This past weekend an OpenSource project I’ve been working on for a while, called XBlog, was released. While not quite ready for prime time I think the release was probably a good thing to at least get people looking at it and hopefully provide some help in fixing some of the more stubborn issues (read please help). Currently, XBlog looks a little old school, but it’s got a pretty good feature set that should only grow in future releases. I’ve already been contemplating a few future features (say that fast 5 times in a row) which should show up there shortly. Also, look for this blog to be using XBlog in

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This past weekend an OpenSource project I’ve been working on for a while, called XBlog, was released. While not quite ready for prime time I think the release was probably a good thing to at least get people looking at it and hopefully provide some help in fixing some of the more stubborn issues (read please help). Currently, XBlog looks a little old school, but it’s got a pretty good feature set that should only grow in future releases. I’ve already been contemplating a few future features (say that fast 5 times in a row) which should show up there shortly. Also, look for this blog to be using XBlog in

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Posted in OpenSource, XBlog, XPages

Today Bob Balfe posted about his top 10 Open Source developer tools, so I thought I would follow suit. Here are my top 10 open source developer tools not in any particular order: Eclipse – This is a great open source programming tool. With it’s many plug-ins you can develop in just about any language. I use it for Java, PHP, HTML, CSS and SQL programming. As Bob mentioned there are several commercial applications built on top of Eclipse and I thought I would mention another such as XMind TextWrangler – This is a feature rich text editor which has formatting capabilities for most web languages. It’s a great tool to

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Today Bob Balfe posted about his top 10 Open Source developer tools, so I thought I would follow suit. Here are my top 10 open source developer tools not in any particular order: Eclipse – This is a great open source programming tool. With it’s many plug-ins you can develop in just about any language. I use it for Java, PHP, HTML, CSS and SQL programming. As Bob mentioned there are several commercial applications built on top of Eclipse and I thought I would mention another such as XMind TextWrangler – This is a feature rich text editor which has formatting capabilities for most web languages. It’s a great tool to

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I’ve been using the Blogsphere template since it first came out and haven’t looked back. BlogSphere and the OpenNTF mail template are the templates that really opened the world’s eyes to OpenNTF and the benefits of an OpenSource community for the Lotus faithful. However, since version 3.x of blogsphere there have been a couple of bugs that really bugged me. These bugs didn’t really hurt the overall feel of Blogsphere but are really just little annoyances. Now what brought these bugs to my attention is that I’m currently redoing the look and layout of keithstric.com. This current look has been here for a couple of years now and I’m tired of

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I’ve been using the Blogsphere template since it first came out and haven’t looked back. BlogSphere and the OpenNTF mail template are the templates that really opened the world’s eyes to OpenNTF and the benefits of an OpenSource community for the Lotus faithful. However, since version 3.x of blogsphere there have been a couple of bugs that really bugged me. These bugs didn’t really hurt the overall feel of Blogsphere but are really just little annoyances. Now what brought these bugs to my attention is that I’m currently redoing the look and layout of keithstric.com. This current look has been here for a couple of years now and I’m tired of

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The other day while looking for a Mind Manager replacement I stumbled across XMind. This is an Eclipse based application that has all the features I frequently used in Mind Manager. I had tried using Mind Meister but I just couldn’t get past the way you modify your mind map, it just took too long. But the feature set for XMind is great, it includes many features that you only find in the “pay for” apps. Best of all it’s Open Source. Some of the features I’ve found most useful in starting to migrate to XMind are: Import of Mindjet Mind Manager maps, among others Using the “Summary” connector – This

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The other day while looking for a Mind Manager replacement I stumbled across XMind. This is an Eclipse based application that has all the features I frequently used in Mind Manager. I had tried using Mind Meister but I just couldn’t get past the way you modify your mind map, it just took too long. But the feature set for XMind is great, it includes many features that you only find in the “pay for” apps. Best of all it’s Open Source. Some of the features I’ve found most useful in starting to migrate to XMind are: Import of Mindjet Mind Manager maps, among others Using the “Summary” connector – This

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OK, we’ve had the Mac now for exactly a week and since my wife drives into the office I have been using it for my day to day work and I’m still impressed with how well it runs and multitasks. I’ve made myself an account on the machine so I can install the tools I need, customize the desktop, setup a virtual machine to run Domino 8.5 in, etc. and not affect her OS experience. I’m still having to fight with the keyboard (doesn’t have the 10 key keypad) and the Control, Option/alt, fn and Command keys. For those readers that may have just moved to a Mac and can’t figure

