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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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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Life with Linux: Up and running, and changing the look

In the previous entry on this topic I did some basic personal customizations to my Ubuntu 9.04 Linux installation on my Lenovo T400 laptop. As I left it, I was about to install the IBM internal software layer that contains things such as Lotus Notes, SameTime, and Symphony. That went…

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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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Saturday morning housekeeping: my basement and CSS

I slept in a bit this morning since it was an exceptionally long work week. Much to the frustration of others in my family, I sometimes wake up on Saturdays with an annoying urge to get more efficient and to organize things. There is no special reason why this couldn’t…

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Wiki thoughts

As long time readers may know, I’ve occasionally raised the spectre of adding a wiki to this website. Every few months I would look around at what was available, check out and install the famous ones like Mediawiki, as well as the smaller and less well known packages. Sometimes the…

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Open source and the lone developer

It occurred to be this morning when I was stuck in traffic that although a lot has been written about open source development for communities, much less is out there for the lone developer. This is the person who labors along by him- or herself, writing code and letting the…

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Introducing the events calendar

Two year’s ago when my wife Judith was running for the New York State Assembly, I wrote a simple events calendar for her website to keep track of all the local meetings, parades, and county fairs where she would be appearing. At that time and since, I’ve thought about having…

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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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My current WordPress plugins

From time to time as I upgrade this blog to newer versions of WordPress, I also look and see if there are updated or just new-to-me plugins that will augment how the blog is presented or managed. Sometimes I need to drop plugins because they are no longer being supported…

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Optimizing the site

At lunch I found myself reading the ACM Queue article “High Performance Web Sites” and wondering how sutor.com would stack up. Obviously it’s not a site that gets millions of hits, but it does all right for itself. So I read through it and author Steve Souders’ ten recommended best…

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Small business free and open source thought exercise

Sometimes when I’m driving long distances or trying to fall asleep, I give myself little thought exercises along the lines of the following: If I knew someone who was going to start a small business with 10 or fewer employees and he or she wanted to maximally use free or…

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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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