In late March of 2009 there was an event billed as “The Ultimate CMS Showdown” It was originally presented at SXSW – South By Southwest Interactive in March, 2009, pitting three teams of all-star Web developers from the Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress communities against each other to develop the same Web site in each of their chosen open source content management platforms.
The competition was intended to provide folks with decision-making tools to use when trying to determine which of these open source content management systems might be a good fit for their individual needs.
It was envisioned as a bloodless battle between Content Management Systems to determine the Destiny of the concept and it was a good idea but probably a little before its time. There were still companies like WordPress that did not know that was the business they were in or would be in eventually. Now years and trends later we have a bit of a better perspective to judge.
Having extensively used Joomla, Drupal and WordPress I have a fairly good idea what is working. I have personally settled on WordPress and still need to give tumbler a tumble.
My opinion is whatever works. Not all sites are alike, therefore they may need different things and that is great when different solutions are doing different things in different ways. Something that works well for me may be exactly what you hate about another approach. We can handle more than one. It is just too bad that they are worlds apart and incompatible. This is what I had hoped Open Source APIs would change. Oh Well!
In the pits were staunch fans of Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. To say it was a “no decision” is fair. No bodies were found in container bins and no kneecaps were broken. So I would say its time for another go round. There are a few more contestants and the audience is bigger as is the need.
TABLET WARS:YEAH BOY! IT’S ON NOW!!!
The media and threir minions and pundits should/must be more fair in their evaluations of new tablets like RIM’s Playbook. The Playbook is not an Apple iPad! It is a functional device that can stand on its own and support enterprise markets that Apple covets but has never mastered in ways that seem to come natural to RIM. his can only serve to force Apple to do better in addressing business uses and users. The tablet market is young, new and fresh. Competition must be encouraged without knee-jerk fanatic sympathies that do not allow for alternatives and options. The iPad is not perfect. there is room for improvement that will only come in response to pressure from competition.
Even though RIM’s latest moves seem to be outright blatant attempts to steal Apple’s thunder and suck all of the air from the room, example being RIM previewing a new version of their Playbook to the press on the very eve of Apple’s big iPad 2 press event. The equivalent of someone crashing a party, slapping all the guests in the face, throwing up on all the presents, having their way with the host’s wife, and urinating on the front door welcome mat on the way out. it was just an all-out “declaration of war”.
NAB 2011 is all over now, but it merits a quick check out to see what went down there that we missed.
When I was a young eager professional broadcaster NAB was the site of an annual pilgrimage. Since I got bitten in the neck by Digi-Drac and my subsequent conversion to geek I have been missing in action. I just decided to check in and see whatI may have missed, especially now that that industry is drinking the tech kool-aide.
The event has been running for 85 years and though not new continues to be a destination for broadcasting® professionals who desire to stay connected and share their passion for content from creation to consumption. They have registered andare pimping the term Broader-casting® in efforts to expand the focus of their work. The following is excerpted from the show site.
NAB Show Fast Facts
• 90,000+ media and entertainment professionals from over 150 countries
• Over $35 billion in purchasing power represented on-site
• 1,500+ unique companies spread over 800,000 net square feet
• 9 conferences and 3 training programs, featuring more than 500 skill-building sessions
• 1,200+ members of the press
• 85+ years of industry leadership
Take a look at the substantial video coverage ans show news on their site:
Rodin's The Thinker
We all manage to over-complicate our processes of coming up with and implenting great ideas or business concepts. These may be the leading the reason why others with less talent, fewer contacts, more limited resources or that lack apparent skills often manage to outdo us. No possible number of expensive seminars, secret newsletters or expert mentoring can magically turn this around. It may be as simple as our adhering to flawed processes, but even that may just be a weak excuse. Often we are our own worst enemies. We place unnecessary fruitless rituals in our own way that have absolutely nothing to do with doing the work. They do keep us from diving right in and getting busy. Often they just stall us and keep us from even getting started.
In my “hood” , there was old saying I learned from the neighborhood pimp “begin by starting!” In the basic simplicity of that statement may lie a key to eventual success. David Milch, my all-time favorite scriptwriter always says in talks about his writing process “you don’t think your way to right actions, You act your way to right thinking” If you think long and hard about that. He is dead on it accurate. When your set up senseless rituals and excuses that more than anything keep you from actually doing the work you aren’t really working. You must develop your instincts, work habits and reactions. You don’t think about breathing, you just get on with it and breathe. When you over think breathing it could lead to the possibility of panic attack.
Hey…Whatever Works! No Regrets!
I feel really blessed to live in San Francisco especially after my work-related stroke that has side-lined me and limited my mobility. Because I live in San Francisco, now the heart of new technology I can still keep my hand in.
This was no more evident to me when I realized that GDGT Live is coming to town on Friday May 6th. 7-10PM at the Metreon – City View (Top Floor) on 101 Fourth Street at Mission.
If you missed it last year here is a good opportunity to see and play with some of the best products in or coming to the marketplace.. Also expect announcements, giveaways, networking opportunities, prizes, parties and more.
Get there early! They will have free gdgt t-shirts and cellphone cases for the first few hundred people who show up, plus a bunch of cool giveaways (and, of course, a ton of hot new gadgets to play with).
When: Friday, May 6th from 7 – 10pm
Where: The Metreon City View (top floor)
101 Fourth Street at Mission
Tickets are free if you follow the link below and RSVP soon.
They now have a listing of the two dozen companies that will be there