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DrupalCon Portland 2013

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There’s a pattern to conversations that plays out over and over. Someone I’ve just met asks me, “What do you do?” I say, “I work for the UW.” Then they ask, “Are you a professor?” I reply, “My title is Senior Drupal Developer.” I then give a brief explanation of Drupal or mention something about the web. Among non-technical people, Drupal needs a bit of explanation. I’ve been doing Drupal full-time for two and a […]

Making connections at Twitter airport

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Photo: Daniel Stout William Gibson once said that Facebook is like a mall, and Twitter is like the street. He doesn’t use Facebook but frequently walks up and down the Twitter block. One approach to Twitter is to follow only those who follow you back. You see it in people who are following 2,100 people and have 2,000 followers. They get to tell people that they have thousands of followers, but it seems like artifice. […]

Getting ahead of spambots with Jetpack Comments

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I’ve been singing the praises of Jetpack for WordPress¬†to my blogging friends. Yesterday, I wrote here about the proofreading tools. Today, there’s another great feature that’s garnered some attention. Defenses for dealing with blog comment spam have gotten better over the years. A lot of different strategies have come and gone, and some work a little, some a lot, some not at all. But it’s mostly been a stalemate for a long time. WordPress comes […]

All the warnings in the world: Companies tracking us online

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The book Database Nation, which O'Reilly published in 2000, was an early call to arms for protections against the data mining of millions of citizens. Simson Garfinkel made the case that our privacy was being increasingly violated and manipulated by corporations and governments for a variety of reasons. In the post-9/11 world, his ideas spring even more to life. I used the book as a source for my master’s thesis in early 2001, which was […]

What technology tools do you use?

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For a little over two years, The Setup has been profiling people of various walks who use technology in a significant way. There are four simple questions of which the purpose is to determine who the person is and what technology tools they use whether hardware, software, devices, etc. It’s an interesting look behind the scenes to see what people use to get their work done. People interviewed range from Gina Trapani to Jeffrey Zeldman […]

What’s a good alternative to Yahoo’s Delicious bookmarking site?

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Ever since a leaked slide indicated that Yahoo might shut down their Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) social bookmarking service, there’s been a lot of to and fro about what the other options are. Last spring, I dumped Delicious and found an unsung alternative that’s excellent, has a very international user base, and also has a bunch of features that you won’t find on Delicious. It’s called Diigo. Diigo does the social aspects of bookmarking that a […]

Managing Privacy: Taming the super cookie

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Most people who surf the web regularly have heard of cookies. Cookies, once upon a time, were used mostly just to keep login or shopping cart information. From a computer science perspective, the web is stateless. That is, if you go from one page to another, the web doesn’t remember what came before. So cookies were a way to keep state. Cookies help websites remember you. Over the span of the past decade, cookies have […]

So, you’ve heard of Firesheep?

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In a series of posts this summer, I talked about various approaches to online privacy and security. Some people run proxies/tunnels of various sorts that, if they’re at a public wi-fi hospot, will protect their browsing. I take a somewhat simpler approach and use browser plugins such as EFF’s HTTPS-Everywhere, which enables end-to-end encryption for some popular websites. And sometimes people dismiss approaches of security simply because, they believe, it doesn’t affect them in any […]

HDMI ditched by LG, Sony, Samsung in favor of HDBaseT

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Home theater custom installers have complained about HDMI ever since its introduction in 2003. For one thing, the connector was too small for the number of cables running in the cord. The cables tended to break around the connector, or the connector would fall out of the receiver. HDMI cable also could only be run for short distances compared to other cable standards. And in its seven years of existence, the HDMI spec has received […]

How can I protect my content online?

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You may be putting your words online, developing a readership, and gaining revenue through advertising. The problem with putting content online is that it’s easy to steal. Even if you put a copyright notice on your page, people can still publish your content on other sites. If you’re using a Content Management System that publishes an RSS or Atom feed of your content, then it’s even easier for other people to republish your work. The […]