I have been helping my wife develop a custom content management system as a place to store her recipes and share them with the rest of the world.  Holly is great with design and she was putting together some remarkable posts.  For each recipe she had been creating custom images with text overlays to note preparation time, cook time, and servings.  

She had images like the below that she would modify in Photoshop by a text layer on top of the image.  

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Uploading custom images for each post seemed like a waste of space and I figured we could do this easily with PHP and/or CSS in general. I am still certain that it could be done using CSS and/or PHP, however, I struggled considerably to make it so.  I spent a couple of hours researching the best way to implement using those two technologies. 

Once I started looking at HTML5's canvas element things quickly fell in to place.  I mean very quickly.  What had thus far taken me 2 hours with limited success quite literally took me 5 minutes to implement with HTML5 canvas.  

Various departments within the United States government including, CERT and DHS have advised all users to disable the Java Web Plugin for all browsers.  This is a fail safe measure and may not be required depending on the version of Java you have installed, however, since determining the installed version(s) of Java and that which your browser uses is somewhat challenging for the uninitiated so most sites and news stories are recommending a blanket disabling of the Java Plugin in ALL browsers is recommended.
In just about all aspects of information technology there is a need for some form of integration. This is perhaps more true when, instead of using an ERP system an organization makes use of disparate independent systems. When using disparate systems it is likely that IT is asked by management to report on data that is stored, in likely different, forms in multiple systems. I have recently had the opportunity to do just that type of reporting. In this specific instance I was asked to report on data that exists in three distinct systems: An Oracle database, a SQL Server database, and an XML data file generated by the federal government. Short of writing a custom application to connect these three systems I began looking around for an open source data integration suite. This is where I found Talend Open Studio (TOS) for Data Integration. Talend Open Studio is an Eclipse based data integration suite. TOS allows the user to an integration project using a WYSIWYG Workflow interface not unlike the JBPM interface.