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OK, we’ve had the Mac now for exactly a week and since my wife drives into the office I have been using it for my day to day work and I’m still impressed with how well it runs and multitasks. I’ve made myself an account on the machine so I can install the tools I need, customize the desktop, setup a virtual machine to run Domino 8.5 in, etc. and not affect her OS experience. I’m still having to fight with the keyboard (doesn’t have the 10 key keypad) and the Control, Option/alt, fn and Command keys. For those readers that may have just moved to a Mac and can’t figure

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Posted in Mac, OpenSource, Technology

This article over on Business Week states what I’ve been preaching to small companies for quite a while now. JasperSoft is thriving as other vendors struggle because it provides software at a lower price than competitors. In fact, JasperSoft supplies the basic software for free, making money by selling support services or additional features. Its annual fees can be as much as 85% to 90% lower than its competitors. "We’re seeing more interest from companies looking to replace an older software product they can no longer afford," says Chief Executive Officer Gentile. Open Source software has a lower TCO than proprietary systems. Of course, if you have a medium sized company

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This article over on Business Week states what I’ve been preaching to small companies for quite a while now. JasperSoft is thriving as other vendors struggle because it provides software at a lower price than competitors. In fact, JasperSoft supplies the basic software for free, making money by selling support services or additional features. Its annual fees can be as much as 85% to 90% lower than its competitors. "We’re seeing more interest from companies looking to replace an older software product they can no longer afford," says Chief Executive Officer Gentile. Open Source software has a lower TCO than proprietary systems. Of course, if you have a medium sized company

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Posted in Misc, OpenSource

Here’s another freebie for you. A simple little app that doesn’t even save any documents but provides a means to lookup users to see what groups they’re a member of or to lookup groups to see who is a member of them. It’ll use the Domino Directory on whatever server the database resides. Pretty simple really. But you can find it over in the downloads section. Enjoy! Share This:

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Here’s another freebie for you. A simple little app that doesn’t even save any documents but provides a means to lookup users to see what groups they’re a member of or to lookup groups to see who is a member of them. It’ll use the Domino Directory on whatever server the database resides. Pretty simple really. But you can find it over in the downloads section. Enjoy! Share This:

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Posted in Domino, OpenSource

I’ve recently become addicted to Boston Legal. I really like that show, I don’t think anything on TV has ever made me laugh so hard. But here’s a clip that was on last week (I think) that I thought hilarious. On another note, I’ve been very busy of late. I’ve redesigned our flying club’s website. It was in dire need of a face lift and to be brought current with features like internet voting, online dues payment and that sort of thing. That has taken me a lot of time to get it all working and rolled out so that the club members would find the site useful. But the site

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I’ve recently become addicted to Boston Legal. I really like that show, I don’t think anything on TV has ever made me laugh so hard. But here’s a clip that was on last week (I think) that I thought hilarious. On another note, I’ve been very busy of late. I’ve redesigned our flying club’s website. It was in dire need of a face lift and to be brought current with features like internet voting, online dues payment and that sort of thing. That has taken me a lot of time to get it all working and rolled out so that the club members would find the site useful. But the site

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Posted in Misc, OpenSource, PHP, Projects

I’ve posted a little DB I developed for copying databases over in the downloads section. It works OK, especially for the price Enjoy! Share This:

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I’ve posted a little DB I developed for copying databases over in the downloads section. It works OK, especially for the price Enjoy! Share This:

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I forgot where I saw this tool but I believe it was on one of the Lotus community blogs. I’ve been using WinMerge now for quite a few months and I think it is a great tool. It allows you to compare 2 text files with each other and it highlights the differences between the 2 files and allows you to merge the differences. Pretty cool! Now I’m sure it probably does more, but this is the main feature I use it for. If you get a chance you should check out WinMerge as I’m to the point now that I don’t know how I ever got along without it. Share

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I forgot where I saw this tool but I believe it was on one of the Lotus community blogs. I’ve been using WinMerge now for quite a few months and I think it is a great tool. It allows you to compare 2 text files with each other and it highlights the differences between the 2 files and allows you to merge the differences. Pretty cool! Now I’m sure it probably does more, but this is the main feature I use it for. If you get a chance you should check out WinMerge as I’m to the point now that I don’t know how I ever got along without it. Share

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Posted in OpenSource, Technology