Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wordpress plugins - why not share them.

The Wordpress community is vast. Wordpress is one of the major blog CMS on the Internet. I very much enjoy browsing the Web and whenever I come across a blog, I find interesting, I tend to check, or at leased attempt to, what plugins are used on the blog. Anyone, who is familiar with the directory structure of Wordpress can check this.

Anyways, the point I am trying to make is - Wordpress succeeded because of its open community and its members' willingness to share information and plugins. Probably about 50% of the time when I attempt to view what plugins someone is using on their blog I am unsuccessful, because the plugins directory, of all the ones in Wordpress, is restricted. Why? I would like to know why do bloggers feel that they need to protect something that is free on the Internet as is. Sharing and promoting the plugins one uses on their blog is a way to show your gratitude to their developers.

As an old school blogger, and one of the first of the just starting Wordpress community, I have always had a page listing the plugins I use on my blog. So, Wordpress bloggers, please allow others from the community to view what plugins you use on your blog. It will make the Web more userfriendly, functional, and it will incourage developers. Thnak you.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Religious oxymoron?

On the way to work this morning I ended up behind a van. The van had the Jesus fish on its rear door, but I could also see a dream catcher hanging from the driver's visor.

Now, doesn't this classify as a religious oxymoron? I mean, how can you follow Jesus and then believe in something from people who believe in Nature and its mystical powers. Personally I take this as that person either doesn't believe in either, are not too serious about their religion or is using the dream catcher as a decorative item. The latter I find somewhat disrespectful.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Comcast gets owned by the FCC. Well, sort of.

Another win for Net Neutrality. Today it was reported that the FCC "disciplined" Crap...Comcast for their violation of their customers basic write to access information on the Internet. I say disciplined, because Comcast was not punished via a financial burden. They were just told "you were bad. Don't do it again. Fix it.". It is hard for people and especially for companies to learn their lesson, when negative reinforcement is not used. Comcast was not punished, so they have noting to loss. If they had to pay fins, for example in the form of free or discounted service for their customers, then they, as the money garbing leach that the company and its operators are, will think twice before violation the freedom of access to information and data of real people and some intangible IP address.

Now, because they were not cause to pay fines, the operators of the company will have learned, in their attempt #1, what they can do. Because the company did not have to pay fines, it will again try to throttle its network, but at its second attempt it will know how far it can go with certain actions and how to hide its procedures better.

You can read the announcement here: FCC Comes Down On Comcast For P2P Blocking