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Brooklyn, NY
Interests: Architecture, Urban Studies, Efficient Systems, Internet Application Development, Internet Application Deployment, Internet Application Management, Internet Application Operations, Web Site Operations,
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So sorry for your loss.
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What area was he referring to about "East Colorado"? The US state of Colorado is well within the US and "borders" only on other US states. What state/area was he referring to?
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2009 on MIchael Dear / USC (Postopolis! LA) at cityofsound
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Incredibly tangentially related: Hamlet (Facebook News Edition): “ Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamlet are now friends.”
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2009 on Hamlet Was Right at Servant of Chaos
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Interesting. I don't know that 42nd St was the best street to use as a demo for this. It seemed to handle the transition from light to shadow quite well, but once in shadow bright areas (on upper left hand side of street) seemed to get overexposed. Now, if you could combine this with a geocoded clickable interface, that would be something.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2009 on A Cup of Chaos #2 at Servant of Chaos
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I really enjoyed SXSW this past year (my first one). I had been a regular attendee at the O'Reilly eTech conference and ended up at SXSW right at the end of eTech this year and the difference was night and day: SXSW had more information, more personal networking, and more energy, where etech has become just a commercial conference. Austin in March will be like Sydney in mid–late October.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2008 on Friend Me? No, Friend You! at Servant of Chaos
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I started off using Radio Userland and tried their hosted solution ( before finally moving to MovableType in 2003. The experience has been mostly ok with occasional frustrations. I haven't upgraded to MT4, so my comments are for MT v2-3.2. On the plus side: the templating language is pretty good and I've been able to do a variety of things with it. I've shifted back and forth in my use/reliance on PHP (I'm currently in a minimal-PHP mood) but MT can generate PHP pages and comes with Smarty (a PHP templating library). On the down side, SixApart has bounced around on their licensing and their focus over the years and MT (until v4) seemed to shift to their backburner in favour of typepad, livejournal and MT can be a resource hog since it builds pages dynamically and the scripts run as CGIs. There's a variety of performance optimizations you can do, but out of the box it can be a hog. MT has lots of plugins and has been run through the wringer enough that it's fairly debugged. It's not perfect code, but it's good enough. I keep looking at Wordpress, starting with when it was b2/cafelog and...I've never felt entirely comfortable switching to it for reasons I can't quite explain. I think in the end I like that MT can generate static HTML pages and does not necessarily have to rely on PHP. A lot of work has gone into Wordpress and I think it's richer now than MT, and fairly secure, but I worry that the reliance on PHP and the size of the codebase means that I personally will never know whether the site is totally secure, which is just my own bugaboo. With MT I've been able to lock down the administrative interface, and since I generate static pages I'm not as worried about getting hacked through some obscure PHP hole or library. Whether you use MT or WordPress, make sure you have someone (if not yourself) who can keep an eye on security advisories and update the code as necessary. I think (and I concede being biased towards MT), if you're going to be publishing a couple of posts a day it may well be a wash. If you're going to publish a lot, I'd lean towards Wordpress because, out of the box again, MT can become a slow dog as the volume of content increases on your site. On the other hand, if you're thinking you're going to get a lot of traffic, a lot of pageviews, then MT and static pages might be a better choice. THere's a number of customizations and optimizations you can do with Wordpress to increase performance, but out of the box NT might have the edge for high traffic volume sites. (High volume = 100k pageviews/day).
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