3 Odd Properties of Blogging

Blogs are really awesome, and blogs are also really powerful tools for publishing and communication, and more than anything represent the world wide web "coming into its own." In recognition of this, it seems that everyone whose interested in the internet is out there trying to "crack" blogging and understand what makes for a really great blog, and if you listen to them, they'll tell you about how successful blogging requires a solid niche focus, dynamic content (including videos, audio, and pictures), strong clear headlines with interesting hooks, regular posting, and keyword optimized content.…

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Digital Collections

I have a lot of digital stuff certainly more than any of my computers have storage space for at this point, though to be fair we're talking about 500 gigabytes of various collections (music, video, backups, documents). Particularly given the price disks by the present moment in time, we're not talking about anything too absurd. During my recent computer juggling interlude, I realized that hard drive space wasn't nearly the issue I used to think it was, and I suspect my situation isn't terribly unique for lots of geeks, and space crunches are not often a technological problem, but rather a user problem.…

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A Catalog of Open Source and Free Culture

I've been writing recently here about open source and free software, and what happens to the practices and ideologies of these projects when they "jump species" and start affecting the world outside of open source. This is, I suppose, part of a larger response/digestion of Christopher Kelty's *Two Bits* monograph. Having said that, this post isn't a response per se but rather a catalog of all the various kinds of software and non-software projects that are connected in some way to open source and free software.…

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Monolithic Content Management

When I was writing about the redesign of tychoish.com, I mentioned that I needed to write an essay here about "monolithic vs. micro (kernel) approaches to content management." Referencing an old (and mostly settled) debate in operating system design [1], think it might be productive to bring some of these systems design perspectives to the problem of content management systems for websites. The analogy is imperfect for a lot of reasons, because it can operate on two basic levels.…

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Macbook Ubuntu

So after a lot of teeth gnashing over the past few weeks about what to do with my macbook since I've basically abandoned OS X for Linux [1], I realized that I could probably just install Ubuntu on this hardware and be done with it. So really pretty much as soon as I had the thought I began backing things up and starting the install process. While my backup wasn't perfect (forgot the applications folder, which is pretty replaceable; and dropping in ~/Library and /Library is pretty ineffective, so there's some work there) the whole process was pretty quick.…

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Philosopher Kings

So this is totally a "just for fun" post. As you might have noticed from all the blogging I've done about rearranging computers, switching to Linux and getting a new phone, the second half of 2008 has had a lot of computer acquisitions and changes. I try to thematically name computers/partitions and hard drives, and I've been through a couple of naming schemes, but I have a new one that I kind of like: Great names in western philosophy.…

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Blog Refresh

I have a semi-long standing tradition of doing a little refresh of my blog/website during the week before new years. Obviously I didn't make it this time, but I'm starting to think that it's about time for me to do something different anyway. And because I have to think through everything beforehand on the blog, I thought I'd collect a few thoughts here. When I started tychoish.com, I was running a site at tealart.…

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