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  • Quoting IT: Why IT support is needed

    "Tech is so illogical and arbitrary, it needs folks like you and me to explain it to everybody else." --Stephen Manes, "Full Disclosure: If You're Not a Geek, You'd Better Know One", PC World Magazine, September 2007

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 18, 2007

  • Comparing Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal

    Mike Gifford, Open Concept, commented here at CMS Report that his company had just posted a report they did for a client comparing three open source content management systems. His company needed to recommend to their client whether Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal would be a good replacement for their current CMS, Back-End (BE). We've just done a report for one of our clients comparing Drupal, Joomla & Wordpress for (1) multilingual capabilities (also called internationalization or i18n);…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 15, 2007

  • Looking for a reseller host plan in all the wrong places

    A few months ago I mentioned that I was hosting my site using a "budget shared hosting plan through my reseller site which is comparable to the hosting plans offered by GoDaddy".  In that same article, I also mentioned that although I prefer to run my sites on a Virtual Private/Dedicated Server (VPS/VDS), I wanted to try experimenting with the cheap shared hosting plans despite the plans not offering full MySQL functions such as CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE.  For the most part, my sites have been…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 13, 2007

  • CIO Insight: IT Security, Reconsidered

    An excellent article at CIO Insight in their "Expert Voices" column concerning IT security.  The article is titled, "IT Security, Reconsidered":Business people know risk and return are opposite sides of the same coin; you can't have return without risk. So successful companies learn to analyze, accept and manage risk…most kinds of risk, anyway. When it comes to IT risk, organizations tend to focus on avoiding risk instead of managing it, by preventing intrusions and preparing to respond to…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 13, 2007

  • My first CMS: Simple PHP Blog

    Simple PHP Blog 0.5.0.1, a maintenance release, went public on Tuesday of this week.  I know I don't talk too much about it here, but I still like to keep at least one eye open on this particular blogging application.  For you see, I consider Simple PHP Blog my very first Web content management system (WCMS).

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 09, 2007

  • Quoting IT: Open Source, the GPL, and Joomla!

    "It is fair to say the GPL does not intend to make it easy for proprietary software.The intention is to liberate code and ensure continual downstream benefits to users. So, yes, it's going to be easier to integrate open source code into a GPL'ed environment. And, as it should be! It is important that community environments also ensure that open source developers benefit more than proprietary developers. It hasn't been that way in J! [Joomla!] or in Mambo."  --Amy Stephen,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 09, 2007

  • Is bridging a GPL application with a non-GPL application legal?

    Amy Stephen over at Open Source Community has put together a good summary for how differing open source CMS projects have interpreted the impact the GPL has on third-party extensions/modules/plugins/add-ons.  Movement in the Joomla community ensuring GPL compliance for extensions is what prompted her comparisons of license interpretation between Drupal, Joomla, Plone, Typo3, Wordpress, and XOOPS. Joomla!'s announcement from June 15, 2007 that began Joomla! is moving to ensure the future of…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 06, 2007

  • Under the shadow of the news feed

    This post you are reading has been saved unpublished for a few days as I have feared it reads too much as a rant.  In this post, I'd like to discuss the difference between good and bad competition when it comes to similar "news sites" such as my own CMS Report.   I also want to touch on about how a CMS such as Drupal and Joomla brings both the good and the ugly online.  Unfortunately as with all technology, the modern CMS not only has been a blessing to sites dishing news for their writers and their users...but also a curse. 

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 06, 2007

  • Quoting IT: Partner to the business

    "IT today is supporting more business processes than backend processes.  Today, IT has earned a stake at the table, has gone away from the bits and bytes, and is, more than ever, a partner to the business." -Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture Ltd., "What's Next for IT?", The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2007.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 01, 2007

  • CMS Made Simple 1.1

    I know this was announced a couple weeks old, but I still wanted to mention it here for the sake of those that like the simple things in life.  CMS Made Simple 1.1 was released in mid-July. The features/improvements in this released included: Efficiency TinyMCE is now the Default Editor for new installs Security Numerous changes to attempt to reduce the chance of xss attacks and SQL injections Upgrades New versions of Smarty and adodb_lite Enhancements …

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 31, 2007

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