WordPress Event Calendar PlugIn?

So, I’ve been looking for a WordPress event calendar plugin, and while I found the Event Calendar 3 plug-in, I wasn’t happy with it. It does not support multiple day events, recurring events, etc. I found PHPiCalendar, but that only reads in iCal files, and is not integrated into WordPress, except through a plugin which gave me a number of errors on WordPress 2.0.2.

I then turned back to EasyPHPCalendar which I have used before. It is commercial software ($19.95 and up depending on options), but well worth the price as I have not found ANY open source software that comes close to it in terms of features.  I am integrating it into WordPress now and will give you an update on my progress.

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Click to activate and use this control. Ughh!

Have users who are seeing the message “Click to activate and use this control” on some web sites?

Microsoft’s most recent Windows Update including a “patch” to Internet Explorer, that disabled some of the functionality it had for automatically running embedded controls (ActiveX, Flash, etc.). This is due to a patent dispute that Microsoft lost (is losing?) to Eolas Technology regarding this technology.  Web developers have a number of workarounds to fix this problem, but until every site implements it, users will be stuck with thtis behavior.

Luckily, Microsoft has a patch out that reverts Internet Explorer back to its earlier behavior of automatically running these controls. Note that they do claim the patch is temporary and will not be available for future security updates, so get it now!

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XnView – Free graphics and photo viewer

XnView is a great utility that will open about 400 different graphic file formats and export to about 50 different formats.  This tool is perfect for opening files that you do not have the original program to open and are not your standard file types. Best of all, it’s free.

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Open Source CRM Software

I’ve been looking into open source CRM software, and originally found and installed SugarCRM. It seems to be a great product, but requires license fees for additional modules such as the Outlook plug-in (which would be very useful). At this point, as we try to figure out how to best use CRM, we do not want to pay any fees.

I then found vTiger, which is another open source CRM package that includes the Outlook and Office plug-ins as open source. As they originally took the SugarCRM software and re-branded it as vTiger (legally able to do under the open source license for SugarCRM), there seems to have been some discussion as to whether this was (a) completely legal and (b) in keeping with the open source spirit.  That discussion seems to have died down as vTiger branched off the original code with a large number of their own enhancements.  I’ll be giving it a try to see if it works for our needs.  I’ll be sure and report back.

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Automated web site testing

Just started looking at automated web site testing tools and found this one:

AdventNet QEngine
AdventNet QEngine is a 100% web-based test automation tool for Web application functional testing, Web application performance testing, Web service functional testing and Web service performance testing of web applications and web services. All you need is just a browser to connect, from anywhere, to the QEngine server for the automated testing of your web applications developed using HTML, JSP, ASP, .NET, PHP, JavaScript/VBScript, e-commerce, etc., and web services that are bound with the SOAP/HTTP binding.

Going to give it a test and see how it works. I’ll update this post with results and other products I’ve found.

 

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WordPress

The WordPress software is pretty impressive. So far, I have been able to do everything I have wanted to either with the sofware itself, or with a plug-in.

These are the plugins that this site is currently using:

  • WP-Stats: statistics page
  • Front Page Categories: only show certain categories on the front page
  • Search Pages: advanced search functionality
  • AMM: Amazon Media Manager
  • WPG2: embeds Gallery within WordPress
  • FlvPlayer: sets up a page to play Flash videos on your site (see my post on how to install it properly)
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Great new video technology

This week I was given a presentation by Micronets on their patented video streaming technology and I have to say I was impressed. Micronets is a B-to-B-to-C company that provides companies with a YouTube like interface for hosting their user’s videos. They provide a completely hosted, skinnable web interface for Flash video streaming and hosting. Ok, so nothing too exciting there, right?

Well, the exciting thing comes in with some of their patented technology that has not yet been seen on the web.  This includes:

  • Inserting still image frames of the video into the progress bar on the regular Flash video player. This allows the user to more easily move to the section of the video they want without having to remember where to go
  • Having the ability to insert ad content directly into the video stream. No longer do you only have ads as a pre-roll or post-roll options.  You can insert a banner, commercial, logo, or other animation directly into the video at any point.
  • Vtags. This “tag” system allows a user to take any video on the system and “chop” out a portion of it for their own use. In the YouTube model, it allows any user to take a portion of any other video and “mash up” the content how they want to.  The original video stream is never modified – that user just has the snapshot of the video they want.

Pretty cool stuff… I’ll be sure and give you an update as it progresses.

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