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My next home project will be to set up Linux Media Center Edition (MCE) which runs on top of Kubuntu. [Also a wiki here.]             I've been reading up on this alternative to Windows Media Center and WOW... It blows me away! I was initially going to set up MythTV on a linux box, but this package makes things 100X...

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October 2007 Public Training was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here are some pictures from that training.

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October 2007 Public Training was held in North Sydney, Australia. Here's some pictures of the building the training was held in.     Here are some of the attendees.

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Push mail Sync'd Calendars Sync'd Todos Sync'd Mail Sync'd Contacts I love that when somebody sends me an email, Exchange 2003 pushes said mail right to my phone.. no waiting! I love that when said email contains a calendar invite I can accept it and not only does it add the appointment to my phone, I see it in...

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So last night as I sat in my hotel room in Ohio I was reading a thread about Android, Google's open handset OS. I decided to download the SDK and give it a crack. The first things I noticed were the steller documentation and the ease of constructing a basic app... I had created a simple hello world app in about 15 minutes, 13 of those being reading the doc. It made me realize a few...

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Hey All,   Gonna start my first post with a big thanks to everyone who worked on getting Liferay Blogging to a very usable point. Then, I have a question for everyone out there... Snippet or Full Content? By this I mean in the RSS feed of our blogs. Does the world prefer a simple snippet of the content as part of the RSS item? OR does it prefer the Full Content of...

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Last week Google announced OpenSocial with an impressive set of partners including Orkut (as expected), MySpace, iLike, Flixter, Oracle, .... There were companies that had their own social network, others that offered applications through the Internet and even companies that provide services and infrastructures. There's been a lot of blogging about whether this is Google's checkmate to...

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If you are running Liferay with Tomcat, you have most likely come across this annoying message upon startup: INFO: The Apache Tomcat Native library which allows optimal performance... This is Apache's subtle hint that you can speed up Tomcat.  I decided to see how much of a boost it would give you.  Without the JNI library installed, I get this on startup of a vanilla...

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So we've been operational for a little over two months now and this is how we do it over here at the Liferay Dalian Office.   First we work hard:   Then we play hard:   Want to join us?...

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So, in an attempt to add some stuff to my blog that I think people might enjoy, I am going to write an entry every Friday, called the Friday Funkfest. What is the Friday Funkfest, exactly? Well, one of the things I absolutely love to do is customize my Windows box with different programs, wallpapers, extensions, etc, and I love visiting really great looking sites, I thought I'd spread...

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One of the most controversial things we've done for version 4.3 was to switch all of the icons to using PNG icons. This wouldn't be so bad, as IE can render PNGs with index transparency just fine. The problem comes in when you use PNGs with alpha transparency. What's the difference? There are two types of transparency when it comes to images. Index and alpha. File formats with...

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A couple of days ago I was humming along working happily when suddenly, doink! The power went out. It was a beautiful bright sunny day, and so I might not have noticed right away except that my new printer (see a couple of posts down) clicked and when I looked over at it, I saw that the little blue power light was out. When I looked back at my machine, my screen had dimmed. I was on...

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And now a brand new episode of Liferay Cribs... Just kidding. But this is a non-technical blog post. For the past year and a half, I feel very fortunate to have been working for Liferay, and I'm just grateful to work with not only very smart people, but just really good people. It's very humbling. I feel genuine concern, from the top-level-on-down, not only for the quality and...

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I recently had the realization that I was duplicating a certain set of code across multiple portlets. For those who know me, they will attest that my work motto is to work smart not hard. I hate code duplication with a fiery passion, thus something had to be done. The question was what? After some thought, I decided that I needed to make a taglib. I started coding it, and had a...

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One of the topics I've seen over and over on the forums is confusion over the configuration of Hot Deploy in Liferay. It can be complicated, and the default configuration is not a valid one if you are not using Tomcat as your container, so people frequently run into problems with it. Since I have just finished a section in the official docs about this topic, I thought it would be good...

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One of the things I was looking forward to when starting with Liferay was the opportunity to work at home full time. I've worked at home in the past, but it was always on an ad-hoc basis, on days when somebody had a doctor's appointment, the car needed servicing, etc. I'd go do whatever the errand was and then work at home for the remainder of the day so I wouldn't have to take a day...

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So a couple of weeks ago, Ivan and I were trying to figure out how he could let his friend hit his Liferay tomcat without having to set up a demo server or using adobe acrobat connect. Basically, he needed the fastest way for someone to hit his local box from outside his network (China to US). A week earlier, I stumbled upon this tool called Hamachi, which allows you to...

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This is a picture of the Liferay crew that has invaded ohio.   From left to right: David RisonBrett SwaimDavid TruongBrian KimSten Martinez It's getting cold!!! Notice how BKim has his ski jacket on.

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I recently got myself a nice new mono laser printer with duplexing capabilities. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a good deal on a simple mono laser printer that has duplexing built in? You would think at this point that with all the effort going into selling color laser printers, the market in mono laser printers could be kept alive better if all the manufacturers would...

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Remember the days of yore when the big annual college job fair came around?  Hundreds of anxious students gather, holding a stack of resumes under left arm while keeping their right hand dry for greeting potential employers.  The sight is humorous to behold, at least from an outsider's perspective, but from a student's point of view it's nerve wrecking!  Recently,...

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