Migration of my WordPress blog to self-hosted server

It’s complete … or mostly so. This blog has been run on www.wordpress.com (wp-com) until now. That is a (mostly) free blogging platform, and by far the best (IMHO) of many. There are additional charges for extra space, custom domain name (like www.captainjustice.net) and more. And it simply works with little muss or fuss. Continue reading “Migration of my WordPress blog to self-hosted server”

What Does Your Facebook Profile Say About You? – The Big Shift – HarvardBusiness.org

Professionals on Facebook … huh? Of course!  And should the professional have a mix of personal and professional info? Perhaps (says this article) and “of course” (I say). The following piece supports this proposition.

Why does it make sense to reveal our personal selves to social media sites? It may be that boundary breakers posting a mix of personal and professional information online are making a connection between what they share of themselves and their effectiveness as managers. Sharing personal information further humanizes people whose roles may otherwise make them seem remote or inaccessible. This effect extends beyond senior managers to peer relationships deeper in the organization. Seeing a more rounded person can’t help but extend and develop professional relationships, furthering the trust that’s crucial to collaborative knowledge creation–the lifeblood of innovation.

via What Does Your Facebook Profile Say About You? – The Big Shift – HarvardBusiness.org.

New tech for all you geeks — Facebook or Friendfeed?

Interesting piece on Friendfeed. I’ve never looked at it, but will based on this article. Connectivity is increasing, or is it? Are we truly connected via social networks? Friendfeed appears to be a combination of Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging. If you need a label, it’s a social networking aggregator.

So, here’s a summary. The father of the best web email program on the planet [Google mail] believes that a real-time streaming interface for simplified aggregation of conversation and content from all around the web is going to join the handful of tools we use regularly, like email, IM and blogging.

The biggest question still remaining? Facebook. Buchheit on Facebook:

“Facebook is still very much a closed world of its own. That’s sometimes useful, but other times I want the ability to interact with the outside world and also other systems. For example, if I post something on FriendFeed about a product that I’m using, often someone working on that product (or very knowledgeable about it) will join in on the conversation. That kind of thing can’t happen on Facebook. [Because cross-site search is limited by default privacy restrictions. -ed.] FriendFeed also interoperates much more smoothly with other systems, so I can easily import my blog posts, receive updates via email or IM, or post messages on to Twitter. Things I post on Facebook are not allowed to leave Facebook (except under very strict terms that require deletion within 24 hours, which is why clients such as Seesmic can interface with it, but services such as FriendFeed have a harder time).”

via The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What’s Next – ReadWriteWeb.

The death of journalistic integrity

Journalistic integrity requires, in my opinion, the clear distinction and labeling between news, analysis and opinion. It used to be that way. It used to be discussed as important.

It is no more and that’s a crime. Many others have made this same pronouncement so this expression of that problem is far from new but I feel like saying it and discussing it.

Why is this failure of making this distinction important? Because information sources are where people learn about the world and in particular, our national, state and local politics. And they deserve to know fact from opinion. This has become far more important with the increasing separation of the people from their government, business and leaders, i.e. the people have no knowledge of what is being done to or for them other than through the ever-expanding sources of information.

That information includes raw news, news and analysis, and opinion. The consumer of that news has less time than in days before in order to intake and process that information. There is benefit to the time problem with the advent of the electronic sources — online news and blogs — but the problem remains that the reader must be able to distinguish fact from opinion.

Increasingly, I fear, the consumer of information is unable (or perhaps unwilling) to discern the distinction. It’s far too easy to just read or hear something and assume its veracity unless the inquiring mind is engaged in questioning and analyzing the information as it comes in. How often has something touted information as “fact” and state a source on the internet … and know nothing of the veracity or reputation of the source? Or that they heard it on the TV news?

Almost no person now doubts the liberal bias of the mainstream media. I don’t wish to debate here whether that’s good or bad, but here is the importance of understanding your source:  apparently most people get most of their news from the TV national news — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX. This has been recently confirmed directly to me during jury selection where easily 90% of potential jurors stated such. There were a few getting it from the internet, either news sources or blogs; and a very few read newspapers. Not one out of about 50 people mentioned a news magazine.

Thus it is easy to understand how massive numbers of people can be, and are, misled by a liberally-biased media that does not clearly label fact from opinion. It is dishonest to allow that to occur.

It is time for the information-consuming public to demand honesty in journalism.

Part of the “why” is to simplify

I’ve had a blog on a Content Management System site for a long while, at www.capnj.dajudge.us. It’s based on Drupal which is a fine system, but I’m maintaining too many sites and finding the posting there to be a bit complex … the price of power.

So suddenly (for a host of reasons) I’m into simplifying my life and maybe this is a way and place to start. It’s easy to post from my BlackBerry, including photo uploads and easy to blog off of photos in Flickr. Speaking now of WordPress, it has a mobile site that work’s pretty well.  then from Flickr, even while mobile, hopefully the blogging ability is there from a photo. That ability for cross-pollination is good. And the lack of maintenance is also good.

That was originally written while testing Blogger. Unfortunately, WP does not permit posting via email but overall I like it better so we give up that.

WordPress or Blogger

I’m liking the look and feel of WordPress a bit better. Bummer that it does not support blogging by email as that would be a natural for me. I can blog from Flickr and do like the “press this” ability. That is something that Drupal had but went away. Just discovered that the hyperlink tool allows setting the target. I like that.

I see the customizable summary feature also.

I like the WP use of tags + categories.

I like the Blogger email capability which allows also sending a photo.

The WP interface in both posting and the dashboard is better. More info, but still accessible.

Blogger opens a new window too often. Possibly the way I have Firefox set.

Again toying with the Blogger possibility (1/10/09) due to the mobile posting features … dang I wish WP had posting by email that would include a photo like Blogger does. But there is just more in the way of tools in WP, more themes but few widgets/gadjets, but far far better editing tools.

Also discovered there is no Blogger gadget to do a tag cloud. That’s pretty key in my book.

And, as much as anything, I really like this fadtastic theme that gives just the titles of older posts. So, it’s still WP for me.