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Friday, April 21. 2006
It seems that being one of the top 500 visited websites in the world has gone to Digg.com's head. Users are reporting that some articles that are submitted are being dugg by the same users in the same exact order to up their digg rating to get them on the front page.
When these users posted articles about this phenomenon, those articles are either deleted, the users are banned (Submitted & Banned Pics), or the story is buried (despite having 164 diggs at the time of this writing...not on the front page). There is even reports of users submitting an article who haven't submitted before only to have another user who is 'popular' get the story posted despite posting it later. Digg.com is supposed to have a duplicate url system in place preventing this...
Now digg.com can do whatever they want with their website. In fact, they can bully all the other websites they want to. However, they can't build their community on a Democratic, Users-vote-for-the-story-and-our-editors-don't model and then just drop it. They need to follow their own TOS (terms of service) to maintain their credibility or recant that part of the TOS and release an updated TOS. As of this writing, Digg insists that its content is driven by the users. With the information collected in this article, it seems that something is rank in the state of Diggmark. You decide.
For your perusal, I've collected all the links I can find with information on this issue. Please comment if you've found alternative links and I will update these as the comments come in. Please note that I belive Forevergeek.com was the first to post on this...they are listed at #1. Also please note many of the comments in these articles...users are pretty livid about this...and there is no response from digg.com yet.
Monday, April 10. 2006
I have a decent idea for an open source application. This could be one of the most important pieces of software to assist open source in a long time. I don't have ideas often for software apps but when I do, normally they're good ones.However, I don't have the expertise to program this either. The only thing I have is an idea for bugtracker software...and it operates on the distributed journalism model of digg.
The idea was inspired by the article "10,000 bugs away from World Domination", specifically these few words:
The author is 100% correct. And since open source communities don't have program managers that can focus the time needed to prioritize bug fixes, we can make the community become that program manager. Read on for specifics on how to do this.
Continue reading "Distributed Bugs-R-Us"
Thursday, April 6. 2006
Anyone who knows me knows that I HATE inefficiency. If I find a new way of doing things that eliminates the resources I spend doing that thing, I pounce on it. So when I ran across a nifty little program that makes life managing my two linux boxes easier, I pounced. The tool I'm speaking about is called "Fanterm" and it makes managing a limited amount of Linux boxes a snap. I had forgotten that I had installed this and when I brought up my second Linux box (upgrade motherboard) I remembered reading about it on the web somewhere. A quick google search refreshed my memory...although this article only talks about fanout. Fanterm really brings a powerful tool for smaller network system admins.
So what does it do? It's pretty easy and straightforward. After you download & install the necessary files, open up an Xterm and use the following syntax to parse your command:
The command above opens up 3 xterm windows in addition to the local one you opened up. Now you type your command in the original and watch as the command is mirrored in the other xterm windows. Making quick changes to smb.conf files works like a top. If you want to know the uptime of all your systems, you're set. This makes managing a limited number of linux boxes a snap...apt-get update; apt-get upgrade anyone? The thing I like most about it is that I get to SEE what happens on each computer...that way if something goes haywire, I'm not executing a command on a file that doesn't exist on the remote linux box.
Make sure you give this tool a go, it makes life much easier in small networks. Hope it comes to be as useful to you as it is to me.
Sunday, March 26. 2006
"The point of all this is that from the standpoint of a new Linux user,
NOTE: I normally don't re-publish news like many of the "blogs" you see out there but in this case the article was pretty good and hits home with a theme I've been stating a bit lately.
The article above was taken from ITWire...IT News in Austrailia.
This article was a good read and I believe it to be true. Until Linux can come up with ways to make the user oblivious to what is going on underneath the GUI, it won't make inrroads to the desktop.
Continue reading "ITWire in Australia on the Desktop"
Thursday, March 23. 2006
I was reading this article earlier this week and thought that it was interesting. It announced the Windows Vista release as being delayed. I thought that this was just par for the course and something Microsoft always has done and will always do...delay. However, what does this mean for the Linux desktop? Does it mean anything at all? Probably not on the scale most are hoping.
It's Opportunity, Albeit, a Small One
Does anyone else here smell that? It's opportunity. Perhaps an opportunity to push Linux just a little while longer and to develop it into what it needs to be before Microsoft once again proliferates itself onto every PC in America and sets the standard to which all things are compared. I can just see it when Vista finally does release...all of the comparison articles that will sprout across the web between Vista and desktops such as Ubuntu and SuSe 10.X. Linux can gain ground only one way; if it can become about user experience versus user function. If it can do that, I think Linux just might gain some ground. Babysteps...that's what it is all about.
