I recently discovered the Help A Reporter Out  service.
Subscribers receive three messages every business day each of which contains about 40 queries from journalists. People who subscribe can contact the journalist to provide information or offer an interview. Any journalist can send in a query. Peter Shankman runs this, it seems that it [...]
Steve Kemp writes about his concerns for what happens to his data after death . Basically everything will go away when bills stop being paid. If you have hosting on a monthly basis (IE a Xen DomU) then when the bank account used for the bill payment is locked (maybe a week after death) the [...]
Don Marti has written an amusing and informative little post about the way that ill-educated people use phrases in print . The one example that didn’t fit with the tone of his post was the use of “half mast” to refer to a flag on land, that one is used often enough (both in print [...]
Stewart Smith has written about the removal of a blog from Planet Linux Australia  due to publishing a list of URLs that the Australian government wants to censor.
The first point I want to make is that even if you had a list with thousands of entries that are not likely to offend anyone [...]
One of the recent poor trends in mailing list discussions is to reply to a message with a comment such as “FAIL” or “EPIC FAIL“.
The FAIL meme has been around for a while and actually does some good in some situations, slate has a good article about it . The first example cited in [...]
One annoying thing that happens regularly is “Planet Flooding”. This is when one of the many blogs that is syndicated by a public Planet installation changes it’s time stamps and has 10 or more old posts appear as new. It’s doubly annoying when the blogger in question knows about the problem.
Planet Flooding is easy [...]
I’ve just installed Eran Sandler’s OpenID Delegation Plugin . This means that I can now use my blog URL for OpenID authentication. I’ve also included the plugin in my WordPress repository (which among other things has the latest version of WordPress). One thing that I consider to be a bug in Eran’s plugin is the [...]
When this post goes live I will have had OpenID running on my blog for 24 hours.
My first attempt to do so was not successful. The theme I use does not support the option of displaying that the website URL is checked for OpenID (a feature of the WordPress OpenID Plugin . Someone who’s [...]
The most commonly installed software for aggregating RSS feeds seems to be Planet and Venus (two forks of the same code base). The operation is that a cron job runs the Python program which syndicates a list of RSS feeds and generates a static web page. Of course the problems start if you have many [...]
It seems to be a common idea by non-bloggers that the comment they enter on a blog is somehow special and should be taken seriously by the author of the blog (everyone is a legend in their own mind). In a recent discussion one anonymous commentator seemed offended that I didn’t take his comments seriously [...]