Open Streets

May 25th, 2013 No comments

What a great idea. Closing off streets to vehicles and allowing pedestrians free reign. Skateboarding and bicycles weaving on between crowds of people. Fantastic vibe and community spirit.





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Free your mind

May 21st, 2013 No comments

Freemind is a great tool for organising your thoughts using graphical paths.

Use it to map a rough project path. Get agile and change the map to suit the circumstance easily and visually.

With the latest version 1.0.0 you can do :

Location Based Mind Mapping

Now, you can associate nodes of a mindmap with geographical locations. Each node can have at most one location.

Use cases:

  • Store interesting places (eg. restaurants or business partner addresses)
  • Organize a geographical search. Examples:
    • house hunting
    • holiday location

    There is a screen cast from the author available!

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LibreOffice – Why?

May 20th, 2013 No comments

I have been using LibreOffice, a fork of for a number of years and have never felt the need to go back to MS Office as I find it

  • does the job I need it to do, is
  • multi-platform, so I use it in Linux, Mac OS X and Windows environments, is
  • open source and
  • free.

Pity about the name switch from – trying to keep ‘Open’ applications in my arsenal of Open Source Software.

Nevertheless it is a great Office suite. For those wanting to make the transition to an Open Source platform from MS Office, the LibreOffice Suite makes it a little easier to do so. Here is a comparison of the two suites and some tips for migrating from MS Office to LibreOffice.

The latest version is 4.0.2 and can be downloaded here.

I moved to LibreOffice, from, now falling under the Oracle banner, as The Document Foundation appeared most focussed on doing the basics (a workable office suite) right. and also attempting to move away from its reliance on Java, although it is not quite there, yet.

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Ubuntu Cloud Webinar

November 15th, 2011 No comments

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Open One Business Technologies are Openbravo Certified Business Partners

August 24th, 2011 No comments

We are proud to announce that we are certified partners of Openbravo, having successfully completed the Technical and Functional training programs conducted by Openbravo in the second quarter of 2011.

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Openbravo 3.0 and Google Calendar magic

March 15th, 2011 No comments

Without leaving your Openbravo workspace, schedule a meeting or event, very quickly in your Google Calendar.

Here’s how.

  • Add the Google Calendar widget to your workspace.
Google Calendar widget

Add a widget to your workspace

  • A new widget displays on your workspace

Google Calendar widget

  • Add an event / appointment
Add an event/apointment

Add an event/apointment to the calendar in your workspace

The event is formatted correctly and appears in your Google Calendar.

  • Check that the event appears in your Google Calendar

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Openbravo 3.0 RC4 is available

March 15th, 2011 No comments

Much awaited functionality has finally been released in this RC 4.

The features include:

