I saw an article fretting about taxpayer-funded broadband projects in Texas Monitor. It cites a “study” by the Taxpayer Protection Alliance Foundation that purports to show a wide swath of “failed taxpayer-funded networks”. A little research on the site led me to realize that it’s not first-rate work – outdated, incorrect information – so I
I’ll be speaking next month at the WordPress Meetup about the using Docker to host a development WP server on your laptop. Here’s the writeup: Docker for WordPress Docker enables developers to easily pack, ship, and run any application (including WordPress) as a lightweight, self-sufficient container which can run virtually anywhere. For WordPress users, this
I went to a terrific talk at the Lyme Library earlier this week. Randall Mikkelsen from Reuters spoke on the topic, “Fake News: What’s the Real Story?”. In it, he presented The Chart which is an analysis of popular web sites showing their bias (left, center, right) with a measure of their reliability/believability. It’s useful
So you’ve just learned something cool on a new subject, and you want to let the world know about your discovery. You go to the project’s wiki, and jot it all down. But how can you help people read what you’ve written? When I look at pages on a wiki, I use three criteria to
I just sent an email to the reporter from NewsPressNow who posted a typical net neutrality story. A flaw in this kind of reporting is the tacit acceptance of an ISP’s blandishments that the Internet was fine before the 2015 FCC rules, and that “… And I don’t know if you’d find anyone who said
Update – November 2017: Added descriptions for the other tools I had investigated. Now that LEDE Project has an official release, I hungered for a way to see what kinds of traffic is going through my network. I wanted to answer the question, “who’s hogging the bandwidth?” To do that, I needed a Netflow Collector.
The Battle for the Net site https://www.battleforthenet.com/ no longer seems to have the telephone form(!) But… Boing Boing does. Go to https://boingboing.net/. You’ll see a popup window with a place to enter your phone number. Click OK, and they pop up a script on-screen. They call you, you answer, then you supply your zip code.
Although I usually agree with him, one of my favorite bloggers, Dave Winer, recently said this: One of the ideas circulating is that your ISP has a monopoly, owns the only way for you to get to the Internet, but that’s an old idea, it’s no longer true. Where I live the wireless vendors are
Hat tip to Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna on Twitter) for this… A Portugal ISP (with no net neutrality constraints) appears to be charging 4.99€ (about US$5.86) per month for access to social media. And another 4.99€ for streaming video (Youtube, Netflix, etc). Oh, and another 4.99€ for streaming music. And additional charges for other kinds of
DRY – Don’t Repeat Yourself – is it relevant for documentation? I recently saw this comment on a forum… I’m not sure how useful it is to remove duplication [from the documentation pages]. It’s not code… IMHO, duplication in documentation is a couple orders of magnitude worse than duplication in code (and duplication in code