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Some salient quotes:
The Live Web isnâ€™t just built. It grows, adapts and changes. Itâ€™s an environment where we text and post and author and update and tweet and syndicate and subscribe and notify and feed and â€” and yell and fart and say wise things and set off alarms and keep each other scared, safe or both. Itâ€™s verbs to the Static Webâ€™s nouns. It is, in a biological word that has since gone technical, generative.
If you want to participate in the Live Web, you canâ€™t just act like it. You have to jump in and do it. Hereâ€™s the most important thing Iâ€™ve noticed so far: itâ€™s not just about competition. Itâ€™s about support and cooperation. Even political and business enemies help each other out by keeping each other informed. There may be pay-offs in scarcity plays, but the bigger ones emerge when intelligence and good information are shared, right now. And archived where they can be found again later. All that old stuff is still nourishment.
This sums it up:
I think Live vs. Static is a much more useful distinction than versions. (Web 1.0, 2.0, etc.)
This article in today’s NYT discusses the proliferation of APIs being made available from unsuspecting (i.e. non Web 2.0) retailers such as: Best Buy, MTV, and the NYT.
The article states:
That might not sound hugely significant, but on a mass scale â€“ with every company on the Web now rushing to unlock their content and make an A.P.I. available â€“ even niche sites are set to become professional and satisfyingly comprehensive.
They are, of course, completely missing the point! Jackasses. The issue is not about being “satisfyingly comprehensive,” it’s about how niche sites will soon be vendors for these larger companies. The NYT never fails to frustrate me with their business “coverage.” You think Best Buy hasn’t figured this out, really? Sigh.
Anyway, this all relates to what I wrote about recently, and have been obsessed with forever, the idea of the blogger as retailer. Hence: blogtailing.
I’m not sure why the new versions (post 2.5) of WordPress make it so difficult to find the numbers that are associated with your categories. In prior versions, they were right there in manage/categories.
To find them now, you still go to manage/categories, but now you have to mouse over the category title and then look for its url at the bottom of the screen.
Here’s a screengrab attempting to illustrate this.
Here are the steps to set up a local version of Drupal.
1. Get the newest version of MAMP
2. Get the newest version of Drupal
3. Unzip Drupal in your htdocs folder in your Mamp folder
4. Rename whatever the unzipped file is to “Drupal”
5. Create a blank file in a program like TextWrangler and name it settings.php
6. Add 666 to the privaleges in this file
7. Put this file in your drupal/sites/default/ folder
8. Launch Mamp
9. Hit the Open Start Page button
10. Hit the phpMyAdmin button
11. Enter a name for your database in the space under “Create new Database”
12. Where it says “Collation” scroll down and select utf8_unicode_ci
13. do all of the items in step 4 (and only step 4) shown here
14. point your browser to http://localhost:drupal
Follow the install instructions.
TOTAL pain in the ass, but it does work.