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  • Thunderbird 2.0

    Mozilla's flagship e-mail client, Thunderbird, is now available under version 2.0. I've been running the Thunderbird 2.0 nightly development versions for almost six months without any problems. I expect Thunderbird users will have little problem with upgrading from version 1.5 to version 2.0. Straight from the release notes I've listed at the bottom of this post are the new features users will find in Thunderbird 2. None of the new features are earth shattering for e-mail clients but I do…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 21, 2007
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  • A Drupal book for the Drupal Developer Wannabe

    What seems like a very long time since I first heard about and ordered the new Drupal book, Pro Drupal Development, it finally arrived at my doorstep. So far, I have only read Chapter 1, "How Drupal Works", and glanced at the remaining pages of the book but I'm very impressed. The book is written in a very easy, well organized, and informative writing style. This book is perfect for people like me and most of you, the Drupal Developer Wannabe. I'm no dummy and have written Web pages since…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 19, 2007
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  • OpenSourceCommunity.org - A Drupal site

    For some time I have wanted to promote and write about a new Drupal site that went online recently.  The site carries a similar mission I've tried to have with my own sites where those from competing projects, products, and organizations can come together for discussion.  In this case, a site with the desire to build a "place for those of us interested in open source solutions and community issues".  The site is OpenSourceCommunity.org.   What makes this Drupal site interesting is that one of…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 17, 2007
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  • Virtually impressed with Microsoft

    I usually spend my weekends writing a few drafts for articles that I'm going to post here at CMS Report.  The idea is that I'm not competing with the hectic pace I usually find myself in during the weekdays.  Well, I found myself distracted from the usual writing endeavor for two reasons: 1) Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 and 2) the snow finally melting leaving a nice warm weekend to be outside.  Needless to say, not much time was spent with the computer.  However, let's talk about Microsoft and something they finally did right

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 16, 2007
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  • Is the Internet Ready to Break?

    This is another typical tech doomsday articles, but well worth the read.   The article, Is the Internet Ready to Break?, was published in Baseline:Reports of the Internet's death are greatly exaggerated. But the growth of video and broadband access will require new investment, technology and thinking to keep it healthy.The fact is that if no one considered IT worst case scenarios we most likely wouldn't be able to prevent them or at least be prepared for the events.  We have a couple words…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 12, 2007
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  • The Myth of Online Ad Revenue

    Did you hear the reports about all that money to be made from online advertisements?  In 2006 alone, Internet ad revenue was estimated at $16.8 billion USD.  You have also likely heard of bloggers making thousands of dollars in just a short amount of time through online ads. If you believe this is another post about making money from online ads or how to optimize your site for the search engines, you are going to be disappointed.  I'm not here to tell you how to make money online but when you shouldn't be making money from advertising on your site.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 10, 2007
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  • Plagiarism Today: Why Wordpress.com is Virtually Spam Free

    At first I was skeptical that this article was without bias regarding Wordpress.com since it was Matt Mullenweg's own blog that referred me to the story.  I was pleased to find that the author, Jonathan Bailey, helped erased my skepticism in his well written article, Wordpress.com is Virtually Spam Free.  The first two paragraphs should get you interested in reading more. A recent study by WebmasterWorld found that an estimated 77% of all blogs on Google’s Blogspot service were spam. Similarly,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 09, 2007
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  • The Drupal Boys - A Drupal Song video

    The Drupal Boys - A Drupal Song video

    Dries Buytaert had mentioned that when the Drupal developers came together at the Open Source CMS Summit he hoped they could make a video using Jeff Robbin's catchy Drupal Song.  I'm not sure the status of that video by the developers, but as a fan of Drupal I decided to beat them to the punch.

    My son and I have become addicted to The Drupal Song.  In fact, when the song is playing in my house we quickly become The Drupal Boys.
    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 06, 2007
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  • Movable Type: Buckinghamshire Advertiser - It's Not Just A Blog

    This excerpt reminds me of long debates I had in my meteorology days over which is sunnier, "partly cloudy" or "partly sunny"?  I like Movable Type's answer to the long standing IT question...can just a blog be a full CMS? There are often debates about this sort of thing — if you’re using a tool like Movable Type, which is platform designed for blogging, but it’s being used as a general content management system, is the output still a blog? Our answer: Who cares? Oh and answer I always gave…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 06, 2007
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  • New versions of Wordpress and Wordpress MU

    This past week saw updates for both Wordpress and Wordpress MU.  While both open source packages are blogging applications they are not quite the same software.  Wordpress MU is intended to run up to hundreds of thousands of blogs with a single install of WordPress.  Hence the MU in Wordpress MU stands for Multi-User. A security update is available in both branches of  Wordpress as 2.1.3 and 2.0.10.  We have a security update release now available for both the 2.1 and 2.0 branches of WordPress…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 05, 2007
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