Archive for 2009 March

Drupal 7 UI: Be Part of the Solution

As I have mentioned before, the Drupal project takes a very conscientious approach to usability. Unlike many commercial and open source software projects, Drupal enlists the help of usability labs and is very receptive to negative feedback. That is not to say that …

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Doubt

After collecting requirements, the second most difficult component of a CMS selection is taking all the information that was gathered during the evaluation phase and using it to make a decision. This is where people get crazy with spreadsheets and scoring in the hopes …

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Book Review: Django 1.0 Template Development

I just finished reading Scott Newman’s book Django 1.0 Template Development. This is the second Django book that I have read (the first was The Definitive Guide to Django
) and I am very impressed by the number (and quality) of Django books that …

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J. Boye: Philadelphia 2009

The conference schedule for J. Boye Philadelphia 2009 (May 5th-7th) is taking shape nicely. The J. Boye team has added several case studies to make it a true “user conference” just like the J. Boye conferences in Denmark that I have raved about in …

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How I Talked Myself Out of a Kindle

It takes me a really long time to buy a gadget. Over the course of months I deliberate whether I really need the device and, if I do, what options I should get. The current object of my rumination is the Amazon Kindle …

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Blogging: Alive or Dead?

Paul Boutin’s Wired article “Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004″ last year created a lively dialog about the future of blogging. The general gist of the article (in case you haven’t read it) is that mainstream media companies have adopted and started …

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Talk about lock-in! How about a WordPress tattoo?

Lorelle VanFossen posted the first known permanent WordPress tattoo. I guess (tattoo recipient) Ed Morita didn’t read my post on CMS exit strategies. As with most CMS implementations, the feedback has been mixed. Comments on Lorelle’s blog range from “Woah! I think …

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Drupalcon DC 2009 Sessions Online

For those of you (like me) who missed Drupalcon in DC, videos from 90 sessions have been posted online. By all accounts this was an amazing conference and I am sorry to have missed it. At least, I will be able to catch some …

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RFP Horror at the RNC

How could the RNC not select a CMS called The Red Elephant? (this image is copyrighted by Red Elephant ICT & Internet Services)
Gregor Rothfuss sent me a link to a report about a ridiculous CMS RFP issued by the RNC. As I have …

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Communicating Across the Techno Gap

You have probably heard people talking about “dotted lines” in organizational charts. That is when someone has partial accountability to someone other than his direct manager. An org chart notation that I would really like to see is a “flashing red” line. …

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