For those of who who wrote in support of my decision to take away this site as an excuse for THC to not deal with resolving the real problems, thanks. For those of you who think I caved to censorship, well believe whatever you want to, I don’t really care. It’s over for now and I, and my website, have more productive things to get on with!
In other news:
Wired article about all the invasive ways companies are trying to make a buck online. With advertising taking over more and more of the content, and the content only coming at the cost of giving up your privacy and getting even more advertising, big companies are only going to drive their customers away, then what will become of the internet? What will happen when Yahoo and other big online companies simply cease to exist? Folks like us will still be here, communicating and creating our own content. All without trying to wring every dollar out of it. (Assuming that anyone is still selling internet connectivity and webhosting)
The 5% Solution to saving Internet Radio. It does make you wonder why the RIAA is so adamant for royalties to be paid at such a rate that 90% of webcasters would just go out of business. My theory? The record compaines want to do their own webcasting and by eliminating the competition, they would get to choose what choices you have as far as streaming audio goes. After all, they pretty much control broadcast radio, record stores, and MTV. The internet is the only place you can find music outside of what they choose to publicize, if they controlled that too, you’d be stuck with only their choices for your musical enjoyment.
C-net did a comparison of four blogging tools and Blogger Pro was the editor’s choice for much the same reason that I chose it over Radio. Ease of use from any computer. They did not use MT in their comparison:
“Note: We reviewed only blogging tools that include Web hosting; such tools make it extremely simple to sign up and get started–usually in a matter of minutes. If you aren’t daunted by more technical work, including CGI and Perl, you might try a fifth popular blog tool, Movable Type. Unfortunately, we found its setup requirements too stringent for the average consumer, especially because many popular Web hosts, including our tester’s ISP, EarthLink, don’t support custom CGI scripts.”
Also much to my agreement. I have had enough conversations with webhosts about setting up forums and comments permissions. While I think ReadyHosting would allow the custom CGI, I have never wanted to wait on them to get it setup when I can use Blogger just as easily. I have less control, but I am not at the mercy of a web hosting company’s whims about custom CGI either. (And yes I know, Blogomania does do MT quite well, and Christine does a wonderful job supporting their customers, and the use of MT, but it costs more than my current plan. So I made my choices and I live with them.)
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