This site has been hosted using the popular blog publishing system from WordPress. It’s very easy to use, the themes can be customised easily, and it doesn’t try to be all things to all people. However, in the interest of keeping all things fresh, I have been looking at alternate CMS systems, including XOOPS, Drupal and Joomla!

Actually, there are probably several hundred CMS applications now available, both commercial and open source. As a result, trying to pick the ‘best’ CMS for your site is almost impossible. To make the decision easier, I decided to turn to the web, and look for some comparative reviews. And the best place I’ve found so far is CMS Matrix.

CMS Matrix logo

Run by Plain Black Corporation, the site was created in an attempt to provide a comprehensive list of CMS systems. It is a place where someone can search on very specific criteria and see a list of CMS systems that match that list. I’ve certainly found it useful!

Ever wondered what running Ubuntu linux looks like? Or Mac OS X? Well, here’s a neat way to get a preview without trashing you beloved PC! The OS Vids site has a short video preview of dozens of up-to-date OS in action, giving you a pretty good idea of what you’re letting yourself in for. Of course, it doesn’t show the pain of installing and configuring your system, or trying to get all the drivers to work seamlessly, but it’s a step up from reading the blurb on the outside of the box (or README if you downloaded the ISO image!)

Find out more at OS Vids

Need to edit a file but don’t have a copy of Word handy – then try this web based WP….

ajaxWrite – AJAX for Everyone

Every so often a truly useful website appears – and this is one.  Not much use if you spend all day every day in Putney, but if you travel alot, or if you phone people abroad, then this is an invaluable tool….

Time Zone Check – Travel Help

Useful run through from Marton Anka on how to refresh your XP install from the ground up (i.e. reinstall), whilst still keeping hold of the data and applications that plagued your slow old XP. It’s basically a tutorial on VMWare, but it is nicely done.

If you want to know how CSS Style sheets can really make a difference to you web site, then take a look at this website.  CSS Play has all sorts of experiments with Style Sheets, most of which are very clever.  Best of all, you’re free to copy some of the ideas for your own site.

stu nicholls | CSS PLaY | CSS menus

If you wanted to know what PC software you really need, this is a good a place to start as any. With the top 100 downloads, not only will it use up your download bandwidth, it’ll get you most of everything that’s either interesting, useful or both!

Anyway, have a look, and see what you might have missed. | Top-100 essential downloads of free software & freeware for Windows XP

If you’re into Linux (and even if you’re not)  take a gander at this cool cartoon that expounds its virtues!

I have finally managed to work out how to publish this site’s details on RSS. Just use this link 🙂