Category Archives: Tools

Alfresco in a Perth Summer
Date Created: December 1, 2015  Date Modified: December 1, 2015

Alfresco was never my fav or most used EDMS (TRIM, and SharePoint are by far the most used), but a new contract has me developing with this system again and there are quite a few changes between the last version I worked with to this one–5.0.d.

Nobody wants to have to remember 2 different logins for their business processes, so LDAP to AD was the primary goal to kick. PhpLDAPAdmin made this easier, its like PhpMyAdmin, but not for MySQL–its for LDAP!.

Another help in this was the following blog post:

Date Created: May 13, 2013  Date Modified: May 13, 2013

I have decided to give SecureWAMP a test run in a development environment. It is put together by Herzlich Willkommen, the same that bought us SRWare Iron–the Chrome alternative without the Google hooks.

So far: A cool feature is the 1-Click installations, SecureWAMP includes Joomla (tho an older version), WordPress, Typo3, and other server side software available to users with no prior knowledge in setting up Apache.

Open Source OBD Information
Date Created: May 12, 2013  Date Modified: May 13, 2013

Its not hard to tell that I’m a bit of a car buff, add to that my love of tech and you get this headache related to the on board diagnosis port (“ODB” or “ODB-II”, the second generation of diagnosis ports). Mechanics can invest in the expensive tools required to “communicate” with the ECU as an operational expense, however the general automotive enthusiast can’t really justify that cost–especially if you own vehicles from different car manufacturers.

There are cheap consumer level tools to perform some of the OBD functions, tho they have their limitations, such as working only with certain marques, or having no upgrade-ability–An open source solution would be better. In an ideal world there would be a huge open source community deving tools we can all use to aid us in automotive maintenance, but there are only a handful of dedicated individuals working on these projects.

This post is to put together some of the existing online resources related to OBD, it’s by no means an authoritative source on how to use, make or develop these tools.


From their website: “Freediag is a suite of vehicle diagnostic protocols and an OBD II (mostly) compliant ScanTool, currently for Linux platforms. Multiple graphical user interfaces for scantool are under development – but right now, you have to use a command-line interface to scantool.”. Currently not available on windows.

openOBD: OBD-II Scan Tool

OpenOBD is no longer in active development, but it does have a windows installer for those users not on a linux platform. According to the projects wiki it only supports the ELM327 device.


OBDToolbox is in early development so its features are a bit limited. Windows installer available.

This is by no means an entire directory of OBD resources, just some software I am currently playing with, hopefully I can put together some more detailed information soon.

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Horses for Courses
Date Created: October 5, 2011  Date Modified: October 5, 2011

How can I say to someone that I dont put my clients in Joomla baceause its no a suitable product for what they want from their web?? Joomla is a pig of a thing and its only by a cruel twist of fate that I had to develop with it.

Now Im not saying Joomla is a bad product, it has its uses, but Content Management Systems should suit the type of site they are deployed for. I have a Joomla sub-domain I use as a sandbox for testing and development, because Im still happy to work with the product in a suitable environment. But for a multi-user site that has a mid to high traffic flow–Joomla just does not cut it.

I put a university in a CMS–and it was an enterprise level product that could handle the volume of traffic such an institution, Squiz Matrix in this example, and there are other enterprise level CMS software that can perform in such an environment.

Content Management is Horses for Courses, the last thing you need is a pig in the race.

I dont think so
Date Created: October 2, 2011  Date Modified: January 7, 2013

Had an interview at a local design agency, one that actually does design. I dont think I will be the successful candidate, as I made two cardinal sins in the design field.

First off was calling Mac’s evil empire machines, yes I have a bias against Apple, but one must never let opinion override professionalism.

The second, wich ties in with the first a little was that I mentioned flash, the rule here is: dont bring up old technology. Sure flash is still used, but its no longer held in the same regard as it once was. I tnink if I can overcome my own perzonal bias I will have no trouble securing the next placement.

My new WordPress driven Site
Date Created: September 4, 2011  Date Modified: September 19, 2011

Well after years of working with CMS systems–and avoiding having one drive my own online content, I have now bitten the bullet and setup wordpress! (is the exclamation mark intellectual property of Joomla!?)…

Currently have just imported a couple of my blogs, and a few questions that came to me via formspring here and there is no REAL content, I aim to get that in coming weeks. and also change the CSS so its not looking so default.. (I avoided using the word “Designer” in the title because of this.)..

Anyway, Ive left UNDA and Im off to explore the fine city of Melbourne so Im not having much time to maintain this site.


I have decided to move my site to…
Date Created: November 8, 2009  Date Modified: September 4, 2011

This post was the Hello World for this wordpress installation that I had on my site, but only used as a sandbox and sample site for projects; both my own and for clients. At the time I chose not to use wordpress as the CMS driving this site–I was wanting to be taken seriously as a CMS developer and it would, as I thought, have been counter-intuitive to use a blogging platform as a Content Management System.

Some time has passed since then and I have worked with a number of systems and considered at one point even using MySource Matrix here. At first some might consider that as overkill but as a Web Developer who deals with multiple sites, an enterprise level CMS built for multi-site, multi-domain deployment could have been an interesting way of managing projects… I decided against it for obvious reasons.

Anyway, nearly two years passed without any software driving these pages–but now we have it. WordPress. Lets see how long it is before I switch to Drupal (which I also have on this server for the same reasons and length of time as WP).

ots late and there is much to do. at least this migration wont take too long…

Finding Open Source Alternetives
Date Created: August 21, 2009  Date Modified: September 4, 2011

I was searching around for a vBulletin alternative and found this site that is dedicated to open source alternatives to popular propriety software. I’ll chec them out more thoroghly soon, but Im pretty rushed this morning (its arfternnon already)…

Aside from the above, there is ofcourseForge sourceForge; but I shall mention them another day.

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Tools for HTML
Date Created: June 1, 2009  Date Modified: September 14, 2011

To code in HTML you dont need anthing more than notepad, althou commercial products like Dreamweaver offer several useful tools that are used by serious web designers. You can build effective websites using these commercial products without too much knowledge of HTML, but the more understanding of it you have, the easyer it will be to build and maintain your web site or blog.

There are two basic types of tools used in web design, there are text editors and there are what is known as WYSIWYG(what you see is what you get) editors. I will be refering mainlt to text editors, but dont let that scare you!, everything I tell you do do in a text editor you can do in a commercial HTML application.

In this site I will however not be refering to commercial puoducts, and I will keep references to only freeware products that you can download. All products have been tested by me to run on Windows Vista and XP, and they have packages avalible for linux too.

The first tool I suggest you download is Notepad++. I wont say too much about this program now, only that it is similar to the Windows Notepad, thou it has added functionality that you will find useful when coding HTML and CSS.

The second tool I sugest you get, and will be refering to it on occasion if the free text editor HTMLkit. I have been using it for years, both by it self and also along slid Dreamweaver, and I find it to be a great little free tool for web designers. Many commercial designers I have put on to this pruduct love it, and still use it today.

Next there is Nvu, a WYSIWYG. I have only been using this product for a few months as a free replacment for Dreamweaver–and its not as functional as the commercial pruduct, ITS FREE and you cant beat that.

I will also refer to other tools and browser plug-int that you may find useful, so please check out each download as they will be usful.

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