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  • The Content in 1996

    Gadgetopia pointed their readers to a site with a number of screen captures for how the Internet looked like in 1996. Almost a year ago, I posted a screen capture of the first site I did in that era. I'm somewhat pleased that the appearance of my site was no worse than the sites of well known companies. The author brings up the point that you have to consider the technology back then to why sites looked the way they did. In their defense, the technology was different in 1996. Although…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 26, 2008

  • phpBB Project drops CVS for Subversion

    Once again, another open source project has dropped Concurrent Versions System (CVS) for Subversion (SVN). Both CVS and SVN are open source version control systems used mainly by developers involved in various software projects. This time the project is phpBB, a forum application.


    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 25, 2008

  • Mambo 4.6.3 Released

    Mambo 4.6.3 was released earlier today in recent weeks. Besides the usual security improvements and bug fixes, this version of Mambo came with some new enhancements. Some of the more notable enhancements in Mambo 4.6.3 include: Mostlyce upgraded to 2.4 Mostlydbadmin upgraded to 1.5 Geshi upgraded to 1.0.7.20 Enhanced editor initializing Enhanced weblinks component, so the target param is not confusing anymore Some XHTML compliance work Added option to block the blocked users in the…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 24, 2008

  • Official release of Joomla 1.5

    I briefly wanted to mention that the stable release of Joomla! 1.5 has finally arrived! Needless to say, there are some very happy people in the open source community to see this version of the content management system go gold. I haven't taken a serious look at Joomla! 1.5 since Beta 1 and Beta 2 were out the door. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to taking a look at the finished product over the course of the next few weeks. Until then, below is a brief glimpse from the announcement…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 23, 2008

  • Laura Scott on Email Etiquette

    Laura Scott posted her 9 best practices and things to avoid when it comes to e-mail. We followed some of these rules a decade ago, but a good reminder is always appreciated. Laura doesn't mention anything about not using all CAPS in an e-mail and I assume that's because if you don't know that rule by now...nine rules is beyond your grasp. My favorite rule to follow is number 3: Write your response above the quoted text. I don't think I'm alone when I say I don't like having to…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 22, 2008

  • Wordpress.com goes after TypePad and Blogger

    Matt Mullenweg announced this morning that Wordpress.com users will now have 3 GB of free drive space for their blogs. Previously, Wordpress.com only offered 50 MB of free space to those that signed up for the free service. Why are they doing this? Looks like Wordpress.com has no longer decided to play nice guy against their biggest competitors, TypePad and Blogger. The following is an excerpt from Mullenweg's announcement at Wordpress.com: Today, one of those developments comes to fruition —…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 21, 2008

  • Walt Mossberg on the Asus Eee PC

    In Thursday morning's Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg did a review of the Asus Eee PC. The article, Asus Offers Travelers Small, Mobile Eee PC, but It’s Too Cramped, can be found in his column archive (a Wordpress site). I had been waiting for someone of his stature do a review on this product, but I was a little disappointed to see yet another review of a non-Apple device (this one is Linux based) be so negative.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 19, 2008

  • The Mac and Windows Alternative: My Linux Laptop

    few weeks ago, I seriously thought about buying either Apple's latest MacBook or a Windows laptop where I could dual boot between the laptops native operating systems and Linux. In the end, I chose to install Linux on a three year old laptop. This old laptop isn't just any laptop but one of the first sub-$1000 laptops that hit the United States market. The laptop is the Averatec 3220 and over time I've found it just too sluggish for running Windows XP.
    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 16, 2008

  • The iTouch Alternative: Nokia's N800

    Rich Hoeg, eContent, purchased himself the Nokia N800. The N800 is a linux based handheld Internet tablet with functions similar to those of Apple's iTouch. I'm not sure either device is for me, but I've been in a little bit of an anti-Apple and anti-Windows funk lately...that I felt it worth mentioning here. Rich Hoeg has this to say about the N800: I've created a short screencast which demonstrates many of the features found upon the Nokia N800. However, here are a few of the reasons…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 15, 2008

  • Photoshop and Web 2.0

    Confession: I never knew how much there was to Photoshop until my wife, the photographer, decided to move over to the digital age. During the course of our marriage, while she has excelled in the art of digital photography, as well as Photoshop, I have remained the amateur. Luckily, Corrie Haffly at Sitepoint has started a series of articles for geeks like us who still think all we need on our Websites is any of the eight colors we learned when we were five. (By the way, I got a star on…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 15, 2008

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