Internet Open source

New Firefox version – any day now

Firefoxís next version is due for release any day now. Iím trying out the release candidate. The release candidate looks good. The new release promises security enhancements, improvement to blocking of pop-up ads and even faster web navigation ďwith improvements to back and forward button performance.Ē

Another cool new feature is the ability to drag and drop tabs to reorder the sites opened in your browser. I find this useful because it now allows me to reorder tabs so that related sites are tabbed side by side. I open a lot of sites at the same time and my tabs tend to get too crowded. This ability to reorder tabs offers me a way to organize my browsing.

The problem with new versions is that the extensions take time to be updated. And the theme that I love Ė Brushed Ė still isnít compatible. Maybe these would be updated in time for the actual beta release.

Open source Personal Wiki

Moving to another TiddlyWiki adaptation

Just as I finished transferring all my notes using the TiddlyWiki adaptation I wrote about in an earlier post, a reader provided a link to a better option: Serversidewiki, a hosted service using the latest TiddlyWiki version and Ruby on Rails.

Tim Morgan, the author of Ziddly Wiki, also wrote to offer help in the errors I encountered in running ZiddlyWiki. He also offered instructions on how to limit access to your ZiddlyWiki site using Zopeís permission system. I might try his instructions in a week or two for an article Iím writing.

I initially thought the best option for me was to run a server-side TiddlyWiki that only I can access in my web space. A day or two later, however, I found that I needed to share some of my notes and my option was to create login accounts for people I will be sharing the notes with. But with the login account, these people would be able to view all my notes even if they couldnít edit it.

Serversidewiki offers a better option.

Highlights Journalism Newsroom tech Open source PC

Turning a discarded PC into a newsroom intranet server

(Note: This is version .5 of the article. I estimate five more rewrites to finalize this.)

The newsroom recently upgraded computers used by its reporters. The computers, with clock speeds ranging from 166 Mhz to 500 MHZ, were early generation Pentiums and were primarily used for word processing.

I told our editor-in-chief I wanted to try to build a newsroom intranet that would host an online version of our Sun.Star Style guide and a searchable index of contact details of news sources. I then asked the newsroom IT in-charge to clean up a 400 Mhz unit and add RAM to it.

The newsroom already had an intranet — a search interface to our archives. It was set up by the company’s IT department. I wanted to try to install a more integrated one – a portal to documents and data that reporters and editors need. I’ve long been searching for a ready-to-deploy newsroom intranet script but I haven’t found one. What I’ve found, however, are open source scripts that could be used to handle certain data that a newsroom needs.

Highlights Journalism Newsroom tech Open source

Newsroom tech: Sharing and a call for help

I regularly experiment with open source scripts and programs for possible features in Sun.Star Cebu‘s Cybercafe page. At times, I’d find programs that can be used to improve a newsroom’s system or the way a journalist works with the PC.

During a recent chat in an online course I’m taking, we discussed the open source philosophy. I told the group that I recently set up a newsroom intranet (which I’ll write about later) using a discarded PC and different open source programs. Two of my classmates, Ederic Eder and Chooi Yew Tzen, asked me how I did it and expressed interest in setting one up for themselves.