Moving Joomla Images

Although there are a variety of ways to upload images to the Joomla backend, and there are system tools to move (mv command) files in a Linux filesystem, it is not always easy to clean up after yourself if you drop an image into the wrong folder.

Right now, working in the Joomla Admin I have had about 3 ways to get to and add "my media"

  • Joomla Media Manager  (under content- media)
  • JCE Editor (under componenets - jce editor -  control panel - file browser)
  • JSN PowerAdmin  (not seeing an interface just now - possibly in their Pro version)
  • ARK Media Editor ( Took a while to install.  - perhaps connected to Ark Editor.  No file moving appears possible -  perhaps is in their Pro version)

None of those, at my last view, would allow me to move a file.  All I couild do is upload a new one and delete an old one.  Technically, that is probably what happens inside a Linux Move command, but in an ideal situation, moving an image should also move the links to that image as well.

Today I started working with Balbooa Joomla Gallery and viola, it is easy to move images.  I expect it will also be easy to move and work with Galleries (which my sites absolutely need some work on just now).  

Best to Access via:  Components - Gallery 

Either Create a New Category or Edit one you have Created  (you can not do this from "Root" nor "All if you have no Categories.

Once you are "in a category" you can then access the Balboa Media Manager - easiest to choose Upload from Folder and start using the ability to manage your files more fluidly.

Granted, it would be nice if this were a bit easier and more intuitive to get to, but once you are there it works well

On the Gallery side it is nice that they build a "shortcode" to put Galleries right into Joomla content - and I could add some here if I actually had made a gallery by now.

The goal with this is to work efficiently and also correctly..  Joomla has some great aspects to it and it is quite extensible, but a considerable amount of time is required in researching, testing, and deciding what you want to work with and how.  If all goes well, this one will be a winner.  Excited for that, and kudo's at first round to Balbooa though certainly it would be nice to have a shortcut to their Media Manager.

I am certain that there are other ways to do this, but more time for aforementioned - researching, testing and deciding will be required.  I can envision a Dropbox connection at least for a raw image organization and feed.  Also a "double check" database to see what images are built in to content and that no damage is done with further massaging of the directory structure.

In the end, efficiency comes from smooth categorization and navigation on both the backend and the frontend.

 

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Recent Work with a VPN router

Recent Work with a VPN router

Sometimes a small project is not so small.  For some reason my Odoo Server does not pass through my Comcast Home system at all well.  Solution was to put a dedicated PC into my office... but, I didn't want to just have RDC available for all comers (who sure came fast).

I remembered that I had a VPN equipped router.  I won't say the model.  Anywy, the company who made it was aquired and the aquiring company, as they are want to do, killed most support links about the router.  Turns out there were several other routers that used the same software for access, and yes, I got it too work.  Honestly, I think it is just a small step in security, not a big one.

In the end I was able to get the correct VPN client by simply downloading the off of a link to a later, still supported router from the company.  The client is no where as nice as OPENVPN for granularity, but it does work.  

I also found that "NOIP"  (https://noip.com) provides a functional way to address a dynamically assigned IP address.  There are a few other ways but this was the most direct and within the budget.

Things are working for now despite the EOL from the router builders new owner.  

I had mentioned in the earlier version of this post that it might be interesting to rewirte the firmware to the Router, and get it working as a OPENVPN router.  That remains interesting but likely easier to do that with some other hardware and software.

EOL is one of the LEAST SUSTAINABLE parts of IT and I do not like the planned obsolesence which rules the industry.

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Systems under the skin of TKL

Systems under the skin of TKL

Dissecting and understanding a build process is complicated.  It is very nice to be able to look under the skin from time to tim.

At present I am needing to adjust approaches as past ways of adapting have been left by the road (not by me).  Studying a bit about what takes place in alternative builds that I may adapt to is an approach that I need to take.

Turnkeylinux is built from 2 sets os structures.  What goes out, their "apps" are prebuilt systems.
Inside of each app though are many and various components.

https://github.com/turnkeylinux-apps/

https://github.com/turnkeylinux/fab  (the component sets)

consists of 68 Repositories at present, including...

https://github.com/turnkeylinux/fab

https://github.com/turnkeylinux/buildtasks

https://github.com/turnkeylinux/inithooks

https://github.com/turnkeylinux/buildroot

https://github.com/turnkeylinux/turnkey-paths

and many more.

TKLDEV is a good way to start to understand the process as TKLDEV will build new APPS and the process can be tracked.  Still following it is complicated.

This is left here as a study note to come back to.

A good entry point to Turnkeylinux is of on their "Help Sought" page"

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MageBridge removed as well

MageBridge removed as well

Looking back at my notes, I started working with Magebridge (from Yireo) in at least 2013 and perhaps earlier.

It was a great idea fraught with difficulties.  Its purpose was to bridge Magento into Joomla

Magebridge discontinued by Yireo a few years ago now, but on my side I just disabled it.  Yireo discontinued because of the forthcoming Magento 2 and all the changes there.  I am not convinced it could not have been brought forward, but I think the greater issue was the extreme complication the program was itself.

Today, I gave it one last try.  Nope...  no go.  And now I am free.

Everything has been removed (uninstalled yes) including Compnents, Plugins, Packages, Libraries, Menu Items, Modules etc etc etc.  As the attempt also disabled the Magento server I also have a full restore running there as well (to last night's state).  I will likely kill the Magento server next.  Also not worth the hassle.

The site is fast.  I did resurrect for the time being Dynamic404 from Yireo (Yireo has gone away from all things Joomla).  It seems to have some good rerouting and be able to redirect what it cannot find in the overt redirection tables (lets see how that goes).

This is not, of course, big news, but it is news about Old and New.  I have long wanted everything to stay functioning, but sometimes we have to clear the decks...  They are clear now and we won't try that again.  (I log that I spent almost 4 hours on this attempt this morning).

And so it goes.

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Magento Sunset

Magento Sunset

I have been running Magento since about 2012 with 1.3x in my memory bank. Up to 1.9x now and really just using Magento as a repository now.

Magento 2.x (2.3x to be precise) is here.  It does not work, at present, with this CMS system so I have a linkage taking place through Filemaker from J2Store to Magento and by extension to Odoo.

I will quite likely just take the Magento system down.  It will not be supported with updates after this coming June and the time investment of getting 2.x running and keeping it running does not seem available just now).  We will see.

Anyway, for now, I am going to start redirecting the URL's to land into this system.  Lets see what a pain that becomes.  Likely worth the effort but also perhaps now.

Sad, but Magento was aquired by Adobe and like Odoo, they are making it more and more difficult to use it as a Open Source software.  Not that either are impossible, but the reigns are steering the team towards privation.

Somewhat the nature of things these days I will say.

All good software, just a bit too time intensive.

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Magento - Odoo - OCA Connector

Magento - Odoo - OCA Connector

This is a very functional system which brings the ability to work the "backend" of Magento by actually building and purchasing items you sell,

  • Functionally you get all of the aspects of Odoo, including CRM, Product Management and more
  • You also get the great E-Commerce capabilities of Magento, and its increditble extensability.

(to do:  more detail)

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