Open source software: modify, extend, or leave it alone?

Let me begin with a story. When I first started using WordPress for blogging, it didn’t have support for standards-level Atom feeds. Being open source, though, a colleague had looked at how RSS feeds were processed and had written some code for Atom. I took this code and plugged it…

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Sunday morning WordPress installation maintenance

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This site is a merge of WordPress and Drupal, with the former handling the blog and the latter everything else. I use variations on the Garland theme originally developed for Drupal to try to make…

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Daily Links for Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Source Good Karma: An In Depth Review Of Ubuntu 9.10 Ars Technica / Ryan Paul Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, was officially released last month. In this comprehensive review, Ars takes you under the surface for an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes. Obama Team…

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Starting an open source business: preliminary thoughts

I’ve been very surprised as I’ve looked around the web that there doesn’t seem to be very many good guides about the nuts and bolts of starting an open source business. There are odds and ends, yes, and conferences that have sessions here and there, but given all the thousands…

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WhiteHouse.gov switches to open source Drupal content management system

Both the Associated Press and Dries Buytaert are reporting that WhiteHouse.gov has now switched to the open source Drupal content management system. Dries, the founder of Drupal is rather excited, as you can imagine, and says, in part: Being one of the world’s largest consumers of computer software, the U.S.…

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Update on antisocial bookmarks

About once a month I publish an entry about what I’ve been calling antisocial bookmarks, the saving of links to articles, blog entries, websites, and documents to a blog without using a service like Delicious or Diigo. My last entry, at the end of August, was called “More thoughts on…

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Creating a book catalog with Drupal and the CCK, Views, and Amazon modules

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. Some of the links below may not work. I set up a little project for myself this weekend: how could I use Drupal to put together a catalog of my science fiction and fantasy books…

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More thoughts on using WordPress for antisocial bookmarks

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I had stopped using Diigo for saving and then posting digests of links into this blog. Long before that, I had stopped using delicious for that functionality and switched to Diigo. The reasons I gave were: I don’t really need my saved bookmarks available…

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Aftermath of site reconstruction: a few more nits

Ten days ago I documented how my hosting provider deleted the wrong account and wiped sutor.com and some other sites I own. I had backups for all the files and got most everything running within a few hours, but it was a pain. What did not happen automatically upon restoring…

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Daily Links 07/22/2009 (p.m.)

IBM 25 Things You Might Not Know About IBM “These days, IBM is heavily promoting its Smarter Planet initiative to add a layer of intelligence to the basic processes that run today’s world, including roads, water and power. It’s just the latest milestone for the 98-year-old company. Here is a…

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So you want to be an open source contributor?

I’m sometimes asked by people how they can participate in open source projects. Alternatively, I’m asked for support money by people who have very specific open source projects they want to do, but that’s another blog entry. If you have coding skills and want to use them to develop open…

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Weekend progress on the website: using Drupal and WordPress together

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This weekend I made some progress on the grand website unification: how to use Drupal and WordPress together while achieving a relatively consistent look and feel across both environments. To recap, I had been using…

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Hello Drupal (and WordPress will stay)

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. If you’ve been to my website recently and clicked on any of the sidebar links that are not blog or photo related, you probably saw a different look for the content. Over last weekend I…

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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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How my website was built and how I might do it differently today

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. It’s Saturday morning and I thought I would take a bit of time out to discuss how this website is built. It might be instructive for any of you who are thinking of doing something…

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links for 2006-10-28

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) arrives “Ubuntu 6.10, aka Edgy Eft, is now available for download by worldwide fans of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu Linux.” (tags: ubuntu linux) Zillow – Your Edge in Real Estate Find assessed values of homes in your neighborhood, plus, maybe estimates. (tags: realestate) developerWorks : Sample…

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links for 2006-07-13

USATODAY.com – Pearl Jam donates green for environment “Our Carbon Portfolio Strategy is the newest component of our ongoing efforts to advance clean renewable energy and carbon mitigation,” the Seattle-based band said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. (tags: music environment) IBM Taps Drupal For Dev Project Tutorial…

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links for 2006-05-22

Open Source Open source needs more competition Matt Asay’s comments. (tags: opensource) Mellon Foundation invites nominations for open source awards “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is seeking nominations for a new set of awards to recognize individuals and organizations contributing to open source software.” (tags: opensource) New program will train…

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