Drupal versus everybody. A CMS Software review

Blogs and Content management Systems

The year 2008 is the year of roll-your-own blogs. A year ago there were a couple dozen software packages for creating your own blog or content management system (CMS). Today there are hundreds of them. This review was written to help winnow down the choices.

Factors driving this revolution are competition between the open source and the pay-to-play community, adoption of open source CMS solutions by business and industry, and development of programs and CMS alternatives in other countries besides the one owned by Mr. Big in Redmond, Washington.

The climate of this software explosion resembles the way computer brands proliferated before the big shakedown. Once upon a time there were dozens of different computer manufacturers, but then came the big shakedown and they all died except Apple/Mac and maybe Compaq. Eventually Dell and Gateway rose from the ashes, at least until the death of Gateway. I predict a similar shakedown for CMS programs. Read on

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CMS explosion: Killer apps

(But we just don’t call them killer apps any more).

As the clock rolled around 2008, the web exploded with new internet software offerings in the Content Management System (CMS) category. These packages create a platform for web designers, developers and authors to collaborate in the creation of a web site. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call CMS applications the killer app of the moment, driving the cyber world toward new uncharted territory. Everyone has discovered that they simply cannot live without one. Read on

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Let them drink holy water

Peak Water?

With a Push From the U.N., Water Reveals Its Secrets – New York Times:

Using the tools of isotope hydrology, scientists can discover the age, origins, size, flow and fate of a water source. And that information, in turn, can guide sound water-use policy, letting water engineers better map underground aquifers, conserve supplies and control pollution. Read on

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Republicans should thank the Democrats

The Middle Class Republican

By John Gray. Originally on the web around 2004, this is an excent refresher that explains how Republicans don’t acknowledge the good things done by Democrats.

Gray describes a middle-class Republican who goes through his life benefiting from legislation passed by Democrats but then curses “big government” at the end of the day. The article lists the following protections enacted by Democrats, which every voter should consider before going to the dark side.

  • Water quality standards
  • Employer paid medical benefits
  • Food safety
  • Pollution controls
  • Public transportation subsidies
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Federally insured bank deposits
  • Car safety
  • Social Security
    and others

    These achievements were opposed by Republicans at the time.

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    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. What is it?

    • MCS – What is it? Who has it? This 1999 paper gives a definition of MCS. It was compiled by a large number of physicians, and published in a peer-reviewed journal (Archives of Environmental Health v.54, n.3 May/June, 99). Based on Health Department studies, MCS affects 16% of the general population, or put another way, 84% of the general population is clueless about those affected with MCS. Read on
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    Karl Rove Judgement Day

    Some may question the motives of Rove or call for his termination, but a better question is whether Rove should be tried for high treason, which has the death penalty. I say no, because the enemy of darkness is light.

    Evil has reared its head in the White House, and now the world can see the role of Rove in helping the idiot orchestrate war. The Prince of Darkness has apparently had control over Karl for some time. The war on terrorism has been successful at increasing the level of hatred in the world. Satan is cashing in. But why the calls to fire Karl? Karl belongs to Satan and the president is only his puppet (see White House maintains confidence).

    We all know the truth is bad, we just don’t want to hear the details. So what should we do? It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:8,9).

    It’s like a pair of blinders has been removed and I’m suddenly seeing for myself what I’ve long known to be the case: just how sanitized a version of the war the American mainstream media are delivering, and how little of even this cleaned-up coverage we get.” – Arianna Huffington: Iraq: The War We Are Not Being Shown

    Satan will “go out to deceive the nations which are in the earth,” (Rev 20:8), and many will follow him.”

    How does Bush confront the truth? “If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.” – George W. Bush, Remarks to Reporters, July 18, 2005.

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    Madrid Agenda

    From Club de Madrid Series on Democracy and Terrorism. This group of dignitaries met during winter and spring of 2005, as guests of the King of Spain. The website has a place to download pdf files on the causes of Terrorism, and confronting Terrorism.

    The agenda of the Club de Madrid meetings was to remember and honour the victims of the terrorist attacks of March 11, 2004, the strength and courage of the citizens of Madrid, and through them, all victims of terrorism and those who confront its threat.

    Read on

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    What does “Syndicate this site” mean?

    What does "Syndicate this site" mean?, by Elise Bauer. This blog site does a good job of explaining the details, starting with answering the question:

    Syndicate this site means that the headlines, a link, and an entry description for each new weblog entry are made available for others to use on their websites or to access through a newsfeed reader program.

    Elise also has lots of good information including a second tutorial on how to display live news feeds on your website. Cool. Way to go.

