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  • Goodbye Thunderbird?

    I am saddened by continued reports that support for Mozilla's email client, Thunderbird, continues to diminish. From DesktopLinux: The Mozilla Foundation's press release focused on the Firefox 2.12 security fixes. The Foundation also reported, though, in its MFSA (Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory), that these same bugs had been fixed in the fictitious Thunderbird 2.12... ...Still, it is upsetting that Mozilla reports that these problems have been fixed in a version of…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 11, 2008

  • New Bitrix Site Manager CMS v6.5: Web 2.0 style

    Bitrix, Inc. is proud to announce the release of Bitrix Site Manager CMS V6.5, a new version filled with marvelous enhancements and new leading-edge features, including Web 2.0 tools, site wizards, Web services, photo gallery and other utilities. Bitrix Site Manager is a Web content management system that provides stable functionality and security, and promotes cost-effective growth of clients’ Internet projects. “The new version of Bitrix Site Manager now implements technologies which make…

    By bitrix
    Posted February 11, 2008

  • Another weekend with Drupal 6

    Yesterday evening, I spent about two hours updating my site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 RC 4 for another weekend test at my site. About 30 minutes was spent backing up the site and installing Drupal 6. The rest of my time was spent with tweaking things via Drupal's admin menus as well as looking at the contributed modules and themes available for D6. I'm currently using the Salamander theme and only two contributed modules, Image and CAPTCHA. I also spent some time placing snippets of PHP code…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 09, 2008

  • LCMS ATutor 1.6 released

    Recieved an e-mail a couple days ago from ATutor.ca that that there is a new version of ATutor available, version 1.6. ATutor is an open source learning content management system (LCMS or sometimes just LMS). As the project describest, with Atutor "educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute Web-based instructional content, easily import prepackaged content, and conduct their courses online. Students learn in an adaptive learning environment." The two most significant…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 08, 2008

  • Is the term CMS holding you back?

    Jeff WhatCott, Acquia, asked some important and thought provoking questions on his blog, "A Dormant Drupal Opportunity". While the post focuses on Drupal, I think the contents of his post can apply to almost any content management system (CMS) out there. In the article, Jeff asks whether defining Drupal as a CMS does more harm than good in describing the scope of features Drupal has to offer. In his words, the term CMS is a "20th century term that completely undersells what Drupal is…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 08, 2008

  • Development Seed: FeedAPI 1.0 Released

    I'm looking forward to evaluating the new FeedAPI module for Drupal. Though one feature I haven't seen in any of the aggregators I've seen so far for Drupal...a way to snip the original RSS feed. Some sites provide you the entire post in the RSS feed with no teaser. This may be great for the reader, but I'm not sure everyone is happy to see their entire post on someone else's site. From time to time, I've hacked the core to get me closer to how I would like the content from an RSS feed…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 07, 2008

  • Parental Controls for Firefox

    A complete copy and paste from Asa Dotzler's blog, but given the interest open source parents may have...I don't think he will mind. Today, my good friends at Glaxstar have released Glubble 1.0 -- the parental control suite for the Firefox web browser. But it's more than just parental controls; it's the best way to harness the most important social network there is, your family, to bring just the right parts of the web into your household, and it's the peace of mind that comes from…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 02, 2008

  • Running Drupal 6 on the weekend

    As most Drupal users already know by now, Drupal 6 is currently at a Release Candidate 3 stage of development. For the Drupal community, this is a time when the developers are wanting people to test, report, and help fix any bugs found in these development version of the Drupal software. At this stage of development, Drupal.org still does not recommend Drupal 6 to be ran on the production server. As with everything still in development, we do not recommend running release candidates on a…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 01, 2008

  • Is your site hot or not?

    First, there was HOT or NOT where you could rate the pictures of men and women. A great site to visit if you're single and don't have a date on a lonely Friday night. But life changes and now you have a family. Do what do you do if you're married with nothing to do on a Saturday night? Yes, you can always watch Curious George with the family, but how do you get back to your old life in a responsible manner? Well, now you have an alternative, Web Hot or Not? David Sifry (Technorati)…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 01, 2008

  • Power of RSS in Ajax and Web 2.0

    A very nice article on RSS found at IBM's developerWorks: Realize the power of RSS in Ajax and Web 2.0 applications - Tap this article's fully functional PHP code snippets that show you how to use PHP-based server-side functions to develop your own customizable RSS feed aggregator. [IBM developerWorks] I'm still looking for an article that explains to those of the non-IT persuasion what RSS feeds are all about. Everytime I make an attempt to explain RSS feeds to those how don't even…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 29, 2008

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