Oxwall Was a Failure in the End!

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After yet another bad experience with updating Oxwall and it plugins, I finally abandoned my Oxwall based small social next work to replace it with a WordPress based small social network based around Buddypress.

I was very disappointed with Oxwall as other than that it certainly did it’s job and easy to set up but the maintenance problems it had spoilt it’s usability to a point it was more trouble to use. I think what did not help Oxwall were it’s lack of control of the quality of it’s plugins, especially the useful ones, which certainly detracted from it’s usability.

I am replacing it with a WordPress based small social network basically because WordPress plugins seemly more controlled and vetted by WordPress which means from my experience the updating and maintenance of the plugins is a lot easier and less troubled by major faults and issues.

Oxwall in the end may be a good idea for small social networks but due to it’s lack of quality control of it’s plugins spoilt it to a point it is difficult to maintain over time which is great shame!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Moving Into the WordPress World!

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After two minds if I would start to use of not use WordPress.org to create a web site and blog based on my own web server here, I finally last week decided to take the plunge and install WordPress on my web server here.

I suspect now I join a large group of people who have already done this and so far I am very impressed what I can and cannot do with WordPress and it’s various themes and plugins. Though this is early days so far so I have not found any major snags with it yet though knowing me I will find problems as I always have a knack of braking software or asking to do something it simply cannot.

So last week I have started to recreate my personal page using WordPress, probably not they way to use it but I tend to use thing in different ways, and so far I am very impressed with what I can do. Basically it is easy, quick and produce a nice looking site the only slow bit being the finding the themes and plugins needed to produce the site itself.

So it looks like my home page will for the foreseeable future will created and maintained using WordPress which has the nice additional side effect in so much I get to learn the ins and outs about WordPress based web sites and their set up.

If you ant to follow my progress on my new home page just follow the link: http://experimentno3.no-ip.org

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal journal of mine just follow the link to Acta Spiritu Amisso.

Please Note: I also have a small personal social network which is invitation only just follow the link to Luther’s Chosen Few.

Open Source is Not a Mystery!

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What still amazes me just how ignorant people are about Open Source especially software though I should not be surprised by this as the big Computer Corporations like Microsoft, Apple even Google would like this to continue as it protects their market.

Open Source is not a mystery as they would like users to believe nor is it substandard software any more compared to the equivalent commercial packages. If anything a lot of Open Source software is better written and more stable than their commercial counter parts especially in the web server and network solutions.

A definition of Open-source software is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

But to users like myself it means we get access to software tools which would normally cost us money which we simply do not have.

Open Source may be free but it certainly does help people make money from it’s support and use in a commercial environment. It certainly shows free does not mean you cannot make money off it!

Currently the biggest use of Open Source software now is within the base infrastructure of the web itself as more and more companies use Apache Software to host their web sites to the most visible use on Tablets in the form of Android which is a modified Java on a Linux Core.

Strangely people now use Open Source software more and more without even knowing they are actually using it.

Personally I recommend people use Open Source software over the commercial versions were possible not because it is free but because due to the leap and bounds Open Source has made in recent years the quality and stability of Open Source software is starting to outstrip the more predestination commercial versions of the said same software.

Open Source is not a mystery but a quiet revolution for the users in so much we get the real tools to use our computers more effectively and innovate ways!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal journal of mine just follow the link to Acta Spiritu Amisso.

Please Note: I also have a small personal social network which is invitation only just follow the link to Luther’s Chosen Few.

Acta Spiritu Amisso: A Gentle Reminder

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This is a gentle reminder that this journal will become a more serious journal from now on and somewhat less personal in nature. So if you want to see a more personal journal which will include more insight into my life and more personal thoughts will be in the more personal journal, Acta Spiritu Amisso, whose link is given at the bottom of all the journal entries from now on including this one.

Also feel free to leave any comments there.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal journal of mine just follow the link to Acta Spiritu Amisso.

Acta Spiritu Amisso: Rides Again!

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After resetting my main Linux Computer after which I realised I had not backed up the Acta Spiritu Amisso journal so all the previous entries were lost. Ironic really as it is one thing I keep telling customers at work is to back up their data and I failed to do it myself.

So the said journal has been set up again this time in a better location on my main Linux Computer so another reset will not remove the journal again something I should of done in the first place. This a lesson learnt.

So the journal starts again as before it will be a more personal journal than this journal and a lot of the pictures of my life will be placed in the Acta Spiritu Amisso journal leaving this journal for more serious entries and music which is a change of emphasis of this journal.

Wish me luck as the journal starts again!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal journal of mine just follow the link to Acta Spiritu Amisso.

FlatPress: The Story So Far!

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While I was looking for either blogging software or software to display my WordPress blog entries on my home page I stumbled on an Open Source Blogging Engine called FlatPress which is still under development which claimed to allow blogging without the setting up of a database.

So I thought I would try it on my Linux Computer here to find it was every easy to set up, easy to customise and more importantly even for piece of software still in development it was remarkably stable bar a few minor glitches. Though it is still early days in using it but it looks like the software has a great potential for those who simply want to host a blog on their own web server without the hassle of setting up a database.

So far I would recommend it for people like myself who want to host a blog on their own server at home just because of it ease of deployment and customisation.

Myself I am currently using the software in a more personal blog off my home page mostly as a test and somewhere where I can express myself a bit more than here.

The following are the links to both the FlatPress Home Page and my new blog:

FlatPress Home Page: http://flatpress.org/

Acta Spiritu Amisso: http://thejournal.no-ip.biz/

Why do People Still Pay for Software?

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This is a question which still perplexes me greatly in so much why do people still pay for software?

This because of the growth and increase in the quality of the Open Source Software has come in leap and bounds in the past decade to a point they do the job better than their paid equivalents.

Myself I now excursively use Open Source Software including an operating system and still use my computer effectively. If anything more effectively than some 10 years ago when the only real software available where paid software created by software houses which I found consistently only did part of what I wanted and could be difficult to use.

With the advent of Open Source growth I am now finding I now have access to tools which I can use to be more productive and creative on my computers than even few years ago. It has meant I can now easily host my own web site on one of my computers, broadcast music even write on my computers without laying out a lot of money or bothering with constant problems of software licences and limitations the paid software has always put on users like myself.

But I know why people still pay for software is because they still labour under the misconception propagated by major software writers that open source both substandard and less safe software to use than their own creations. But those of us who have been brave enough to use Open Source software have found these views to be totally false if anything Open Source Software is now of high quality in general, very usable and very safe software to use as it’s vulnerability to viruses is much less than commercial software.

In conclusion by users closing their minds to Open Source Software are hamstringing themselves in so much they lose the chance to get the most out of their computer with the right tools which cost them nothing other than a donation of two if they can afford it.

As stated elsewhere Open Source Software is the future of computing not commercial software as it has a better chance to release the creativity and innovation of the users once again!

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