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  • dotCMS 1.5 Now Available!

    This is one of my first posts on dotCMS 1.5, so "long-time" dotCMS users feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong here.  Earlier this month, dotCMS 1.5 was released.  dotCMS is an open source Java based CMS geared toward toward the enterprise with Web customer resource resource management (CRM) and eCommerce, and business intelligence. New features included in dotCMS 1.5: Content "Triggers" using JBoss Rules to allow rule based user segmentation by usage. Business Intelligence…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 17, 2007

  • The Impact of Packt's Open Source CMS Awards

    On Monday, Packt Publishing announced the five finalists in each category of its 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award.  The five categories are Most Promising, Best PHP CMS, Best Other (Non-PHP) CMS, Best Social Networking CMS, and Overall Winner.  In the finals stage, the public as a whole is eligible to vote for each category through October 26th.  While that may seem like a long time for the polls to be open, I'd encourage you to vote early so that you have no excuse for why your…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 14, 2007

  • CNET: Web ad blocking may not be (entirely) legal

    We Americans can be so stupid at times.  In the country of "land of the free", we spend too much of our efforts working to restrict the freedom of others. Tomorrow's legal fight may be over Web browser add-ons that let people avoid advertisements. These add-ons are growing in functionality and popularity, which has led legal experts we surveyed this week to speculate about when the first lawsuit will be filed. If ad-blockers become so common that they slice away at publishers' revenues, "I…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 14, 2007

  • CMS Made Simple 1.2

    Robert Cambell announced the expected release of CMS Made Simple 1.2 with the beta version expected in a couple weeks.  After the CMSMS 1.2 release all focus will be on development of a 2.0 version of the CMS. Some of the new features and enhancements can be expected in CMSMS 1.2: Graphical HTML Text editor (Frontend WYSIWYG) News 2.5 has an ‘extra’ field for additional information (maybe an image)  and supports frontend article submission Full permissions for the Admin Group (gid == 1) and…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 12, 2007

  • Dilbert does Web 2.0

    I'm always amazed how Dilbert's creator, Scott Adams, always remains tuned to the geeky side of life.  This time Adams uses the "What is Web 2.0?" question as a "powerful anti-meeting" spell.  You gotta love it. Due to copyright laws, I can't show the Dilbert comic strip here.  However, if you click on the thumbnail in this post...you'll magically arrive to the correct page at Dilbert.com.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 11, 2007

  • Saying Goodbye to Old Media

    It appears to me that after 25 years of competition, the traditional media of newspaper, radio, and television are finally starting to lose their war against online news.  Henry Blodget recently pointed out on his Internet Outsider site about the decline of advertisement revenue  for  television, print, and radio.  You may also be interested in a similar article by him titled, Running the Numbers: Why Newspapers Are Screwed.  However, before local online news sites and upstart news organizations celebrate it's important to note that a recent Harvard study,  Creative Destruction: An Exploratory Look at News on the Internet, shows that they too should still have concerns.  As people are shifting from traditional media to online news, those same people are also also shifting away from local news sources to better known online "brand" names

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 10, 2007

  • Python for system administrators

    So, Python isn't really a CMS topic unless you're a Plone user.  However, as my world at work slowly moves from Python to Java as the language of choice...I'll promote this underdog open source language anytime.  From the IBM developerWorks site:Adopt Python to manage UNIX® systems while incorporating concepts of good program design. Python is an easy-to-learn, open source scripting language that lets system administrators do their job more quickly. It can also make tasks more…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 09, 2007

  • European Union's FOSS Education Portal based on Drupal

    I just can't believe the year Drupal is having.  There has been an explosion of Drupal sites almost everywhere you turn.  Drupal is very popular with the masses in 2007.  So popular in fact, that I wonder as with all things popular if we'll be seeing 2008 as the backlash year against Drupal as it has quickly evolves as a litmus test for open source CMS (one of my predictions for 2008). The latest Drupal-based site to flash on the screen of my browser is the portal (currently in beta) for the…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 07, 2007

  • Quoting IT: The Webmaster

    "It can happen anywhere, at any time. You’re doing your job, minding your own business, and it suddenly dawns on you: you’re the company’s webmaster." --Shane Schick, "Accidental webmasters rejoice – help is on the way", GlobeandMail.com, September 5, 2007

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 06, 2007

  • Financial Times: The irony of a web without science

    I found this article via Creative Commons' Science Commons.  In the Financial Times article, "The irony of a web without science", James Boyle writes:The greatest irony, though, is this. The world wide web was designed in a scientific laboratory to facilitate access to scientific knowledge. In every other area of life - commerce, social networking, pornography - it has been a smashing success. But in the world of science itself? With the virtues of an open web all around us, we have proceeded…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 05, 2007

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