Ticker Tape News for Drupal 7

The "marquee" element was originally designed by Microsoft for early versions of Internet Explorer. Rather like Netscape's "blink" element, it is usually thoroughly unloved by web developers, for being proprietory, non-standard, causing usability problems, and is distracting to other content. It is considered deprecated by the W3C and not advised for use in any HTML documents.

MATLAB X-Forwarding, Command Line, and PBS Scripts

Recently it has been noticed that MATLAB bench suite fails when forwarding (by "fails" I mean the applications dies horribly) OpenGL commands. This is not a problem unique to MATLAB, but rather to a range of applications, however there is a simple workaround. My experience is that this a fairly recent problem too, so I shake my fist in futility at certain video card manufacturers who harming scientific research, dammit.

Events and Registration in Drupal 7

One of the more interesting experiences with Drupal version upgrades is the discovery that your favourite third party module is no longer available, or is not ready yet for a production service. This is particularly the case when you're not the person managing the upgrade process. Or better still, you are managing it now, because the first attempt wasn't managed, as such.

OpenFOAM Cluster install with GCC and OpenMPI

OpenFOAM (Open Field Operationa and Manipulation) is a computational fluid dynamics toolbox which simulates "anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics, electromagnetics and the pricing of financial options." All this and free and open source as well.

Note that this installation instructions are substantially different to the version 1.5 install instructions.

Changing List Owners (and much more) in Mailman

Recently a staff member left the business for an extended holiday and beyond (congratulations). He was however the owner and moderator of almost fifty Mailman mailing lists. This would take "a while" if one had to change the ownerships manually on the Mailman web interface. Strangely, there seemed to no obvious command-line tool in the Mailman /bin directory.

Removing a Book from Drupal

The Drupal "Book" module is pretty awesome is you want to create structured content of any type which is very common. Removing or re-ordering a page from a book is pleasantly easy; simply select outline on the child-page and the options are there.

But what if you want to remove the top-level page from the book? Well, in what constitutes a slight failing of the Drupal module, the normal method simply isn't available, although there has been some valiant efforts to patch the problem.

FFTW Installation with Intel, PGI, and GCC compilers

"Fastest Fourier Transform in the West" (FFTW) is a C subroutine library for computing the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) in one or more dimensions, of arbitrary input size, and of both real and complex data (as well as of even/odd data, i.e. the discrete cosine/sine transforms or DCT/DST).

Search box (etc) Positioning in Drupal7

It is not uncommon for front-end designers (the polite phrase to use when people say what a website should look like and don't doing any coding themselves) ask for a search box or similar elements to be located outside the standard blocks in Drupal. Without some background knowledge, this can be somewhat frustrating.

VASP 5.2 With Intel Compilers on 64-bit AMD Opteron Cluster CentOS Linux

VASP With Intel Compilers on 64-bit AMD Opteron Cluster CentOS Linux

Whilst the Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package is a popular scientific application among those who like to engage in such things previous comments relating to licensing and installation still largely apply. A new version of VASP has been released resulting in great rejoicing.