven’t seen any actual runs on the banks.

links for 2009-07-24

  • Gigya Socialize provides a single API that aggregates authentication and social APIs from Facebook Connect, MySpace ID, Twitter, and OpenID webmail providers including Google, Yahoo, and AOL. The Gigya module for Drupal is fully configurable, requiring little time to install.
  • This module pulls together the techniques Jeff Eaton outlined in to automatically create a simple gallery where each gallery is a node with an embedded view of images that were assigned to that gallery. The module creates the content types, sets up the imagecache presets, creates the default gallery view that is embedded into the gallery nodes by Views Attach, and adds css to make it all look nice.
  • This document shows how RSS 2.0's <cloud> element can be used to connect a small Twitter-like network of people and 140-character status messages.