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Open Source Web Design Toolbox

by eric on July 26th, 2007 in: Open SourceWeb DesignWordPress

This cool post on Design Vitality lists a bunch of sites and tools for website designers including:

  • open source web design programs
  • website templates & css layouts
  • automated CSS tools and generators
  • blog themes & templates

WordCamp 2007

by eric on July 17th, 2007 in: Open SourceWordPress

I'm going to WordCampI’m really looking forward to attending WordCamp.

Looks like a lot of great sessions and wonderful opportunities to meet with, and learn from, other WordPress users and developers.

I’ll post again during, or after the conference.

Also, check out the WordPress Podcast for conference coverage, interviews, and other WordPress goodies.

It’s a great show and both of the hosts, Charles Stricklin and Aaron Brazell, will be at WordCamp.

Javascript Color Picker

by eric on May 17th, 2007 in: Open SourceWeb Design

Colorjack is a cool open source color picker DHTML tool that allows you to add a color picker to your web project.

Another related plugin (seemingly still under development) is Sphere, which is a color picker based on a color wheel.

Check out moe cool Javascript Design Tools and widgets.=

Linux Fest Northwest

by eric on May 16th, 2007 in: LinuxOpen Source

I attended Linux Fest Northwest 2007 at the end of April and, boy, am I glad I did.

Linux Fest NorthwestHighlights

Even though I’m no fan of crowds, it’s fun to get out and meet fellow geeks. There were a lot of impressive displays and cool things to learn and discuss.

Some of My Favorite Geek Moments:

  • The ActiveState guys gave me a demo of their Komodo development IDE, which I’ve been playing with on Ubuntu and really like.
  • Chatted with a Free Software Foundation rep about the FLOSS movement and what it’s like to work with Richard Stallman. She also gave me some cool stickers. 🙂
  • The MythTV display. MythTV is a free & open source PVR, or personal Digital Video Recorder. Thanks to donated hardware from Silicon Mechanics, MythTV’s display of the normal, and HD, recording and playback capabilities was amazing. From what I’ve seen, MythTV puts most PVR/DVR solutions to shame, including Windows Media Center and Comcast’s local DVR service.
  • Finally saw Second Life, who also had a display. Pretty amazing, although still mystifies me how people find/make time to spend so much time in a virtual world, when there’s not enough time in my actual world.
  • Chatted with the Silicon Mechanics folks about their company, servers, and their commitment to the Open Source community.
  • I won a cool raffle prize. 🙂

My Silicon Mechanics R-207C Server

by eric on May 15th, 2007 in: LinuxOpen Source

Server Drool

Silicon Mechanics R-207C ServerAt Linux Fest Northwest 2007, many of the vendors donated software, hardware, books and other promotional items to be used in a raffle.

Although I’m not much of a gambler, I bought two tickets to support the FLOSS cause and, amazingly, won the grand prize: a Silicon Mechanics R-207C rackmounted server.

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