ravan: by ravan (Love Me Feed Me)
( May. 29th, 2009 01:19 am)
I need a scanner, and I need to figure out how to set up a web comic. I figure by the time I get a scanner that works with linux, I'll have enough stuff to post. I'm a sucky artist, but I can draw funny stuff and political stuff.
TVGeek: SyFy Disses the American Geek.

What in the living hell were they thinking? Bad enough that they added the pseudo-sport of "WWF wrestling". What tripe.

Seriously, geeks are spending power these days. This whole thing indicates that those marketing idiots are not part of the target demographic - they probably barely passed high school, for whatever reason (stupidity, drunken partying, lack of study habits...)
This originally was a comment on [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear's journal, but I feel it needs a wider audience, and expansion.

The problem with LJ is that the most useful factors - friends and communities, and granularity thereof - are not available on standard "plain" blogging software. Ordinary blogs are either/or - invite only, or all public. LJ has the granularity of access, but is controlled by a single corporation that is susceptible to economic and political pressure. What is needed is a way to build the community and friends lists (and access restrictions) that is platform and provider independent.

Enter "Blog Key". This software doesn't exist yet, it's only a concept. This concept involves a plugin. Each type of blogging software would have the plugin(s) ported to it, but is otherwise platform agnostic.

Plugin: "Blog Keys" - This plugin:
A) generates a public/private key pair, and integrates it into the viewing setting for your blog. No accepted key, no blog see.
B) provides easy distribution of public keys.
C) authenticates against given public key(s) that you've accepted, allowing the key generator(s) to read a protected entry.
D) provide an authentication layer by which you would be able to read the blogs of others who had accepted your key, and enabled you to read that entry.
E) provides rss feeds of blogs that you have keys to read (a "friends page")

If I want to be be involved in a blog key group, I enable access to my public key.

A blogger who want to let me read and comment on their blog transfers my public key to their plugin "Add my key!" type button. Thenthey add me to their general reader group, and additionally any subgroups that they wish. They would not, however, be able to read *my* entries, until I added their key to my plugin.

Essentially, the plugin becomes a keychain. I can read any journals that have accepted my key, and enabled my authenticated viewing of the particular entry.

Both commercial (6A) and open source blogging software could implement this. It would still allow public (no key required) posting, could be set up to require key authentication to comment, or be "friends only". All you'd need to participate would be a blogging platform that had the plugin available.

I can't program this, but I'm sure that an open project like WordPress would be glad to have it.
ravan: by  sarah9380 (smiley - sarah9380)


( May. 29th, 2007 07:40 pm)

Egad, it's actually a language, and funny as hell!
ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - from icons r us)
( Jun. 13th, 2006 06:46 pm)
So, these jerks at Comcast "lease" me a brand new cable modem for $3 a month. But the stupid thing won't work with a router/firewall - IOTW, it doesn't really work. So Fuzzy, who's been dealing with them since he's home during the day when their "support" idiots are available, says we have to transfer his account into my name, and then "merge" them by physically going to a Comcast office, so we can use his cable modem which does work with a router.

Excuse me? What the fuck kind of lame shit is that? I'm not connecting jack diddly squat to a public network without multiple layers of protection. No firewall, no go. Yeah, my Windoze box has "ZoneAlarm", but that's a back stop. My goddamn printer is a network printer. If I just use a switch, that means any fucking idiot downstream of the neighborhood router can print to it! No Goddamn way!

So, I'll either end up doing the "merge accounts" bullshit, or buy my own damn cable modem that actually works.

The idea of a cable modem that doesn't work with a router downstream is insane. It's a way of making life easier for script kiddies to assemble botnets, and spammers to use your PC as a spew source. I wonder how much the spam kings paid Motorola to do this.

I am seriously and severely pissed off, at both Comtrash *and* Fuzzy, because of the complete fubarred mess that this has become. I signed up for service nearly two months ago, and am still suffering with flakey, slow, and intermittent DSL.

EDIT I tried it, instead of Fuzzy, with the proper reboot of the modem and then a release and renew of the router, and it worked just fine. Pissed Fuzzy off. I guess that's why I get paid for this, and he doesn't.

Comtrash is still lame, because they didn't know jack about it, but at least I don't have to make a useless pilgrimage to comcast. Sheesh.
ravan: (GeekDance)
( Mar. 28th, 2006 01:53 pm)
Over half of my household's annual hosting bill on Dreamhost was paid this year by referrals to hosting!!! Woo Hoooo!!
ravan: (GeekDance)
( Nov. 13th, 2005 01:47 am)
Kiped from [livejournal.com profile] jemyl
You Are a Blogging Expert

You got 8/8 correct!

You know so much about blogging, you should blog for a living.

answers for the curious )
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Sep. 19th, 2005 12:03 pm)
The problem with emergency supplies is that you have to store them somewhere. Finding a place that won't get smushed in an earthquake (our biggest risk out here) is not easy. If they're indoors, they become part of the rubble.

I try to keep my stuff outdoors, in sheds that aren't likely to get crushed by falling trees, or near the front of the garage. But there has to be a way to stash stuff in less "at risk" locations as well.

Then my mind wandered to geocaching. People have encouraged me to get a GPS, for the navigation and geek factors. If I could do hiking, geocaching sounds like fun. What about geostashing? A nice solid plastic bin, make it watertight if possible, put everything in plastic, and a light mound of dirt over the top to protect it from wind, and *presto* small food and water stash! Bury these at N XX nn.911 x W YY mm.mmm or something like that. Or even make it a regular geocache, with a "take food/water, leave food/water" type setup. Geostashing anyone?
ravan: (GeekDance)
( Jul. 29th, 2005 12:41 pm)

To my sysadmin friends, have a great day!


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