Month: January 2008

Successfully sync’ing a Treo 650 with Gutsy Gibbon

I finally got my Treo 650 to sync with my Gutsy Gibbon laptop. All the ingredients are on this page but there’s a little something for everyone there. You have to pick and choose to get it just right for your setup.

For me, the key steps were:

  1. Edit /etc/modules to add “visor” to the end of the file.
  2. Edit /etc/udev/60-symlinks.rules to comment out the “for Palm Pilots” rule.
  3. Edit /etc/udev/10-custom.rules to add the following:

BUS=="usb", SYSFS{product}=="*[vVisor]*", KERNEL=="ttyUSB[13579]", NAME="pilot", GROUP="dialout", MODE="0660"

As the instructions point out, be careful to use double equals (comparison) in the right places versus single equals (assignment).

Once that was in place, I just had to make sure the devices tab in gpilotd-settings was pointing to /dev/pilot and voila!

Acquia to provide vertical solutions, commercial support

In this CMSWire interview with Drupal founder Dries Buytaert we get a glimpse at what Dries’ new company, Acquia, is all about.

Acquia will provide added value to Drupal users by reducing risk and saving them time. Users who are cautious about deploying Drupal will have the option to purchase a commercial subscription from Acquia to help them maintain and monitor their Drupal website.

Dries goes on to say that Acquia will provide solutions built on top of Drupal, but the specific vertical (Media & Publishing, Education) and/or horizontal (Corporate Intranets) is still being finalized.

New web site goes live

The new Optaros web site is live. It features blog posts from several of us around the company on topics like Next Generation Internet (NGI) applications, user-centric design, methodology, and content management as well as several case studies on solutions we’ve implemented for clients.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you should continue to subscribe to this feed. Most posts will appear in both places so this blog will be a superset of my posts on

I encourage you to head over and take a look. In case you’re curious, the new site is built on Drupal.

Alfresco-Facebook integration screencast

Towards the end of the year there was a lot of coverage of Alfresco‘s announced Facebook integration, but if you weren’t at either of the user conferences, and if you didn’t get a chance to download, build, and install the Community Edition with the Facebook integration module, you may be wondering what it looks like. I put together a short (5 min) screencast to give you an idea. The screencast shows a new document library getting created in facebook followed by a document getting uploaded to the library. I then switch over to the Alfresco web client to show you how the files get stored in the Alfresco repository.

The screencast is on YouTube.

This is the first time I’ve put together a screencast. You have to kind of unfocus your eyes if you actually want to read what’s typed on the screen and there are a few places where my headset mic was too close to my mouth, but I don’t think either of those problems keeps you from getting the idea of how the Alfresco-Facebook integration works.

I used rev 1330 of Community 2.9 from Head. It may or may not have changed since then. If you want some of the configuration details, check out the Facebook page on the Alfresco wiki.

AIIM & Drupalcon in Boston 3/3 – 3/6

I’ll be at AIIM again this year in Boston March 3rd through 6th. It’s always a huge and diverse conference. If it has anything to do with content, it will be in Boston. You’ve got the imaging guys with their giant scanners, copiers, and printers, you’ve got the obscenely large booths from some of the closed source ECM folks, and you’ve got the more modest (but much more interesting!) booths from the open source contingent (Alfresco and Optaros will be in the same booth this year).

This year I was happy to learn that Drupalcon is going on at the same time and place as the AIIM conference so we’ll see a much-needed injection of people who care about open source content management at the event.

JBoss World is coming up

JBoss World is coming up next month. It’s in Orlando February 13th – 15th. If you are interested in JBoss Portal, specifically, Thomas Heute lets you in on the Portal-specific sessions here.

Much to my wife’s chagrin (“You’re going to a conference on Valentine’s Day?!”) I’ll be at the conference. I’m looking forward to soaking up some JBoss goodness.