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Part of the fun of being a product manager at Alfresco is the open source component of our business model. Product managers need to thoroughly understand the game they are playing, and open source software businesses differ from proprietary companies in important and nuanced ways.

The most fundamental decision that a business makes is in ...

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Bose amplifier and climate control
Bose amplifier and climate control

I have a large family, and live at the top of a large hill. There are a couple of days each year that the snow is too slick to get up the hill without 4-wheel drive. I got tired of sliding my minivan into the curb, so I bought a 2011 GMC Yukon XL K1500 ...

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I finished my graduate degree last fall, and I knew it was time to upgrade my server. I haven't really touched it since October 2012, and I have grown increasingly paranoid that my server will get hacked due to the out-of-date web applications. So I finally carved out a weekend and got to work ...

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I had to update my Windows 7 Virtual Machine this week in order to do some demo videos. It is always painful to renew my frustration with that operating system. I dug out my old list of gotchas related to connecting to Alfresco from a Windows machine. I updated them, and decided to post them ...

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Two Alfresco tips that I keep meaning to write down.

Fresh Install Error

New machine, fresh install of Alfresco, and the repository won't start.

Very early in the log file, after the sysAdmin few subsystem has loaded, this error shows up:

org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanCreationException: Error creating 
bean with name 'avmRemoteService' defined in ...

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Jeff Potts and I have been hosting various Alfresco related conversations on Google Hangouts for about a year. It is so much better than our previous webinar platform that I a gratefully accept the many curiosities of the system. We have found that the broadcasts go much more smoothly if we prepare all the panelists ...

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Background

My family invested in the complete set of the Avatar cartoon series (both the Last Airbender / Legend of Aang and the Legend of Korra season 1). If you haven't seen the series, I highly recommend you watch it; it is a masterpiece in nearly every way.

I don't often buy DVD's ...

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The Beauty of CMIS

This is my next article providing an introduction to Enterprise Content Management (ECM). This article introduces the most important standard for building content solutions: Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS). When a developer is given a task that involves content, it will save time and energy to leverage the CMIS standard when interacting with that content ...

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In my last ECM post, I provided an introduction to the discipline of Enterprise Content Management. Many developers confuse Web Content Management (WCM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM). When they are told about a content repository, they think of the tool they use to build web sites instead of the tool they use to manage ...

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I recently spent about a year as a Drupal 7 developer. Years ago I was a PHP web developer and I dabbled with Drupal 4. After discovering Django and the CMS's built on Django, I hoped to never be cursed with Drupal again. Working with Python and Django is an apprenticeship to engineers who ...