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v1.8 Oop

July 28th, 2006  · stk

NewsBrief: [v1.8 "Summer Beta"] Randsco is using this newest b2evolution version • [Oop Takes on Vancouver Island] We're house-hunting on Vancouver Island this weekend. See the list.

v1.8 "Summer Beta"

Paris, France - Developers at b2evolution have announced a watershed release of their open source blogging application. The latest version, code named "Summer Beta" (version 1.8), brings a whole new engine into their multi-lingual, multi-account CMS system.

"Think security, stability, functionality, flexibility and power," said Francois Planque, lead developer, in an exclusive interview with a Randsco reporter.

"The only thing it doesn't do, is make wine!" he exclaimed.

The new version follows 8 months after the public "Alpha" release, which gave users the opportunity to see some of the new features. Most were impressed.

"Watch out Word Press!" exclaimed one user.

In a bold move, Randsco has migrated to this new version and has been running it for a couple of days. A few bugs have been identified, but so far, everything seems to be working at about 95% capacity. (If you should spot any unusual behavior, please Contact Us).

Should you upgrade? Depends. If you're upgrading from any previous version and have a custom skin, you're in for a bit of work, as some of the variable names have changed and you'll need to put in some work to get your skin converted. (Especially the feedback file). I'd recommend running parallel for a bit, with a copy of your current database, then moving things over, only after you've got it all sorted.

On the other hand, if you use a generic skin, one that ships with b2evolution, then go for it, as the conversion work is already done. If you use another skin from the repository, check to see if it's already been converted, as EdB has been working at getting a bunch converted.

Oop Takes on Vancouver Island

Edmonton, Canada - Is the Oop ready for Vancouver Island? (Or better, is Vancouver Island ready for the Oop?)

The youngest of the Randsco clan, Alex, will be flying to Vancouver Island, this weekend, to scout out houses for rent and sale. Of course, she'll be dragging her mum and pops along, as well.

The trip is scheduled to take 5 days and we've got a dozen houses on our list. Here they are:

  1. 2037 Hemer - (2 Acre w/B&B)
  2. 2230 Ara - (Cedar 1/4 Acre)
  3. 3034 DeCourcy - (7 acre horse farm)
  4. 3752 Whiting Way - (5 Acres w/mobile rental)
  5. 13485 Cedar - (Private 1 Acre near town)
  6. 13550 Roundup - (1/2 Acre w/Shop)
  7. 13645 Long Lake - (1 Acre Manufactured Home)
  8. 3447 Buffalo Trail - (1/2 Acre w/Shop)
  9. 2002 Minetown - (2/3 Acre w/shop & pool)
  10. 1651 Nanaimo River - (2 homes on 2 acres)
  11. 1846 Nanaimo River - (2 homes on 5 acres)
  12. 1568 MacMillan - (3/4 Acre close to town)

What we're after: A private setting with elbow room. Because Scott's an ace handyman, we're not worried about the condition of the home, but would like a 3-bedroom, 2-bath place. (The ace wants a shop). Rachel and the Oop are social, so we want to be close to town. (Rachel wants a kitchen that overlooks the backyard and doesn't want to commute more than 30 minutes). Oop demands a swing-set, a sandbox, her own room overlooking the ocean (with private bath) & a little brother to boss around.

With home prices so high, we're not sure that the Oop will get everything she wants.

Which do you like?

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