Microsoft's OS has always been a rip-off of the work others do. OS/2 did things before Microsoft...Macs did things before Microsoft. They've been playing constant catch up since Windows began. If developers and users seize this opportunity in Linux to develop their distros in new ways, it can give Linux a slight foothold onto the desktop. Notice I said slight foothold. That's because Linux will never storm onto the desktop. It will chip away slowly at the desktop until it gains acceptance. Linux has been granted a small door to the desktop and there is a set criteria for those distros that want to go through it. Will your favorite distro be able to go through the door? Can it provide the user experience needed to win people on the desktop over?
Continue reading "Of Vista, Linux, and the User Experience"
Friday, February 24. 2006
I was getting a bit tired of saying the same things over and over to friends on the net. I was getting tired of repetitiously posting in forums the same sentiment over and over. Yet, just like getting a second wind in a long and tiring race...my tiredness melts away and I find myself feeling refreshed and anew. What the subject of this rant has to say and what I have to say in the paragraphs below are NOT written to start a flame war. I am a user of Ubuntu and a strong supporter of all Debian based distros. Nay, this article is written to allow insight into where I believe Linux needs to go to succeed. I'm not out to win any popularity contests...I'm not out to garner a bunch of page hits to generate ad revenue (no ads on the page). I'm just out to help the Linux community and rant a bit when I find a subject that strikes a nerve. The subject at hand is Why Ubuntu is NOT New Linux Users.
Continue reading "Why Ubuntu isn't for New Linux Users"
Thursday, February 16. 2006
I always hate to send hardware off to that big chipyard in the sky. However, the PII 350 MHz PC decided to give up on me. Perhaps that is why I was getting so many errors while attempting to install various distros of Linux (including those optimized for old PCs). So, for those of you that were following along with my little journey, the PII is no more...too many errors began to pop up even in steady Slackware. I made a judgement call and retired the motherboard.
In its place, I forked out 23 bucks for a PC Chips Socket A motherboard. I then slapped in a spare XP 2600 and I have the newest flavor of SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS installed. It's running like a champ and is turning out to be the best 23 bucks I've spent in some time. For those that want a steady board for Linux, check Newegg here.
Alas, the PII was a good board. I knew it well. So glad I didn't have to put it down and that I could gracefully retire it on a good note. Now the slowest PC I have is the CentOS 4 gateway/firewall with a Celeron 900 (Emachines w/ a refurb Gateway mATX mobo). Works great. Sorry I couldn't finish out all those other distros.
In the meantime, I've made it my mission to document some really simple things using KDE and Gnome (How-Tos) for stuff that you'd normally do in Windows. I'm attempting to track down the easiest way to setup an anonymous share using KDE and Samba (with no smb.conf or smbpasswd or smbuser alteration...no shell). Thus far this has proved quite challenging. Getting Samba to play nice without passwords and users with full write access on a share is murder. If anyone has tips or links to a great how-to, I'm all ears. Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, February 8. 2006
I realized last night that I wasn't going to get a day where I could just hammer out all of the distros I wanted to check out with my old PII 350 MHz. So, I figured I'd give STX Linux 1.0 a try. This distro comes heavily recommended for old PCs as we can see from the Stx website: "STX Linux is a desktop Linux distribution especially targeted to older hardware." Minimum hardware requirements are well below those that my current setup contains. I come in at an average STX system. So I downloaded the distro, burned to CD and we're off to the races!
Pics of the 350MHz:
Continue reading "350 MHz XFCE Desktop Search Continues"
Saturday, February 4. 2006
So you've got problems getting MySQL to start? You're not alone. There are a couple of things you can do to get things rolling. Linux comes with a database that tells it how to add MySQL users and MySQL tables. However, MySQL is not started by default...and if it is, it requires that default table to be created before it can run without incident. Here are the commands you can issue to get things going:
Lastly, issue the command:
mysqld_safe &What you've just done is logged into you Linux box as user mysql, then installed the default database...and then with the mysqld_safe & command you initiated the mysql daemon to run in the background. So, things should be good to go now. MySQL is running and you'll be able to press on with things by adding users and databases.
A bit more info for you...creating databases and users can get tedious via the linux prompt. You can use phpmyadmin or webmin to automate this process and save yourself time and effort.
Thursday, February 2. 2006
First, mount the CDROM...in my case, it is /dev/hdb
mount -t auto /dev/hdb /mnt/cdrom
mount -t auto /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
Next, let's install that Kernel! Insert Slackware Disc 2...then issue the commands below.
Continue reading "Slackware 10.2 Tips and Tricks"