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    O’Reilly on RSS

    Making Your RSS Feed Look Pretty in a Browser by Ben Hammersley — As more and more non-techie websites offer syndication feeds, a growing number of non-technical readers are clicking on the links and filling their screens with confusing XML. But syndication content doesn’t have to look like geeky markup or malformed text in your readers’ browsers. You can make it look quite pretty, and give clues to what the feed is actually for. Ben Hammersley, author of Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom, shows you how.

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    America’s Second Revolution

    America is in the midst of a revolution right now. This isn’t an armed rebellion; there are no guns being used on Americans. Those who are aware of the New Revolution don’t call it that. Those who aren’t aware, … well, aren’t aware. The revolution will be over before they wake up.

    Part of the anonymity of the Second American Revolution is that the two sides and the issues cross traditional boundaries. There is no us and them. But by our actions, some of us are feeding the fires of this war.

    Read on

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    Bush flip-flops on 9/11 Commission

    A Republican Congressman told CNN on June 27 that the “evidence is clear” that Iraq was involved in the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Although his story is a contradiction to President Bush’s 911 commission, the Congressman told reporters, “you must have looked in the wrong places.”

    It isn’t clear where the Congressman got his information. But Bush’s 9/11 commission report said investigators found no evidence that any “contacts ever developed into a collaborative operational relationship.” Read full story at CNN.

    Read on

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    Honor Our Dead – Demand the Truth

    After Downing Street

    Honor them

    Young Republicans click here

    Let Them Eat War, by Arlie Hochschild. Why did the blue collar voters go for Bush?

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    Okanogan and Chelan Counties, Washington are places where native inhabitants still live amongst the conquering European tribes. The Okanogan tribal language N’tsilikcin has over a thousand speakers, while the Wenatchi tribes have only a few dozen who can still speak the "language of the Local People", Nx’amxcin.

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    Bush spray team agenda

    One of the Bush team’s new plans is to more than triple the amount of area that the BLM sprays with toxic herbicides. The new draft EIS on their new herbicide program proposes to spray nearly a MILLION ACRES per year. Now that’s management! Also they are adding four new herbicides to the approved list to help support the toxic chemical industry. Chemists RULE!

    Read on

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    Ritalin is amphetamine for children

    According to The Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse:

    “In clinical studies, [Ritalin] methylphenidate, like amphetamines, produce behavioral and psychological effects similar to cocaine. In simple terms, this means that the human body cannot tell the difference between cocaine, amphetamines, or Ritalin®.”

    Read on

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    RSS feeds, WordPress and Firefox

    I recently spent lots of time (about 12 hours but apparently not enough yet) searching the web trying to understand rss feeds and syndication. Read on

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    Bush altered scientific documents

    The Bush administration altered critical portions of a scientific analysis of the environmental impact of cattle grazing on public lands before announcing Thursday that it would relax regulations limiting grazing on those lands, according to scientists involved in the study. Read the story.

    In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, author Erick Campbell said, “This is a whitewash- Read on

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    When Bush comes to shove

    This title may be cited as the `Forest Service Land Disposition and Facility
    Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005′, or the ‘Facility Dismemberment and Goverment Disembowelment act of 2005‘. Read on

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    Why the Right Hates the Truth

    “Why the Right Hates The Truth” was penned by Jonas Luster, author of Socialtext, in parody to another essay, “Why the Left Hates John Bolton”. Jonas’ post has apparently vanished from the web, or at least only this site and one other (wingnut) were found by a Google search for the essay. In the meantime, keep in mind why the Right loves John Bolton …

    … and then, I’ll **crush** their puny heads…

    … and then, I’ll **crush** their puny heads…

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    Honor Native Americans

    Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
    Honor the Promises to American Indians

    In spring of 2005, Native American and congressional leaders met to address the most serious issue in Indian Country in the 21st century: how to hold the federal government accountable for Indian trust funds flagrantly mismanaged by the Department of Interior.

    Read on

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    Military recruiter talk

    Questions Military recruiters don’t want you to ask.

    Military recruiters glorify war – and then sell it to you. Recruiters will say anything to get you hooked.

    Read on

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    Farmers victorious over Bush and Dow

    Supreme Court decision aids farmers with tort lawsuits

    On April 27, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that FIFRA, the nation’s primary law for pesticide manufacture, did not prevent states and common laws from pre-empting fradulent data developed under FIFRA authority.

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    Read on

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    Hungry-Hunter panoramas from June 19, 2005

    Here are the monitoring panoramas from photographs taken on June 9, 2005: Plot 14, Plot 15, Plot 16

    And the original monitoring photos taken on May 19 as a group are still here: May 19 control points

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    Permalinks and Trackbacks

    What is a Permalink, or better yet, why use permalinks?

    Read on

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    First WYSI-WordPress post

    First post using WYSI-Wordpress html editor. Now if I could just fix that old truck… oldtruck.gif

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