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1. Joomla Usability Sucks
...publish, multiple editors across multiple departments all involved in passing editorial oversight to something being published. It was hypothesized that people would respond favourably to a mindmap as...
Monday, 14 September 2009

...experimental" version of Joomla 1.6, we've also continued to flesh out the entire ACL structure into something meaningful. What do we mean by meaningful? The concept as it stands aims to take existi...
Sunday, 31 May 2009

...k. Most business managers cannot grasp complex technical terms or behaviours in order to implement something. Therefore the bar has to be the lowest common denominator possible. Visualisation, the a...
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

4. 3 tips for security
... obscurity (in this case, obscurity being censorship) doesn't help your clients feel safe and secure. Anything less and your clientele is not safe with your business. Sure, responsible disclosure must...
Saturday, 25 October 2008

...focus for social networking, the increase in business knowledge and business core competencies is a good thing and something that should be welcomed. Why ? Because at the end of the day, customers wil...
Thursday, 19 June 2008

6. New Toys
Notice anything different? That's right. We have a new design for this site.  It's not all that's happening either. With new toys, new web portals , new business streams and upgrades on existing
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

7. Blacklist
Absalom Media deals with a lot of clientele around the world. Sometimes things do not appear as they seem in marketing to businesses and clients. It is with deep regret that this page has to exist as
Saturday, 14 June 2008

The online brand of a business is something that is more than a brochure, yet some corporates treat it with kid gloves. Those who do invest in it require a return on investment that is comparable to t
Wednesday, 11 June 2008

...yle and visual memes they employ. Within most corporates, designers are simply seen as people who 'make things pretty', not as people who have the ability to guide, develop and transition the busines...
Wednesday, 20 February 2008

10. The Joomla! community
...r. To quote from one of the current Joomla! Foundation Working Group / Legal team members: However, the thing that really takes me aback is the comments by Lobos, and a few others, that Joomla! is a ...
Monday, 30 July 2007

11. Benefits of non-GPL work
...oice in how Absalom Media operates. The end users They can get consumer protection for their goods, something removed implicitly in GPL v2 and explicitly in GPL v3 compatible work. The GPL v3 express...
Monday, 16 July 2007

...eir actions to produce non-GPL compliant extensions. Let's take this claim apart rationally, as the last thing we need to do is panic. Got your towel ready ? Do you have a copy of the Hitchhikers Guid...
Tuesday, 03 July 2007

... request. This is what I liked about it. It didn't just walk through a predefined steps for creating one thing. It gave possibilities and examples of what could be done on a client site. Considering ...
Tuesday, 03 July 2007

14. Memberships
...project. We will implement processes to incorporate the "Zero Defect" mentality from the start of everything that we do for our clients. We will continually seek to improve upon our processes to su...
Saturday, 30 June 2007

15. Still open for freedom
...t or will not cope with bad press about their decision to enforce the GPL on third party developers, something that the GPL itself does not allow, I'm left wondering what's been won ? Not much, if any...
Thursday, 28 June 2007

...ernance, management and direction. But what does this mean for you, the end clients of Absalom Media ? Nothing. Business continues as usual. We still continue to produce high quality commercially lice...
Thursday, 21 June 2007

...outs and over a thousand posts on the thread regarding the question of Joomla!'s licence status. The one thing I'm left wondering is why in God's name have the project managers of Joomla! remained sil...
Friday, 08 June 2007

18. Black hat Joomla
...e marketing ? Now before anyone panics and decides to ban me from the Joomla! forums for saying such a thing, there is a backstory to consider. Firstly, this week Google decreased the ranking of a k...
Tuesday, 15 May 2007

...ant to test against it. Platforms Firefox 2 Internet Explorer 6 Camino Safari Methodology Turn everything on.. in order to capture the most verbose output possible, including titles Read the enti...
Monday, 30 April 2007

20. Social networking online
...other people in the system (who's a good citizen? who can be trusted?) Sharing - a way of sharing things that are meaningful to participants (like photos or videos) Smith then introduces...
Friday, 27 April 2007

21. Joomla! Summer of Code
...mall, yet subtle customisation to the content record tables in order to be fully extensible. I built the thing for 1.0.x and I know what's required for 1.5 and beyond. Semantic Web Secondly, under th...
Monday, 09 April 2007

22. Anything but bashful
It's time to get naked.. No style, no design, not even Javascript or Flash, just the raw information. April 5th is the Annual CSS Naked Day. On this day this site will be without any style. This
Tuesday, 03 April 2007

23. The medium is the message
...ated with rich media, to the point of information overload for some people. This is where the art of breathing space, to rest, refresh and rethink the perception of the world around us matter. To effe...
Thursday, 29 March 2007

24. Logomaid: Mud and honesty
...rmed through the spread of misinformation and/or personal agendas. This is where, again, within Joomla!, things aren't exactly what they seem. Various people across the accessibility community, includ...
Saturday, 24 March 2007

25. Googleplexing
...ocal community.. You can have a US related product for a US user on an Australian site, which is a good thing. The other piece of Google arcana relates to design and ad branding. The sugges...
Monday, 19 March 2007

