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Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 13

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

0This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we hosted the St. Louis Drupal Users group for the first of many planning meetings for 2016 Drupal Camp St. Louis. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information about the event that will be happening this Fall. To get involved, visit the DrupalSTL Meetup Page.

Members of Spry will be representing the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference from May 23-27, so make sure you visit us at the Drupal table in-between the excellent sessions scheduled throughout the week.

Web Design & Development

Ensure that the website you’re designing meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines with these helpful tips.

The Spry team is a fan of Zurb’s Foundation tools as we’ve discussed previously. This week, we had the opportunity to hear from the Zurb team and ask them questions about their products in the form of an AMA.

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Rep your favorite brands in programming and development tools with three free dev stickers.

Developers can sign-up for the Safari Technology Preview to get early glimpses into future browser and Webkit application releases.

To much applause, Microsoft has announced that Bash, the Linux command line, is finally coming to Windows.

Misc.

The FBI officially dropped their headline case against Apple. Now the tables have turned, as Apple is demanding that the agency reveals how they hacked the San Bernardino iPhone.

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Find out how Google caused a panic among users with this year’s April Fools Day joke, Google Mic Drop (that’s already been disabled).

Just when you thought Microsoft had learned its lesson after last week’s gaff with their Twitter AI, Tay, the company once again had to shut off the A.I. after it got stuck talking to itself.

There’s no excuse not to make your photos look great, as Google has announced that their photo editing software, the seven plugin Nik Collection, is now free.

Dig into the roots and legacy of the blues at the grand opening of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis this weekend.


 

Stay safe out there during the rest of April Fools Day and don’t forget to stop by next week for more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 12

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we hosted St. Louis DevOps monthly meetup. The topic (presented by Spry partner Julia Koelsch) was Ansible. If you want to get in on this meetup, you can join the group here.

The Web & Apps

Compare and shop for TV, internet, and phone services, starting with Comcast, in the new Amazon Cable Store.

For the time-crunched bookworms out there, check out Serial Reader, a new iOS app with huge educational potential, that serves up bits and pieces of classic literature.

Design

See what the world’s top architecture firms created when The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago sent them each 1,200 white legos for their newest exhibit.

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Since the 1940’s, Batman and Superman movies have had one iconic poster after another. Take a look back at some of the classics and see what The Poster Boys have come up with for Batman vs. Superman.

Web Design & Development

The Accessibility Team and WordPress are combining forces, announcing a set of Accessibility Coding Standards for all new or updated code releases.

Make your life significantly easier with these dirty tricks for front-end developers.

While on the topic of front-end, head over to Sitepoint to learn more about cleaning up a CSS codebase.

Misc.

Discover which Irish novel was so good that people have been afraid of translating it for almost 70 years, until now.

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The third full week of March saw the unfortunate passing of two revolutionary minds. Andy Grove (79), former CEO of the tech giant Intel, left his mark world as one of the integral pioneers of the personal computer, while Malik Taylor (45), also known as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, brought a social consciousness to hip-hop and helped shape the world of music as we know it.

Get in the mood for Easter with these hilariously anthropomorphic pictures of Peeps.

Not all Easter bunnies cute and cuddly, something clearly portrayed in a new Tumblr feed titled Sketchy Bunnies.


Enjoy the holiday weekend and don’t forget to fly by next week for more buzz around the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 11

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This past Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ Arts Marketers event, where we presented SEO strategies and tactics for content producers and website administrators that work for the Arts. We always enjoy sharing ideas with this group, so we can’t wait for the next one! Also, be sure to check out Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ new website, a Drupal site designed and built by Spry Digital that includes a new crowdfunding portal.

While CiviDay, an annual, international celebration of all things CiviCRM, was originally February 24th, our local meetup was, unfortunately, postponed due to snow. The key word is “postponed”, though, as we are hosting a virtual CiviDay Makeup Meetup over lunch next week!

Artificial Intelligence

Find out what happened when the Google-owned Deepmind AlphaGo AI went head to head with the greatest Go player in the world.

UX Design / Prototyping

Adobe’s program for designing and prototyping websites and applications was recently re-branded as Adobe Experience Design (XD).

Looking to compete with Adobe XD, Invision has purchased Sketch’s prototyping plugin Silver Flows.

Web Design & Development

Government webpages are becoming significantly easier to create and navigate with the help of CivicActions, which is now available on Drupal.

Learn more about using Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project on your next WordPress website.

Ecommerce for WordPress just took a major step forward as you can now use Shopfiy for WordPress.

As if there were already enough reasons to secure your servers and website, research has shown that hacked sites suffer long term SEO penalties.

Misc

Managing the images on your social media profiles just got a whole lot easier with Landscape by Sprout Social.

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Posted by Fantasy on Monday, March 14, 2016

There are times when you need something to that makes your presentation unique and easy to understand. So, why not have kids present your work?

