Yes another new look

Please excuse the mess – again. I just can’t resist change and found this new WordPress theme earlier in the week and needed a site with some content on it to play with. I figured those of you who visit here are probably used to it by now.

Drupal 5.2

Well, I finally made the upgrade to Drupal 5.2. Don’t know why I waited so long, it was a pretty painless upgrade, just a few theme tweaks. Not much other than that to report – I think the community is doing a great job with Drupal. And despite the uninitiated, I think Drupal has a very promising future.

What ever happened to web efficiencies?

I don’t mean to whine, but what ever happened to webmasters concern about how quickly their sites load. I recall the early days when extreme care was taken to tweak images and coding looking for maximum performance, fueled by concern for their visitors experience. Come on! 300KB, 500KB, 1.2MB home pages?!?!? Am I missing something? Obviously bloggin’ tools, such as Typepad, WordPress, Blogger and others have enabled users who have no idea what they’re doing to enter into the world of web publishing. But come on – couldn’t the developers of these systems verify character counts, images sizes, etc. and prompt their customer when things start getting out of hand?

“Dear Frank,
Thank you for using our service, we appreciate your business! However, your last posting triggered our handy-dandy performance checker and we’ve determined that you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. We’ve automatically optimized your images and added a “read more” link to all posting on your web site. These changes will help conserve bandwidth and prevent a horrible visitor experience for all web surfers across the globe.

If you don’t appreciate our changes you may click undo to convert your site back to its pathetic former self. However we will be forced to water mark your website with the following text, “I’m an idiot, please go away and never visit my website again!”

Thanks for playing
Your service provider"

Learfield’s CEO picked up the blogging bug!

About a month ago Clyde (Learfield’s CEO) and resident father figure started blogging about the company, its history, values and general happenings at the company.  It’s not one of those closed, corporate, “for internal use only” blogs mind you; instead it’s full of open postings for all the world to see.

Recently Clyde gave the IT department a “virtual pat on the back” via a blog post – thanks Clyde!

A new look for philatkinson.org

Been playing around a lot these days with CMS systems.  Here's version 2 – having moved away from typepad to drupal.  The jury is still out – though druapl seems to have way more capabilities; it's not the easiest thing to get running.

While I have no real idea how to support it in a corporate environment, I kind of like it. 

Anyway, we'll see how it goes.  Please hang in there with me as I shovel in the content and work out the bugs.

Learfield launches a new look for the corporate website.

Look for it later this evening or early tomorrow morning.  It's been a topic of discussion for quite some time and everyone is glad to see it finally completed.  I've been fortunate to sit in on several of the conservations so I've had a sneak preview.  I like it.  It's a much cleaner look – lots of white space and some new navigation.  Hope the switch over goes well tonight.  Good luck Steve and Andy!

Web platforms

Content Management System (CMS) or Blogs?  Open source, commercial, or home grown?  Support and Development: community based, outsourced, or in-house?  Hosting: in-house or outsource?  RSS, Podcasting, site upgrades.  Just some of the questions Steve and I've been wrestling over the past year.  While I'm not there yet, I believe the fog is beginning to lift.

Spam problem? It looks alive and well to me!

I was busy crunching email numbers for my company this morning. Here's the break out:

For the month of September 2005:

Inbound email: 5,934,855

Inbound email detected as Spam: 5,655,320

Inbound email containing a virus: 6788

Percentage of email detected as Spam: 95%

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We're a small business ~300 users. Wouldn't you love to see the stats of a large company with 10,000 employees or so. Good Lord! Looks to me like Spam is doing pretty well; it's the legitimate email that's endangered.