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  • Battle of the CMS Bands

    As most of you probably know by now, Jeff Robbins from Lullabot and Drupal genre recently released "The Drupal Song".  What you may not know is that Wordpress and Joomla! also have their own songs.  Well this fact hasn't gone unnoticed by Amy Stephen in her own blog in which she says it's time to vote for the top song of the week. OK. Normally, I am adverse to pitting one open source content management system against the other, but it appears we have no choice. As of today, we have three songs…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 20, 2007
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  • United States students continue to fall behind in IT education

    College students in the United States are not showing up in those university programs that are focused on physical science, computer science, math, and engineering. There are a number of politicians, parents, and students that will blame the public school education system for the current state of education in the United States. I have some serious doubts whether fingers should really be pointed in the direction of the teachers or even school system. I think in many ways, those fingers should be pointed right back to the parents and their children. Perhaps life in America is so good that by the time the student becomes a young adult, life hasn't prepared them to face the challenges and disappointments they need to do well in the sciences.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 19, 2007
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  • phpBB.com back up with new website

    As we mentioned earlier, phpBB.com was down due to drive failures on their RAID system.  Late Sunday evening, phpBB.com not only brought their site back online, but also redesigned their site.  An announcement was posted in phpBB's forum explaining the details.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 18, 2007
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  • phpBB.com down due to drive failure

    I noticed on my way to bed that the phpBB.com site was down.  As of early Sunday, March 18th, a notice at phpBB says that they had a RAID failure due to two bad drives (looks like they're using a RAID 5 configuration).  Either way, they don't plan on being up for a few days. As the server needs to be rebuilt with a new set of harddisks and reconfigured, there will be a number of days of downtime whilst this holding page is up on a vserver and that the server failure can be recovered…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 18, 2007
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  • Upgrading CMSReport.com to PHP 5.2.1

    I'm in the middle of upgrading my VPS server from PHP 5.1.6 to PHP 5.2.1.  So if you don't hear from me anytime soon...you now have an explanation. Actually, I'm not too worried about breaking the server.  I am however worried about breaking a few of the applications that may not be compatible with PHP 5.2.  Also, about half the time I recompile Apache through Cpanel on the server I find I also need to spend some time  also restoring eAccelerator.  The worry has nothing to do with whether I'm…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 16, 2007
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  • Drupal leader invites students to improve code

    Dries Buytaert, lead of the Drupal project, invited students on his blog to participate in Google's Summer of Code and at the same time help improve the Drupal core.  This is Google's third year for the program which hopes to encourage college students to work on open source projects.  Chris Dibona, Open Source Program Manager at Google, wrote: Last year we paid 630 students from 450 schools in 90 countries $4,500 each to work on open source software projects. These projects, selected by some…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 16, 2007
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  • Jaws 0.7.0 Released

    Jaws 0.7.0 was released this week.  Jaws is a framework and content management system for building dynamic web sites.  New features in Jaws 0.7.0 include:Support for 12 languages Database support for: MySQL(i), PostgreSQL, MSSQL and SQLite! AJAX in all of the gadgets Better antispam support: Captchas (simple and mathematician), Akismet and extra tools Friendly URLs Links for downloading Jaws 0.7.0 is available on the official Jaws download page.  The post at jaws-project.com…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 15, 2007
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  • IT contributions to the economy

    A recent eWeek article reported that a United States "policy think tank" found that in the past decade, information technology boosted the U.S. economy by $2 trillion dollars."For the United States alone, what we found was that because of the digital revolution, GDP is $2 trillion larger today than it would have been had growth in the post-1995 era proceeded at the 1974 to 1995 rate," said Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D., president of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.  "We need to…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 15, 2007
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  • Alex King does it better

    When I first started developing this website, CMSReport.com, it was my intention to also take "the opportunity to provide a series of how-to articles on building a Website using Drupal".  I wanted to help those getting started in using a content management system for their site by suggesting some tips and ideas that could make their life easier.  As time wore on, when it came to my own site I found that except for a few well written posts I failed miserably at this goal. I'm pretty good at…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 14, 2007
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  • BusinessWeek: Tip Sheet: Wiki Etiquette

    Oh, the etiquette necessary for using a wiki in the workplace!  Sometimes I really wonder if the words etiquette and my coworkers really can be used in the same sentence.  :-).This short primer may help you through the perils and pleasures of collaboration on intra-company wikis. You probably know it's rude to send an e-mail message in all caps. But did you know that you can step on others' toes by deleting content in a wiki? That's like using the dessert fork for the main course: It's simply…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 13, 2007
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