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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 ...

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I have been asked to produce a number of videos lately, mostly tutorial screencasts. These videos usually involve a series of screen recordings (video screen captures) with audio. Since some of these videos are for my employer, it is important that I am as productive as those using tools on other platforms. I would prefer ...

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This is a quick note about how to get Skype URLs to open in Skype. This is not about opening web URLs from inside of Skype chats.

The problem:
When I have a link to a URI that uses "skype:" as the protocol, it creates a warning about needing to run xdg-open with the protocol ...

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In my role as a developer evangelist at Alfresco, I regularly speak with developers who have never heard of the tool and are not familiar with the concept of content management. This short post will provide enough of an introduction that you will know what capabilities these tools provide, and when to research more information ...

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Recovering Deleted Web Pages

I recently had trouble upgrading this blog. No big deal, I thought, I will just restore the backup. The restoration went smoothly, except the part where I discovered that the backup was empty. Lesson learned (again): test your restore process!

Lucky for me, the Internet never forgets. These Firefox tools helped me restore the entries ...

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The CMIS browser in version 4 of LibreOffice is a great example of what we at Alfresco hoped people would do with this standard. It makes it very easy to access your content in Alfresco (or any other CMIS compliant repository) and take advantage of content management features like check-ins and metadata.

I want to ...

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I was a happy T-Mobile customer. Though I was occasionally disappointed by their spotty network coverage, I was won over by the advantages:

  • Their customer service was generally impressive. It wasn't perfect, but generally short hold times, and helpful staff.
  • My plan was relatively inexpensive.
  • They are the only major cell phone provider in ...

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 A Great Pair: Easy Tomato and the Asus RT-N16

For my home firewall and server I used to have an old laptop running Debian. It was a source of geek pride that I had configured by hand all of the necessary services (DHCP, DNS, iptables, Apache, Samba) and knew how everything worked. When that laptop died, I decided I was too lazy to keep ...

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I hoard information, and I am always looking for a better way to store it. As I teenager I used my Dad's install of AskSam and FolioViews to create hundreds of notes. I learned the hard way about proprietary formats; all that data is gone. Now I like to keep my notes in an ...

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This blog got a neglected over the past few months. Like most people, I have a lot going on. Though I have many ideas for articles, I haven't taken the time to post. Since I have been writing more for work and need a place to share that content, I decided it is time ...