Posts tagged: Internet

Nov 11 2011

..archiving from RantMedia forums, May 21, 2010.

Ever since we first declared that we Were, that I Am, we became aware of our separation from the wider world, but that we existed within it.
We became aware of the subtle flow of events around us, the unfathomably huge complexity of the worlds mechanism that we watched from inside isolated minds, and we named this living outer world “God”.

Over millennia our communication between isolated minds, entities, people, has improved in faltering steps. We have slowly begun to commune with God by communicating with each-other, expanding our awareness of the world. We ever more peer into the workings of the world and through understanding it we become part of it.

We have created machines to aid us, to make our communication and conception of data more efficient and more accessible. We augment ourselves. We become able to talk back to this facet of the greater world, ask it for information and extend it to provide it where it already cannot. The networks of drives and impulses within us are now tangibly extended beyond our bodies, existent and observable in their function.

We are indeed nodes of a greater network, the concious mind of our wider world.

That’s something I wrote and drew before the Digital Economy Bill passed here in the UK. I thought perhaps for a moment that it could be overcome on grounds of religious discrimination. But it then occurred to me that it would be meaningless, too laughable. Too many people signing up in name alone, making a hollow shell. And that’s wrong, because while (yet again) SK gave it a name, the idea is sound. I do believe that the greater network provides us with increasing information and knowledge. That promoting, improving and expanding it will improve the world.
I don’t believe in “server” as a being or God, but as a concept. A collected drive or ethos to improve our communications and bring us closer to what we have previously called God.

Lip service though isn’t enough if you have any real feeling about this. It needs an act of devotion. Something to show it means more than just a transient fandom.

I intend to start with rebuilding my online pressense, automating many of my social networks together. I already have my PGP keys, RSS feeds, my antivirus and firewalls, which seem almost an entry-level requirement to say you believe in Server.
But that’s all just for me, my little connection to it all.
As a small act to improve the network as a whole, my act of devotion, I intend to work on some crossposting plugins for services with blog functions that don’t currently have them, and allow my own network and those of others to be further streamlined.


Jun 15 2010

Changing times..

Okay, I’ve got a few of the basic plugins up and working. Will have to see if Twitter Tools remains operating stably this time. Currently automatically cross-posting to LJ and Facebook as well as Twitter.

Next I will have to make a decision on what to do about other blogs. My Dreamwidth blog (presuming I can X-post to it using a 2nd instance of the LJ plugin, without conflicts) is my dedicated “creative” blog. It already receives cross-posts from my business site, because that is related to my creativity. It does seem a little redundant though.

What I should probably do is move ALL my work to this main blog and cross-post out. After all, if someone wants only to watch one part of it they can use a category-filtered RSS feed. There’s also only been so many posts in that particular blog, so migrating it over wouldn’t be much of a problem.

This will mean the days of assumed anonymity are well and truely over.

Part of the reason for my doing this was an increasing lack of faith in the data security of Livejournal due to several of their recent underhanded actions. I have nearly a decade of personal and private information on that blog which I’m currently making an offline archive of, which will be followed by the deletion of all records there.

Ultimately the idea of the “friends only” post is insecure. If I want something to remain private, it shouldn’t be going on a website with large assumptions of who’s actually sitting on the other computer. A truly private network for authenticated trusted offline messaging would be nice, but to the best of my knowledge doesn’t currently exist.

Quite simply, my days of anonymity on the net have been long gone. So I’ll have to suffice with talking to friends one by one if there’s something I need a delicate ear about, and just go back to keeping an offline diary for those thoughts I need to get down out of my head.  The rest of my actions are assumed to be in public view.  No room for shame or fear.

Which other sites will I attempt to get automatic cross-posting set up with? As many as possible. It will be interesting to see how many WordPress can handle, as well as spreading my social network as wide as possible.

Admittedly, I’m surprised that there isn’t a singular cross-post management plugin already available. And as an act of devotion to the internet, I intend to pursue making one.