Discover what’s so great about the Department of the Treasury’s DATA Act, a money tracking program that spurned out of the continuous push for increasing transparency in government,


That’s a wrap for Week 11 of 2016. Join us next Friday for more from the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 10

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The first full week of March saw some big news coming out of the tech giants like Microsoft and Google. So, catch up on everything you missed in this week’s Spry Hive!

The Web

Can Chris Poole save Google+? Hoping to revitalize their social efforts, Google has hired Chris Poole, the founder and developer of the popular online community 4chan.

Music

Learning about and visualizing music just got a lot easier and more convenient with Chrome Music Lab.

See Martin Molin bring his music to life with the fascinating Wintergatan Marble Machine.

Adding to the list of fallen stars in 2016, it was announced with much sorrow that the Beatles “fifth-member”, producer George Martin, has passed away this week.

Open Source Technology

Access to data may equal access to opportunity! Attempting to aid both families and communities, the White House has launched a program that provides access to local and federal data called the Opportunity Project.

Microsoft is evidently opening it’s front doors to the open source community, announcing that SQL server will now run on Linux.

The Getty Research Institute knows a thing or two about the obstacles of collaboration, which is why they’ve built a single platform to simplify the processes of communicating and file sharing called Getty Scholar’s Workshop.

Web Development and Design

Express yourself with emojis and code at the same time with Emojicode.

Version control your designs with ease using the new Git Sketch Plugin.

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RIP Drupal 6. After seven years of success, Drupal 6 has finally been laid to rest. Find out what that means for sites still using D6 and how to plan your migration.

Still need convincing for making the jump to the latest Drupal release? Explore the various ways Drupal 8 makes things easier with Configuration Management.

Misc

Secret societies have been a topic of history and legend for as long as society itself, so sate your imagination with this inside look at San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup.

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Eating chocolate makes you smarter! Ever since it’s discovery, humans have been trying to justify their love for chocolate. Well, after 40 years of dedicated research, we now know the magical effects chocolate has on the brain.


That concludes another week of the Spry Hive. Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward this Sunday and stop by next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 9

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

With the Primaries commanding the headlines, it’s never a bad idea to take some time to catch up on all the new you may have missed throughout the week. That’s where the Spry Hive comes in, so sit back and enjoy!

The Web

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Show someone how you really feel about their status with the new Facebook reaction buttons.

Design

The futura font is getting a lot of use these days, so mix things up with these 10 alternatives.

Cyber Security

Evidently, after 724,000 Americans had their data stolen during a cyberattack on the IRS in 2015, the IRS failed to upgrade their systems and the same data was hacked again.

It was also announced this past week that there is a major vulnerability in internet security called the DROWN Attack. Here is a list of the most popular sites affected by the weakness.

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On the bright side, companies like Google are still looking out for internet users everywhere, developing protective measures like Project Shield.

Web Development & Design

Put your Angular skills to the test with the 48-hour, online hackathon known as Angular Attack.

While not fully supported by all browsers (IE 10 and below), here are 6 good reasons to start using Flexbox

Let’s look at design systems like a living, changing product instead of a project with end.

Misc.

How long would it take you to bring society to a screeching halt? Find out with Collapse, a quick, interactive introduction to Ubisoft’s new game title The Division.

We got an “extra day” this month on Monday, February 29th! If the calendar never shifted we would be in the heat of summer (next year) right now. See what happens to the calendar
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Nostalgia has been a driving force of the movie industry for quite awhile now, and this is more present than ever with the announcement of Nikelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple movie and the reboot of Ghostbusters.

Ever dreamed of owning a military grade flamethrower? Well, now you can for just $1,600!

From time to time brevity can describe an experience more powerfully and clearly than a paragraph, essay, or entire book. The University of Pennsylvania provides a beautiful example of this with their collection of Six Word Memoirs.


Well, that’s all for this week, folks. Enjoy the first weekend of March and don’t forget to stop by the Hive again next Friday.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 8

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The final week of February saw a handful of developments in technology alongside a plethora of news from the web development industry. So, dive into this week’s news with another exciting Spry Hive!

Apps

The wishes & dreams of millions have finally become a reality as the navigation app Waze will allow you to receive directions from Morgan Freeman.

Web Development & Design

The saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover,” applies to more than just paperbacks and hardcovers. For example, while studies show that women tend to produce better computer code, their work is less often approved when the public knows they are female.

Robots don’t only exist in the physical world. Find out how and why graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are finally being replaced by bots on Slack, Facebook, and SMS.

Jump on Google’s newest mobile-bandwagon by enabling Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on your WordPress site.

Software fixes can sometime lead to more problems than they solved. That’s because software maintenance is an anti-pattern that desperately needs more attention.

