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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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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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Note: Though this works for me, unattended installation is not a tested and supported use of the Alfresco installers.

With the release of Alfresco 3.3.3, Alfresco started using Bitrock installers for both their Community and Enterprise products. The logic is that using Bitrock’s proven technology will reduce problems with the installation process. Also ...

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Product managers, engineers, marketers, and those who support them can be amazingly pretentious. If you are involved in designing a product, please make sure that you understand this important point: it doesn’t matter what you build, or how good a job you do, your product is not cool enough to force on everyone and ...

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Background to Buying a Linux System

My family switched to all-Linux in 2002. Mid-2004 was the last time I purchased a Windows license for personal use; though I have a copy of XP that I still occasionally load in a VM. 2004 was the year I bought an HP laptop that came with Windows, and I ...

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The Setup

After working for over a year as the only tech guy in our little start-up company, we brought another developer on to help with some of the reporting tasks. In an effort to mitigate the damage a contracted hit-man could do to our collective efforts (the hit-by-a-bus metaphor is so passé), I have been ...

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For the last ten years I have mentally divided the computing world into three camps:

  1. The sorry masses of Windows users who don’t realize that happy alternatives exist to their computing purgatory.

  2. The camp of OSX users who enjoy their addiction to beautiful and functional proprietary technologies.

  3. The free and dis-organized Linux users who will conquer the ...

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I am about to start a big project for work, and I wanted to get the latest tools on my machine because I know I won’t have the opportunity for a while. Unfortunately, my install of Kubuntu Hardy 8.04 is starting to feel behind-the-times and the latest versions of my applications are getting ...