Christopher Poole interviewed at Web 2.0 Summit 2011
Is it weird that I loathe and detest Mark Zuckerberg but like the sensible head on this other young net entrepreneur. I especially love his ‘diamond’ analogy for identity, in real life different people see different facets of the same person, different pieces we don’t have just one ‘real’ identity.
If you can see this then yet another server migration has been completed yay! I’ve made a decision that if companies are providing a less than stellar service I’m just going to pack up and go elsewhere rather than keep bashing my head complaining, voting with my feet. So no more slower than wading through treacle 1and1 control panels. Poignant moving one domain that was on Fasthosts (but hosted elsewhere), the owner died a few months ago so I had to take over the registrant details too. To be fair to Fasthosts they changed the IPS tag almost immediately…compare this to 1and1 who seem to take the best part of a day, sometimes two to change a tag FFS!
Emotional curve of following a Scotland football match:
Before match: hope, excitement
During match: elation, dejection, elation
10 mins to go: ecstasy “we’re going to qualify, this time we’re really, really going to do it” (reminds me of Charlie Brown trying to kick that American football)
2 mins in extra time: dejection, calamity, the-end-of-the world is nigh
After: a nation mourns
Is there any other outlet where it’s possible to go through such wild swings of emotion from one to the other in such a short space of time. But always left with that “gutted” feeling when we don’t progress.
I’m away to watch some Muppets to cheer up.
No, not me you. Yes *you* there. You in the dirty Mac.
With a weary sigh I post an extract from the server logs of this blog.
Still if I’ve slowed down all you single handed surfers for a bit I’m glad.
Now away to pour disinfectant over my brain.
Sniff, the end of an era. Just reckoning for as long as I can remember being on the web I’ve read Slashdot more consistently for tech news than any other site over those years and CmdrTaco must be the poster I’ve read most. Fare thee well.
Intrigued to see “Civil action raised after rape charges dropped” and “Scotland star David Goodwillie set to face civil action from woman over rape claims“. Pleased to see that there is at least some attempt is being made progress the case via alternative means. Shame the criminal side fell through though, wonder how many times that happens in Scots law each year?
Another newspaper article that makes grim reading “David Goodwillie rape accuser opens her heart on vile internet abuse after charges are dropped“. Wonder what it tells us about Scottish society when a *woman* who’s an alleged rape victim is the one who’s vilified? The footballer guy at the centre of this is in the middle of transfer negotiations. Pretty rotten that Rangers also pounced with a bid for him a split nano-second after the charges were officially dropped. Something stinks about that.
I just can’t even begin to imagine the despair of a woman raped and yet brave enough to come forward and press charges only for the justice system to grind to a halt. When Elish Angiolini was the first female Lord Advocate she set in motion plans to train up solicitors and courts to deal sensitively with rape cases. We still have an abysmally low prosecution rate for sexual crimes even after all the efforts to modernise (Update 2 Aug 2011, Sexual Violence and the Justice System [Village Aunties]). Here it sounds like it’s the legislative system at fault, since there didn’t seem to be enough evidence to go ahead with a trial successfully. It’s a classic “he said, she said” case. Hang our heads in shame. Can’t we at the very least get Dundee United to ban ‘supporters’ that post foul messages about her or who chant on the terraces? If that’s not bringing your club into disrepute then what is?
Was noseying around websites for previous DrupalCon’s and found that previous events have video available hosted on the archive.org site. Even better, archive.org offers RSS feeds based on queries so to get an automated podcast download of DrupalCon chicago 2011 you can use e.g.
The Chicago video alone is 48 sessions and over 11GB of MP4s chock full of Drupal goodies…I may be gone for some time 🙂
My hardware hoodoo continues. Earlier in the week I dropped a hard drive on the floor …a shiny, new, whopping 1TB. A fall of about a metre and a half. That sick sinking feeling. Plugged it in, yay the blue light was on, great, only one problem. The lights were on…but nobody was home. Disk wasn’t spinning up, boo. In days gone by I might have cried but seemed reasonably calm about it as I knew I didn’t have that much on it. But it set me thinking, I honestly couldn’t remember exactly *what* content I had on it. If you’ve lost something but it’s not important enough for to to remember what, have really you *lost* anything at all? But I digress. Geeks need to problem solve.
Shelled out twenty quid for a drive connector kit and gingerly opened the Iomega external drive case. There was a small controller card at the front with the power and USB connectors, removed that so I could get access to the drive sockets. Plugged in the SATA connector and plugged the power cable in, swiitched on…and…the disk spun up, wheeee! Was feeling well chuffed but copied the data off as quickly as I could incase it was only a temporary reprieve. I had difficulty with one 5GB file but then I remembered the portable drive was formated FAT32. Got a Mac drive and got the last file off phew. Double-chuffed, mission salvage completed. Even better once I’d removed the connector kit and put the drive back together it started working again! Maybe there was just a loose cable or something after the fall. But who wants to trust precious bits to a potentially dodgy drive? A bit like a lover who’s been cheating on you, things will never be the same again, the trust is gone. You’ll always have one part of you fearing the worst. To the back of the cupboard for you Lazarus.
Since I’ve spent a lot of today at work configuring WordPress installations what do I do when I get home…yes indeed, configure my own WordPress installation. Am experimenting with various plugins so there may be a few different features being tested/trialed. First up, a plugin for serving up a mobile version of a WordPress blog via WPTouch. Have tried it using an iPod touch and the site loads much more quickly and strips things down to lightweight lists rather than full text entries on the homepage. Love this functionality, things are just so easy these days with these huge repositories of plugins/modules. I’m like a kid in a sweetie shop.