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  • ComputerWorld.au: Interview with Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Leader

    I'm hoping that later today the American version of ComputerWorld will carry the Dries Buytaert article I came across on their Australian site.  The article is an interview with Dries and titled, "Drupal: from a drop in the ocean to a big fish in the CMS World".  Yes, it's a catchy title for the interview, but I like sub-heading even more. Drupal’s founder, Dries Buytaert tells all about the Drupal project: its history, where it is today and where it is going. Perhaps if this is a "tell all"…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 15, 2007

  • CMSWatch: ECMS, WCMS, or Portal?

    A couple days ago my jaw dropped when I read CMS Watch's article, "Do you need an ECMS, WCMS, or Portal?".   Last week, Deane Barker of Blend Interactive and Gadgetopia had mentioned how he was uncomfortable seeing enterprise content management systems and Web content management systems lumped together in the same comparison article.  I responded to him that the boundaries between the two information systems do seem to get blurrier and blurrier all the time.  In the CMS Watch article, Tony…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 13, 2007

  • When an open source community implodes...

    I make it a habit not to post community squabbles that often take place in any IT project (whether open source or not).  When people have the best intentions and respect the opinions of others, I don't believe it is right for me or anyone else to publicly exploit discussions that are meant to remain within the community.  However, the conflicts going on at XOOPS.org have been made so public that it's hard for me to put a lot of faith in a project that treats its own people so poorly. For…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 12, 2007

  • Firefox 3 Visual Refresh

    Alex Faaborg has some mock-up images on his blog of what Firefox 3 will look like on both Microsoft's Windows Vista and Apple's Mac OS X.  I have yet to see any images for what Firefox 3 may look on a Linux box and many of those commenting are also not happy Linux was left out of the picture. You can see the mock-ups yourself by clicking here. The visual for Firefox 3 on Vista looks very nice but I'm not so sure about the the visual for the Mac.  The Mozilla bloggers are giving a lot of reasons…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 12, 2007

  • OnStar and my '76 Chevy Nova

    I wonder how OnStar could have made my 4-door 1976 Chevy Nova any slower than it already was? Will a new anti-theft tool from General Motors and OnStar be enough to make your car not worth the hassle of stealing? The Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, a new feature added to OnStar, takes away the ability to use a car's gas pedal, while allowing braking and steering controls to work.  More... By the time my Dad gave me the Nova for college during the second half of the 1980's...the car had already it…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 11, 2007

  • InfoWorld reviews five CMS: Alfresco on top and Drupal at the bottom

    I'm still in need to read this InfoWorld article in its entirety, but thought it was worth mentioning now.  InfoWorld's Mike Heck has written an article, Open source CMSes prove well worth the price, which reviews and compares five content management systems.  The five CMS under review are Alfresco, DotNetNuke, Drupal, Joomla, and Plone. The good news is that all five CMS ranked Very Good or higher. However, Alfresco was the only CMS that ranked Excellent with a score of 9.2.  Plone 3.0…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 09, 2007

  • Putting focus on SilverStripe

    While the content management system, SilverStripe, has been on my radar for some time I never really took the time to cover the Web application here at CMS Report.  Now it so happens that SilverStripe has been nominated as one of the most promising open source CMS out there.  About the only thing I can do to correct my oversight is to put SilverStripe on a list of the "top 30" CMS we focus on here at CMS Report.  Sadly, mostly out of nostalgia, SilverStripe will be bumping Simple PHP Blog off…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 08, 2007

  • Quoting IT: Internet Outdated 2

    "The Internet wasn't designed for people to watch television, I know because I designed it." - Larry Roberts, ARPANet and Telnet founder, quoted in "Its Creators Call Internet Outdated, Offer Remedies", Wall Street Journal, Oct 2, 2007

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 08, 2007

  • Choosing Drupal forum over vBulletin

    Steven Peck, associated with the Drupal project, wrote about an article he came across regarding a comparison of the vBulletin forum and Drupal's forum. The article is titled, Goodbye vBulletin, Part 1: Reasons to Switch. The author of the article writes: The aim of this article is not to poke holes, or say ‘vBulletin sucks’, but to provide constructive criticism of a successful product, proving that vBulletin is not always the best choice. In places the article compares vBulletin to Drupal,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 05, 2007

  • Introducing Facebook to the Boss

    I am a loyal reader of Andrew McAfee's articles which he posts on his Harvard Business School blog, The Impact of IT on Business and their Leaders.  Andrew McAfee is an associate professor at Harvard and spends a great deal of time on his blog discussing and defining Enterprise 2.0.

    While we all talk a lot about about Web 2.0, Collaboration 2.0, and Enterprise 2.0, there is actually not enough formal research on the subject as many in the business and academic world would like.  The lack of concrete research and facts on Enterprise 2.0 can cause managers to be a little concerned that they're bringing toys and not business tools to their worker's computer desktops.  There is enough distraction in the workplace and managers question why they would want to bring Facebook to the office?

    Although a CIO, CEO, or office manager may understand what a blog and wiki does, they are not always sure what the real benefits of such applications are to their organization.  If your boss asked you why a company should formally support Web 2.0 applications, how would you answer the question?

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 04, 2007

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