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  • Nick Sergeant's Tutorial: Drupal Revision Control with CVS and Subversion

    Except for some Python programming, I've done very little software development this decade with most of my efforts in the 80's and 90's (BASIC, Pascal, Perl, Tcl, etc). Those that know me know I've wanted to dig more into PHP and Ruby, but I have been distracted by one sorry excuse after another. For work and my status as a Drupal Developer Wannabe I've also been making the effort to learn more about revision control. One issue I have is that at work the consensus has been to use…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 22, 2007

  • Google High School contest helps SilverStripe, Drupal, Joomla! and Plone

    In the few weeks since CMSReport wrote about the launch of the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, open source CMS projects SilverStipe, Drupal, Joomla, and Plone have been having a field day. SilverStripe has been working hard to teach, mentor and review work by students, resulting in batch of new themes and drag-n-drop widgets available for download. A new release came out today with CMS administration translated in a variety of new languages contributed by students. They've had to…

    By SigurdMagnusson
    Posted December 21, 2007

  • Big Medium 2: A CMS for Web designers

    Josh Clark sent an e-mail to us the other day saying that his Web content management system, Big Medium 2, is availabe for public consumption. While he sent the usual press release, I thought I'd go ahead and paste his full e-mail to me. Sometimes it's good to note that it's not just a "company" pushing a product but instead to actually see the people developing the software pushing their own products. Bryan, First off, thanks for all you do. You offer such terrific coverage of the…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 20, 2007

  • Security flaw in in Google Toolbar

    This is why I'm very cautious in using any type of search engine toolbar (Google, Yahoo, etc). Google is working to fix a bug in the Google Toolbar that could allow criminals to steal data or install malicious software on a system, a security researcher warned Tuesday. The flaw lies in the mechanism Google Toolbar uses to add new buttons on the browser. Because the toolbar does not perform adequate checks when new buttons are being installed, a hacker could make his button appear as…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 19, 2007

  • Tech Disappointments

    PC World recently released their list of the 15 biggest disappointments of 2007. Two of the items on that list didn't surprise me, but two other items were shocking to see on the list but in reflection absolutely true. I wasn't surprised to see that both Apple's "Leopard" OS 10.5 (#8) and Microsoft's Windows Vista (#1) on the list. I've been talking about my disappointment on the state of the computer desktop for sometime now. I'm just glad to see others have noticed the problem so I…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 18, 2007

  • Optimizing Xoops, its modules and your server

    Recently posted at XOOPS.org was a how-to for optimizing XOOPS on your server. Optimizing Xoops, its modules and your server - Sometimes, people are telling that Xoops is rather slow and it can be true but there are ways to improve things. Instant Zero is in charge to maintain some websites using Xoops, so we decided to share with you our knowledge in this domain and we hope that you will find it useful. In this article, and in 5 points, you are going to see what you can do for your site.…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 17, 2007

  • KDE 4.0 on my next laptop?

    The latest review I've read on the KDE desktop is from Ars Technica, A first look at KDE 4.0 release candidate 2. While the author notes that a lot of improvements still need to be made to KDE 4.0, overall it should be an impressive desktop. I'm contemplating that my next laptop will be fully Linux and hoping KDE 4.0 will bring enough Wow to impress others on why I didn't choose to go the Windows or Mac route. Last summer, I reluctantly chose Windows Vista for my home desktop…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 15, 2007

  • IE8 announcements lack substance

    Absolutely disappointing. Everyone is waiting to hear what the new features will be in the next version of Internet Explorer 8 will have...and still no information out in the open. Microsoft, knows it has a trust issue with its customers...yet they have yet to learn that trust is built on good communication. This is what Microsoft's IEBloggers have to say: Of course, some people care about other aspects of IE8 much more than they care about the name. As I’ve walked different people…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 14, 2007

  • I loved my Commodore 64

    As a teenager in the 1980's, I mowed lawns for three reasons. I mowed lawns to save money for college. I mowed lawns for spending money on the weekends. Finally, I mowed lawns to buy the Commodore Vic-20 and eventually I purchased the Commodore 64. I was neither envious of the school's Apple II's nor my neighbor's TI-99/4A. I had a Commodore 64 and I was cool even before geeks were cool. This month, fans of the Commodore 64 are celebrating the computer's 25th Year Anniversary. …

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 11, 2007

  • Flirting Robots

    I felt fear, awe, and even some admiration when I read at CNET about the latest social engineering attack dreamed up by those ingenious Russian hackers. Those entering online dating forums risk having more than their hearts stolen. A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums, according to security software firm PC Tools. The artificial intelligence of…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 10, 2007


 


 

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