Taking a look at Drupal’s People management

I set up Drupal 8 earlier this week to kick the tires and get a better understanding of how it differs from WordPress. For starters it provides granular user controls. I imagine this could be a killer feature for anyone setting up an elaborate subscription site where various levels of users are granted additional access.

Drupal 8 People
Hmm, I think we’re gonna need more options.

Custom Roles

As a WordPress user I’m a little jealous of how easy it is to create, edit and modify user roles. I could see myself wanting to allow certain users the ability to edit their own menus in WordPress. Drupal allows that function without additional modules.

Drupal 8 Custom Roles
Easy User management for the win!

Hmm. I’m going to have to keep digging and see what other surprises I find.

Work & Productivityimage

90’s era Staedtler Mars-780 lead holder

Found this old friend while sorting through some old art supplies in my home office last night.

Probably purchased it between late ’96 and ’98 for a drafting course. Staedtler makes their carbon lead for this ranging from 4H to 4B and I forgot how much I loved sketching with this thing.

At closer inspection I rember the time it spent some time sitting in an ink spill in an old ‘Art Box.’

Desktop & Wallpaper

Creating a simple Pomodoro timer for i3

A terminal based Pomodoro coountdown doesn’t appear to exist but can be created simply in i3’s config file.

It requires the following packages to enable “notify-send” which is a simple gtk popup notification.

  • libnotify-bin
  • libnotify4

# Pomodoro start and end notifications
bindsym $mod+Control+p exec notify-send --icon=gtk-info Pomodoro "Focus for 25 minutes" && sleep 2500 && notify-send --icon=gtk-info Pomodoro "Take a 5 minute break"

This quick notification will dismiss itself in a few seconds, if you blink you may miss it.

As an alternative I’m also considering adding my bash command to lock the system and force that me to at least put in my password to continue.