Archive for 2010 March

Hippo's New Version Compare Functionality

Arjé Cahn recently screencasted a demonstration of the new version compare functionality that will be released in Hippo CMS version 7.4 (due June 2010). While (as Arjé concedes) versioning and version compare are nothing new, the Hippo team has added a subtle twist that …

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The Onion’s Migration from Drupal to Django

There is a great Reddit thread on The Onion’s migration from Drupal to Django. The Onion was one of the companies that I interviewed for the Drupal for Publishers report. One of the things I mention in the report is that The Onion was running …

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How Many Microblogging Services Does the World Really Need?

After hearing all this news about status.net, I took a few moments to connect my Identi.ca account with my Twitter account. I am not at all sure what good that did but I figured it couldn’t hurt. While I was there, I got …

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My Microsoft Office CMS Analogy

The other day I was trying to describe to a client how content management systems are different. My audience was not familiar with some of the core features of a CMS so my examples were too abstract to get my points across. However, …

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My Enterprise Text Editor

The Productive Programmer (Theory in Practice (O’Reilly)) is a useful book of how to use your computer more efficiently. One of the several tips that I have adopted is to use one text editor (in my case, TextMate) for all text oriented work. …

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Google's Take on the Newspaper Business

Chief Google Economist, Hal Varian, has an interesting post about online and offline newspaper economics on the Google Public Policy blog. Most of the ideas will be familiar if you read Clay Shirky: cross-subsidization of the news; specialized sites drawing away ad revenue; relative …

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Text Killed the Multi-Media Star

Recently it occurred to me that video and (to some extent audio) has become a less important requirement for most of my web content management clients these days. If I were to extrapolate the interest trend I was seeing back in 2004, I would …

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Predicting FOSS Fail

The Open Source Way is a great resource for developers who want to start their own open source project. It is a wiki of lessons learned and best practices gathered primarily from experiences working on the RedHat and Fedora projects. One page that …

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