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iN8sWoRld.net has gone dark from April 21, 2012 at midnight until April 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm to protest CISPA and the Gutting of Existing Privacy Laws.

Remind your legislators who they are supposed to be representing.

“This bill undermines the privacy of millions of Internet users,” said Rainey Reitman, EFF Activism Director. “Hundreds of thousands of Internet users opposed this bill, joining the White House and Internet security experts in voicing concerns about the civil liberties ramifications of CISPA. We’re committed to taking this fight to the Senate and fighting to ensure no law which would be so detrimental to online privacy is passed on our watch.”


Accidentally deleted most of my posts in WordPress

A friend emailed today that a couple of his comments here (specifically one on this post) had never shown up there and we wondered if they had been blocked by Akismet and I hadn’t caught the false positive. I suggested that setting up an account with OpenID would be preferable since posts made by folks who authenticate that way don’t need to be approved by me before they show up.

I had enabled OpenID logins here (mentioned at the bottom of this post) in November and I still intend to post about OpenID itself at some point. I tested it several times and was confident it was working fine, but now having gone out on a limb and telling someone else to use it I figured I should check it one more time.

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Blogging in the age of Facebook

Running a blog is very different from writing in a paper-based journal. You don’t need to know anything about servers, domains, hosting companies, DNS, php, databases, html, sftp, site security, interface design, web design, graphic design, operating systems or really anything much more technical than how to write with pen and paper to keep a paper-based journal. No one reads your paper journal unless we count your little sister digging up dirt on you, while anyone in the world can read your blog (and usually can comment on it as well). Your writings on a blog are constructed with a wider audience in mind which affects what you write about and how you say it. Social networking sites like Facebook made blogging available to the masses, and if everyone is using that – why continue to run a blog at all?

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