All work no play

After my day of relaxation and enjoyment yesterday, it was back to the graft today and time to catch up with some freelance web work I’ve been doing of late.

I’ve got a couple of projects on the go at the moment, one for Siop Ty Tawe and the other for the Pontarddulais Partnership. Both of them are nearing completion and then it’ll be time to do the work I’d scheduled for another client of mine.

All of the the freelance stuff I’ve done over the years has given me a great insight into the world of open source software and an opportunity to broaden my skills and knowledge in this field. I’ve also come to appreciate the hard work of others that have made open source what it is today.

In terms of the web, if anyone is looking for a Content Management System to run their site (whatever the subject – personal, business, community, promotional, etc), then you wouldn’t go far wrong by taking a closer look at Drupal and Joomla for a solution. Couple this with a quality but affordable hosting solution such as those offered by Lunarpages – which I’ve blogged about in the past – and whose packages have improved further since then.

Heck I even run Ubuntu 7.04 server at home as well as my Windows XP machine and despite the former being somewhat of a ‘new kid on the block’ it is certainly a slick and smooth OS. If you’ve ever fancied having a go at linux but are petrified of nobbling your windows machine, grab yourself a copy of Knoppix – the linux on a bootable CD solution. There’s no need to install anything, just put it in your CD drive and watch it booth up – hey presto you got yourself a linux OS to play with. Oww did I forget to say it’s all free as well 🙂

Have fun – I certainly have (especially being an anorak like!).