DrupalModules.com Acquired by iO1

It's true, after four years of running DrupalModules.com, I'm moving on.

It's been an interesting ride, to say the least. When I started building the site back in 2007, I knew the idea of combining powerful search tools with user reviews had real potential, but looking back, it's amazing to see just how much impact it had.

To date, DrupalModules.com has served more than 1.8 million people (and 17.5 million page views), according to Google Analytics.

DrupalModules.com stats

Thanks to the thousands of people who submitted reviews, rated modules, reported bugs, and helped spread the word about my little project.

To the thousands of Drupal developers that use the site every day, don't worry, you're in good hands. iO1 has the time and resources to continue bringing innovation to the site, and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.

Thanks to all my sponsors over the years: Acquia, DrupalConnect, AN Hosting, DrupalCon, OSTraining and iCopyright. And a very special thanks to everyone who donated personally. Keeping the site running all these years wouldn't have been possible without you.

Posted by John on 2012-01-30

The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit)

Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time. Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference.

I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read.

PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine.

So, without further ado, here are the Greatest Sci-Fi Books of All Time, ordered by upvote count:

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Posted by John on 2011-09-09

Photoshop Text Effects

Good news for those of you who've been enjoying my layer styles: I've just released an expanded collection of over 1500 Photoshop text effects!

photoshop text effects

This latest update features over 800 new layer styles, and introduces new effects categories like realistic leather and glowing gemstones.

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Posted by John on 2011-07-19

My Startup in Hacker Monthly

My Photoshop effects business was recently featured in a special edition of Hacker Monthly, a digital and print magazine for hackers and startups.

hacker monthly article

The article covers my journey from launching on Drupal.org to making my 100th sale, complete with lessons learned and sales charts.

The digital edition of "Hacker Monthly: Startup Stories" is free to download, and you can check out the original article in HTML form here.

Posted by John on 2011-05-23

How to make an HDTV Antenna

I wanted to watch the IBM Jeopardy Challenge last night, but couldn't find anywhere to stream it online, and I don't have cable. So, I decided to make an antenna for my HDTV.

With only about 30 minutes until the show started, I didn't have time to make one of those fancy wood and coat hanger designs you've probably seen around the internet. I had to make do with just this spool of copper wire and some cardboard.

copper wire spool

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Posted by John on 2011-02-15

A Drupal-Powered Success Story

Photoshop Layer Styles

When I launched my Photoshop layer styles business on the front page of Drupal.org last year, I wasn't sure what to expect. Fast-forward to 2011, and I'm happy to report that business is booming. January brought me my 100th sale, and to celebrate, I'm sharing my revenue numbers with the world.

How I Made My First 100 Sales

Interested in starting your own small business? Find out what worked and what didn't in the full article, How I Made My First 100 Sales.

Posted by John on 2011-01-25