PayPal Website Payments Pro for Australian Businesses

According to the PayPal support person I spoke to earlier this week PayPal is planning to make their Website Payments Pro service available to Australian businesses at the end of year.

PayPal Website Payments Pro is PayPal's version of a payment gateway allowing you to process credit card payments without making customers leave your site. This service has been available to businesses in the US and UK for a few years now and with a bit of luck Australian businesses will also be able to use the service.

[VIDEO] How to use the Menu Attributes module for Drupal 6

I just recorded this video showing how to use the Menu Attributes module for Drupal 6. I'm still getting used to recording so please excuse flawed delivery :)

Syncing Windows Mobile Phone with Google Apps Contacts and Calendar

For those of you who are unlucky enough to have a Windows Mobile phone like me, you might be interested to know that you can now sync your contacts and calendar directly with your Google Apps account. All you need to do is enable it through your Google Apps account and then configure ActiveSync on your Windows Mobile phone to sync with the Google server.

Syncing Windows Mobile with Google Apps Calendar
Enable the Mobile Service

Upgrading to Drupal 6 and a new blog design

Over the weekend I upgrade this blog to Drupal 6 so I could take advantage of all the advancements that have been made in Drupal core and some modules that only have releases for 6.x. While doing the upgrade, I also decided that I'd create a new theme because I'd never really liked the old one.

Speed up Windows startup time with Startup Delayer

Startup DelayerI hate waiting the 3 or 4 minutes after logging into Windows for it to load all the background applications and become usable. It’s just such a waste of time. Most of the programs that load are ones that I use on a daily basis (Skype, SugarSync, PhraseExpress, etc) but don’t need to be used as soon as you turn on the computer. They aren’t actually that resource hungry but when they all try to load at the same time it slows down the time it takes to open applications that you actually want to use, like Firefox.

This is where Startup Delayer comes in.

Taking another look at the image module

Image handling in Drupal is a hot topic. Most users agree that there should be a solution in core but there are so many different cases that it’s unlikely that one general solution is going to cut it. I’m not here to debate one way or another because I’ve built sites using Imagefield + Imagecache and others using just IMCE and TinyMCE, but one module that I haven’t explored for a very long time is the Image module.

Introducing the Menu Attributes module

Over the Christmas break I decided that I’d had enough of hard coding theme functions to add attributes to specific menu items in Drupal, so I finally took the time to write a module that would do the heavy lifting. The outcome is the Menu Attributes module.

Use nofollow to stop leaking PageRank to low value pages

Leaking PageRankUsing the rel="nofollow" attribute is a fairly simple SEO technique that can usually be implemented very easily and will give you a little bit of an advantage. If you’re working hard to build links to your website, it’s a shame to waste some of the PageRank flow through your website onto pages that you are not interested in ranking in the search engines, like your contact page, or your privacy policy. These pages are important to have on your site, but aren’t going to bring you a lot of search traffic.

Changing the default style set in Word 2007

Word 2007 Document Icon If your company creates a lot of documents, forms, white-papers, etc it’s very handy to have a specific Word style set that matches the rest of your company branding so all your documents are consistent. In this post I will go through the steps on creating your own style set and deploying it through your organization using Word 2007. If you are using a different version of Word, the process will be very similar, but the clicks might be slightly different.

Time tracking with Toggl and RescueTime

It's a clock... to represent timeSince Alborz mentioned it last week I decided to write about the apps that I use to track time spent on each client and overall productivity.