Building with WordPress: From sketch to prototype to company website in 5 hours

Aside from being a good blogging tool, WordPress is also a lightweight content management system that can be used to run such diverse sites as news or magazine publications, personal and organizational websites. I recently started accepting paid web development work and website management. Several weeks back, I bought a domain, Tugkaran.com (from the Bisaya… Continue reading Building with WordPress: From sketch to prototype to company website in 5 hours

Joomla users schedule Cebu meeting

Users, developers, and supporters of the open source content management system (CMS) Joomla will be meeting in Cebu next Saturday, June 7 at the Lepiten & Bojos Law Office on Don Pedro Rodriguez St. in Capitol Site, Cebu City (see map below). The meeting is preparatory to the Joomla Day that will be held in… Continue reading Joomla users schedule Cebu meeting

From here on, Heron

Today, the new Ubuntu Linux version—8.04 the Hardy Heron—will be released. I have been using the beta or test version for the last two weeks and have found Ubuntu to be easier to use and install and its whole computing experience better than ever. I had initially decided to stay away from using the beta… Continue reading From here on, Heron

Using WordPress as CMS of news, magazine sites redux

My redesign of Cebu Living, an online magazine on Cebu, is now live. Check it out. It’s using a WordPress theme for news and magazine websites. The new theme still needs a lot of work but if you want to try it out, you can do an anonymous svn checkout: svn checkout http://svn2.assembla.com/svn/cebulivingmagazine. Just go… Continue reading Using WordPress as CMS of news, magazine sites redux

Smart TextMail and mobile alerts on tasks, website availability

One of my longest mobile experiment drew to a close early this month with my rediscovery of Smart’s TextMail. For more than a year, I’ve been trying one service after another in an effort to get my e-mails sent as text messages to my mobile phone. The answer, you might say, is simple: buy a… Continue reading Smart TextMail and mobile alerts on tasks, website availability

Wi-Fi piggybacking widespread, anti-virus firm warns

While setting up a Wi-Fi network for the PLDT myDSL connection at home earlier this week, I got a timely warning from a press release. Anti-virus company Sophos said many people now use someone else’s wireless Internet connection without their permission. Sophos said 54 percent of 560 respondents who took their online survey admitted to… Continue reading Wi-Fi piggybacking widespread, anti-virus firm warns

Going cold turkey while setting up a hotspot

With my wife and I now using laptops as primary workstations at home, we decided to use a Wi-Fi router to share our PLDT myDSL connection. The snaking network cables were threatening to trip us and our kids. I bought a Linksys WRT54G after reading about its storied history. Mark Stephens, writing as Rober X.… Continue reading Going cold turkey while setting up a hotspot

Installing Ubuntu Linux Gutsy Gibbon

It’s been four days since I’ve switched my main blogging tool, an MSI s260 laptop, into the beta version of the next Ubuntu release—Gutsy Gibbon or Ubuntu 7.10. This next version of Ubuntu is scheduled for release in the coming weeks but I couldn’t wait for the final version. I wanted it now. After the… Continue reading Installing Ubuntu Linux Gutsy Gibbon

Goodbye activeCollab, hello ProjectPier

The project management application I use extensively for some of my tasks has turned its back on the open source beginnings that attracted me and, I’m sure, many others to it during its initial versions. ActiveCollab is a clone of the popular Basecamp project management application. The main difference is that while Basecamp is a… Continue reading Goodbye activeCollab, hello ProjectPier

Edit your website, blog design live and without breaking it

CSSVista is a tool any blogger or website owner will find useful. The Windows-only application allows you to load any website in Firefox and Explorer and then edit its CSS code live, with the changes showing immediately in the two browser windows. CSSVISTA. The application makes editing website designs easy. CSSVista loads the page in… Continue reading Edit your website, blog design live and without breaking it