Allow images in ckeditor in Drupal to be styled

By default CKEditor applies dimension styling directly to the image element. This makes it difficult to allow your images to be responsive.

To fix this, install the CKEditor Image module.

cd sites/all/modules

drush dl ckeditor_image

sudo chgrp -R www-data .

In CKEditor settings, under the profile’s Editior appearance, check CKEditor Image and uncheck Enhanced Image Plugin.

Configure simplenews to include css in your newsletters

If you really want to change the way your newsletters appear in email client, you can do so using a custom mail.css file.

In Mail System settings, select the Theme used to render emails.

In that theme’s folder create a mail.css file.


cd /sites/all/themes/adminimal_theme

vi mail.css

h1 {
        background-color: red;
        color : blue;
        font-size: 4em;

Refresh the cache.

Send the newsletter.

Configure simplenews to include images in the newsletter

To include images in the simeplenews newsletter, you can add a Image field to the simplenews content type.

However, this image will be shown in the received email exactly as it appears when you view the newsletter on the site. For instance, the image may appear after the body content as a separate field.

Probably you want the image to appear at a location of your chosing withing the body content.

To do this, add a File field to the simplenews content type. Under Manage display, set it to hidden.

Send HTML newsletters in Drupal 7 with the HTMLMail module

In this corresponding article install Drupal 7.

Then, install the required modules for HTMLMail.

cd sites/all//modules

drush dl mailsystem

drush dl htmlmail

drush dl simplenews

sudo chgrp -R www-data .

Enable the modules and congfiure HTML Mail.

Send a test message with HTML Mail making sure the Text format is Full HTML and the sending class is HTMLMailSystem.

Use Drupal 7 Simplenews to send HTML newsletters with the MimeMail module

Here’s how to send HTML newsletters in Drupal 7 using the Simplenews module in Ubuntu from the ground up. This walk-thru assumes you are working on a laptop and the Drupal webserver is running on a separate VM.

Install Drupal

drush dl drupal-7

Move the resulting drupal-7 directory to its proper location in /var/www and rename as required.

Create a test site in the sites folder.

Recover Eclipse editing session

If Windows crashes while you have a document open in Eclipse, you may find that the contents are cleared when you get back in.

To fix this, locate your workspace.

Then find .metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources/.history/

Sort the folders by date. Find the most recent.

Open the folder contents in an editor like Sublime Text.


Recover SQL Developer editing session

Recently, in Windows 10, SQL Developer locked up and stopped responding. I had spent a couple hours on my really awesome query and I wasn’t sure when I had saved last. Once it has stopped responding, I couldn’t get SQL Developer to save the file.

After a reboot I opened the file in SQL Developer. It was blank. I opened it usign Sublime Text and saw that it contained all zeros.

As it was a new file, I did not have any history in git so there was no opportunity to recover that way.


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