Drupal versus Proprietary Web Content Management SystemsPosted: 11 February 2013 Filed under: drupal, open source | Tags: drupal Leave a comment
Wikileaks: Microsoft speaks out against Open Source in ThailandPosted: 26 August 2011 Filed under: open source 2 Comments
A view behind the curtain — this is what it looks like when the State Department helps to promote proprietary software. From a Wikileaks cable:
Microsoft-Thailand’s Corporate Affairs Director identified software copyrights as a big issue. On the one hand, he praised the Thai government (RTG) for strengthening its IPR enforcement and education efforts, and said Microsoft was “very pleased” that Thailand’s software piracy rate has decreased by two percent a year since 2006. On the other hand, he expressed concern over the RTG’s Creative Economy policy of promoting the “open source” software model over the “commercial source” model as a means to curb piracy.
I guess I’m confused. Wouldn’t promoting open source be an excellent way to combat piracy?
Alternating row backgrounds / conditional formatting in OpenOffice.orgPosted: 26 May 2011 Filed under: open source, productivity | Tags: openoffice.org 8 Comments
Have you put together an OpenOffice.org table in OpenOffice.org Calc, and wanted to display alternating backgrounds for easy reading? Well, there’s an easy way to do it.
The steps are:
- Create a style for every other row and call it “Even rows.” Make its background “Gray 10%,” or whatever other color and attributes you prefer.
- In your spreadsheet, select the range of rows you’d like to format.
- In the Format menu, click “Conditional Formatting…”.
- Choose “Formula is” in the first dropdown.
- For the condition itself, enter the formula
ISEVEN(ROW()). This formula tests if the current row in question is even or not. If it is, the condition is met and your style is applied.
- For Cell Style, select the style you created back in Step 1.
- Click OK. There you go.
Install a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) plugin for Google Chrome beta running on Ubuntu LinuxPosted: 9 December 2009 Filed under: open source, productivity | Tags: Google Chrome, linux Leave a comment
Interested in getting Java to work in the just-released Google Chrome on your Ubuntu install? You can always try linking directly to the plugin binary:
$ locate libnpjp2.so
$ sudo mkdir /opt/google/chrome/plugins
$ cd /opt/google/chrome/plugins/
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-126.96.36.199/jre/lib/i386/libnpjp2.so .
Works for me!
whitehouse.gov moves to Drupal, recovery.gov migrated from DrupalPosted: 29 October 2009 Filed under: drupal, open source | Tags: drupal, microsoft, sharepoint Leave a comment
The biggest problem is that he claims that Drupal is impenetrable, which it is. For many beginners, it has a steep learning curve. But he never makes the connection; why do your site visitors care? If millions of them appear, and your site continues to work well in response because it was built with a solid operational foundation instead of being built with something that has a cute-but-heavy GUI on the backend, don’t they benefit? It looks to me like Chris has unfortunately conflated the needs of end-users with the needs of site developers.
Also, I’d like to take my hat off to the organization that landed the $18M contract to migrate recovery.gov into Sharepoint. That’s a lot of money for a site built using tables in HTML and containing leftover hidden cruft like “this Web Part Page has been personalized. As a result, one or more Web Part properties may contain confidential information. Make sure the properties contain information that is safe for others to read. After exporting this Web Part…”