Stories by Ken Gagne

  • 10 essential WordPress plugins

    WordPress has developed into a full-fledged content management system. We look at 10 essential plugins that make it even better.

  • Crowdfunding: The latest way to get your project funded

    Programmers, manufacturers and developers who want to realize their creative vision without signing onerous contracts or relinquishing rights to their intellectual property now have an alternative to venture capitalists. Crowdfunding -- the collection of funds directly from a target audience -- has taken off. Small donations are adding up to hundreds of millions of dollars, many of them channeled through a service called Kickstarter.

  • Fernando Gonzalez

    <strong>Fernando Gonzalez</strong>Favorite pastime: Watching my grandchildren grow. Something interesting that most people don't know about you: My love of the arts, primarily painting. I can draw very well, [but] I can't put life to what I draw. In high school, I was... a bookworm. One of my nicknames in school was "Professor." Last book you read:<a href="http://www.amazon.com/John-Adams-David-McCullough/dp/0684813637/computerworld-20">John Adams</a> by David McCullough. Role model: Victor E. Villaseor, who wrote <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Gold-V%C3%ADctor-Villase%C3%B1or/dp/038531177X/computerworld-20">Rain of Gold</a> . He writes a book every 10 years, and the fact that you can dedicate yourself to this one thing for 10 years -- that's dedication.

  • WordPress 3.0 adds better customization

    The open-source content management system WordPress turned seven years old last month. In its lifetime, it has attracted a devout following: More than 28,000 people download WordPress every day, with over 11.4 million active installations, including news outlets and corporate sites.

  • Cool stuff: Gifts for new Mac owner

    Despite the downturn, Mac sales continue unabated. Whether it's a result of the Windows XP-to-Windows 7 upgrade debacle, the hip "Get a Mac" ads, or a halo effect from the successful iPod and iPhone lines, many consumers are probably celebrating their first holiday season as Mac users.