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Mind games

Not so random thought:
It’s amazing how powerful your mind coupled with your emotions can be.

I’ll just leave it at that.

Now that I’m on the hunt for a job, I saw a nice web job at Canonical But sadly it wasn’t to be. So its back to the drawing board for me, hopefully I will find something soon.

On the project front I got my self a very small vps for VPSLink so at least I now have, among other things, shell access for those little extras my current host won’t allow access to. So look out for some Bazaar and maybe SVN repo’s in the near future. I just hope the Rand / Dollar exchange improves otherwise I’m going to have problems.

And finally it looks like Telkom are lowering there rates on ads line rental so there is some small glimmer of hope there.

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Chaos and Disorder

I've come to the conclusion that running my own business is not for me, I'm just not a business person so its back to the job hunt for me, hopefully I can find something in web design/application development or systems administration and bonus points if its an Open Source environment.

Since LinuxWorld last week very little has been said about it and with good reason, it was an anti-climax. The most fun I had was on the Thursday, I had just written my exams (the results of which will be released in the next few weeks) and I decided to hang out at the "Shuttleworth corner". I was at the Freedom Toaster deciding weather or not to get SuSE 10.1 instead I ended up talking to people about Linux and Open Source. While there I meet Neil Blakey-Milner, project manager of KnowledgeTree, it was nice been able to talk to some one who knows more about the current state of open Source then I do.

And the reason why I'm only writing this today? I decided to do the insane and migrate from Debian Sid to Ubuntu Dapper. Things got so bad I had to debootstrap from a live cd (ubuntu 5.10) So I just about installed everything from scratch except I kept all my settings, well most of them. So if you have the same idea don't do it.

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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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