David Lohmeyer's Blog

Making Wordpress and Drupal configuration files easier for development and production environments

At last year's Drupalcon in Denver there was an excellent session called Delivering Drupal.  It had to do with the oftentimes painful process of deploying a website to web servers.  This was a huge deep dive session that went into the vast underbelly of devops and production server deployment.  There were a ton of great nuggets and I recommend watching the session recording for serious web developers.

Keeping healthy as a gamer, computer programmer, or someone with a desk job

To begin, I would describe myself as all three of the things in the title of this post.  In the past I’ve struggled with weight and food cravings.  The main problem isn’t usually overeating if you have a sedentary lifestyle, but rather the fact that you aren’t moving, exercising, or eating as well as many others do.  If you’re active, you can usually eat a larger amount of food without gaining weight.

VirtualBox and creating virtual servers for web development

If you've heard of VMWare and virtualization, you might be confused when you visit VMWare and see 100 different products offered.  I know I am.  If you're a web developer and want to easily cut through the noise, use VirtualBox by Oracle.  It's an open source alternative for virtualization and it does pretty much anything you need as a web developer that wants to spin up an environment for testing on your own computer.  It also works on both Windows and Mac computers.

What bread can you eat on a low carb diet?

Good question. Traditional bread can be around 15g of carbs or more per slice.

There are lots of alternatives to bread such as Flatout Light wraps that only have 6g of net carbs.  However, if you want real bread you're going to have to hunt.  If you're ok with ordering online, Julian Bakery specializes in low carb bread.  It's pretty good stuff at only 1g net carb a slice.  However, it's quite expensive.  Plus, you have to pay for shipping.

Hacking primal: How to not feel tired while reducing carbs

While I tend to focus on technology on this blog, I like to branch out a bit and give tips on improving health.  Computer geeks everywhere could most definitely use some healthy advice! I've posted a variety of articles on my low carb experience and losing 60 pounds over the course of 4-5 months, which you can view with the low carb tag of this blog.

Using SASS/Compass on Windows & Mac for CSS web design

If you're a CSS fan like I am, you've no doubt heard of CSS preprocessors such as SASS and LESS already. I see LESS mentioned more often outside of the Rails world, which really shouldn't be the case.  I feel like LESS has more overhead in the site/app itself, and is thus slower.

Low carb day 154: 59 pounds lost and 10 inches off the waist

I've been on low carb for a little over 5 months now. I started out at 235lb and am now at 176lb. In total, I've lost 59 pounds. I started with around a 43-44 inch waist and I now have a 34 inch waist. Here are some of the ridiculous things I've done and eaten on this "diet" (I'd consider my plan a rough guide on what to eat rather than a strict plan):

Font sizing in CSS: em vs. px vs. rem

I've been looking for ways to simplify my CSS development constantly.  I recently made the switch to using Compass/SASS full time in all of my projects due to its simplicity and more importantly the fact that you can create a base template for all of the wild CSS3 effects that require 5 different lines for each browser.

Low carb day 90: 43 pounds lost and my favorite low carb foods

As I mentioned in my December 11 blog post about how I'd lost 30 pounds, I've been dropping weight.  Today (day 90) I'm down 43 pounds total.  I started out at 235 pounds and now sit at 192.  This is nearly the lightest I've been in 13 years (I got down to 190 in high school).  Other than that one time I've been heavier than this since I was about 12 or so.  I've never been able to get rid of the gut, which is now in my sights thanks to low carb.  And it all happened in just 3 months.

Drupal vs. Joomla at ITWorld

ITWorld has a new article up about Joomla vs. Drupal and contains viewpoints of different developers.  I was asked by the author to give some insight on using either CMS so I'm in there around page two.  It's an interesting article because it's not from the perspective of one person and seems to cover many bases.