Wired Top 40

Wired Magazine has a list of the “top 40 wired companies”:http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.07/40main_pr.html. “Meet the masters of innovation, technology, and strategic vision – 40 companies that are reshaping the global economy.” “Google”:http://www.google.com of course is number one.

Songs to Buy

“Metafilter”:http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/26316?foo=Best%20song%20of%20the%20last%20quarter%20century has a discusison about the best songs in the last quarter century.

Following are songs I plan to buy/download:

* Boa | Duvet

* Get Up Kids | I’m A Loner Dottie, A Rebel

* -Duran Duran | Is There Something I Should Know-

* -Republica | Ready to Go-

* La’s | There She Goes

* Iggy Pop | Lust for Life

* White Man in Hammersmith Palais

* -Aphix Twins | Girl Boy Song-

* Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five | The Message

* Slint | Good Morning Captain

What is a Weblog

A brilliant collection of links on to notable articles on Weblogs.

bq. I suspect many of us who write weblogs have attempted to describe what a weblog is to someone who’s never seen one before. I may describe my own as similar to a daily column where I write mostly about web design, technology, and related topics. That barely scratches the surface to describe my weblog or weblogs in general, and that description may not even begin to fit others’ weblogs, either, as each one is unique; however, by relating to a term or phrase someone is already familiar with, such as a daily column, the person at least gets an idea about my weblog.

>> “What’s a Weblog, Anyway?”:http://www.brainstormsandraves.com/2003_06_01_archive.shtml#95223246

“The Future of Weblogging”:http://www.spy.co.uk/Articles/Spiked/Weblogging/: Nico Macdonald puts Weblogging in the context of the history of online publishing, explaining its novelty and value, and indicating where it needs to innovate. He concludes with a proposal encouraging publishers to properly embrace the Weblogging model.

“Articles and Commentary on Weblogs”:http://journalism.berkeley.edu/program/newmediaclasses/weblogs/readings.html :: a web page replete with newpaper stories on blogs. [via “danieldrezner.com”:http://www.danieldrezner.com/archives/000754.html]

*Update:* For those in doubt, “Movabletype”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/computing/2003_07/movable_type.html is the best blogging tool. More about blogging:

* “Daniel Drezner: Advice to new bloggers”:http://www.danieldrezner.com/archives/000728.html

Free Picture Gallery Scripts

The best free picture galleries which I have come accross so far:

* “Gallery”:http://gallery.menalto.com/index.php is the most comprehensive and actively developed script. It includes everything and the kitchen sink. The drawback is its a bit to complicated. Gallery 2.0 is supposed to fix all its current issues but it won’t be out for a while.

* “Simple Picture Gallery Manager”:http://spgm.sourceforge.net/. As the name says, its missing most of the more advanced features included in Gallery and Coppermine.

* Mig – “My Image Gallery”:http://mig.sourceforge.net/

Scripts requiring MySQL:

* “Coppermine”:http://www.chezgreg.net/coppermine/ is probably the best MySQL script. It too has everything including the kitchen sink, and seems easier to use than Gallery.

* “Myphotos”:http://elmotheelk.xs4all.nl/myphotos/index.php is still in early beta but looks very promising.

* “4images”:http://www.4homepages.de/ – Image Gallery Management System. Feature complete, but hasn’t had any work done for almost a year now.

Kuro5hin has a story about this: “Adventures in Photo Publishing”:http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/6/19/21441/1712

*Update:* “Typepad”:http://www.typepad.com has an excellent built in photo gallery system.

SharpMT 1.2

“SharpMT 1.2”:http://www.randyrants.com/sharpmt/ has been “released”:http://www.randyrants.com/archives/000275.asp. It adds support for text formatting plugins, which is a great addition, and is now heads and shoulders above “w.bloggar”:http://wbloggar.com/.

Copy Protection | Commons

An article over at Wired looks into the relation between copy protection and the reality of a rational amount of ‘wiggle room’ that is typically provided by the legal system.

In reality, our legal system usually leaves us wiggle room. What’s fair in one case won’t be in another – and only human judgment can discern the difference. As we write the rules of use into software and hardware, we are also rewriting the rules we live by as a society, without anyone first bothering to ask if that’s OK.

Slashdot has an interesting discussion on it.

The Boston Review it its New Democracy Forum has a section on copyrights over here.

The purpose of Boston Review’s New Democracy Forum is to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues of the day–both on and off the agenda of conventional politics–and to say something about how we might better address them.

Read Reclaiming the Commons by David Bollier.

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Americas Dying

America’s Dying A good commentary/analysis on American society. Read and Comprehend.

Bush Wars Yet another blog on Bush, American politics and the Empire. Daily notes and links on the adventures of the Bushmen of the Beltway. Read his entry: What if there’s no such thing as al-Queda?

Amnesty US ‘War on Terror’ Has Made World Worse.

Highly Recommended: Kurt Nimmos blog Another day in the Empire. These days its mostly about the ongoing development of the US Empire as the title suggests. He also writes articles, which are worth reading. They appear every now and then in Counterpunch.

Cable Modem Troubleshooting

Cable Modem Troubleshooting Tips is a good site about Cable Modems, and other broadband connections. Everything from the basics to troubleshooting. A good place for learning about the basics of broadband networking. More Sites for Internet tweaking: