Thursday, December 01, 2005

Moving from php-Nuke to Joomla

After the defacement of one of my websites powered by php-nuke (, I decided to change software. Trying the various possible alternatives among which Post-nuke and Xoops, I decided to go with Joomla.
Believe it or not in a couple of days I was able to migrate all stories, users, and content elements and managed to put up a test site. I quickly adapted the first theme I came across and after another few days of testing put the site in production.
I still have to dominate all aspects of Joomla, but the management side is really straightforward, the code seems very well written and the developers are very careful on tracking and patching security issues. Adding to this solid foundation is a very active developer site powered by Sourceforge.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Googlebar Lite much lighter and just as good for me

Since I started using firefox, Googlebar has always been a "must have" extension, now I have switched to Googlebar Lite and for me its just as good, but far lighter (only 68k).

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Friday, September 23, 2005

How Permanent Is Your CD-R?

An interesting article on archival life of CD-R's, a must-read for everyone relying con CDs.
"low priced CD-R’s may not be readable, at all, and error in as little as two years".."but 70 years would be low for a quality CD-R with the norm being 100 years"
So we better keep this in mind..

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

"We Put iTunes on Windows and Kind of Helped Them Out There"

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has hit out at fellow tech heavyweights Dell and Microsoft, claiming they have been copying Apple, and put the company's tight-lipped strategy down to a refusal to give its rivals a roadmap ahead of time.
I think this is true, but Apple strategy is based on continous innovation, a clear example is the Nano which replaces the Mini at its sales peek.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” says Steve Jobs at Stanford University

“Find what you love” says the man who’s “thinking different” has delivered us with the first personal computer, the Mac and recently the iPod. Creative innovation has always been the focus of Jobs and his companies, and probably few other men have contributed so much to global progress.

I really admire Jobs, as he once said “We hire people who want to make the best things in the world”. The difference is in the concept of what is best, not the product which captures the market but the one that creates new markets.

In my opinion that is the great difference between Jobs and Gates, and between Apple and Microsoft; creating verses dominating.

You can read the text of Jobs’ speech here, an article with the italian transaltion is available here.

About Podcasting and my subscriptions

I really enjoy podcasting, even more now that its integrated in iTunes version 4.9, whether traveling by car or waiting for an appointment, its always a chance of generating extra value from potentially wasted time. What makes it even better is my iPod mini which is a very well designed and usable piece of electronics.
I do not have to tweak around to have the podcasts I already listened to deleted, and to get new podcasts uploaded, its all automatic, really great.
What amazes me is how every day available technologies can be well orchestrated to deliver innovative and really useful services.

These are my favorite and current Podcast subscriptions:

  • The Gillmor Gang: Steve Gillmor and the Gang from IT Conversations give you technology news, interviews and reports.
    Steve Gillmor, contributing editor, ZDNet
    Doc Searls, senior editor, Linux Journal
    Jon Udell, lead analyst, InfoWorld Test Center
    Dana Gardner, senior analyst, Yankee Group
  • TWIT (this Week in Tech): Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech. Released every Sunday at midnight Pacific.
  • KFI's Tech Guy: From computers and the Internet to cell phones, MP3 players, and home theater, no one explains technology better than Leo Laporte. This is the commercial free version of his weekend radio show, heard live every Saturday and Sunday from 11a-2p on KFI 640 AM in Los Angeles.
  • The World: Technology from BBC/WGBH/PRI: The World's Technology Podcast with Clark Boyd. Our podcast keeps you up to date on all the latest news in global technology. The World is US-based international news and analysis program co-produced by the BBC World Service, WGBH public radio in Boston, and Public Radio International.