Drupal 7, Organic Groups, & Forums

I’ve been trying to incorporate Organic Groups with Forums in Drupal 7. What I’m wanting is a private group where group members can post various types of content and also have a private forum for discussion.

OC has changed a bit from Drupal 6. It is now recommended to use Panels as well. I’ve been trying to sort though the various issues and I found this page that outlines the process. I still have a bit of work to do (Forums), but this page is pretty concise. I’ll update this post as I get further.

Here’s the link: http://www.initsix.co.uk/organic-groups-panels-and-views-drupal-7

Is it Time to Switch from Google?

This is from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) concerning the new Google privacy policy:

On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google’s other products. This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more. If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.

via How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google’s New Privacy Policy Takes Effect | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Let me say at the outset that I love Google. I use quite a few Google products. However, this news, well, seems a bit creepy to me. I’ve had web history turned on since 2005 and I found that I’ve had a lot of searches. Sometimes it was even nice to go back through “memory lane” and see what I searched for and when.

There wasn’t anything I wanted to hide in my search history, but this article from EFF did cause me to pause. Then I went and deleted almost seven years of search history. I was a bit sad to do it. Yet, I didn’t want my search history connected to my YouTube account, and my Picaso account, etc., etc., etc.

I don’t know that Google will do anything wrong with the data, it’s just that it seemed…a bit…creepy. To realize that at some point all the dots of data could be connected to create a type of “profile” of who I was, what I liked, etc., just made me feel uneasy.

Started to make me wonder if I should switch from my current search engine, to something different.

Moving Time…

If you found this, then you found the new site. I decided to start hosting my FuzzyThinking blog myself. It has been a good and bad experience. The good is I have full control. I can make changes and I’m not limited by the hosting service. The bad is the hosting service didn’t allow me to ‘export’ any of my posts. I don’t want to go into all the gory details, but it was a real pain to get my older posts (from blogsome) over to this site.

Another thing that was good was the ability to pull in my posts from my very first blog (called Dave’s Place). So I have posts all the way back to my first blog entry in 2002. Through all the pain of moving, I now feel like I have found a home!