Open Source

Online shops . . did you know . .

Just thought I’d throw it out there and let businesses with online shops know that depending on the software used to build your site and the way that it was built etc, you might be in for a surprise when you look at your bank account and find that the monies paid in were actually paid to someone else’s account !!! Security Patches and Fixes If your site is not fully up-to-date and by up-to-date, …

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Why use open source?

http://www.opensource.org/ is a website to promote the use of open source software and is an initiative that Cada Media Ltd have long been advocates of even since I was working as a programmer in Dublin in the Mid 90’s. Back then one of our team, a Russian guy called kyrill was asking the management to move to open source and put our code on-line for other developers to take up and use. It sounded crazy …

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Firefox 4 download

Thinking of upgrading your web browser then a new version of Mozilla Firefox 4 is now available to download from their website. We have been using the Beta version for a few weeks now and it appears that they have worked on the speed issues that was causing it to run slowly. Speed is King ! As mentioned in previous posts, speed when browsing the net is at the forefront of web development these days …

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Upgrade your Internet Browser?

We often get into conversations with clients about the Internet browsers they are using. Many don’t think of upgrading it to a newer version or installing an entirely new browser such as Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Apple Safari Maxthon Internet Explorer Opera Why upgrade your browser? Your current browser displays the web as you like it? You don’t trust all the requests to install this, install that. It’s true, we are all pestered with requests …

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Content Management Software

There are many different types of content management software including paid software off the shelf, licenced software you pay for on a monthly basis or annual basis. We use one called open source, where the application is free to use and we use these for many reasons, but mostly to reduce the costs for the customer. We use WordPress, Joomla, Mambo, OS Commerce, ZenCart to name a few. These can be found easily online and …

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Do people still use Microsoft Office?

I know I harp on about open source, but really are people listening , Denmark dumps Microsoft Another government department is starting to use open source, http://politiken.dk/newsinenglish/article890196.ece Now County Council’s in Ireland, are you listening? Anyone, anyone , Beauler, Beauler, Fry,  Fry . . .

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Photo Editing Software

We get asked all the time what is the best photo editing software and of course it easy to say PhotoShop by Adobe, but this is not practicle for your average Joe, as it is not easy to use, it is not cheap to buy and needs training to get the most of it. It also needs to be installed on a specific pc. The best option I can recommend to people who want to …

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What email program to use?

This is a question we got in last week and we were able to point the client to an open source program to allow them to have an easy to use program that was not Microsoft based. Eudora Mail http://www.eudora.com/ Windows Mail http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/features/mail.aspx Thunderbird http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/ We would recommend using Thunderbird as it has great plug-in features that the other are only catching onto now, and it easily allows you to configure separate in-boxes for different …

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What is Content Management in websites?

What are Content Management Systems? A Content Management System is a program/software installed on your website that allows you to access and update your site through your Internet browser. You can add content from anywhere in the world. There is no need of any prior content management experience and you do not need to understand <HTML> code. Content Management can be used to manage simple business brochure style website, portal or directory and also an …

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Content Managed Websites – Pros and Cons

We have a number of requests to get a content managed system (C.M.S). This is a website whereby the client is able to log in and update and write content, new pages on their own website. Thus keeping it up to date and fresh. This is now becoming the standard style of website that businesses today. CMS websites are great idea, but a few things must be taken into consideration when you are looking into …

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Google Revise their EULA after 1 day!

Google have had to turn around very quickly and revise their End User Licence Agreement used when installing their new Browser on your pc. Basically the EULA stated that anything you published via/using their browser ie with a blog or a content management system meant that “they” were allowed use the content for their own means. Shocking really.

Internet Explorer V8

Not to be outdone, Microsoft have realised their lastest Beta version of Internet explorer for testing. Version 8 is available to download from the following link http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/default.aspx With Many new featurs such as the “In private” tool, This version allows you to browse the net and it will not record your pages viewed in the history folder, great for Internet Cafe’s , not so great for employers with out a firewall to keep out dodgy …

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Google Chrome Launched

Google have entered into the Internet Browser market and launched their very own browser for Windows Vista, with Mac and Linux versions available soon. This new free browser is available to download from the following link: http://www.google.com/chrome/ Features to this browser according to Google are listed here http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/features.html We have just downloaded and installed it on some of our office pc’s here and will be testing it over the coming week. We will let you …

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FireFox Version 3 ready

FireFox Version 3 is ready to download is is packed wiht loads of features for those tired of Internet Explorer http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox/ http://en-us.www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features/

IBM Boss tells over 20,000 Staff to use Open Document Structure

The Irish Times reports that, the head of IBM has written a memo to over 20,000 staff members advising them to take a look the use of other office suite programs other than the main one, (not mentioning Microsoft Office directly). Open Office would be a good solution for people looking to get away from the Microsoft Licenced packages and its available to download free on www.openoffice.org OpenOffice.org

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