Seventeen Years Ago…

On this day in 1999 I started this weblog using Userland’s EditThisPage software. Here it still is, 17 years later along with a great many people I have met through this medium. Be well all…

Dave Winer Releases Open Source ‘MyWord Editor’

Scripting News: “Last week I said we’d wait to open up MyWord Editor for use by everyone until it was fully silo-free. Today the wait is over. We’re ready to begin a journey, that hopefully will add new life to the open blogging world.

A shot in the arm for the open web. A way for JavaScript developers to collaborate on a new fun project. A way to escape from the silos that threaten to turn us into commercial robots, consumers and promoters, when we aspire to be thinkers and doers.”

https://github.com/scripting/myWordEditor

It Was 15 Years Ago

On this day in 1999 I tried out Dave Winer’s EditThisPage software, designed for (mostly) non-techies to enter the infant blogging movement and named my blog ‘blivet.’. I’ve met a number of people I consider friends over the years and have been fortunate to meet several of them in person. I performed the marriage of two of them which is one of my favorite moments.

Fifteen years later blivet continues on another platform (WordPress) and I host it myself. We’ve watched the ‘war bloggers’ come and go as well as the various streams of vandals, goths, and carpetbaggers attempting to monetize whatever this ‘space’ is. I’m sure there will be more trends as blogging gets rediscovered yet again.

Happy Birthday, blivet tool & die, and happy birthday to all of us from that time! And whether you’ve been along for the entire ride or this is your first time here, WELCOME! Here’s to the next 15!

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Host shopping

I’ve not been able to log in to my hosting company, cornerhost.com, since they upgraded over a year ago. I can update this blog and have downloaded my data files but can’t manage email domains, ftp files, or any of the other stuff you might like to do having you own remotely hosted domains. So, michal@sabren.com , if you’re out there there, let me know. ‘Cause I’m shopping around.