“Network members can indicate friends and people they â€œwant to meetâ€ at the conference. Conference organizers can integrate Twitter streams and 3rd-party wikis. And everyone can export the contact info of attendees as vCards after the conference ends”
J-Lab’s Jan Schaffer will be a hard act to follow, but I’ll do my best.
Next Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, I’ll be teaming up with J-Lab’s Jan Schaffer to give a talk on Participatatory Journalism in the USA: Opportunities and Challenges. This is part of the fourth Online Media Week. I’m really excited about it. I wish Jan could actually be there, but she ended up not being able to attend in person so she’ll be giving her talk via webcast.
After Jan gets to answer some questions live (technology permitting), I’ll expand this discussion by talking about the bigger picture: Why participatory journalism matters, why it isn’t new, and how the news landscape might evolve because of participatory journalism.
What follows is merely my best guess about how my part of the talk will go. Of course, I don’t really do speeches; I prefer to engage groups in conversation so we can explore issues and think things through together. That’s much more fun for everyone. So I will most definitely stray from this script at some point during the talk. (So translators, be forewarned!)
“The future of data storage is object based. It has to be. It provides encapsulation, location independence, media independence, object attributes – such as authenticity. You can move things around, and not have to tell the user nor application.”
Beth raises some great questions, which I’ll answer later in a blog post. Alan Levin’s tip in the comments: “What I like is that google reader does not do folders, but to assign your own tags to RSS feeds, so the same feed can belong to multiple tags.”
“Thereâ€™s no global opt-out to tell Facebook, â€œDon’t post my purchase behavior from any third-party sites to my feed.â€ You must opt out from each new partner by clicking on the window on the purchase site, or by turning this off for each partner.”
Cool new searchable database, of use to journalists, citizen journalists, and anyone who cares about air quality and global warming. “CARMA reveals the carbon emissions of more than 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies in every country on Earth.”
“Keyloggers are well known in the Windows world. However, the keylogger industry is not limited to the Windows world. Many Macintosh experts say that there is no need to worry, but a quick Google search for “Mac Keylogger” should have you worried”
Recommended to detect keyloggers “Open Source Tripwire: security and data integrity tool useful for monitoring and alerting on specific file change(s) on a range of systems. The project is based on code originally contributed by Tripwire, Inc. in 2000.”
I’m at the Denver airport, on the wifi (but in a much safer way than before, I’m getting smarter about it), and will have a very safe solution soon. But I’m finding more and more reasons to hate public wifi.
I’m also on chat with Tom Vilot, who just sent me a link to a really cool video of people flying using suits that make them kinds of human flying squirrels — I kid you not. For context, here’s the video:
Now, the irony is that when I tried to access this video via the first link Tom sent me, I got this message from the airport network:
Funny how I can hit YouTube with no problem. Go figure.
I’ve lost track of how many RSS feeds I subscribe to in my feed reader — somewhere between 100 and 200, I’m guessing. But that doesn’t matter, because despite the volume it’s surprisingly manageable and rewarding. The secret, I’ve found, is to let go of any sense of obligation to keep up with all that content.
It’s simply impossible to keep up. There’s too much stuff published online every day — hell, every minute! Why feel pressured or guily about not being able to achieve an impossible ideal?
Yep, spammers are asses. And evil, in a mostly banal sense. Grumble….
Over the last few days, and especially this morning, I’ve been wrangling with fixing a hack done to this blog by a spammer. It’s been pretty stressful, but Tom Vilot and other helpful geeks have been absolute angels in helping me figure out this server-side crap. Thanks, all!
For now, I think we’ve probably neutralized what this hacker has done. But I’ve got a contingency plan in place to rapidly relocate this blog to another server should new problems from this hack arise. If problems do arise, I’ll probably have Bluehost create a new account for me, reinstall WordPress, repopulate the blog’s database, etc. A hassle, but not unrecoverable.
Lessons learned. These mostly apply to WordPress blogs, but can have wider applicability… Continue reading →
Apologies in advance to my readers, but it appears my hacker woes are not yet over.
This morning I was trying to edit my links post from last night. When I tried to save the edits, I got the following message:
Already hacked by Magic SEO Toolz =)
I have no idea what’s up. I’m investigating.
I really, REALLY don’t need this time sink just before a major business trip. Any help diagnosing it would be greatly appreciated. Please comment below.
UPDATE: The blog BittBox is experiencing an identical problem. The comment thread there offers some tips. Jay at Bittbox is helping me troubleshoot (see comments below).
Also, thanks to Tom Vilot, who just upgraded me to the latest version of WordPress (2.3.1). However, Jay notes over at Bittbox that he was already running WP 2.3.1, so that won’t fix this problem.
On further investigation, Tom found that the hacker messed with my Akismet anti-spam plugin for WordPress. Tom just reinstalled that plugin with a clean copy. At this point, I’m no longer seeing that “already hacked by…” message when I try to upload an image. However, my WordPress visual editor is screwy, and image upload doesn’t work for me at all in Firefox. I can upload images to WP posts in Safari, but I see no visual editing interface in Safari.