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Merry Christmas and Happy IT Break

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I've been very fortunate to see CMS Report's numbers of visitors grow as much as it has this past year. While I don't always have all the CMS answers out there, I hopefully have shown that I do have the enthusiasm to keep plugging away. Better yet, I've been able to connect with some people who are just as obsessed as I am with content management systems and other information systems. This year has been a good one!

While my enthusiasm for CMS remains, once again it is time to turn this computer off and rest my weary eyes. I put in some long hours last week at my real job and I need the break. The week started with a software load on our operational systems with a post-install that never seemed to quit. It was one of those weeks that leave you with just one thought: "I hate computers". Those of you in the IT business know the kind of week I'm talking about so I don't think I need to explain further.

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Ruby's CVS repository moved to Subversion

Congratulations to the Ruby language folks for converting their CVS repository over to Subversion (SVN). From what the "experts" tell me, it is not easy moving your developers over to another version control system. At least that's what was hinted when I asked the question, CVS or Subversion?

The difficulty of moving a project to a different version control system likely has just as much to do with cultural issues as it does with technical issues. To ask a developer to use a version control system when they never have used a version control system before is difficult enough. To ask a developer to spend a day or two to learn a new version control system over the one they're currently using is three times more difficult.

For the organization that I work for, we've settled on SVN. A lot of the developers in our field offices are used to programming alone, thus most of then have never used a version control system. I believe we'll find SVN is the right choice for the new projects we're starting up.

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Release Candidate for Geeklog 1.4.1 is out

Although I don't use this blogging application, there is something about it's name that has always attracted my attention. Like most blogs today, it can support a variety of features including "comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, spam protection, and all the other vital features of such a system".

The first release candidate for Geeklog 1.4.1 was recently put on board.

While this is not the final 1.4.1 yet, we would like to ask you to download it and try it out to help us track down any remaining issues. Please also keep in mind that once 1.4.1 is out, the support for Geeklog 1.3.11, and therefore for the entire 1.3.x line, will end. So now would be a good time to start planning for an upgrade of your site.

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Fooled in December

Bèr Kessels at (Netherlands) must think it is April 1 because he sure fooled me for a second. Check out his post Congrats to You, regarding Time's choice for Person of the Year. If you don't already know, Time magazine has selected "You" to be Person of the Year thanks to the Information Age and dare I say it, Web 2.0.

If you still don't get the joke, check out the magazine cover at

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Recommended Firefox and Thunderbird updates available

Some critical security and stability updates have been made available for my favorite Internet browser, Firefox, as well as my favorite e-mail client, Thunderbird.

As part of Mozilla Corporation's ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox, Firefox, and Thunderbird are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from &

We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release. This update is available immediately in 41 languages including Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Hungarian, and more.

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Measuring traffic at MySpace, Yahoo, and your site

BusinessWeek published an interesting article titiled, Did MySpace Really Beat Yahoo? The article discusses the difficulty to confirm which site actually has more traffic, MySpace or Yahoo.

The discrepancy has revived complaints about the accuracy of reporting agencies' results, which often differ from companies' own audience measurements (see, 10/23/06, "Web Numbers: What's Real"). It also underscores the rivalry between comScore and Nielsen//NetRatings for recognition as the most trusted source for Web-traffic data. The winner, if one emerges, may set the standard for how site popularity is measured, influencing how marketers dole out billions in online ad dollars each year. Recognizing the high stakes in that tussle, comScore and Nielsen//NetRatings both are refining their tactics.

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Firefox 3 to drop support for older Windows and Mac X 10.2

I'm currently testing a development version of Mozilla's Firefox 3 (codenamed Gran Paradiso). The contents of the release notes for Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 may surprise a few users.

Currently Firefox 3 is scheduled to be officially released in May 2007. When Firefox 3 is finally released it is expected to no longer support older versions of Microsoft Windows including Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME. Support for Apple's Mac OS X 10.2 will also be dropped. For the Mac platform, Mozilla is recommending users run Firefox using OS X 10.3.9 or higher.

Several new features for the Alpha 1 version of Gran Paradiso include:

  • Cairo is now being used as the default graphics library, affecting all graphic and text rendering
  • Cocoa Widgets are now used in OS X builds
  • An updated threading model
  • Changes to how DOM events are dispatched (see bug 234455)
  • Changes to how web pages are painted
  • New SVG elements and filters, and improved SVG specification compliance

Many of the new features are a result of changes in the Firefox rendering (layout) engine, Gecko. For this alpha version, Gecko 1.9 Alpha 1 is being used under the browser's hood.

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SMF 1.1 final is out and about

The final version of SMF 1.1 is out. That's right, as far as 1.1 goes, no more release candidates for this forum software.

SMF is by far one of the easiest Web applications to install and upgrade that I have come across. In fact I upgraded my WebCMS Forum within 24 hours of the release and haven't looked backed. Though, I'm giving a week or two for some burn in time before I upgrade a client's site.

Instead of listing all the new features since 1.0, below are the major changes since SMF 1.1 RC3 was released. Release candidates in SMF are typically stable and introduce new features. In fact most open source projects would actually have given the RCs new version numbers.

Significant changes between SMF 1.1 RC3 and SMF 1.1 include:

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