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Bring your code to life and get a better idea of how unique each piece of code truly is with Codeology.

Are you familiar with SASS? Well, you may recognize more of the features in ES2015 than you first thought.

Skip the constant bouncing back-and-forth between applications and prototype your design in Sketch with Silver.

Tech

Keeping up with the ever-changing computer industry can be quite the chore, but blogger Chris Dixon just made it a little easier with a comprehensive overview of what’s next in computing.

While the video game industry has already begun dabbling in virtual-reality and 3D scanning, Sword Art Online: The Beginning may be the first to combine these technologies with IBM’s supercomputer, Watson.

Boston Dynamics released a new video this week, announcing the newest version of Atlas and demonstrating the robot’s ability to navigate and manipulate objects.

Misc.

Cable cutters took a huge step forward this week as the FCC proposed that cable companies should allow people to access your favorite channels via devices like Apple TV, the Roku Box, or Amazon Fire.

Wish starting a business was easier? Most people agree, which is why Stripe Atlas launched a service that helps you easily incorporate your business, open a bank account, receive payments, and get legal advice.


And like that, February is now behind us as we push towards Spring. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 7

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While Apple and the FBI commanded the headlines this week, there was also plenty of exciting news for web developers & designers. Find out for yourself with another week of the Spry Hive!

Tech

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, released a letter to the company’s customers, challenging the FBI’s request for a security crippling backdoor on iPhones following the San Bernardino case. Then the ever eccentric John McAfee provided his own criticism of the FBI, saying he could unlock the phone in 3 weeks or he would eat his own shoe.

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Researchers at Southamton University have upped the ante on long term data storage, announcing that their slivers of 5D quartz glass can hold 360 terabytes for 14 billion years.

Apps

Quartz has released its first new app, exclusive to iPhones, that feeds you the news through conversational texting.

The Web

Evidently, security experts have discovered a bug in the GNU C Library, an important building block of the internet, that has left apps & devices vulnerable for the past 7 years.

Design

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Paris officials, with the help of the creative team Dragon Rouge, announced their bid to host the 2024 Olympics in style this week, fronting the effort with an abstract and beautiful logo for the city.

Web Development & Design

A big update is coming for iTerm 2, a terminal replacement app for Macs. Some of the new features we’re looking forward to are automatic profile switching, session restoration, and a new “flat” look.

Mule Design’s director of research, Erika Hall, recently spoke at Creative Mornings about digital writing. Bottom line? Derive your content from real conversations.

Echoing the sentiment of many, Lubos Kmetko from XFive as spelled out why you should stop supporting IE8, IE9, and IE10.

For the first time since 1999, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is receiving an update. Make sure you’re ready for HTTP/2.

Misc.

If you were following the historic flooding that hit Missouri this winter, you may be interested to learn that researchers are calling it a manmade calamity.

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Die hard Star Wars fans have begun rejoicing after a group called Team Negative announce the discovery, recovery, and release of an original 35mm print of A New Hope.

Renato Bialetti is well known as Italy’s ‘coffee king’ for his popularization of the octagonal coffee pot. Following the 93-year-old’s final days, his children thought it’d be fitting to place his ashes inside one of his famous pots.


Well, that wraps up another week of intriguing and exciting news. Enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 6

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Between a thrilling Harry Potter announcement and various other updates and breakthroughs, the sixth week of 2016 produced plenty to talk about. So, without further adieu, here’s your weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

The Web

POTUS has a difficult job that requires thoughtful consideration about a variety of issues. One of those issues is now password security.

Most people know Yeezy has plenty of absurdly hilarious quotes out there. Well, put them to good use by bombarding your friends with Kanye Text.

Design

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In their attempt to propel us into the future, NASA has recently released three absolutely stunning posters dedicated to space travel.

Apps

Instagram’s latest update on iOS and Android finally allows users to switch between accounts without logging in and out.

Mac users will be delighted to hear that you can now use virtual reality to view your desktop.

Web Development & Design

You can never have enough music for when you’re coding, so don’t miss out on this playlist curated for programmers.

Tired of the same old Lorem Ipsum when developing your websites? Switch over to Post Rationalism Ipsum!

While vector editing tools have been a cornerstone of digital design for over two decades now, the company Figma felt that the mechanisms behind creating and editing vectors were becoming archaic. That’s when they came up with Vector Networks.

Building a truly beautiful email has never been easy, especially when trying to make it responsive too. MJML took up the challenge, though, and just made responsive emails easy.

When it comes to image manipulation, Una Kravets explains how CSS’ lack of per-channel manipulation really holds it back alongside how one uses SVG to truly gain control over color.

Misc.

The Star Wars themed dance album you never knew you were waiting for, featuring Rick Rubin, Flying Lotus, and many others, has been officially sanctioned by the brand’s owners.

