Der Spiegel and the internet blocking of the CCC

Der Spiegel reports on Three & Vodafone’s blocking of the Chaos Computer Club, with the headline, “British Porn Filter blocks the CCC web site.” This page is a Google Translate version in English as I cannot find their English language report. It refers to the open rights group’s http://blocked.org.uk site which documents the blocks. Continue reading “Der Spiegel and the internet blocking of the CCC”

Ruggedising the Internet

Mike Masnick writes a little article forecasting the engineers re-writing the single points of failure out of the internet. He entitles his article, Building A More Decentralized Internet: It’s Happening Faster Than People Realize. He cross references to two articles written by himself back in 2010, Operation Payback And Wikileaks Show The Battle Lines Are About Distributed & Open vs. Centralized & Closed and The Revolution Will Be Distributed: Wikileaks, Anonymous And How Little The Old Guard Realizes What’s Going On in which he, more accurately, recognises the current and future power of distributed and private networks. It should be remembered that these predictions all occurred before the Arab spring and the recent protests in Turkey and the state responses to the use of networks. This article was written in 2014, and I inserted the excerpt line five years later. Fore more, see below or overleaf. …  Continue reading “Ruggedising the Internet”

P2P DNS

Looking at DNS and the attempt to P2P it.

Peter Sunde launched a project, reported at Computer World in an article called “P2P DNS to take on ICANN after US domain seizures”

It seems to have got stuck. This article dated 18 Oct 2011 and called Continuing the Distributed DNS System on Slashdot has some pointers. See also P2P-DNS taking control of the Internet  at memeburn.com.

The nearest successor seems to be namecoin, see http://namecoin.info/ , https://bit.namecoin.org & its wikipedia page

While researching this I came across a page on alternate roots at Wikipedia.

Twitter API V1.1 (Deprecated)

This post was written in 2013 and I discovered in May 2018 that most of the links failed. It’s been a while, and it surprises me that my little wiki has lasted longer than the resources I point to, but not here. I could have deleted this post, but chose not to; I have heavily edited it so it’s as much a diary as the technical note it once was.

I missed the announcement that Twitter were upgrading their API. I only discovered it when they ran their “test blackouts”. It has broken. This means my ‘mingle’, friend feed and hence facebook feeds are now without my twitter goodness. The rest of this post lists then contemporary resources to help rescue the feeds. Continue reading “Twitter API V1.1 (Deprecated)”

Life after Google reader

So it’s finally going, should have left it when they swapped RSS pubication for Google Plus only.

Where to go?

Here’s the Google Blog, here’s the Google Reader Blog and here’s Life Hacker. Dave Winer says Good Riddance, and suggests you build your own river by checking his out.

Here’s Melange on how to get the OPML file.

Replacements

Here’s the Productivityist on his view on how to get off it as a Mac User, it’s part of a series and he decided that Google Reader was a step too far, although he talks about the obvious alternatives.

The one’s I have found by harvesting advice is below.

Not sure about Bloglines, it’s where I came from, but no-one is suggesting that one should go back!

Bloglines

So giving this a try, exported the OPML nad uploaded, that was easy. It has a widget and reader view. Need to get to grips with UI. Seems to be more difficult to dismiss the boring bits.

It has multiple widgets that give you massive choice of how each news feed looks and feels. The tags/folders correspond to pages.

It’s mobile/small scree interface is poor.

Can’t see how to make a forwarding feed.

Feedly

Getting in is easy; it has an Android version.

The blog has an, as yet unread, article on getting started for google reader exiles.

Both the screen and phone version will require a reorganisation of the hierarchy.

This is rather awesome, it has a share with delicious feature, a blog; it requires the installation of an addin/plugin, which I have done on my works laptop, using chrome, and home desktop using firefox. I ma not yet happy with the hierarchy, but I am sure I will.

The share with features are a good first step to recreating a news feed, but at the moment you have to use my Delicious or mingle.

Linksys WAG 54GS & Power Offs

Household Power Test

I tested the household power yesterday and turned the Gateway off for 2 hours.

Resetting Factory Defaults

When it came up the wireless wouldn’t work. So I rang Linksys and they talked me through resetting factory defaults.

For those of you following me, you must document your encapsulation and consequent parameters, your wireless settings and encryption passwords and any firewall ports that are open.

It seems that the reliability of a system boot after a sustained power down is not 100%.

Powering Down

I was recommended to power down the gateway by removing the power lead from the appliance. I assume using the switch on the wall plug is equally effective. Don’t use the power switch on the front of the box. This is a deeply flawed piece of UI design 🙁

Add This

I created this page to test scripts published by http://addthis.com. It was originally created on the Qube. See below, Early Experiments for what I wrote at the time, all probably useless now. I have installed their widget and so even lower down on this page, after the article , are add this’s sharing buttons. I returned to the issues they answer in Feb 2015. It should be noted that at that time on the blog I use custom code implemented in the child theme, since I moved to Nulis I am using a vanilla implementation of Add This, on the wiki. Continue reading “Add This”