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If you start getting template errors (specifically with JoomlaArt templates) like the one below, just replace the lines of code listed below. I've noticed this happen on JA_Fagus and JA_Purity... although I think JA_Purity was fixed in the 1.5.6 Joomla packages.

Fatal error: Call to a member function getItems() on a non-object in /***/templates/ja_***/ja_menus/Base.class.php on line ***. 

Open up the file that has the error in it and look for the following line:

$menu = @JMenu :: getInstance(); 

And replace it with:

$menu = &JSite::getMenu(); 

Today is my (Josh Lyon) birthday and the interns did their individual final presentations today. 3 of the 8 interns were working for me on on a new platform that we will be rolling out to customers in the near future and all their presentations were awesome. We had a great group of kids this year and I was really happy to be involved with the program this year. I learned a lot about my management style and they all taught me a thing or two. My best child-hood friend's (Travis') mom is taking me out for dinner tonight, so I don't have time to make a big blog post, but I wanted to make sure I posted this up.

The photos from the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour in Colorado have been posted. Aaron (my brother-in-law) took about 150 pictures, but I posted the ones I liked best. It was fun getting to go through the tour and see the beer brewing process, but the best part was at the end where we got to taste the beer (2 beers / person). I tried their version of a Guiness as well as a beer called the Harbin.

We also got to see the Clydesdale's after the tour. The horses are HUGE and were really excited to see us - think "red rocket" like a dog or "now I know why they say 'hung like a horse'!" I saw a lot of pumps and valves throughout the plant but never asked who made the pumps (eg. if they were Flowserve's). Click the image below to view the pictures:

Brewery Tour

I got tired of having to click through the tabs in Joomla 1.0.x to change my publishing state from unpublished to published and check the show on frontpage item everytime I posted a new article. That being said, I did a little research and figured out how to change the default settings. It requires you to modify the core joomla code, so if you patch your site to a new joomla version and they replace the file you will have to reapply this patch.  All you have to do is open the /components/com_content/content.php file and look for the $row->state variable in the editItem() function. By default it is set to 0 and you will want to change it to 1.

The $row->state variable will change the default publishing status. 0 being unpublished and 1 being published.

The $row->frontpage variable will change the default status for whether or not an item will show up on the frontpage. 0 means it will not show up on the frontpage and 1 means it will show up on the frontpage.

In my content.php file, the $row->state variable was on line 1,843 - but this may vary for you depending on the version of Joomla you are running.

I've uploaded some of the pictures from the visit to my parents house in Loveland, Colorado. We went hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park and went White Water rafting on a Wanderlust Adventure down the Poudre river. Click on the links below to check out the albums.  Also, remember that I now have two slideshow options in my gallery. You can view a full-screen slideshow from the root of each gallery (eg. where you are looking at all the picture thumbnails) and a regular slideshow as well.

RockyMountainNationalParkWanderlust White Water Rafting

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