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Mambo 4.6 to be released soon

Mambo 4.6 is expected to be release soon. While interest in the content management system has diminished over the past year (due to increased interest in Joomla) the open source project and community still remains active. Mambo is by no means a dead project.

With Mambo 4.6 currently available as a release candidate the folks at MamboServer report the following as the most significant new features and enhancements you can expect in the new release:

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Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista

No matter how big or small you are, does it not seems that the marketing department always lures us into these discussions?

I had mentioned a while back that we planned to call the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. Well, the feedback we got on the blog was overwhelming – many of you didn’t like it. So, as we’ve said on our website, we heard you. I’m pleased to announce that we’re switching the name back to “Internet Explorer 7”. No plus. No dot x. Just “Internet Explorer 7”.

You can read the IE7 Team blog for more on this story, Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista.

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Questioning Ping-O-Matic

I have two Ping-O-Matic related questions that I cannot find answers too. Maybe someone can help me find the answer to these two burning questions:

  1. Why is Ping-O-Matic so popular for pinging the blog search engines?
  2. Is anyone else bothered when they see that the blog at Ping-O-Matic has not been updated since April of 2006?

By no means am I saying anything bad about Ping-O-Matic. I just find it curious that Web applications such as Wordpress and Drupal by default point to Ping-O-Matic. Why not point your CMS to alternative ping services such as Pingoat or Blog Flux?

As to the stale blog at is driving me crazy. I keep hoping when Ping-O-Matic is down for a day or two that they'll post an explanation at their site. Sometimes I would like to know if the problem is on my end or their end. Is a blog really a blog if there are no posts being logged? (Try saying that three times really quick!)


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Quoting IT: WAMP is best of both worlds

"The results we saw with the WAMP [Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP] stacks were probably the biggest surprise in our entire test. Enterprise IT managers shouldn't hesitate to look into the option of deploying open-source stacks on a Windows Server platform.

For some businesses, this will truly be the best of both worlds."

- Jim Rapoza, How the stacks stack up, eWeek, July 10, 2006

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Drupal 4.8/5.0 will have an installer

Last month, it was announced that Drupal will have an installer included in the next major release of Drupal. The installer will not only automate the creation of the required Drupal database tables for you, but should also allow for the creation of "install profiles".

However, this patch is more than just usability: it supports "install profiles" so that anyone can create a distribution out of Drupal core, contributed modules, and themes. This will begin a new era in Drupal's life. Without a doubt, there will be a Drupal for blogger distribution, and a forum distribution is already in the works. Also, new installations of Drupal will only contain database tables for the modules you've actually enabled.

While the announcement of this installer was last month, I really have not had much time to actually check how the installer will actually work. While I would expect the installer to work as easily as installers in other content management systems, I've learned over the years to not count my chickens before they hatch. Today, someone has posted a very good article on what Drupal users can expect in the next major update of their application.

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TYPO3 4.0.1 Released

TYPO3 4.0.1 was released to address some bugs as well as make some slight improvements over last April's 4.0 release. The Enterprise content management system contains the following new features and improvements in 4.0.1:

  • Compatibility
    • Parameters for showpic can now be disabled
    • FORM submit buttons with images are now valid XHTML
  • Installation/Upgrade
    • The TYPO3 upgrade wizard better clarifies the upgrade process and functionality
    • typo3temp/ subdirectories are created automatically now
  • DBAL
    • Improved support for Oracle
    • Updated AdoDB to 4.90
  • Backend Skin
    • BE admin module provides better support for skins
    • The BE now correctly highlights the current page in IE6.
  • Bugfixes
    • Corrected some HTTP status codes
    • Charset for mails works now

I'm not a TYPO3 user, so I would be glad to hear from any readers who wish to leave comments about this new version of TYPO3 or TYPO3 in general.

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Firefox Security and Stability Update

Mozilla Firefox was released today. This update was released mainly for stability improvements and security fixes. A list of known vulnerabilities fixed with this updated version of Firefox can be found at Mozilla by clicking here. From the Mozilla Developer DevNews:

As part of Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to this latest release. This update is available immediately in 39 languages including German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, and more. 

For more information, please see the Firefox Release Notes.

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Opera 9 making the headlines

Opera LogoBelieve it or not, but the first time I tried the Opera Web browser was a month ago. Until recently, I was content in calling Mozilla's Firefox the alternative browser. Opera 9 is now out and contains a wide range of features. Some of the features unique to Opera and not provided by Internet Explorer and Firefox includes BitTorrent built into the browser and Site Preferences. Site preferences allows you to accept cookies and pop-ups according to specific sites you're visiting (as opposed to settings for all sites you visit with the browser).

I thought eweek did a decent review of the product. The following are some of the things they had to say about Opera 9 in their article:

In our tests, we found Opera 9 to be one of the best Web browsing tools we've used in a long time, which is why we are giving Opera 9 an eWEEK Labs Analyst's Choice award.

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Quoting IT: Apple's Mighty Mouse

I find it very odd that the release of a two-button wireless mouse makes headlines in the tech world. Is this not 2006? The press is once again headlining the release by Apple of a two-button mouse for the Mac. I tip my hat off to Apple not for product this time, but for marketing. Our quote of the week:

"We cut the cord on our popular Mighty Mouse to give consumers more flexibility when using a Mac," said David Moody, vice president of Apple's worldwide Mac product marketing team, in a prepared statement. "A Bluetooth-enabled Mac desktop with an Apple wireless keyboard and Mighty Mouse is the ideal cable-free setup at home or in the office."

-David Moody, Apple Computers, as quoted by PC Magazine, 7/26/2006

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Replacing the Drupal Dashboard

A sleepless night for Earl Miles late last week provided the Drupal community a replacement to his Dashboard module. Earl Miles announced a successor to Dashboard at his site, Angry Donuts. The new module is the Panels module and I expect we'll be seeing it used a lot by Drupal's users, especially newcomers of Drupal and those less inclined to dig into the PHP code.

Dashboard the previous module, allowed Drupal developers an easy way to implement "simple" two-column layouts of content (called nodes in Drupal) that are not sidebars. While you can put blocks about anywhere in Drupal, the core doesn't offer an easy way to put content outside the "main body". While dashboard overcame the "single column" for content obstacle, it required knowledge of PHP to implement.


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