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  • Nice to see a LifeType story

    LifeType (formerly known as pLog) dropped off my radar scope some time ago. I'm not sure why, but I think at the time I had the desire to concentrate more on full featured content management systems and less on just blogging applications. So, like catching up with old classmate, it's nice to see this article focusing on LifeType: LifeType is a full-featured GPL blogging platform designed for use with a MySQL database and PHP...LifeType is perfect for site owners who want to…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 28, 2008

  • Nobody Home...

    This is a tough time for blog reading junkies like me. I like to spend some of my time in the evenings winding down by reading CMS related blogs. Well, it seems some of my favorite blogs have decided to take a vacation. For example, many of the working group blogs found at are down. No problem, right? I can can always visit some of the blogs I have listed in my blogroll. However, you'll also find Jeff Eaton's blog (Drupal) has been down for some time. Recently,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 23, 2008

  • Running on Windows Vista SP1

    Last Tuesday evening, I upgraded my Windows Vista desktop to Service Pack 1. If you regularly visit my blog, you know that I'm a long-time user of both Windows and Linux. You also know, that I've been deeply disappointed in Windows Vista. The install of Vista SP1 went smoothly and I haven't discovered any of the driver issues other Windows users are having. This shouldn't be a surprise since I did have good luck running my box on the SP1 RC1 Refresh. Performance has been slightly…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 22, 2008

  • Odd Conclusion for Drupal 6 Article

    Odd Conclusion for Drupal 6 Article is featuring a story by Susan Linton titled "Drupal 6 keeps getting better". The author claims she has been using Drupal since version 3.1 and seems to know Drupal well enough to write a decent article. In short, she does a fairly nice job of summarizing the features introduced in Drupal 6. However, she ends the article with a rather strange conclusion. My primary complaint with Drupal is still not addressed in this release. I believe having advertising capabilities is almost a…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 20, 2008

  • Serendipity 1.3 Released

    Serendipty 1.3 has been released. This new version of the blogging applications introduces 41 changes. Not only are enhancements and additional features introduced, but also changes to address a nasty cross site scripting issue (security exploit). Some of the more significant features and enhancements for Serenditpity 1.3 include: The karma rating plugin has been upgraded to support nice, CSS-based rating graphics (see this post) and an overall rehaul on the its coding. Make the…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 20, 2008

  • Joomla 1.5 & Drupal 6.1 Performance Comparison did a performance comparision between Joomla 1.5 & Drupal 6.1. As the author of the post infers, the numbers collected may not mean much to the user in the "real world" and limitations in the test results should be noted. Nevertheless, numbers that compare Drupal and Joomla performance are always interesting. The conclusions drawn from the results are: Drupal is significantly faster than Joomla in all 4 setups Drupal cuts down pageload time by ~74% when caching is…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 18, 2008

  • Drupal Module Finder

    Drupal Module Finder...very cool and very fast. Looks like John Forsythe is owner of this project. The search engine was built from the ground up to produce incredibly fast results. Query times average under 20 ms, and the results are cached for even faster performance. The user interface is powered by jQuery v1.2.3 and a number of custom plugins. The jQuery Update module was used to improve compatibility with Drupal 5. I'll have to browser and…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 16, 2008

  • The Content Wrangler Community

    I joined the new Content Wrangler Community with hopes of improving my social networking with other content management professionals. Scott Abel discusses his goals for the community on his blog. The Content Wrangler Community is the new social network dedicated to people who value content as a business asset, worthy of being effectively managed. This is the place where technical communicators, medical and science writers, marketing pros, online community managers, document…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 15, 2008

  • Social Publishing Systems to topple the CMS

    You and I have a dirty little secret. Many of the Web applications that we call content management systems (Web CMS) are not really content management systems. Huh? A lot of this confusion stems from the difficulty most of us have in answering what should be a simple question, what is a content management system? Scott Abel, The Content Wranger, has noted in previous comments that one of the problems in discussions about content management is that we really lack a common definition of CMS. …

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 13, 2008

  • Marching to the beat of Moodle 1.9

    I missed the announcement early last week, but Moodle 1.9 was made available in early March. Since I haven't mentioned anything about Moodle since last October, I have some making up to do with the open source project responsible for this course and learning management system. Significant new features in this new version of Moodle include: An all-new Gradebook designed from the ground up for expansion and integration with other systems Integrated support for Outcomes, so that learning…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 12, 2008

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