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  • eGroupWare is a Web-based groupware suite. It contains many modules, including Calendar (personal calendar and group scheduling, notifications and alarms), Mail (Email (IMAP and POP3) or FeLaMiMail (IMAP only)), InfoLog (todos, notes, and phone calls linked to contacts (CRM)), Contacts (an addressbook to store and share contact information), and SiteMgr or JiNN (content management).
  • When I first started freelancing as a college student, I was eager to do any website and would say "Yes" to anything, regardless of my skill set or the time involved. It was just nice to know that someone needed me for a skilled task. Unfortunately, I quickly found myself working all the time, eating Ramen noodles, and not getting anywhere in terms of paying off my wonderful college debt. To make things worse, these people were also giving my contact info out to other such people (you know, the lady who has been thinking about selling dog sweaters online and has a $100 budget for an e-commerce site, 1000 brochures, and a guaranteed #1 Google search result for the words "dog", "sweater", and "love").

    Anyways, now four years later, my world (AND financial success) now requires ample use of the answer "No." And here are ten questions I almost always answer "No" to:

  • Over the last few months I have been madly documenting all the free and open source tools and applications I have used or come across during my working day. So below you can find 100 of the best tools and applications I have found.
  • In fact, the open source model, which began with programmers, has been so successful that it is currently being applied in government, media, education and private business. But despite these new applications, the unique combination of the open source model with the universalism of web design remains one of the ideal applications of open source. This pervasiveness of the open source spirit in web design now means that you can use open source software to design both graphics and your CSS and HTML, and you can also use the dozens of reliable open source code resources or thousands of web design templates to base your own designs on. In this article we highlight 100 open source web design templates, resources, and tools.
  • You are looking at 1301 fluorescent bulbs planted in an English farm, powered entirely by electrical fields generated by the power lines that float in curves over the top of this field.
  • Intel remains committed to its mobile Linux project, it has said, despite handing over supervision to the Linux Foundation.
  • Facebook has finally fixed this problem in a sensible way by adding Comments to Wall postings. In the same way you can now comment on Status Updates (which, seems to have become the most popular means of communicating within my network), you can now comment on Wall Posts, both on your profile and on those of your friends.
  • Even though we predict big things to come from these short status updates, the reality is that the present day status update has the potential to make you more productive in and outside of Twitter , help you extend your reach, improve your visibility, and of course have a little fun. So, we can all look to the future for even more innovation, but we’ll show you how to do more with your status updates right now.
  • When Ableton forum member AlexMC came across plans for a no-fuss, no-muss USB foot controller for the company's world-renowned music app, he liked what he saw — but not so much that he couldn't make a few changes his own self. By adding a sturdy wooden case, a 30 degree pitch to the top of the thing, some extra buttons, and some razzle-dazzle (that'll cost you extra) he now has a device that sports twenty buttons and a bank switch (making for forty unique outputs total), useful for things like play / record on individual tracks, stop / fade, and of course, everybody's favorite — tap tempo. The best part? He built this bad boy for ten bucks! The excruciating step-by-step plans and photos (including circuit diagrams and all that jazz) are yours when you hit the read link below — and you'll be mashing up Katy Perry and the Cure live on stage, while jamming along on your keytar, in no time. But please, don't mash-up Katy Perry and the Cure.
  • The hardest part about being a freelancer for me is deciding what jobs are worth taking on, and what I should turn down. I want to do and have it all–but the whole “only 24 hours in a day” thing really throws a wrench into that plan.

    Fact is, when you’re the boss of you, you’ve got to be a really good editor: recognize the good gigs and avoid everything else. Over at the FreelanceSwitch blog this morning, I published a piece called How to Craft Your Personal Business Model, in which I describe how I am attempting to do just that. Part of it was designing my ideal work mix, a high-tech pie chart I scribbled on a piece of paper, which you see here.

