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  • 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

  • John Newton: A Manifesto for Social Computing in the Enterprise

    John Newton has written a fantastic summary regarding social computing (or is it social networking or social content management) and its role in the enterprise. The post is titled, A Manifesto for Social Computing in the Enterprise. I plan to talk about Newton's post and social networking at a later date. Howerver, there isn't any reason why you shouldn't be able to read Newton's post now. Consider it homework for a later visit here at

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 07, 2007

  • Elgg benefiting from opening up

    Elgg, an open source social networking platform, opened its development process much wider the past few months. Not every company that goes fully open source benefits from the changes in their license or the changes in how they develop and manage the code. However, open source seems to be treating Elgg very nicely these days. Since fully opening up Elgg development and having a core team of developers working on it progress has been staggering already in terms of fixes and enhancements,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 05, 2007

  • Emojo extends Affino NX eBusiness Suite with Social Content Management

    Markus Karlsson, CEO of Emojo, sent CMS Report an e-mail regarding extending social content management features into their "eBusiness Suite", Affino. In the e-mail he says: We’re launching the Social Content Management edition of the Affino eBusiness Suite (please see details below). It has a number of tailored social content management, social media, social networking and social promotions elements essential for managing socially lead sites. These are quite different from…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 03, 2007

  • The Google Highly Open Participation Contest

    I have not had time to talk about Google's Highly Open Participation Contest. Luckily, Amy Stephen posted a good article about the contest at Open Source Community which I encourage you to read. In the article, she talks about the positives of this program for both the high school age coders as well as the open source communities involved. As Amy mentions in her article, Google invited ten Open Source projects, including Apache Software Foundation, Drupal, GNOME, Joomla!, MoinMoin, Mono,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 02, 2007

  • Drupal and Dries: A business model that works

    Drupal and Dries: A business model that works

    I just completed one of the most exhausting days at work I've had since switching over from operations to IT. Everyone wanted a "minute of my time" which translates in the real world to 20 minutes (if I was lucky). The last thing I really wanted to do after work was touch a computer. Yet, I find myself too excited to not type about some great news. What is the good news? Dries Buytaert, project leader for Drupal, is starting his first Drupal startup. The working name for the company is Acquia. …

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 01, 2007

  • New Features in SilverStripe 2.2

    The anticipated SilverStripe 2.2 was released this week. SilverStripe 2.2.0 is a major release containing a staggering quantity of new features and work from our ten Google Summer of Code students and an equally impressive effort from the core team. Lots of new features and enhancements with this version of SilverStripe. Some of the new features and changes for this CMS include: Redesigned interface and workflow Multiple language support Google Sitemaps support (improves search…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 29, 2007

  • Announcing CMS Made Simple 1.2.1

    CMS Made Simple 1.2.1 is now available. This version is a maintenance release and, refreshingly, not a release needed to address security fixes. New features and additions to this version of CMS Made Simple include: New versions of News, Search, Tiny, and FileManager modules Fixes the issue with pages being set inactive on edit if not edited by somebody with the 'Modify Site Structure' permission Adds function to assist in handling file uploads. Adds the ability to set a…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 26, 2007

  • Testing the waters with Drupal 6

    Testing the waters with Drupal 6

    Drupal 6.0 Beta 3 was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday. As in the past, I wanted to use as a "live" test site for the beta/release candidates of Drupal as I did with Drupal 4.7 and Drupal 5. However, as this site has matured, so has my reliance on too many contributed modules currently not supporting Drupal 6. So for now, I've decided to place Drupal 6 in a subdomain,

    I am excited with what I have already seen in Drupal 6. I consider version 6 to be Drupal on steroids. Drupal 6 has a lot of performance and power improvements that are already apparent even in the Beta. Put it this way, the day the Views module is ready for Drupal 6, is the day I go live with running CMS Report on Drupal 6.
    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 25, 2007

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