FLOSS

OSCMS Summit

So today is the beginning of OSCMS Summit 2007 (Open-Source Content Management Systems) hosted by Yahoo in Sunnyvale California. Unfortunately I'm not there. The conference sold out a mere days after registration opened; faster than I could contemplate what all I'd need to arrange in my life for me to go.

And so I'm trying to get as much info from afar as possible. Reading Blogs, Powerpoint presentations, podcasts, and hopefully some video when that becomes available. But it's just not quite the same. I can't talk to people face to face, I can't feel the energy in the room. Kathy Sierra comments on this phenomenon in a recent blog post: Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video...

Back from vacation

So I'm back from vacation. We had a great time out in Victoria staying with our good friends Lauren & Daryl Elving-Klassen. On the coast the trees have buds, and the tulips are just poking through the ground. We arrive back in Calgary to 10cm of fresh snow and highs of -15C. Who lives in this place??? A few days ago a minor vulnerability crept up in Drupal core. And another one in the captcha module which I use on sites that allow anonymous comments. I quickly patched all of sites that we work on (It would be pretty tricky to exploit these flaws, but we make it a policy to stay on top of these things). Unfortunately the patch for captcha made the module unusable in some of the most common configurations (!?!?!?). So I dug into the code and fixed the flaw. This is the great thing about Open Source Software. Someone found a vulnerability in the code and made a fix for it, giving it back to the community at large. I found a bug in the code and made a fix for it, giving it back to the community at large. No one person (or any closed group) could have created a CMS/framework/platform as solid/scalable/flexible/etc. as what Drupal has become. Because we share our work, we all benefit.

New site, new blog

I've been pretty busy with client work over the past few months which seriously delayed me getting this site up. But it's finally here. CommunIT.ca finally has a web presence. Rather important seeing as what we do is help other people (nonprofit organizations and the like) develop a web presence. And along with the new site is this new blog. What you'll find on this blog is news about CommunIT.ca and my thoughts on the sites that I'm working on and the tools that are used. The main tools that get used are Drupal and CiviCRM. These are two great FLOSS tools that are made for non-profit organizations.