Category: Online Life

Where does a person have online discussions anymore?

November 30th, 2015, 22 Comments

Back in the day, way back in the day perhaps, there were interesting places to hang out online. FidoNet provided some discussion groups — some local, some more national or international. Then there was Usenet, with the same but on a more grand scale. There were things I liked about both of them. They fostered […]

Suspicious Blog Activity – any advice?

May 15th, 2012, 17 Comments

I’ve been noticing a number of odd things happening surrounding my blog lately, and I thought it’s about time to figure out what’s going on and how to stop it. The first problem is that people are illegally copying my posts, probably using RSS scraping, and putting them up on their own ad-infested sites. It […]

Social Overload

January 10th, 2012, 16 Comments

I’m finding social media is becoming a bit annoying. I enjoy using it to keep in touch with all sorts of people, but my problem is the proliferation of services that don’t integrate well with each other. Right now, I have: A blog, which I have had for years. I used to post things like […]

Download A Piece of Internet History

April 28th, 2010, 48 Comments

Back in the early 1990s, before there was a World Wide Web, there was the Internet Gopher. It was a distributed information system in the same sense as the web, but didn’t use hypertext and was text-based. Gopher was popular back then, as it made it easy to hop from one server to the next […]

Review: Linux IM Software

February 15th, 2010, 15 Comments

I’ve been looking at instant messaging and chat software lately. Briefly stated, I connect to Jabber and IRC networks from at least three different computers. I don’t like having to sign in and out on different machines. One of the nice features about Jabber (XMPP) is that I can have clients signing in from all […]

Mailing List Hosting

August 10th, 2009, 7 Comments

I’ve hosted email lists of one sort or another probably all the way back to 1995, when I first bought as an email-only domain fed off a UUCP connection on a long-distance dialup link. I’ve only used two mailing list hosting programs in that whole time: Majordomo and Ecartis (used to be known as […]

Web Design Companies That Understand Technology

November 18th, 2008, 5 Comments

There are a lot of companies out there that do web design work that looks fabulous. Unfortunately, a lot of these sites look fabulous only when viewed in IE6 build xxxx, with a 75dpi monitor, fonts set to the expected size, running on Windows XP SP2, with JavaScript enabled. Try looking at the site through […]

Converted to WordPress

November 17th, 2008, 3 Comments

I have been using Serendipity on my blog for some time now. Overall, I’ve been pleased with it, but the conversion was a pain. Serendipity is a simple blog engine, and has a wonderful built-in plugin system. It can detect what plugins need upgrading, and install those upgrades, all from directly within the management interface. […]

Twitter and Identica Dilemma

September 8th, 2008, 12 Comments

Since July, I’ve been trying out Twitter and its open-source competitor Both are microblogging sites, with Twitter being the largest and most well-established of them. Both let you follow people with their 140-character updates via the web, or with alerts on your phone. My dilemma involves how to make this work for me. For […]

Video uploading sites?

July 3rd, 2008, 9 Comments

I’m working on switching from using a Mac to using Linux for editing video. I have a mini-DV camcorder that a bought a few years back, and I’ve been looking at capture and editing software for Linux. Along with that, I want to post some videos online for family to be able to see I […]

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