WordPress or Joomla?

A nice infographic which summarises the strengths of WordPress vs Joomla, accurate as of beginning of 2013. I wish there was something like this when I first started blogging many years ago and had a hard time deciding the platform!

WordPress v Joomla - Infographic by Red Giant Design

Amazon Web Services

Looks like it’s time to clean up the posts here (as in, reorganise them, not remove past posts) since what I post these days seem quite different to what I used to write.

Anyway, for the past week, I have been drawn to using Amazon Web Services (AWS), or specifically EC2, as a potential candidate to host my blogs in future – once my contract with webfaction completes. Webfaction has been a fantastic host by the way, but I see AWS not so much as a cost-saving alternative given that the costs involved in shared hosting really really are very low these days but more as a learning experience to take advantage of the flexibility of cloud computing. So far, I have managed to

  1. deploy a copy of the low-traffic WordPress-based site (PHP, Mysql and lighttpd),
  2. learn to increase the size of a disk image.

Power of opensource

For those who may still be wondering what opensource is all about, here is an interesting piece on the power of opensource in the context of Obama’s election win. Since I use opensource for both work and at home

  • OS = Linux (Debian and Ubuntu)
  • Web browser = Chrome, Firefox/Iceweasel
  • Email = Thunderbird/Icedove and (well, this is not quite opensource 🙂 ) GMail
  • Office = OpenOffice
  • Image processing = GIMP
  • Database = MySql
  • CMS = WordPress

I can certainly appreciate first-hand the versatility and comprehensiveness of opensource softwares.

If you have not done so, why not dip your hand and try something new today?

What is the internet?

A quaint clip from yesteryears! I really like the “innocent” discussions about internet and email. 🙂

I really like that duo of Gumble and Couric. Of course, for me it was late-night TV (Australian time) instead of the morning show in USA.

Open-source social network

Diaspora, something to keep an eye out in the near future!? As indicated on its website the aim is purportedly to provide

The privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network.

More about the potential upheavals to spring out from a startup of 4 young people here. These are exciting times.