Emilio Suarez's WebLog

Monday, August 22, 2005


Some years ago I started to use a wiki for team communication in the projects that I was working on. At the time I had found TWiki to be the best alternative to be used in a an enterprise intranet environment. Then we discovered Confluence, and that became our new standard which started to be widely used by other teams in the company. And it has become very popular with a lot of open source projects, since it is free for them to use it. It is a wiki on steroids, and I really liked it.

But now at Solidware we were looking for an alternative to Confluence and after some research, I found MediaWiki. This is the wiki that is behind the famous Wikipedia and looks like a really nice wiki to work with. Installation was very simple and it only requires Apache, PHP and MySQL. So now we are starting to use it and I really like it. It has nice features like discussion and watchlists, the interface is really clean and it is easy to customize.

So if you are looking for a nice wiki, a collaboration application or both, I highly recommend you try MediaWiki. You can also check other sites that use it and get ideas for your own installation.

Monday, August 15, 2005


As I have mentioned before, I joined Solidware Technologies a few weeks ago, and just wanted to share here a list of press references to the release of the first product from Solidware: Splat.

* CNET download reviews: Splat
* Yahoo Finance
* Denver Business Journal
* SD Times
* DevSource
* Forbes
* M2 Research

And BTW... you can also refer to our shorter url: http://www.solidw.com/

Mac OSX running on standard Intel hardware

As posted on Friday on Slashdot and Wired, the OSx86 project has detailed information on how you can run Mac OSX on any intel hardware, and not just the Apple authorized MacIntel machines that have been given to ADC members to try the new OS. There are even videos (video1 | video2) submitted by people of the OS running on a laptop!, and looks like running it inside VMWare is quite easy...

I wonder what this will mean now for Apple... It is going to get very difficult not to license the OS to be run on Intel hardware other than Apple's... very interesting indeed...

Monday, August 08, 2005

Working with Subversion

One of the initial things that I am doing at Solidware is getting our development environment using top of the line processes and technologies. We decided to use Subversion instead of CVS for source control and I have to say that my initial reactions about Subversion are very positive.

The installation was straightforward and quick. The developers provide a comprehensive documentation and there are now plenty of articles about the topic and how to make the move from CVS to Subversion.

Apache is moving from CVS into Subversion as well as many other open source projects. I think the time for CVS has arrived... and the new standard is Subversion.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Starting at Solidware Technologies

Well, after many years of working as a Consultant for Cisco Systems, I took a position with Solidware Technologies.

It's been a while since I have worked for a startup, and looks like this is the time again... even though we are still trying to get more funding, we have the core of the company in place and we have already launched the first version of our product. It is called Splat and this is just a glimpse of what we want to accomplish in the area of software defect detection and visualization.

Nothing more to say here, except that I am excited and looking forward to help the team build a product that will help the software development community build better software .