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CiviCRM: “Individual Prefix” field as auto-complete text input:

Note: CiviCRM is a fantastic open-source software package for managing an organization’s contacts, targeted specifically at non-profit organizations. You can learn more about it at

I recently had to modify CiviCRM to support a specific use case for a client. In this project I needed to allow the user to enter anything in the Individual Prefix field, rather than choosing from a list of options. (more…)

Filed under: CiviCRM — Allen Shaw @ 8:45 pm on April 19, 2010
Twitter for Wordpress patch:

I recently found a bug in the very cool Twitter for Wordpress plugin (v.1.9.5), published by Rick over at Rick’s Hideout. Here’s a fix for it, which Rick has already incorporated into the plugin. (more…)

Filed under: Tech — Tags: — Allen Shaw @ 10:48 am on July 21, 2009
Phone Toggler for Google Voice:

Here’s a PHP/curl hack that lets me manage my Google Voice phones easily.

Google Voice is great. One number for all my contacts, and I can answer an incoming call on my cell when I’m out and about, or penny-pinch my minutes by taking it on the office phone when I’m in.  But having an incoming call ring on all phones is not enough for me. (more…)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allen Shaw @ 2:37 pm on July 16, 2009
GoDaddy rejecting tons of false positive spam/virii:

Since I started using GoDaddy to host email for this site, I’ve had several users report several times that mail they send me is being bounced with this message: “554 The message was rejected because it contains prohibited virus or spam content”. I struggled to understand it until I found several articles (here, here, and here, for starters) pointing out that GoDaddy is wrongly blocking mail if it contains links to perfectly legitimate sites.  Obviously this (more…)

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , , — Allen Shaw @ 7:25 am on April 29, 2009
Vodez-better component for Joomla! 1.5 Legacy:

Emir Sakic’s “Vodes” component for Joomla! was just what I needed — almost.  My client needs configurable options without editing code files. I’ve extended Emir’s work into Vodez-better, which adds configurable options for currencies, price packages, and gift credits. GPL 3.0 [Download]

Filed under: Software Releases — Tags: , — Allen Shaw @ 3:09 pm on April 21, 2009

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