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Looking at software design with Visual Paradigm

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Visual Paradigm is a program which can very well change the way you approach software design. Its key goal is to provide an environment which gives you full access to the most commonly used standards in design modelling while also making sure that despite the complexity with some of those models you’ll always have the right tools at your fingertips.

Now, I need to get one thing out of the way: I am probably biased. I’ve been using Visual Paradigm for over 8 years now and I still seriously like this software.

But then again, I’ve also been using some design models, like UML, for a long time as well and I also continue to appreciate what those have to offer. So… Time to do a review on a software product which has seriously changed the way I approach software developing.

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April 22, 2017 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber, Visual Paradigm | , , , , | Comments Off on Looking at software design with Visual Paradigm

Drupal: where people fail to understand the basics of freedom & tolerance.

Drupal is an open source content management system which allows you to build websites. There’s also a community involved around it which is said to be open to everyone; you’re more than welcome to participate and help out to make Drupal even better than it was before.

… unless you happen to be into certain sexual desires and private fantasies which might not be publically understood or accepted, in this case specifically referring to SM and/or BDSM.

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March 30, 2017 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Drupal: where people fail to understand the basics of freedom & tolerance.

5 cases where Open Source Software went wrong

Open Source Software (“OSS”) has drastically changed the way we work within the world of IT, or ICT as is the ‘modern’ phrase. And don’t get my article in the wrong way: OSS is a very important phenomenon and one which opens up possibilities which would otherwise have been fully out of reach. Take this blog: WordPress is basically an open source product, I’m convinced that the website itself is hosted using Apache; an open source webserver, the product is written in PHP which is an open source scripting language and I wrote most of this post offline using Open Live Writer. An, you guessed it, open source Windows application (based on Microsoft’s now abandoned Live Writer).

But unfortunately, as with all good things, there are plenty of people who claim that Open Source is totally flawless and something we desperately need all the time. Yet that is not always the case. So here are 5 cases where OSS went wrong…

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November 30, 2016 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 cases where Open Source Software went wrong

PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Many people with some roots into IT will know that it all started on a commandline. This holds true for nearly all major operating systems, and the ones which were quite early with hiding the commandline (OS/2 for example) still had their ‘ties’ into it.

Microsoft originally started with MS-DOS which was actually a rough ‘copy’ or ‘fork’ of CP/M (Computer Program / Monitor). Not a surprising development though; early high-end computers running on CP/M would sometimes also provide access to a ‘DOS mode’ thus allowing the unit to use both CP/M and DOS (I.C.L. used to produce such units).

But here things eventually stalled. When MS DOS 6 came out Microsoft started to focus more on the GUI aspect and left the commandline interface (“cli”) a little for what it was. At first users of 98 / XP had a full DOS 6 at their disposal but even that soon declined to a simple rather limited commandline shell.

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July 16, 2012 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on PowerShell; fun on the commandline

The power of the InterNet

So today when I checked up on my favorite news site I saw a story about a 9 year old kid who maintained a blog about the food she and her schoolmates got served for lunch. And judging by the pictures of it it didn’t really look that appealing to me. Just check out the article on The Register, here you’ll also find links pointing to the original blog itself.

And what did the school do? As could be expected they focussed on trying to keep her quiet.

However, this time the Internet was involved…

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June 15, 2012 Posted by | Editorial, InterNet | , , , , , | Comments Off on The power of the InterNet