Although I really love WebEx and the powerful features it provides, there are times when a free service would suffice. I've been getting e-mails from the Joomla Dallas Users Group about the e-meetings they have started to do and they are using a service called Vyew to do the web meetings. When doing web-development in my off-time I often find it easier and more beneficial to the client to be able to view my screen while I train them how to use their new website. I found a few online collaboration and screensharing tools that are free and I thought I would share them with everyone:
Google Chrome was recently released and it seems that a lot of people are having questions around why they can't access content on certain webpages. What I've found is most of those webpages that people are having trouble on are pages that are running Java applets. For example, my fullscreen slideshow applet in my gallery (G2) uses a java applet. For those of you having issues with webpages where you are getting a yellow box with a plugin icon in it that says "No Plugin Available to Display this Content" you might try downloading the latest version of the Java.
That version of Java happens to still be in beta, but it appears to be working great for most people. Specifically,Google Chrome requires Java version 6, update 10. You can download the latest version of Java from this website:
For those of you who aren't sure what to download, you probably just need the Windows Online Installer which you can download / run from this direct link: JRE Online Installer - Note: most people can uncheck the OpenOffice checkbox which will install Sun's (free) version of Microsoft Office.
Update: Google officially has this in their knowledgebase.
If this fix / tip worked for you or you have something to add, leave a comment below.
I've finally decided to start working on a Joomla 1.5 migration plan. The main thing that has been holding me back is my search engine optimized URLs from Joomla 1.0.15 which are being generated using OpenSEF. Being that OpenSEF is no longer supported, there is not a Joomla 1.5 compatible version of the plugin.
At one point, I tried to migrate from OpenSEF to sh404sef, but quickly realized that they use the same folder structure and I couldn't do a swing shift. When you try to install sh404sef, it will try to install it in the same folder that OpenSEF is installed in.
Swing Shift: OpenSEF active > Install sh404sef (inactive) > Deactivate OpenSEF and activate sh404sef > Uninstall OpenSEF
That being said, I've realized that sh404sef is Joomla 1.5 compatible, so my plan is to set up a cloned version of my current site and migrate the URLs on the clone site to use sh404sef using a simple shift then try the migration to Joomla 1.5 on the clone site. Assuming things go well, I'll then perform this on my production site.
Simple Shift: OpenSEF active > Uninstall OpenSEF > Install sh404sef
This is a test of the 1.5 url rerouting with sh404sef. This is the first test with the new Joomla 1.5 content editor from the front-end of the website.
I've had to fix quite a few things and migrate to some new components, but it really hasn't been that bad.
The biggest issue was that mxComment has issues with sh404sef (and Joomla 1.5 URLs in general). I decided to download JomComment to see if it had any issues with 1.5 and it works like a charm. I should also note that JomComment recently added support for the import of comments from MxComment, which made the transition a breeze.