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Harry Potter fans were ecstatic this week as the world-renowned author J.K. Rowling announced the release date of an 8th book, The Cursed Child.

The scientific community was probably the only group of people happier than Harry Potter fans this week. For the first time ever, scientists with the Ligo Collaboration have found proof of gravitational waves.


With the conclusion of this week’s Spry Hive, we all have plenty of reasons to be excited about the future. Don’t forget to stop by next week for more!

CiviCRM Tips: Applying a Discount Code After Event Registration

Posted by Sheila Burkett & filed under CiviTips.

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Besides offering a plethora of donor and contact management tools for organizations, CiviCRM is also a great solution for organizations who wish to have event registration on their site. One of the features of CiviEvent, a collection of event management tools for CiviCRM, is that it provides the ability to offer a discount code to your audience at the time of registration.

While this feature makes it easy for your registrants to apply their own coupon code, sometimes they forget, in which case it’s up to administrators to apply the code. Since this isn’t something we do all of the time, it is difficult to remember the steps on how to apply the discount correctly.

These steps assume you have Event Discount turned on in CiviCRM.

 

Step 1:

Search for the participant’s Contact Record. I personally use the search field in the top left corner, but you can find the contact record in many ways.

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Step 2:

Click on the EVENTS tab.

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NOTE: We have a client where we have renamed events to be registrations. If you can’t find Events, it could have be renamed to something else.

 

Step 3:

View their event registration.

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Step 4:

Under EVENT TOTAL, you will see Change Selections. This is tricky to find as it is in the middle of the page.

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Step 5:

Click the Change Selections option. If you have DISCOUNTS turned on for this event, you will see the Discount option.

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NOTE: If you don’t see the option for discounts and you have discounts turned on, then you need to make sure that the event discount code is configured correctly.

 

Step 6:

Enter the discount code and hit APPLY. That will apply the discount.

 

Step 7:

Be sure to hit SAVE after you have applied the discount.
The participant’s contribution record will now correctly show the correct amount that should be paid for the event. If they have already paid, then you will need to refund the participant manually or give them a discount on a further event.

 


CiviCRM is a free, open source web CRM solution that integrates with your Drupal, Joomla and WordPress CMS. Visit CiviCRM.org to learn more and to see how Spry Digital helps clients use CiviCRM.

Are you in St. Louis and want to learn more about CiviCRM and interact with direct users? Register for 2016 CiviDay for free!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 5

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

We’ve finally made it back around to another Friday, and the upcoming weekend is extra special! Before jumping into the Mardi Gras celebrations and festivities for the “Big Game”, relax and enjoy the past week’s biggest news!

The “Big Game”

Need some last minute ideas for creating the perfect party dish this Sunday? Check out these insane snack recipes.

While watching Denver & Carolina duke it out this Sunday, follow the action with Geckoboard and get stats on everything from social media hype & trends to advertisement returns.

While the long-awaited “Big Game” means the end of another long football season, no season is truly complete without a brilliant NFL edition of bad lip readings.

Apps

Looking for the next big thing in B2B marketing? According to Gary Vanderchuck, don’t be surprised if you see more and more businesses taking advantage of Snapchat as the app & it’s crowd begins to age & mature.

Tired of your Android smartphone dying before the end of the day? Evidently, by simply uninstalling the Facebook app, you can save up to 20% of your battery life.

Design

Over the year or two, Uber has successfully made a place for itself in the transportation market. Celebrating and solidifying its newfound staying power, the company has created and rolled out their new logo & identity.

No two brains are identical, thus there is no single design that caters to every human. So, be sure you learn up on how to design for autism.

Web Development & Design

Skip the headache of constantly searching for digital ad sizes for each platform with the one-stop-shop, Adsvise.

Catch up on everything CiviCRM related with the recently released video sessions from CiviCon London 2015.

For those who are curious, Ashley Nolan has outlined both how to use and the benefits of using Sass with PostCSS.

Understanding Git is an integral part of digital development, so home in on your skills with Git for Humans by David Demaree. Don’t stop there, though. He has also written an extraordinarily helpful piece on the benefits and art of crafting the commit.

Misc.

Directors Nick DenBoer & Davy Force will be showing their newest short-film, The Chickening, a masterfully remix of the Stanley Kubrick classic, the Shining, at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. BEWARE: The video is both mind-blowingly bizarre and NSFW (not-safe-for-work). You have been warned.

Taking a shot at Hollywood’s terrible portrayal of the Boston accent, as well as the accent itself, Late Night with SNL’s Seth Meyers released a brilliantly hilarious (and fake) trailer of Boston Accent.

Holding onto one of the oldest traditions and celebrations in the US, people flocked to Pennsylvania this week in search of meteorological prophecies from the ever popular Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day.


So, with the promise of an early spring and plenty of delicious takeaways this week, enjoy the weekend of celebrations!