martedì 1 gennaio 2008

New Year, Old plans

The new year begins, and to start well I've done some work on the GrilloParlanteModena website.
In the end the Grillo project evolved in a WordPress blog, and we are building it directly on the WordPress main site.
We found using the main website has some limitations, in how and what can be configured, and in the way users can collaborate. For now we work like this, to have some advantages in security and visibility, then we'll see if it is necessary to build a stand-alone website.

For the new year I'm planning to make an Italian version of this blog, some people surprisingly said they saw this blog (that I added as my website in my profile on Skype) and they found it interesting, but difficult to read because it is in English.
I'll keep both versions and use them as a reference, to have a quick hub for all my projects.

Some of my domains are also approaching the expiration date, so I'll have to choose what to renew and what to leave behind. I think they have become too many and I need to sort out what I can actually build in the medium/short period.

In the meantime, I now also have the task to refurbish the website website of the aikido dojo where I practice. It's a long overdue activity, since I've been practicing for 6 years now and the website hasn't changed much (it is very old-style indeed). I'll have to check what actually can be done on the server, I hope to be able to use at least php or asp, event without a database, and not plain html...

mercoledì 28 novembre 2007

Evaluation in progress

In order to start developing some of my projects, I am finally evaluating some of the various CMS, to check the state of the art.
I am using WOS portable for this: a web server that runs completely from an USB stick (using my brand new Cruzer 4GB!). In addition to its ease of use it already has many CMS ready to install automatically and also includes Apache2, MySQL, PHP 4&5 and more.
It is really a great tool (for what I've seen so far).
Stay tuned for some consideration of the status of CMS.

venerdì 23 novembre 2007

The Grillo Project

It appears this blog is bringing me luck.
Yesterday I have been officially put in charge of realizing a website for the Modena Beppe Grillo Meetup. Beppe Grillo is an Italian comedian who was excluded from TV appearance because of his strong statements about the Italian government and enterprises. He continued having a lot of success with his theater shows and in the last 2 years his blog became one of the most visited website in Italy and worldwide. Many fan groups were created on the website and they are becoming a strong political movement fighting the many lobbies and oligarchies of Italian politics and economy.
I have recently joined the meetup of Modena (the city were I currently leave) and decided to help building a news website to inform about Modena's problems.
I hope the website will be an example and help other meetups to expand outside the limitations of

giovedì 22 novembre 2007

Stay tuned

This is my first post, I hope it won't be the last...
In this blog I would like to share some ideas and projects.
I always have too many ideas, and not much time to develop them.
Feel free to comment and to offer your help if you like (it is much needed).
Stay tuned for descriptions about what I have in mind....

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