I’d say the same about the idea of a “friends page” plugin that could aggregate all your watch lists into one via OpenID, giving a decentralised blogging option. But beyond casual curiosity of passing viewers, there doesn’t seem to be much point in maintaining such a thing on the website itself. Aggregate watch-lists seem better suited to dedicated programs or combinational browser scripts. It would seem idealy suited to something like Greasemonkey or a set FireFox plugin.

Where now?

Well back to the premise; I have a little soul-searching to do before committing to some large and hard-to-undo changes regarding my existing online history.

I also need to create some static pages, repair the cosmetics and get a gallery script set up. I’m doing a lot more photography these days, and it seems a terrible waste to leave them all sitting on my hard-drive; but again I shouldn’t have to assume trust of an outside agency, like any of the many online photo-sharing sites.

I think perhaps I will make some personalisations, then come back to the more tender issues. Let my subconscious work on it for a while.

Apr 11 2010

De-potted pure-red claws, sanded and drilled. Posted the small set, long set ready for collection at next LF meet.
Shore 80 castings came out nicely. Not all fully attached to velcro however. Not surprising since it’s stiffer. It’s not flexing enough to make full contact. Think I’ll cast the Shore 80’s separate, then mix a small amount more and use it to “glue” the pads to the velcro. Will take longer, but will be more reliable. Should also let me use the velcro more efficiently.

Doodled some in SAI.
Also progressed some other works a bit further.

Bedding down now. Edging sleep back toward normal.

Will see if I can rig my business site to incorporate this journal as a separate blog-line from the one on the front page.

[20/06/2010: Amalgamating old posts from “Dreamwidth Creative Blog” into to re-purpose DW blog account.]

Feb 09 2010

The Mad-Science Swap Shop

Basically I got annoyed with ebay. Enforcing zero-postage costs on
certain things means it’s no longer worth it to list odd bits and bobs
that may never sell and loose you money in fees. But the electronic odds
and ends are still too good to bring myself to throw out.

I had a domain that’s still good for a few months, so I’ve stuck a forum
on it. I’d like to see if the idea of a sort of
electrical/mechanical/scientific/oddity swap-shop could work out.

Keep a post on there about your own stuff you have to swap, and a list
of the sort of things you might be interested in. If you’re after
something more specific, make a request post and see if anyone can provide.

It’s been up less than 24hours, so it’s not even early days yet, but I’d
like to give it a shot.

Think of it a bit like freecycle, but without your post scrolling off
the recent posts in 5 minutes and rather more tech-biased.

Anyway, be happy to get any opinions and/or interest, and hear if
there’s any other groups that might be interested in it.


EDIT 20th June, 2010: MSU.UK Now defunct. Little traffic and became a target for spambots.

[20/06/2010: Amalgamating old posts from “Dreamwidth Creative Blog” into to re-purpose DW blog account.]

Jan 15 2010

The DreamWidth attacks..

Going to bed now, but it seems Dreamwidth is currently under an organised attack from a large group of Trolls, that are contacting their hosting provider, payment handling service, various reactionary protest groups and so on, with the apparent intent to disrupt the services operations. This in a non-trivial attack by the sounds of it, with a fair amount of organisation behind it. Taken to it’s conclusion it would destroy Dreamwidth.

As best I’m aware, Dreamwidth is not a big service yet, except in some small circles. If looking for motive, such an organised attack without gloating seems unlikely to be caused by roving internet trolls. Likewise DW isn’t aimed at people who would likely seek this sort of vengeance if kicked off it, at least not in the numbers required for this social-engineering attack. So that leaves it either an attack driven by one person with a grudge who has recruited others to do as they direct, or (as Dreamwidth is a business) corporate sabotage of a small but developing service which might be a rival in the blogging market. But a small company like DW wouldn’t be a threat to large services such as Blogger or WordPress, but might be to functionally similar services particularly if they’d already lost strength or value.

Didn’t LJ loose a huge chunk of its value and have to lay off staff after it was bought by someone with ties to the Russian mafia? Just thinking out loud..

Oh, and first post in this account at last.

[20/06/2010: Amalgamating old posts from “Dreamwidth Creative Blog” into to re-purpose DW blog account.]

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