Dave Johnson on open web technologies, social software and Java
Forrester: As an open source solution, Roller has been deployed only in a few instances, but it has been used by thousands of bloggers on a single installation. It features an excellent ability to allow administrators to manage permissions across blogs, but individual blog management is cumbersome, and robust content management workflow tools are lacking. Roller is ideally suited for companies that want to deploy blogs in an enterprise where content management and oversight will be minimal.Since I participated in the study, I was able to read the full report, both the Roller report ($795) and the market overview ($995). Roller didn't do so well in the comparison chart (see Charlene Li's post), but we're still ranked as a strong contender -- especially for companies interested in Sun-style trust-your-employees blogging. Overall, I think the report is fair and accurate. I definitely agree that parts of Roller's authoring/admin UI are cumbersome and in need of redesign, but Forrester isn't very specific about the areas that need improvement.
Lodging. B&B's are
numerous in Ireland, but we favored guest houses when we made our
lodging plans. Looking back, our favorites were Davitt's guest house in Kenmare and the Buttermilk Lodge in Clifden.
Food. We found lots of choices for food and we had indian, chinese, Irish contemporary and pub-grub. Our favorite meals were at Punjab Balti in Dublin, Davitt's restaurant in Kenmare, Laken House in Kilkenney and the Porterhouse in Dublin.
Connnectivity. Mobile phone signal is strong all over the island -- four bars everywhere. Internet access can be found in post offices, coffee shops and other businesses. Wireless internet is a little difficult to find, but we found it at the video store in Clifden, a coffee shop in Galway and a computer store in Kenmare. Price was around four euro / hour.
Prices. Food and fuel are pretty expensive in Ireland right -- and the
USD to Euro exchange rate doesn't help. Renting a car is also very
expensive, which must be due to the dangerous roads.
And finally here are links to the previous posts in this series:
And that's it for the vacation. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Next, we stopped briefly at the seaside town of Bray before heading back to Dublin. Thursday was our list night in Ireland, so we stayed near the airport in a Eagan's guest hour. We didn't want to venture all the way downtown, so we ate at the Porterhouse restaurant just a couple of blocks away. Porterhouse is a micro-brewery with an awesome selection of beer, and a very interesting guide to beer on every table, and reasonably priced food. I didn't expect much from the place, but it turned to be one of the best dining experiences of the trip.
When we arrived at the airport, we found chaos and another bomb-scare in progress. Somebody left a rucksack under a stairway in the arrivals area, so the authorities order an evacuation and called the bomb-squad. Our flights were delayed for a couple of hours, but we both made it home safely by the end of the day.
Tonight we're staying at the Laken House, a restaurant and 10-room guest house across the river from the castle. The room is nice and our package-deal included dinner which was excellent, but the place is empty and the dead-quiet is a little disconcerting. Tomorrow we're off to Dublin for the last night.
Robert Burke: And it was kinda cool to be the Microsoft guy running Apache and PHP on his laptop :)I'm sorry I missed that talk.