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As before, Alfresco DevCon 2011 was a great experience. Events were held in both San Diego and London, and I was able to see different presentations at each event. Unfortunately for me, only about half of the presentations were the same between the two events. That means that even after attending both events I still ...

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When did it get so hard to buy a Linux computer? From 2004 to 2010, every computer I bought had Linux pre-installed. I purchased from Dell and Lenovo, but HP and Asus also had them on offer. Sure, I had to make compromises, but it was possible.

I was unpleasantly surprised when in the summer of ...

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We just finished another open enrollment period at work. It is always stressful for me to be forced to lock in a health insurance selection for another 12 months. This is one of the most high risk and complicated decisions I make every year; there are loads of options, lots of trade-offs, and thousands of ...

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YCombinator’s Hacker News recently linked to an interesting post entitled “What every computer science major should know”.

I think it’s a pretty good list, but like others I have seen, it has a hole around the knowledge domain of Content Management, Content Modeling, and Information Architecture.

There are some core tools that every software ...

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I worked as a one-man shop for an extended period of time. Though it was fun to wear a lot of hats, I really missed having a team of people to collaborate with. To cope, I learned to rely on the IRC community at Freenode. Freenode is a great place to bounce ideas off of ...

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Alfresco uses Lucene to provide services for indexing and searching metadata and content. Though Lucene is a reliable subsystem for most of our customers, if Alfresco trouble does occur, the Lucene index is often involved. A customer asked me today for advice on maintaining the health of Alfresco indexes. After getting some ideas from support ...

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Alfresco is format-agnostic. It will store any bytes you hand it, and along with storage you get powerful functionality such as permission enforcement, categorization, versioning, automation rules, workflow, check-in / check-out, metadata, and meta-data search (among other capabilities). In addition to these core content-agnostic capabilities, Alfresco will also examine the MIME type to see if additional ...

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Here are some tips for building custom content models in Alfresco:

Keep Properties in Custom Aspects

Alfresco provides developers with powerful tools for modeling content and automating functionality. Aspects are one of the biggest. Because Java developers are familiar with method annotations, most quickly comprehend how aspects allow a developer to cross-cut the content model and group ...

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I stumbled across this interesting post from 2009 detailing the principles behind an Open Source Hackers Cooperative:

http://scale-out-blog.blogspot.com/2009/08/building-open-source-hackers.html

It is interesting that Robert Hodges was thinking about the same issues around an open source cooperative I was testing with Coopercate. It is neat to see that he came to ...

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Here is a product that every tech geek needs to buy.

If you are the person that the neighbors call when they have a computer problem, or if you can’t tell your mother that you won’t help her recover the photos off the Windows 95 desktop, then you need this product. It is the ...

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