SilverStripe CMS

Last night I found SilverStripe and it is simply amazing. It’s the perfect solution for small simple static websites I find myself building regularly, and with the templates being so well made I can customise them and having a working site in less than 2 hours.

For example, and (You’ll have to excuse the content on the latter, it’s a work in progress)

Both of these are customised, and were complete in under an hour. The admin interface is incredibly simple, and the help pages will help novice users a lot. I’m also loving how extendable it is. There may be a lack of modules/widgets (or at least a lack of useful ones) but with SilverStripes modular design it’d be very easy to create new ones.

I’m not sure if it’s issues with our work internet, or firefox, or silverstripe, but I’m coming across occasional bugs – I can only hope they’re ironed out. It will be insteresting to see how simple it is to upgrade/update SilverStripe to newer versions.

Communicator Status Editor Update: Offline support!

Office Communicator Status Editor v1.5.2

Along with updating the website, I’ve updated the Office Communicator Custom Status Editor to now work offline.

Previously, if you didn’t have internet access when starting up Communicator, the custom statuses would have failed. Now that’s now longer a problem.

That’s the only new feature of the program, but it’s a biggy – Also included now is a better installer and a slightly improved UI.

Download: Office Communicator Custom Status Editor (12101)

The Beginner’s 10-Minute Guide to Setting Up Ubuntu [Setup]

via Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy on 29/04/10

Over at ITWorld, I wrote up a 10-minute Ubuntu setup guide that walks through three key areas: installing all the proprietary tools you’re used to having, including MP3, AVI, Flash, and Microsoft-standard fonts; enabling DVD reading and playback; and setting up Ubuntu Tweak, which gives Linux newcomers an easy solution to installing third-party apps and tweaking their setup to be just perfect. There’s a lot more to discover in Ubuntu, and hopefully those basics give you more time to find it all. [ITWorld] More »

Custom statuses, appear offline, and archiving too for Office Communicator

After coming across some hidden bits in Communicator I created a simple app to enable you get edit 4 custom statuses inside of Communicator, as well as enabling/disabling "Appear Offline" as a status, and finally turning on archiving conversations to the "Conversation History" folder in Outlook.

The custom statuses rely on downloading an XML file on startup, which has to be done over a secure connection. Basically, because I'm hosting it, it means it could disappear at anytime. Also, the settings are stored on the machine, and not tied to your user account!

The registry settings that this app writes can be overriden with active directory settings so it may not work in that particular circumstance.

Anyway! It should work, but ymmv! Download here!

(Requires .NET Framework 2.0!)


One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.

Screensaver successfully fooled someone at work into thinking my laptop was crashing and dying.. at last! 😀