26. The Holy Grail
...ources between XFN, CB and access rights Now this has taken a while to mature, but that's okay. All good things take time. During that time Absalom Media has also extended the functionality beyond mer...
Tuesday, 13 March 2007

27. Bee's nest
...xed. This is actually one of the best templates I've seen thus far in terms of negotiation of JAWS, if nothing else, and for that Robert and Angie should be congratulated. So the game plan is thus: Ad...
Monday, 05 March 2007

28. Beehive machina
...Did Beez raise the bar, or is it turning into a hornet's nest ? Well, the findings are interesting, if nothing else. Beez, in it's current state, meets the exact same bar as Milkyway. The only foresee...
Thursday, 01 March 2007

29. Professionalism and change
...where and when it defines itself. To be a web professional, in the true sense of the word, the following things must be evident, from where I stand: Part of professional membership To be a consummat...
Monday, 26 February 2007

30. The power of community
... end users and meeting them. So what can be learned from this experience ? Well, for starters, not everything always is open as it seems within the open source community. The people you expect to hol...
Friday, 23 February 2007

31. Political policies
...ies and manuals. There are times and places where such documentation is needed, but also times when such things do need to be correctly addressed. As the web industry is changing daily in term of tech...
Tuesday, 20 February 2007

32. Mamboforge lockouts
(News/Mambo) the Mambo infrastructure has removed users from the Forge without reason. The last time this sort of thing happened, it was aimed at the previous core team. The interesting legal and ethical preci...
Tuesday, 06 December 2005

33. Mambo 4.5.3 Review
... some work. To help analyse and test the development of 4.5.3 over time, I'm working off 3 distinct things. The 4.5.3 that was in the CVS before the Foundation issued an ultimatum to the previous...
Thursday, 01 December 2005

34. Land of the living
... days. To those in the open source web development world who use Absalom Media as their resource for all things design, accessibility and technical on the web, we are back now, to continue providing t...
Friday, 11 November 2005

35. Something's coming
... on the Xoops boards. I'm just trying to figure out how to break Xoops out of 3 column envy into something that looks unique and works from a functional perspective. Any ideas on layout most welc...
Wednesday, 26 October 2005

36. Who Owns You?
...tion Mambo podcast, the CMS system was tested and validated into Spikesource. Now this might seem a good thing, but the more information gets published, the more confusing the paper trail for who actu...
Saturday, 22 October 2005

37. Quizzle
If anyone wanted to know random stuff about me, here it is: Which File Extension are You?
Tuesday, 18 October 2005 Melbourne Australia. I don't have the Australian accent. Ric: Like there's some big football thing happening down there right? Chris: That's right today is the big Grand Final where t...
Monday, 17 October 2005

39. Comprehende?
...make no sense outside of the US being used in Australian and NZ clientele. More than the need to get things working cross platform (desktop to PDA to phone) internationalisation is an issue that ...
Friday, 30 September 2005

40. Cultural Voice
...han not, be a permanent fixture delivering content to the people who need it. This is where creating something that is of value in all models - business, community and culture, come into play. The var...
Thursday, 29 September 2005

41. Bag This
(News/we05) what stream I'll be doing. Tomorrow I'll be seeing Roger Hudson explain accessible forms, something severely lacking from Mambo, although now better implemented in Joomla!. After Roger, I&#...
Wednesday, 28 September 2005

42. Full Disclosure
...have a rich development API for third party developers to make plugins and templates Mambo must be something to depend on - transparency of development and robustness of organisation feature here....
Friday, 23 September 2005

43. Cannibals
...rom the Board in the thread that followed are: Templates should not really "advertise" anything, other than attribution to the developer of the template. If you introduce new or enhan...
Friday, 09 September 2005

44. Open Sauce
...t us and we will be happy to address them. Regards, Cecilia Mambo Foundation Silencing dissent does nothing, and considering the public relations disaster Miro International Pty Ltd has endured ove...
Thursday, 01 September 2005

45. Final Words
(News/Mambo) becoming the case.? As many of you know I have a family and they are more important to me than anything else.? For the record I was no way forced or pushed to resign.? This was completely my o...
Tuesday, 23 August 2005

46. Metamorphosis
...t does the Mambo Foundation mean for Absalom Media and its clientele ? It means a minor re-alignment, nothing more. As Absalom Media primarily deals in design and web standards solutions for clients,...
Friday, 19 August 2005

47. Letter to the community
... An open source project is about people producing free and open software and contributing to something as a team for the benefit of others. Open source projects reflect the spirit of collabo...
Thursday, 18 August 2005

48. The Gathering
... information from the Foundation about itself, processes and strategies for implementation and how these things affect the Mambo community, I ask that all those involved in this discussion contact me ...
Tuesday, 16 August 2005

49. Project Orange
...s and users. So this is the concept: "Project Orange", Mambo 4.5 remixed and reborn into something that allows current component, module and template developers from 4.5.1 onwards to use t...
Wednesday, 23 March 2005

50. To Tell A Story
(News/Mambo) static site into an effective online content management system and another 9,000 page site into something which has web standards and accessibility. In both projects, the same issues have arisen,...
Sunday, 27 February 2005

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