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The Gyrenes of Guadalcanal

In History, Verse on July 4, 2013 at 12:35 am

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They fought my country’s invaders

island to island

from down south at the ‘Canal

to rain-rotted Cape Glouchester

through parched Peleliu, Saipan, Tarawa

and upwards to Iwo and outlying Okinawa.

Desperately wading through surf and shrapnel,

flanked by primal sharp-toothed jungle,

faced by zealots of a thirty-something god.

These men will never receive their due,

except among themselves,

between them the few.

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Wordpress, It’s More Like Flying Low Than Driving Fast

In Media, Technology, Updates on July 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

The web developer’s business model is changing again.

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The free blogging host WordPress.com now has 50 million sites–sites that take just a fraction of the time needed to construct custom websites; sites that don’t necessarily look or feel like blogs; sites that include those of MTV, Forbes, Harvard University’s Neimann Journalism Lab and the Boston University Study Abroad program.

We web developers–the guys who’ve been leveraging open-source software and cheap reliable hosting into the new standard for custom-built websites–should revisit our toolboxes once again. Open-source software and mainstreamed hosting made things more viable for us. Now, WordPress.com makes things less intimidating for them. It’s time we offered our help in setting up those wordpress.com blogsites that are already taking clients away from us anyway.

Unintended Consequences

In Society, Technology on July 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on domestic spying by the National Security Agency (NSA), he essentially held the US Government accountable for the unintended consequences of compromises it had made in the hot pursuit of those who would threaten his nation.

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Now, his flight from prosecution while bearing several laptops that he used to gain access to sensitive NSA documents has brought him, and those secrets, first to China and then to Russia. While he waits without valid passport at a Moscow airport terminal, Snowden’s itinerary and outstanding applications for political asylum are being influenced by Wikileaks protagonist Julian Assange, the self-styled anti-secrecy hacker. Read the rest of this entry »