Computers Posts

SilverStripe Review

Silverstripe CMS reviewWhen I did my last church website project, I decided to try out a new [tooltip content=”content management system” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system” ]CMS[/tooltip]. I wanted one that was completely PHP5, I did not want it to have all the cruft of PHP4. One that was PHP and Mysql also meant that it could be used in about any webhost. I also wanted something I could control as the developer, and easy for other people to update. I decided SilverStripe was the perfect option.

One More Cheap Online Donation Tool

MyCharityBoxShortly after I wrote my previous post about cheap donation tools, I found another very cheap one. MyCharityBox seems like a very nice donation tool. The fees are 3.5% + $0.25 per transaction. So it is not as cheap as paypal, but the cheapest than any others for the amount of features it has. It comes with an express checkout system so people can donate without registering. This is what I am looking for in a donation tool. It allows more features if the person registers, like payment history and such. You can also use the admin interface to enter credit cards manually. MyCharityBox allows for people to give to multiple funds if they want. The only thing that I do not like about MyCharityBox is that it is social media heavy. It tries to look like a social media platform, since that is what people use everyday. It is just a personal thing, but I think the social media thing is overused. Other than that, if you’re looking for something beefier than paypal, MyCharityBox looks good.

Test All the Fonts on Your Computer at Once

see all the fonts on the computer

Photo by Eric Peters

I have made a program that will display all the fonts on your computer at once with a given text. You can check it out at All Font Tester. I got frustrated that such a program did not exist when I was designing a logo for this website. Most program gives a specific word in that font. They do not allow me to see the phrase I wanted in all the fonts on the computer at once. Since I wanted such a program, I figured other people would too. I used java to get the list of fonts installed on the user’s computer. Then everything is passed to JavaScript for the actual displaying of the fonts. I only used java because I had to. I think Java applets are ugly and take a long time to load. I used jQuery for all the JavaScript. Since it is mostly in JavaScript, it looks really nice and updates in real-time. Check out All Font Tester if you have a logo design project coming up.

How to Get Free Music…legally

Legal Music

Photo by skippyjon

“Everybody does it, so it can’t be wrong.”

That’s what some people think about music pirating. The Bible is pretty clear, though: even if everyone is doing it, it can still be very wrong. However, we are not supposed to use the morality of the world (Romans 12:2). We are not supposed to do the wrong thing just to save money (Matthew 12:32, 1Timothy 6:10). Stealing music is against the law, and we are not supposed to break the law of the government if it is within God’s law (1 Peter 2:13-17). So here I will show you to get free music legally.