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  • tech0x20 5:44 pm on December 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: punditry, soothsayer   

    Various Predictions for 2009 

    These are the predictions I’ve seen in media/technology so far.  Anyone have any others?

    From @themediaisdying tweet on Twitter:


    From cnet.com:

    • Sony:  Further reduction in PS3 pricing, Blu-Ray struggles to gain ground on DVDs with streaming taking off
    • Apple:  Ends iPhone exclusivity with AT&T (on the heels of the Wal-Mart introduction) and Jobs announces his planned retirement.
    • Microsoft:  Windows 7 rushed out the door hits store shelves

    From NetworkWorld:

    • IT spending to be cut 10-20%
    • Unemployed IT professionals will help boost growth in cybercrime.
    • Company’s social networking initiatives lose stream as they get considered speculative/frivolous.
    • Google to acquire Salesforce.com
    • Wireless propagation slows down wired switch sales.
    • Video finally takes off as a communications medium.
    • Social engineering will proliferate and “Scareware” will boom.

    I’ll be curious to see how much of this is valid even halfway through the year (if even quantifiable).


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  • tech0x20 10:56 am on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Have a new computer user in the family? 

    Just caught a new post on Digital Inspiration, one of my favorite practical technology blogs:

    The Essential Guide to Internet & Software for First-Time Computer Users

    The first few mentions are easy:  PC Decrapifier, Firefox with Delicious add-on, Google Docs, but this article has some gems that I still have yet to use myself:

    • Iterasi – archives your favorite web pages (whether static or dynamic), allowing them to be retrieved from other locations and shared via e-mail.
    • Eyejot – send video e-mail
    • Evernote – turn paper documents into digital docs that are more easily found and managed.

    I’d recommend reading the full article, even if you’re tech-savvy.  You might find a few gems yourself.

  • tech0x20 12:58 pm on December 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mediawiki,   

    MediaWiki on xampp 

    Okay, I installed  JSPWiki on xampp on an SD card to have an isolated sandbox for JSPWiki.  The install was space intensive due to the number of small files added with Tomcat and JSPWiki.  The install was also not entirely portable, in that the only systems that could run the setup from the SD card were those that had J2EE 5.x or later installed–quite the high end requirement.

    So I decided to install MediaWiki instead.

    • Download the ZIP package from from the xampp for windows
    • Open the xampp-win32-*.*.*.zip file that was just downloaded and extract to C: (change to flash drive drive letter here if necessary).
    • Run [drive]:xamppxampp_start.exe to test starting up the web server and mysql.  Validate that browsing to your local machine brings up a served web page.  Depending on the speed of the media you’re using this may take 15 seconds or so after running xampp_start.exe

    At this point, xampp should be ready to for installing MediaWiki.  (Shorter walkthrough here.)

    • Download the latest version from the MediaWiki download page. (version 1.13.3 as of this writing)
    • Use 7-zip to unpack the tar/gz file.
      • Right-click the media-wiki-1.13.3.tar.gz file and click 7-zip -> Open Archive
      • Single-click on the media-wiki-1.13.3.tar file and click the [Extract] button in the menubar.
      • You should have a media-wiki-1.13.3 folder in the same location as the zip file you downloaded.  Rename this to MediaWiki.
    • Copy the MediaWiki folder to [drive]:xampphtdocs.  (Note:  You could also copy the contents of the folder to the htdocs directly, but then you would need to delete the index.* files and would also lose your links to phpMyAdmin, etc..)
    • Browse to http://localhost/MediaWiki
    • Click on the setup link on the page.
    • Fill in
      • Wiki name
      • Admin username and password/password confirm
      • Probably want to disable e-mail options for this setup
      • Fill in a new database name, db username, and db password (this should be created for you because of the security setup with xampp)
      • Check “Use superuser account” (this will enable username/password and database creation)
      • Database table name prefix (I used the suggested “mw_”)
      • Click [Install MediaWiki]
    • Move the config/LocalSettings.php file to the parent directory ([drive]:xampphtdocsMediaWiki), then follow this link to your wiki.

    Some clean-up:

    You may want to go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ click on Privileges and Edit both of the MySQL root accounts to have passwords.  There is a separate [Go] button under the “Change Password” section of the “Edit Privileges” page for this.

    Media Wiki Successful Installation

    For my default installation of xampp with MediaWiki on a 2 GB drive:

    • 6,827 files and 664 folders
    • Size: 294 MB (309,291,225 bytes)
    • Size on Disk: 311 MB (326,238,208 bytes)

    Still quite a bit of space, but more efficient than the JSPWiki install on a FAT32 partition.

    • The Weeb 5:37 pm on December 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      So are you going to compare/contrast JSPWiki with MediaWiki now? Are they equal in functionality?

      Nice blog, by the way! Cool domain name…

    • Thomas Powell 9:01 pm on December 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if I will dive any deeper into JSPWiki vs. MediaWiki analysis. After all, most people are familiar with Wikipedia, which should be the number one implementation of MediaWiki. By contrast, JSPWiki is a simple text-file based wiki.

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