  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License New implementation of the AD Windows (phase 1): the main Openbravo UI component -the windows defined in the Application Dictionary- is re-implemented from scratch providing an outstanding user experience. Among others, it includes:
    • Master – Detail operation
    • Grid
      • Editable grid
      • Filter and sorting by any column
      • Grid settings: show/hide colums, column width, column position
      • User grid settings persisted for each window
    • Form layout
      • Four columns layout
      • Processes buttons in toolbar
      • Colapsable sections
      • Status bar
      • Message area
    • Support for all type of base data types (Text, Number, Date, Boolean, List values, Reference to other tables)
    • New selectors (Business Partner, Product, Stock)
    • Support to old 2.50 selectors (location, accounts, attribute sets)
    • Navigation through labels
    • Toolbar
      • Standard buttons (Save, New, Delete, Undo, Refresh)
      • Other buttons (Print, Email, Tree edition)
    • Linked items
    • Form Initialization Component
      • Default values
      • Validation
      • Callouts
    • Contextual menu on right-click (edit, open in form, filter on me, etc.)
    • Numeric fields support evaluation of numeric expressions (like a spreadsheet, eg. =(2+4)/3)
    • Keyboard operation
    • Auto-refresh data (parent -> child & child -> parent, tab -> tab, process -> tab, etc.)
    • Runtime MDD: Application Dictionary UI metadata interpreted at run time. There is no code generation and no need to recompile and reboot the application.
    • 100% compatible with 2.50 components.
    • First (quick) performance review (lazy loading, main flows review)
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Query/List Widget: The Query List widget is a superclass that allows to create other widget classes just defining a HQL Query and the columns desired to be shown. The wigets generated from this superclass allow easy reporting, drill-down, filtering and sorting, user parameters and exporting to csv.
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Widget examples: RC4 comes with a large set of widget examples to demonstrate the power of the Openbravo Workspace. There are examples for each type: Query/List (Invoices to pay, Invoice to collect, etc.), URL (Google docs, Google calendar, etc.), HTML (Openbravo Twitter, etc.)
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License First tests (in lab) to upgrade from 2.50 to 3.0: several 2.50 production environments have been migrated -in our labs- to Openbravo 3. In the next 2.50 release (MP28) a ‘click-thru’ upgrade process will be globally available for all Openbravo 2.50 instances.
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Re-styled Login page: including the new Openbravo 3 logo.
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Getting Started Widget: takes you by the hand the first time you log into the application and teaches how to use it. Great tool to be localized.
  • Core Feature: Included in the Openbravo core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Advanced Payables and Receivables 3.0.10810 is included in the distribution. With this version Openbravo 3.0 RC4 supports the following new features:
    • Ability to post bank statements.
    • Fixes for significant number of reported issues.
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Business Partner Card shows corresponding information from Advanced Payables and Receivable module.
  • Core Feature: Included in the OB ERP Core, licensed under Openbravo Public License Initial Organization Setup Refactor: Application logic to create an Organization is moved to a java class so that modules or third party applications can create Organizations.

Openbravo on the cloud

May 9th, 2010 No comments

Just a few notes to help with the installation on the cloud with an Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS package.


Install sun-java6-jdk

apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

Switch to this java package

update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun

Check the java version

java -version
java version "1.6.0_20"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_20-b02)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 16.3-b01, mixed mode)

Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable

echo 'JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun"' | sudo tee -a /etc/environment
source /etc/environment

Check that it is set correctly.


You should get



Install openbravo-erp

apt-get install openbravo-erp

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HTC Hero

March 18th, 2010 No comments

Well finally decided on an upgrade phone and settled on the HTC Hero (Android OS). The reasons were two-fold :

  1. to test the PDA functionality of Openbravo POS – said to work on the Android OS and the iPhone.
  2. to own a slick touch-screen phone without paying the high prices for the functionality

So far been impressed with the look and feel of it. Some annoying and quirky things about the functionality, but may be that I have not yet RTFM. Will update when I have done so.

Annoying things:
The volume control. Squeezing the phone slightly can change the volume setting.

The call and end call on screen button too prominent and easy to touch in error. Prefer to have them as solid physical buttons.

Lousy wireless connectivity.

Seemingly poor battery life. I recharge daily.

Keyboard takes getting used to but the intuitive word guessing pop-ups correct your typing.

Cool things:
Plenty of cool apps, widgets and stuff, like this WordPress posting app than I am using to update this blog.

Looks and feels professional.

Smooth touch screen. Clear display.

Personalised scenes, so you can switch moods or personalities according to components and themes you want at that moment in time.

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Registered Openbravo Partner

March 17th, 2010 No comments

OpenOne Business Solutions is now an officially registered Openbravo Partner.

Openbravo Partner

Openbravo is an award-winning developer of professional open source solutions for businesses, offering the industry’s first real alternative to proprietary enterprise software. The company’s web-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Point of Sale (PoS) solutions, the most popular in their market, have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times and are used in over 50 countries.

Openbravo’s growth is fueled by an ever expanding international community of users, partners and developers. The company’s commercial open source business model eliminates software license fees, providing support, services, and product enhancements via an annual subscription. An expanding range of free and premium solutions and extensions for Openbravo ERP is available through the company’s unique marketplace, Openbravo Exchange.
Openbravo is venture backed and has received record funding in the Open Source ERP space from Amadeus Capital Partners, GIMV, Adara Venture Partners and Sodena.