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WordPress 2.9 Upgrade

WordPress 2.9 Upgrade was made available and I’ve gone there already with no problems. Much improved video embedding on lots of services using oEmbed. Here is more on WordPress CARMEN:

Posted in Applications Development, Blogging, Production & Maintenance, Web Development

IRC is the Ham Radio of the Internet

Jumping into the Church IT IRC channel today, it occurred to me that IRC is the Ham Radio of the Internet. Here is why:

  1. You have to be old to remember it’s good-old-days.
  2. It doesn’t come with any training at all.
  3. Has it’s own etiquette and cultural norms, which you only find out by doing the wrong thing publicly.
  4. Signing off and on isn’t easy… the commands aren’t self-evident.
  5. Finding your friends is hard.
  6. It is used in emergencies when more traditional communications are down.
  7. You fire a message and can’t forget… you have to wait for a response before moving on to other things (unlike Skype or Google Chat which will obnoxiously make noises at you).

There has been a lot of noise recently about Twitter as communications platform for the future. I don’t mind the projectionists prognosticating about Twitter killing other mediums, but one thing that bothers me is that unlike Ham Radio and IRC, Twitter isn’t built on standard protocols or an open network.

Posted in Applications Development, Best Practice, Research & Development, Telecommunications

Free Advice on Hiring a Single Web Developer

I quipped on Twitter “Reviewing some websites for people and giving comment. My version of Community Service.”

See, every week people from mid-sized mega-churches ask me a) for referrals of web developers looking for work (I dunno if there are any) b) for general advice on getting a decent website off the ground, or c) how to improve what they have. Much of the time I save the requests and hit them all at once when I am in the mood. Last night though I couldn’t take it any more and went off a bit on one unsuspecting friend who really just wanted a). I kinda feel bad, but there are some big truths in my response that I thought I would share. You are just going to have to show me grace and look past the unprovoked, frustrated tone.

Here is what I said:
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Posted in Applications Development, Best Practice, Blogging, Design, Programming, Strategy & Planning, Web Development, Web Ministry, Writing