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LinuxWorld starts today!

I'm going to be attending for the next three days, I just hope there is enough to do so that I'm kept busy, so far I'm still on track to get my LPIC-1, I'm determined to pass although I could do with some more study time.

Karl Fischer, whose blog I occasionally visit, will be running the community side of the event so maybe I'll get a chance to meet him and I think its about time I started interacting with the the South African Open Source community.

If you are reading this I hope you are able to attend, you don't know what you are missing.

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Drupal 4.7 ... Need I say more?

Drupal 4.7 is finally out after a year in development and this is the best version yet. The php template is now the default template engine and there are a lot of new features, such as free tagging, Ajax and a new contact form just to name a few. It also now comes with an installer but I have yet to test it out.

As you may have guessed this site has been upgraded and I still have others to do.

In other news I was ripped off by a dishonest ex-ModenBill reseller and it seems no one can find him, as for the software I'm no longer using it even though it was not ModernGigabyte's fault, I've had it with "proprietary complexity".

On the project front I've started to learn Python which has sparked renewed interest in Bazaar-NG. It's still early days for bazaar but I like the idea of a Python based VCS, I haven't decided yet but I could very well switch to Bazaar and the fact its backed by Canonical doesn't hurt either.

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Announcing DrupalCamp Johannesburg

Adrian Rossouw: Announcing DrupalCamp Johannesburg - Over the last few years that I have been involved in the Drupal community, I have noticed only a handful of South African developers, and I've always wondered if there are more of us out there.

I have also been introducing many many people to Drupal, but unfortunately every time people try to approach me for projects, I have to turn them down, as I am just too busy building Bryght.

To combat this, I am going to be holding a training session on how to become a Drupal developer, for local web developers at the end of June. I hope to help bootstrap the local Drupal community so that we can have better representation from my fellow South Africans.

Considering that there are 11 pages of people who have specified that they live in South Africa on drupal.org, I will also be heading up a DrupalZA group on DrupalGroups, just as soon as I can get an administrator to create it for me.

If you are interested in being kept up to date about this, and being put on the mailing list for South African Drupal users, please contact me via my drupal.org contact form

EDIT : I have created the DrupalZA user group. You can join on groups.drupal.org. You can just log in with your drupal.org auth, so you don't even have to create an account.

read more [Planet Drupal]

I think South African Community has a better chance now we have a central place to work from.

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Bug Hunting

Well I've finally been able to do some work on the project/source management side of my website. As you can see there is now a link to the bug tracker, its running Flyspray its a really great system. As for Darcs I'm working on a patch management system of sorts.

So what project are you starting? you might ask. Well I'm not going to say, only once there is something usable will I announce my projects.

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LinuxWorld

Registrations for LinuxWorld are now open so start registering. Be warned though when I tried to register it would only work in IE, apparently some last minute changes broke Firefox support so it should be working again soon for us non-IE users.

I think I'm just about ready for this years event, just need to make sure my name is down for the LPI examinations run by the Geek Freedom League.

And if you haven't guessed already I'm quite excited about this years event.

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Mambo, Mambo Everywhere!

It seems everyone is using mambo these days and the number is growing, it hasn't got all those awards for nothing. However the templating system is not very flexible as far as content goes, while there are many ways to arrange content with the system itself styling it remains a challenge, ironically its was the template system that was one of the first things that drew me to mambo.

There is no denying that content management systems help in many ways but I can't help think that people aren't picking the best system for the job but rather by popularity and the result can be some particularly bad looking websites or worse generic looking ones where they just change the header and colours. (I'm not listing names)

So my point?

One: Don't settle for the first CMS that comes to mind. Do some research it will save you time down the road.
Two: If you are a business or organization don't be afraid to spend a little money on your site. In this day and age you can't afford not to.

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The Absence of Evidence

I found this quote to day and I think it is so true

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" - Carl Sagan

Originally posted on Karl Fischer's Blog

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Long day at the office...

I'm sitting here with no internet access, apart from my cell phone so this could take a while.

Now on to other news, Debian rocks. I still love SuSE but the whole Debian Package system is what I like the most. YaST, while a great system needs work on the updater maybe 10.1 will do better?

Anyway, this has taken far too long but it's always fun to play with technology.

FYI: My phone is an MPx200 running Windows Mobile 2003

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Spread the love

This was sent to the all the users of Obsidian's jabber server so I thought I would share with everyone else.

Hello, possums....

Happy Valentine's day, from a not-so secret admirer, namely me. Why do I admire you? For using my server despite all the arbitrary messages (like this one) that I send you in the dark of night; for all the comments, feedback and, of course, compliments you've given me over the years; for your company 24 hours a day, no matter what I'm doing. Thank you.

So today, I urge you to spread the love people! Walk up to someone you don't know, or even someone you do know, give them a hug and let them know why you admire them. Compliments are some of the most powerful medicine known to man, you could change somebody's day, their week, who knows, maybe even their year or their life. Give it a go.

Love
the wibble
aka Warren

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Podcasting conspiracy theories

I work on a podcast directory aimed at southern africa called Podcast SA. Today the owner of the site tells me that MWeb is interested in a "partnership" with Podcast SA. I found this rather interesting but I knew that some thing like this would happen sooner or later since its a high profile domain. Anyway less then an hour ago I found PodFarm, which was launched this month, who seem to be doing the same sort of thing as Podcast SA and is run by Internet Solutions.

I don't know if these two events are related, it remains to be seen, but I think things are going to get very interesting as bandwidth becomes increasingly available in South Africa.

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