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  • Maintenance update for Mambo 4.5 series available

    Team Mambo released Mambo 4.5.5 which is a maintenance update for the 4.5.x series of the content maintenance system.  All Mambo 4.5.x users are encouraged by the project leaders to upgrade to 4.5.5 which will avoid the possibility of your site visitors experiencing display issues in IE7.  Fixes in the maintenance release includes:IE7 fixes RSS and  search engine optimization fixes com_syndicate config parameter fixed SQL injection fix in cancel edit functions Mambo 4.5.5…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 15, 2007
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  • Opinion: Google News, Bloggers, and the Belgian courts

    From time to time we like to see the giants fall.  However, I think in this particular case if the giant falls so does the little guy.  If the Belgian court's recent ruling against Google becomes the "standard" that all sites will be judged, the ruling would likely have a negative effect for most bloggers and the readers who visit those blogs.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 14, 2007
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  • IT books on my reading list

    I have been doing a lot of reading lately.  More specifically, I have been reading a lot of IT reference books.  In fact, I venture to say that I'm probably one of the few people who ever brought a book on version control systems to the hospital while waiting for neurosurgery.  I really didn't  get much read that day, but I think I still get bragging rights! Below are the list of IT books I'm currently reading.  Except for the book on Subversion, the other two books are more to refresh my…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 13, 2007
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  • Implementing a Taxonomy

    I came across a very good article with regards to taxonomy titled, Search in Focus: Implementing a Taxonomy by Penny Crosman.  The article is a month or two old, but I haven't run across it before so maybe others haven't either. Search engines don't know the difference between reading glasses and drinking glasses, but a taxonomy puts your query in context. We outline several ways to build taxonomies, ranging from the tough but potentially more accurate approach of building from scratch to…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 12, 2007
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  • PHP 5.2.1 Released

    PHP 5.2.1 has been released and includes a number of stability and security enhancement of the 5.X branch.  Besides the usual bug fixes (over 180 of them), PHP 5.2.1 also includes the following key improvements: Several performance improvements in the engine, streams API and some Windows specific optimizations. PDO_MySQL now uses buffered queries by default and emulates prepared statements to bypass limitations of MySQL's prepared statement API. Many improvements and enhancements to the filter…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 09, 2007
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  • bbPress 0.8 Forum Released

    Version 0.8 for the forum application, bbPress, has been released.  This software is a "plain and simple forum" PHP application with roots out of Wordpress.  New features in this version of bbPress include:Forum deletion Multibyte tags Custom locations for themes, plugins and config.php Multiple theme support Better timezone support; You’re no longer restricted to showing all your times in the timezone of your server (what an odd requirementthat was) Whitespace preservation…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 09, 2007
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  • Web 2.0 is for the Right Side of Your Brain

    John Newton, Alfresco, has written an interesting posts regarding "Web 2.0".  I find the article interesting because I think Newton does bring up some new ideas or at least something that hasn't been talked about in some time.  Newton has observed that the main audience for those of Web 2.0 appear to be users that tend to think on the right side of your brain.  Newton also takes it one step further by saying perhaps it is time we start taking into account the personality types of users when it…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 08, 2007
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  • Drupal Newbies and Contributed Modules

    Drupal Newbies and Contributed Modules

    I received an interesting e-mail the other day through the contact form at my site regarding the social bookmarking "features" I have for my posts.  The questions asked to me are quite common among new users of any Web content management system.  While the questions in this particular e-mail I received would be more appropriate to be asked and answered in the forums at Drupal.org, there were some things in the message I felt the need to address though my blog.

     

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 07, 2007
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  • Identifying Open Source Winners and Losers

    Very interesting article from InformationWeek, How to Tell the Open Source Winners from the Losers.There are 139,834 open source projects under way on SourceForge, the popular open source hosting site. Five years from now, only a handful of those projects will be remembered for making lasting contributions--most will remain in niches, unnoticed by the rest of the world. For every Linux, Apache, or MySQL, dozens of other open source efforts fizzle out. That's a dilemma for the many companies…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 06, 2007
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  • Has XOOPS lost its appeal?

    What really keeps an open source project going?  I think it all starts when someone in the open source community asks the tough questions.  Take for instance this one, "Has XOOPS lost its appeal?".   The project will evolve depending on how the project responds to such challenging questions.  In this particular case, those closer to the open source project asked in a proactive response, "How do we give XOOPS appeal and user satisfaction?".Following some innovative ideas from the Has xoops lost…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 06, 2007
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