Packt Open Source announce exclusive discount offers on best- selling books

I have been a fan of Packts books for a long time especially their dedication to releasing titles on Open Source software including many business solutions that are not covered by other publishers. So I have no problem promoting their offer off Open Source books: Packt Open Source has this week announced a series of […]

Review of Magento 1.4 Themes Design by Richard Carter

Magento is one of the most popular open source ecommerce platforms available and probably the most functional open source system for selling online. As well as managing customer accounts, shopping baskets and online payment interfaces Magento is also a full CMS (Content Management System) where you can create and edit pages e.g: Home Page Contact […]

Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook from Packt Publishing Reviewed

I have read quite a few books from PacktPub as they have range of books on Open Source Content Management Software a subject I am very passionate about. They also have many books on other technologies including many on open source software. I use the open source eCommerce platform Magento at work for clients and […]

Win a copy of Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook E-book

As mentioned previously I will be reviewing Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook‘ over the next couple of weeks but before then I have been offered a free Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook e-book that I can offer in competition on this blog. So if you would like to get a free copy of this e-book please leave […]

Review of Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook

I have read quite a few books from PacktPub as they have range of books on Open Source Content Management Software a subject I am very passionate about. They also have many books on other technologies including many on open source software. I use the open source eCommerce platform Magento at work for clients and for […]

Mass Mailing for WordPress and Magento

photo credit: SC Fiasco Looking for an emailing solution for a newsletter or email campaign? MailChimp is an excellent mass mailing solution which also has a plugins for the WordPress blogging and content management system and Magento the open source e-commerce software. Links below to the two plugins: MailChimp WordPress Plugin | MailChimp Email Marketing Blog (tags: […]

What Barack Obama and George Osbourne have in common?

Some time back I wrote a short blog post on the (publicly available) open source position of the main political parties in the UK. At the time the Conservative party came out as having a very positive approach towards open source. As covered on the Mercian Labels blog George Osbourne the Shadow Chancellor has taken […]

Open Source Accounting Software

If Open Source Business Software for SME’s is currently a niche market then Open Source Accounting Software must be a super-niche market. Although uptake of Open Source Accounting Software is small (especially compared to a Sage or a Quickbooks) there may be many more businesses and organisations who could take advantage of solution that are […]

10 Reasons to use OpenOffice.org

There was much excitement around the release of OpenOffice.org 3.0 last month. Download servers were overloaded with the initial demand and many tech blog posts were written. But now the dust has settled it is a great time to look at some of the reasons that this version of the ever popular open source office […]

Open Source Encryption Software

I am giving a short workshop at the upcoming IAAITC’s Business Continuity and Risk Management Summit where I will be talking about open source security software. As I have only got a short time and I think it is quite topical I will be basing the workshop on open source encryption software. It appears that […]