  • According to a source at Nintendo (the source being Nintendo's website) the company will include its long-awaited, not-yet-duplicated Wii MotionPlus with the upcoming Wii Sports Resort collection, to be bandied about at E3 this June. The sequel to the Wii Sports promises an even greater sense of submersion for games with titles like Sword Play, Power Cruising, and Disc Dog. Disc Dog!

links for 2009-04-09

links for 2009-04-08

  • No-one’s going to say no to faster broadband, but would you really pay $100 a month for the privilege?
  • Two years ago, a bright engineer, Anand Agarawala, gave a presentation at the TED conference (see the video at the bottom) about a new technology he and a team were working on that showed how they believed the desktop should work. Just like how people use a real desk, they believed that the user should be able to interact with desktop items in 3D, pin up photographs, pile related items into stacks, and more.

    Today, that dream has become a reality with the launch of BumpTop for Windows (Mac version coming soon), a gorgeous desktop application that transforms the desktop from a cold, vertical interface into a dynamic 3-dimensional room that makes not only organizing files easy, but browsing images, writing notes, and even updating your Twitter (Twitter reviews), Facebook (Facebook reviews), and email.

  • Maybe your tweets have little lasting value, but what about those Flickr photos or those YouTube videos that went viral? Those assets are worth something right?

    That’s where Legacy Locker comes in and helps you protect your email, social networking, virtual world, and photo and video assets, even when you’re no longer here to appreciate them.

  • iPhone OS 3.0 is riddled with hints that video recording is on the way, and the latest is is this supposed screenshot of a revised camera app with a video toggle. MacRumors says it comes up when certain config files are edited to make it seem like a video camera is present, but it's not clear exactly what steps have to be taken, so we're treating this one cautiously until we can confirm it. Other secret features buried in the plists are said to include "auto-focus camera," "voice control," and "magenetometer," which is assumed to be a compass. Yep, all stuff we'd expect from an iPhone revision around, say, June, but nothing earth-shattering — and if the video features are as mediocre as the current iPhone camera, we don't think the Flips of this world have too much to worry about.
  • If you've been losing sleep in eager anticipation of the new Gmail for mobile, rest assured that you'll sleep soundly tonight. With support for both Android phones and iPhone / iPod Touch OS 2.2.1, the gang over at the Google mobile blog are justifiably proud of the new app
  • So I had to be smart with LinkedIn. In my quest for nuclear industry expat candidates I found some really cool ways to work LinkedIn which continue to help me tremendously.

links for 2009-04-07

links for 2009-04-06

  • I am sure that you might have a song or two which you’d like to make into custom ringtones for certain people who frequently call you. The boss could have a ringtone like the Star Wars’ Imperial Death March (especially if he’s always giving you impossible deadlines) or your sister could have a ringtone of her favorite song. It could be anything. Sometimes these tunes are not available or you only want certain segments to be used. In any case, you could do it yourself using Audacity.
  • Long gone are the days where snapshots came back from the photo lab and disappeared into albums and shoe boxes. Now, digital photos are tweaked, adjusted, and remixed in ways their analogue counterparts couldn’t imagine. Here’s the top five contenders for the crown of Best Image Editor.
  • Got a lust for Photoshop but a budget for GIMP? These tips will actually add many of the functions and capabilities of Adobe’s flagship photo editor to its open-source counterpart.
  • So, good news: Rape is now legal in Afghanistan.
    In case you've been living under a rock — or in, you know, Afghanistan, which is pretty much the same thing — the country we supposedly freed from Taliban tyranny just passed something called the Shia Family Act through its parliament. It was signed into law by none other than Central Asia's answer to Governor William J. Lepetomaine himself, Hamid Karzai. The new law negates the need for sexual consent between married partners, tacitly endorses child marriage, and restricts a woman's right to leave the home should she find any of this crap utterly condemnable.
  • Are you an unemployed developer? Did you get the pink slip because your company found it costly to retain you after the economic down turn? Then cheer up because Adobe has decided to provide some succor by releasing it's flagship product Adobe Flex Builder Professional for free. The catch is that – of course, you have to be unemployed and, you can use the software only for personal use to improve your programming skill
  • While I despise spam email, I must confess that I get a certain guilty pleasure from the copywriting 'skills' of the spammers.

    A few years ago, I started collecting some of the more outlandish and (at least to me) amusing email subject lines from the many thousands of spam emails I received promoting various 'solutions' related to my private parts.

links for 2009-04-05

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